hat: Olivette by Gigi Pip
“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Christopher McCandless
This quote is on Kayla's website This Little Wandering and we had to share it because it represents precisely why we chose her for this #thehatswewear spotlight. Kayla is a Colorado native, embracing adventure, art, her family, yoga and more. One of her latest adventures is that of buying an old school bus and renovating it to become a home for her little family. It's kind of AMAZING. Follow along with her school bus adventure here and keep reading to learn more about this inspiring lady!
her instagram: @this.little.wandering.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
There are so many roles and hats I lead in my life: Wife, Mother, Daughter, Friend, business woman, blogger, athlete, wanderer, photographer, poet.. I feel like that is the beauty with hats is that you can change them at a moments notice to fit your role for the day and though not every hat is glamorous I certainly appreciate the variety of experiences each one brings to my life.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
This is hard because so many hats I wear are rewarding but if I break it down to the essentials I think any hat where I am creating and finding inspiration and beauty is the hat that is most rewarding. Whether that is discovering something new with my daughter while wearing my motherhood hat, finding a new trail and exploring in my wandering hat, or capturing a beautiful moment while wearing my photography hat it is all those little moments of creativity that really fuel my passion and bring the best reward.
What hats do you find are most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
The hat I find most challenging at times can be any and all of them. I tend to have a hard time with conflict and confrontation and so when I am in a role where I have to deal with conflict or manage confrontation it can be a struggle for me. This can look like an argument with my husband while wearing my wife hat, a tantrum from my two year old in my motherhood hat, or a conflict with a deadline or criticism while wearing my blogging hat. The beautiful thing though is that hats are interchangeable and I try to bring wisdom and strength from other areas of my life as I handle conflict and resolve confrontations.
What hats are least known about you?
If I was honest the hat that is least known about me is probably my hat of self identity. So much of life between blogging, mothering, and other commitments can leave me pushing my own needs and self care to the back burner and so really picking up and exploring my own self and my wants is something I am working on and not something many people get to see. I think that when we wear many hats and hold all these roles it can be easy to let that little voice that is our true self fall away and so for me discovering my inner voice and identity is a hat that I haven't worn in a while but I am hoping people will be seeing more of in the future.
Who or what inspires you?
Lately most of my inspiration has come through nature, music, and poetry. When I need to seek something greater or find a moment of beauty I always turn to the mountains, Mary Oliver (poetry), and Horse Feathers (music). The combination of the three and maybe a cup of good tea is an experience that always leaves me seeking beautiful moments and feeling inspired to live gently and more intentionally.
Finding your perfect hat starts with finding the perfect fit. Let's answer some common questions to help you find a Gigi Pip that will give you the best look and feel.
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) and most often measured in centimeters. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women's hats to be sized based on average women's head sizes and then adjusted down to fit.
For example - Since the average women's head size measures 57cm, a small to medium hat would be made to fit 57cm and then can be adjusted down to 55cm. Larger head sizes measure up to 59cm, so a medium to large size hat would be made to fit a 59cm head size and then can be adjusted down to 57cm. Children ages 7 and below are typically 53cm, and those ages 7+ tend to be 55cm. Because of this, Gigi Pip hats sizes are as followed:
Kids (53cm to 55cm)
S/M (55cm to 57cm)
M/L (57cm to 59cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 54cm (21.25 Inches)
Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Medium - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 60cm (23.62 Inches)
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size and are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) and then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide on the style you'd like to size your hat to and adjust your hat accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table and measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eye brows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head and the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
This is the halo style way of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, and the front of you head up on your brow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, and the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally however we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
All Gigi Pip hats are made to adjust to the perfect fit. Before making any adjustments, check the inner band type and follow the directions below.
1. My hat has draw strings - If your inner band has draw strings located behind the tag on the rear side of the hat, simply pull them tight to adjust your hat size down a size or two. Pull gently to avoid a tare.
2. My hat DOES NOT have draw strings - Many types of inner bands do not allow for a draw strings such as leather, elastic or cotton with a foam lining. Hats without a draw string are adjusted by using Gigi Pip's Hat Sizing Tape (sold separately). Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head.
Directions to use Hat Sizing Tape: Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that you know what your hat size is, let's find The Best Hat for your Face Shape!