Hat: 2020 Sloan Straw Hat
Stacey Belle is a woman we admire + love for her courage. She influences those around her as she continues to fight for justice. Stacey is proud to wear many hats in her life and always wears them fearlessly.
What are the roles or hats you lead in your life?
I’m lucky to have a bunch of different hats to wear. I’m a daughter, a sister, a dancer, a coach, a friend, an aunt, a graphic designer, but most importantly, I’m black- and though I’m proud, it’s always been a hard hat to wear.
Which hat do you find most rewarding?
The hat of friendship is definitely the most rewarding. Having my family so far away in CT, makes my friendships that much more important. They’ve become my family, and knowing that I have them makes me feel like I am home.
Which hat do you find the most challenging and what do you do to embrace them?
My “being black in Utah” hat is probably my most challenging hat to wear. The Black Lives Matter movement has given me the opportunity to use my voice, and help other women who have gone through similar experiences as I have, due to the color of our skin.
What hats are least known about you?
My business hat is one that is least known about me. I am in the works of someday creating a hair cream and oil that will help other black women feel beautiful at their most natural state.
Who or what inspires you?
Oh man! I look up to and aspire to be like so many people I have met in my life! I don’t think I can pinpoint exactly one person, or thing because I feel moved by a few different things. Right now, the BLM movement has been very inspiring. I’ve become vulnerable to an audience about experiences that I have gone through, that have been hard to move on from. I never thought I would have the opportunity to let people I don’t even know into my world the way I have these last few weeks.
Favorite Gigi Pip style/ color + why?
Gigi Pip has some of the most beautiful hats! I love the Tall Billie Fedora in Ivory! It’s gorgeous, whenever I see it my stomach hurts because it’s stunning! I love how it shows off my skin and can pair it with anything I own!
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size 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 + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. 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.