You see, finding a good hat means looking at many different things, the shape of your head, the shape of your face, the color, and length of your hair. It takes experimenting, finding what works and sometimes a ton of selfies. But, when you find what works, and stick with those styles, you’ll fall in love with hats!
If you have Dark brown long hair, then you're in luck! I have a few key pointers to share with you so you can find the perfect hat without having to do all of the legwork.
THE HAT COLOR
With dark brown hair, you’re lucky, you can really pull off many different colors. But, to be safe, I would stick to a few of the classic colors like camel, black, and grey. These colors compliment your hair and also are different enough to contrast with your hair as well. When it comes to brown, I would stay away, as it could blend in too much with your hair. As for white, you need to be careful that it could stand out too much, taking away from your pretty face, though it does look great on everyone during the summer months.
THE HAT STYLE
The style of the hat really depends on your shape and size of your head. It is also about personal preference. For me, I have a very small head and petite face. I usually lean towards flat brim hats that have smaller brims. But, if you have a normal to larger head size, you can wear most hat styles without worry. What is great about Gigi Pip hats, is that they are adjustable on the inside to fit your head better.
STYLING YOUR HAIR
When you find a great hat, you want to wear it with everything. With a quick switch of your hairstyle, you can make the same hat look totally different. Below are three great, quick hairstyles that go with every style hat from a floppy brim to a touque/beanie.
Every girl loves a loose wave, and this easy go-to hair style looks perfect under a hat. Especially if your are in between washes.
SINGLE OR DOUBLE BRAID
Us girls with long brown hair can really pack a punch into a braid because of the length. Try rocking a single side braid or even a double braid under your hat. This is the perfect style if you are wanting your hair out of your face but still looking cute.
THE LOW CHIGNON
A messy low chignon/bun is a quick and elegant look under a hat. It easily dresses up an outfit and looks especially great with a smaller brimmed hat.
No matter the style of hair or style of hat that you have, the key to making it look good will always be the same, Confidence. Own your choice and your look and people will feel the same!
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!