Here at Gigi Pip, we've always got spring and summer on our minds and always seem to be gearing up for summer sun and counting down the days to all our summer vacations, pool days and boating trips. We can practically smell the sunscreen and freshly cut grass. But what is the best hat to take on a beach vacation?
So you are headed on your beach vacation and don't want to be caught without great sun protection. You will want to know what hat hats are best for the beach. That being said, you might also want your hat to be stylish and versatile throughout your entire vacation and work for nights out just as well as it works for a beach day. What Gigi Pip hats scream sunshine and tan lines + are well rounded beach vacation winners? We are giving you the 411 on all the best vacation hats + the cutest beach hats and helpful tips on how to pack them in your suitcase!
First things first, is our girl Faye is a great option whether you are headed to the beach or downtown. This brim straw boater hat has a smaller brim that offers good sun protection without seeming too big. It is one of our favorite hats for a beach vacation because it has an incredible personality and goes with everything from a swimsuit to overalls to a flowy sundress. She is one of our best sellers for spring and summer and will have you singing no matter what the weather.
Looking for a sun hat to use on the beach? Look no further than the Addie—our floppy beach hat. She is definitely a statement piece and one of our cutest hats. She's got your back when it comes to skin care and protection from the sun. With such a wide brim, there are no sunglasses needed as you can expect sun protection for your entire face. Its floppy brim tends to be flattering with all kinds of hairstyles and its flexibility makes it one of our most packable hats. Complete with genuine leather detail, this classic straw beach hat is a must-have for sun lovers and beachgoers.
Number three on the list of best beach hats is the Mona—one of our trendiest beach hats. The Mona adds a fun twist to any spring or summer #ootd. Its mashable design makes this hat a fan favorite because of its ability to easily be packed in your suitcase. The curled brim is offered just the right amount of sunshine in for a sun-kissed glow and touch of freckles.
The Cleo is up next. The versatility and high quality of this hat complement the fact you can wear it ALL year long, through all four seasons, no questions asked. It's tightly woven, travels well and is ready to jet set to the salty seaside with you this summer. Its brim is an ideal size, offering protection from the sun without being too in-the-way.
Hat: Bre- Natural Stiff Straw Pork Pie Hat
Last, but certainly not least is Bre, our straw pork pie hat. Our customers have loved Bre because a unique look with timeless fashion. Our Bre is a little stiffer than most straw hats molded with firmly pressed paper straw and features a telescope crown and a classic rope band finish. She is super flexible and has an inner elastic band for an optimal fit. A great vacation hat, the Bre is one of our favorites because she doesn't just fall into one category of beach headwear, she pairs perfectly with just about anything. Dress her up or down and take her from day to night in a breeze.
Now, you might be thinking, "Okay, I finally found the perfect hat for my summer vacation, but how do I pack it in my suitcase?" Good question.
Packing a sun hat is seriously an art, especially for those habitual over packers that must keep their bags under a 50-pound limit. Anyone guilty? I don't know about you guys, but I always hesitate to pack hats for fear they will get crushed or lose their shape. We are giving you the foolproof way to pack all your Gigi Pip hats:
Wherever you are headed this summer, be sure to send us a postcard and tag us in all your beach photos with your Gigi Pip hat in tow.
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.