Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) + most often measured in centimeters. This is the case for all Gigi Pip styles including fedoras, boater hats,gamblers + caps. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women to choose hat sizes based on the average women's head size (57 cm) + then adjustingdown to fit if necessary.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE HAT SIZE FOR WOMEN?
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.
Gigi Pip hats sizes are as follows:
Kids (51cm to 53cm) XS (53cm to 55cm) S/M (55cm to 57cm) M/L (57cm to 59cm) XL (59cm to 61cm)
HOW DO I MEASURE MY HAT SIZE?
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.
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 eyebrows, 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.
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 + the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
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 + adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
Pictured above is the halo method 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, + the front of your head up on your brow as shown below.
Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, + the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
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. Since there is typically a difference in measurement we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
HOW DO I ADJUST MY HAT SIZE?
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-
-a little adjustment goes a long way
-at first it may take a couple of adjustments to find just the right fit, once you’ve found it you shouldn’t have to adjust often
-the video at the top of this page shows our adjustable inner band in action
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.
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Heavy wear or weather can lead to your hat losing stiffness. We recommend using our hat stiffener spray to restore that sturdy, stiff feel.
Directions: Make sure that your hat is clean and dry. Use a hat brush to open up the fibers of the felt. Spray a fine mist over the entire area of the hat from 8 - 10" inches away. Only use a couple of sprays.
Caution: this spray is flammable and should be used in a well ventilated area - outside is best. Don't spray while hat is on a table, it will stick. Using a hat stand is recommended.