Has your hat ever been misshapen from taking it on vacation, keeping it in storage, or letting a friend borrow it? If you said yes to any of those, this blog is for you! Whether you are a Gigi Pip hat collector or you've just made your first purchase, we are letting you in on the hat expert's secret to how to fix a hat.
Fixing your hat's crushed areas is the most straightforward with a steamer. Let the steam envelope the hat one section at a time. The steam will make this area softer and more pliable so you can easily reshape that specific spot with your hands. Avoid letting the hat get too wet - if this starts to happen, let it dry out and take another pass at it a few minutes later.
There are multiple ways you can steam out a dented crown, a wavy brim, + anything in between using an industrial steamer or a handheld clothing steamer you can get from any store like Target. You can also boil a pot of water at home, or even throw it in the bathroom to steam while you shower.
Here at Gigi Pip, we use an industrial steamer because we have a large volume of hats to handle every day. Don't worry, no matter what device you have, we’re here to walk you through each option!
Don't have a steamer on hand? No biggie, you can boil water in a tea kettle or a regular pot you would use for cooking. As the water boils, hold your hat about a foot from the steam, or open the tea kettle and let the steam roll out onto your hat one section at a time. If you’re a fan of multitasking, simply set your hat on the bathroom sink + let the steam from your shower work its magic.
Steam your hat by turning on the shower to a hot setting. Remember to shut the door to keep the steam in. Keep in mind you want the hat to get steamed but not too wet. Hang your cute hat away from the water's steam on the back of the door, or set it on the bathroom sink for about 20 minutes or so + that should do the trick! This method also works great for floppy hats that have creases in them + is a good first step when restoring a bent brim after major damage.
To fix a bent hat brim, steam the area until it becomes pliable. You can then use your hands to work the brim into your hat’s original shape. We recommend using a flat, clean surface to guide you as you reshape the brim.
Rancher-style hats like our bestselling Monroe + our popular Zephyr hat upturned brims. They’re flat near the break line, where the crown meets the brim, then the brim begins to turn up slightly toward the edge.
An upturned brim takes a little more technique to steam. Near the break line, you’ll want to flatten it evenly all the way around. When you’re happy with that part, aim some steam underneath the brim near the edges. Gently reshape the brim back to its original form. This type of brim will take more finesse than a more relaxed floppy brim.
Reshaping a floppy hat brim can easily be done with the shower or boiling pot method. Just keep in mind the brim is designed to be floppy and hold less of a shape. Floppy felt hats need less steam, similar to a straw hat.
Straw hats or sun hats might get smashed going to or from your vacation destination. With time, steam, + technique you can fix your straw hat.
When fixing straw hats, make sure the steam is not too much for the type of straw you’re working with. Start with the brim of the hat and work your way around. Shape it as you steam.
Lay the brim flat using any kind of weights you have around, like books, so that the brim dries evenly. The crown of your hat will dry in the shape you’ve molded it into whether it’s a boater or fedora.
Everything from a smashed brim to a dent in the crown can cause you to need to reshape your fedora. Using steam to loosen up the wool fibers is a great start. Use these simple tips to get your hat back into its original shape:
If you need to reshape your hat no matter the condition it’s in, the material it’s made of, or the style, you now have the knowledge + the confidence to do it! Your favorite hat can always be fixed with our tips + techniques for steaming, restoring, + reshaping your felt or straw hat. xx
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 email@example.com.