I live on Oahu with my two daughters and husband. Eliana, my oldest, is two and a half, and Evelise is nine months. I am very passionate about cultivating adventurous spirits in my children, so we spend our days in a range of spots between the mountains and the beach discovering new places and creating a love for our island home. We are very fortunate to raise our children in Hawaii surrounded with such beauty. I have made it my motherly mission to create an appreciation for the nature and opportunities for discovery that we are surrounded with on Oahu. I would describe my style as 1970s with a love for African tribal prints and Spanish textiles and a touch of Southwest.
I pick my outfits according to what we will be doing each day and where we will be going. If our day involves the beach, I typically reach for a light straw beach hat like the Faye Natural Straw Boater for its classic summer appeal. The flat boater crown creates clean and modern lines with any outfit while still reaching into a timeless style that has carried for centuries. The brim size creates the dream-face-framing-halo and completes any outfit. The ribbon around the crown on this hat is solid black which makes it easy to style with just about anything. I love this beach hat for its versatility and its ability to maintain its shape against the beach breezes. It pairs perfectly with a long summer dress for a sunset walk along the water and works just as well with a suit and tunic cover-up for a casual day of laying in the sun. One of the struggles with living on the island is the heat, so I find myself seeking hats that are light enough to keep me cool. The straw weave is light and creates the perfect trendy vision without the heat that can come with a felt or wool hat.
We love spending time on the beaches here, but we also spend quite a bit of time in the mountains exploring the greenery and chasing the wild chickens (yes, that’s an actual pastime for my children!). A day in the mountains calls for the Lydia Brown Classic Pin Stripe. It's a felt and wool hat with a fedora crown and a ribbon trim that will take you right back to 1970. I love to wear this hat with dramatic bell bottoms and tops that include embroidery or colors such as burnt orange, brown, or ivory that radiate the style of the 70s. The summers on the island can be a bit warm, so when the heat comes, I style my Lydia with one of the short retro dresses that have been flooding department stores. This hat can work for casual adventuring as well as the day-to-day errands of shopping and market runs. The Lydia Classic Pin Stripe is the perfect hat for adding a touch of character and completing an outfit that pinpoints today's flashback fashion trends.
FIND YOUR PERFECT BEACH HAT
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.