Celebrate Hat Day with these iconic styles

By Meghan Pryce

Published January 15, 2020

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Get out your favorite headwear. Jan. 15 is National Hat Day!

Need inspiration? Take a look back at some famous styles in history and pop culture.


Martin Luther King Jr. knew how rock his fedoras. And it makes sense since his birthday falls on Hat Day.

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Abraham Lincoln was six feet, four inches tall, according to the National Museum of American History, and he towered over people even more with his black silk top hat.

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Jackie Kennedy was known for her sense of fashion and pillbox hats. She happened to be wearing her signature style when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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The bicorn, a military dress hat, has become synonymous with Napoleon Bonaparte. The military leader crowned himself emperor of France and waged wars in a quest to grow his empire, according to

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Jamaican Bob Marley influenced a whole culture -- and reggae music -- while wearing his Rastafarian hat.

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Audrey Hepburn’s floppy wide-brimmed “My Fair Lady” hat is still inspiration for fashionistas today. Just look at the headpieces at horse racing events.

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You've got to admire a man who's serious about his hat. Fictional character Indiana Jones would often risk his life -- all to save that brown fedora.


What cat dons a red-and-white top hat better than the character from Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat."

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"Alice in Wonderland's" Mad Hatter was mad about hats, especially his distinctive top hat.


Are you a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin? The talking wizard sorting hat from "Harry Potter" will decide.

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LL Cool J is almost always wearing a hat. His signature headwear is the Kangol bucket hat, which became a major part of hip hop fashion.

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The Queen of England is the queen of hats. From feathers to fascinators, her hat game is strong.

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Aretha Franklin set the internet on fire when she wore a gray hat with a larger-than-life bow while performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

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These baseball caps with President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan are polarizing. For some, the MAGA hat is a symbol of hate. For others, it's a sign of optimism.

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The MAGA hat also led to parodies, such as "Make America Gay Again," "Make Africa Great Again" and "America Was Never Great."

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In response to the election of Trump, women -- and their pink pussy hats -- took over D.C. last January at the Women's March on Washington.

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