Hats, hats, hats … where do we even begin? There are so many varieties in so many different styles! Where would a cowboy be without his hat? Wouldn’t baseball players look really weird without headgear? Hats have been worn as uniforms, fashion accessories, and protective gear. They’ve been worn because of religious reasons, to protect from the sun, to provide warmth, or even to indicate social status. And did you know that they date all the way back to 3,300 BC? That’s right, that’s older than both your parents put together. So get out your favorite hat (we know, sometimes it can be really hard to decide) and celebrate National Hat Day this January 15!
Why We Love National Hat Day
A. People look great in hats
Hats are adorable—on everyone. They cover male pattern baldness. They mask bad hair days. They’re a great substitute for dry shampoo. Basically, they’re the perfect solution for anything kind of weird going on in the hair department. And even if you’re not having a hair crisis, they’re still useful. That’s because they allow you to show off your amazing style in a very easy way. Are you jonesing for the sixties to come back? Go for the floppy wide-brim sixties beach bum look or rock the vintage brims! Want to support your team? Grab that baseball cap and show it off with pride.
B. Hats protect your skin
Not to channel your mom or anything, but have you been to the dermatologist recently? We’ll fill you in, because we see you shaking your heads over there. The two pieces of advice they routinely give are to wear sunscreen every day and to protect your skin from the sun in other ways. Guess what one of those other ways is? It’s wearing a hat, obviously! 90% of skin cancer is caused by overexposure to the sun and could be preventable. The sun’s rays emit UVA and UBV rays. And while UVB are the ones that cause sunburn, UVA can cause wrinkles and cancer. So even if you don’t burn you may be getting too much sun. Aka, rock your stylish hat!
C. Hats keep you warm
Obviously hats make you look awesome—but they also keep your head warm. And this affects the rest of your body, because you lose about 5 to 10 percent of your body heat from your head. That means that, by putting on a beanie, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. It might seem counterintuitive to put on a hat instead of another jacket, but trust us—it works. Pro-tip: you also lose a lot of heat from your feet, so don’t skip on the socks!
How to Celebrate National Hat Day
1. Wear your favorite hat, of course
We want you to go all-out here. Don’t pretend that your favorite hat is the completely normal baseball hat you wear sometimes. We want you to dig out that super funky hat from the last bar mitzvah you attended and wear it with pride. The more garish and impractical, the better.
2. Make a new hat
Yes, you can make your own hat. Hat making is called millinery (the name comes from when high fashion was based in Milan). It was once a respected and common profession, and that’s why we want you to bring it back. You might not be able to make the perfect hat of your dreams like a true milliner, but you can come pretty close. Use felt, sinmay, yarn, leather, or, yes, even paper.
3. Throw a hat party
Remember when we told you to wear your craziest hat in celebration? Get your friends to wear their own crazy hats and host a shindig! Encourage those non-traditional hats. We want to see homemade hats, fascinators, and anything else their beautiful little brains can think of. This party is guaranteed to be a hoot, and it will test your friends’ creativity. Who knows, they just may surprise you!