January 15th National Hat Day

Probably one of the best known hats in history has been the Top Hat, created in 1797, and first worn by James Heatherington. Guess he was making a fashion statement, just like most of us do when we were a hat today! Hats are an extension of our personality, mood and style. A hat often says a lot about us without us having to say anything. Of course, sometimes it just to keep the sun out of our eyes or to keep the top of our head warm or from burning under a hot sun. So why do you wear a hat? What do you think it says about you?

How to celebrate – Wear a hat today. Pick a hat that tells what mood you are in for the day. Pick which hat you have is your favorite.

January 15th National Hat Day

Can you imagine going through life without every wearing a hat? I can’t. We wear hats when it rains, with various costumes and naturally soldiers wear all sorts of hats (Helmet being the most important) We wear hats when riding bikes, motorcycles or racing cars. We wear them when the sun is shining, at construction sites and when playing baseball. So I ask again, can you imagine going through life without ever wearing a hat? Maybe, if you don’t have a head!

How to celebrate – See if you can name all the different types of hats. Count how many hats you own. Make a special hat display.

January 15th National Hat Day

Not to be confused with all the other hats days, today is National Hat Day. I am not sure what makes it different but…. who cares!?! History shows that the first Top Hat ever worn was worn by James Heatherington from London, England. We know this because in 1797, when he wore it, he caused a riot. He was fined for being a menace to society and allowed to go, we assume still wearing his Top Hat.


The main purpose these days of wearing a hat is to show off your style, or lack thereof. There was a time when men would not leave the house without a hat on and women were frowned upon when they did not wear a hat. But those days have come and gone. Now a hat is just an extra accessory for style or flare.


In the Old West, large brimmed hats were worn to keep the sun out of the eyes as men and women worked outside. It also kept the face from burning. Oddly enough, a hat in winter is very important not only because your head is where most of the heat leaves your body, but because sunlight reflecting off the snow often leaves a nasty sunburn. Soldiers also wore hats even though back in the day they offered little protection, but it did keep the sun out of a shooters eyes so they could aim better.


Helmets these days do provide a great deal of protection, not only for soldiers, but sports players, construction builders, and motorcyclists. Even Storm Troopers and Darth Vader wear helmets!


So whatever your reason for wearing a hat is, today is your time to show it off. Show your fashion, your sport, or what you do for work, by proudly wearing something on your head.

How to celebrate – Pick out your favorite hat and wear it today. Start a hat wearing club and pick today, and other days, to wear your hat! Take a count of how many hats you see worn today.