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A character’s hat is sometimes such a vital part of the costume that the whole movie wouldn’t seem right without it. Like Lincoln’s top hat, Michael Jackson’s gloves, and Mr. T’s chains, some famous characters just wouldn’t be the same without their legendary accessories.
Indiana Jones: Widely regarded as one of the most iconic hat-wearers in movie history, Indiana Jones’ choice of hat shows that he’s serious about adventure both in and out of the office. Made of rabbit felt, this hat would keep his head cool in any climate and would even shed small amounts of water during a rainstorm. Indiana Jones’ hat made its first appearance in 1981.
Blue’s Brothers: The Blue’s Brothers’ choice of sleek, narrow-brimmed fedora was an excellent pairing to complete their ensembles. This style of fedora really topped off their mysterious, jazzy look to help them fit seamlessly onstage amidst the smoky lighting. Musicians before and since have donned this same look when playing similar types of music, though these two are perhaps the most recognizable jazz musicians with their dark suits and shades.
Chapeau de Matin
Holly Golightly: Audrey Hepburn’s character of Holly Golightly famously wore a Chapeau du Matin during “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Her character dressed up the wide-brimmed, bucket-style hat with a luxurious scarf around the crown. Paired with her all-black, tea-length dress, she was the picture of class and sophistication.
Eliza Doolittle: One of the most gorgeous, yet slightly over-the-top hats in movie history, the hat Eliza wore to the horserace in “My Fair Lady” is truly noteworthy. This black and white beauty plunged over the right side of her face until it almost touched her shoulder, then swooped back up nearly a foot to her left. Inset with a lacey bonnet and topped with monochromatic feathers and ribbons and a pop of red, this hat was just one of many incredible hats throughout the scene.
Felt Top Hat
Willy Wonka: Gene Wilder played Willy Wonka in the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” His tawny top hat with gold ribbon is just one part of the eccentric ensemble that makes him, well, Willy Wonka. Though it wasn’t the light blue color Gene Wilder requested, it certainly paired beautifully with his dark purple velvet sports coat and golden curls.
John Wayne: Though there isn’t one particular character that comes to mind where John Wayne is concerned, his cowboy hats are certainly the most memorable of their kind. Higher crowned than a lot of other cowboy hat-wearing characters throughout movie history, John Wayne was known to hand-select which cowboy hat his character would wear, even wearing the same one across several different movies.
Adventure or Pirate Hat
Captain Jack Sparrow: From the dreadlocks, dirty scarlet bandana, and beaded braids down to his flowy sleeves and leather boots, a lot is going on with Jack Sparrow’s costume. Perhaps the most important part to him, however, is his three-pointed, leather adventure hat. Though it doesn’t give a whole lot of shade, it does keep the seawater off of his head while rounding out his outfit. It truly is a hat worth its doubloons.
Sherlock Holmes: Though not seen among modern hat wearers, the tweed deerstalker cap that Sherlock Holmes wears is undoubtedly iconic. In fact, it’s almost guaranteed that if you wear that style of cap to a costume party, everyone will know who you are portraying. Originally worn by rural hunters in search of deer or other game, Sherlock Holmes made the deerstalker cap synonymous with detectives.
Spanky: This style of cap is associated with Spanky’s character in “The Little Rascals,” but it quickly gained popularity among other children of the era. Made of several panels of multi-colored felt or fabric, the beanie could be found with or without a propeller attached.
Calvin: The beanie’s popularity even transferred over to Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes” comics. In the comics, Calvin works to get the Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs proof of purchase that would guarantee him the propeller-topped beanie he was sure would take him places. Unfortunately for him, the box it came in proved to be more entertaining.
Wayne Campbell: Few modern movie hats are more famous than Mike Myer’s “Wayne’s World” trucker hat. This hat is still so famous that you can find replicas in novelty shops almost 30 years after the first movie debuted.
The Tramp: One of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous characters, the Tramp, wore a high-crowned, narrow-brimmed bowler hat during his silent film “The Tramp.” It gave Chaplin an almost comical appearance due to its being a little on the small size for the rest of his body.
Cornelius Fudge: The prime minister of the Wizarding community hasn’t spent as much time on screen as some of the other movie stars in this post, but his bowler hat is certainly an integral part of his description throughout the Harry Potter series.
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Wearing unique hats that accentuated the fashion of a person will be remembered by the public. This is often used by actors and actresses, especially those who have a role worthy to remember. You must have known Indiana Jones with fedoras hat and John Wayne’s cowboy hat. You can always imagine them with their hats on. Other famous people with their famous hats are found in this infographic.