January 15th is National Hat Day and we love any excuse to accessorize!

Here’s a little bit of hat history…

Did you know that Mary Dixon Kies was the first woman to apply and receive a U.S. patent with her own name, and only one of 20 issued to a woman before the year 1840?

Her process was adopted by the hat-making industry and praised by President James Madison’s wife Dolly for helping to improve New England’s economic growth. This process was well used for more than a decade and influenced the way we construct hats.

Mary Dixon Kies styled woven hat front (1815) – Courtesy of Museum Fine Arts Boston

Kies was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame posthumously in 2006 for her process for weaving straw with silk. We salute this inspiring innovator in the fashion industry because hats have become such a core accessory for women.

In honor of National Hat Day and Kies, here’s 7 fabulous hat styles that we think are must-haves:

#1: Classic Felt Fedora from Old Navy

$19.97 ON SALE [SHOP]

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#2: A New Day™ Tan Cloche Hat with Gold Studs from Target

$16.99 [SHOP]

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#3: Bow Trim Boater Hat from Torrid

$17.97 ON SALE [SHOP]

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#4: kate spade new york All Dolled Up Beanie at Macy’s

$88 [SHOP]

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#5: Checkered Knit Beret from Forever 21

$12.90 [SHOP]

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#6: BP. Leopard Print Slouchy Beanie at Nordstrom

$7.49 ON SALE [SHOP]

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#7: Tweed Herringbone Cabby Hat from Forever 21

$12.90 [SHOP]

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What do you think of hats? What are some of your favorite styles? Follow us on social media @plusmodelmag and let us know!