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Top Off Your Outfit of the Day With Major Hat-itude

From fancy fascinators to fabulous fedoras and jaunty bowlers, see who’s wearing them best.

Our love affair with hats runs deep, from our African ancestors, whose distinctive pieces were worn for social and religious events, to our sisters, mothers and grandmothers, whose church hats are lovingly referred to as “crowns.”

Back when hats were a standard accessory for women we wore them with swag: Think Josephine Baker strutting down a Parisian boulevard in a snug cloche and Zora Neale Hurston sitting for her iconic portrait in a fedora. And even when fashion became less formal, we continued to top off our looks. Diana Ross as Mahogany’s Tracy Chambers had us clamoring for sleek chapeaus, and Diahann Carroll’s fur-draped turban epitomized Dynasty-era opulence. Queen Latifah chose Afrocentric crowns, and nobody sports side-cocked caps as coolly as Missy Elliott.

Today, several of our favorite celebrities are turning heads and carrying on our hat tradition by sporting stylish toppers for every occasion. From fancy fascinators to fabulous fedoras and jaunty bowlers, see who’s wearing them best.

 

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Doria Ragland arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Mother of the bride People are still talking about Doria Ragland’s elegant look at daughter Meghan Markle’s wedding: a tasteful dress and coat topped with a matching mint green Stephen Jones beret.

 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Gayle King attends the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

Flower power The blue brim Gayle King donned for the 142 nd Kentucky Derby featured a sculptural satin bloom.

 

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PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 14, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Made for the shade When it comes to style Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross always gets it right, this time in Eric Javits’ chic take on the gondolier hat at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

 

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0849 -- Pictured: Grace Jones arrives for an interview on April 12, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Sparkle Music maverick Grace Jones sported a blinged-out Philip Treacy bowler (cocked to the side, natch) while promoting Bloodlight and Bami, a documentary about her life, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Richard Lawson and Tina Lawson attend Kentucky Derby 144 on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

Dazzling at the Derby Avid Instagrammer Tina Lawson was certainly camera-ready at the Kentucky Derby, dazzling in a Louise Green fascinator of ivory sinamay with black applique and abstract silk organza floral.

 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Actress Gabrielle Union arrives at Universal Pictures' special screening of 'Breaking In' at ArcLight Cinemas on May 1, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

 

 

Haute gaucho At a screening for her film Breaking In, Gabrielle Union struck an elegant pose wearing a wide-brimmed bolero with a dramatic sweep of teal on the underside of the brim, which mimicked the hue of her blouse.

 

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Actress Gina Torres arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ian West - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Sophisticated lady Suits actress Gina Torres’ sleek ivory Panama was a standout amid the colorful hats on parade at Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry.

 

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Naomi Campbell attends 2018 Pirelli Calendar launch press conference at The Pierre Hotel on November 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Borrowed from the boys Naomi Campbell wore a dashing fedora to complement her menswear-inspired look at the 2018 Pirelli Calendar press conference last fall.

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL-24) attends the Season 4 premiere of the STARZ series, "Power", at The Newseum on June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/WireImage)

 

Chapeau love Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is known for her bold and bedazzled cowboy hats, and credits her grandmother for her hat affection.

 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Professional boxer Laila Ali attends Kentucky Derby 144 on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

Off to the races Laila Ali attended the Kentucky Derby (in her father’s hometown of Louisville) in a fascinator embellished with feathers, a silk dahlia and whimsical faux bumblebees.

 

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Janelle Monae attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic)

Gala grandeur At the 70 th Annual Met Gala, singer Janelle Monae paired a beaded balaclava with a wide-brimmed Stephen Jones hat, worn high on the head to create a halo effect.

 

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Actress Rosario Dawson arrives for the Childhelp Hosts An Evening Celebrating Hollywood Heroes at Riviera 31 on October 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Chic simple Actress Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple in multiple series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe) donned a classic Greek fisherman hat for a Childhelp Hollywood Heroes event last fall.

 

 

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