17 Pieces Of Proof That America Had A Hat Problem In The Early 2000s

It was like everyone was naked without a Kangol.

Can we please talk about how, in the early 2000s, it would appear that Hollywood could not go ONE DAY without someone wearing a hat? Here, a ranking of some of the era’s headgear. As you can see, it was a slippery slope.

17. Lucy Liu’s headgear seems legit here — she’s got on a scarf and tweed coat, so maybe it’s actually nippy out.

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Liu at a book launch party in 2004.

16. Alicia Keys gets a pass, I guess, because wearing a hat was kind of her “thing.”

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Performing at the 2001 VMAs.

15. Jennifer Lopez rockin’ a beanie with a side pony. Um.

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At the 2004 Kids’ Choice Awards.

14. I mean. Madonna is pretty much allowed to do anything she wants. Must be nice.

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Performing at MTV in 2003.

13. Here’s Cameron Diaz at the 2003 Kids’ Choice Awards. Guess she’s going for that “funky” look. For the kids.

12. Or not…

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Here in 2000.

11. OK. Do we have a problem here? Should I be concerned? (Seriously, Cameron wore a hat, like, every day of 2002.)

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Cameron Diaz at a press event for Charlie’s Angels in 2003.

10. Noooo! Not you, too, Eva Longoria! It’s an epidemic.

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Here in 2003.

9. The sad thing about Ashlee Simpson’s crocheted cap is that I’m pretty sure they’re selling these at Urban Outfitters again.

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At TRL in 2005.

8. I have a sneaking suspicion that Britney is about to incorporate this pink leather newsboy cap into a dance routine. Spontaneously.

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At the premiere of Crossroads in 2002.

7. I don’t have an issue with this hat, Kirsten Dunst. But I do have an issue with you wearing this hat TO THE MET BALL.

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At the 2003 Met Ball.

6. The only way you could get away with wearing this hat, Ashlee, was if you went around all night saying, “It’s a plaid, plaid world.”

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Simpson in 2003.

5. Somewhere, a sad Scottish man is missing his tam o’shanter.

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Gwen Stefani in 2000.

4. This has Tina Knowles written all over it.

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Destiny’s Child in 2001.

3. Hilary Duff, I must come clean to you about this hat: I hate it.

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Performing on Good Morning America in 2004.

2. Britney, stop trying to make the Three Musketeers look happen.

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At the 2000 Billboard Music Awards.

1. I am so confused.

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This picture of Lindsay Lohan in 2003 makes me sad.

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