It's Time We Talk About Leonardo DiCaprio's Random-Ass Hats

    A completely unnecessarily deep dive into Leo's favorite fashion accessory.

    This past weekend the internet lost its collective shit when Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted with Rihanna in the crowd at Coachella.

    The sighting reignited speculation surrounding a long-rumored romance between the Academy Award winner and the pop star. But we're not here to talk about love...

    We're here to talk about something much more important — DiCaprio's incredibly random college baseball hat collection.

    Over the course of the past few years, DiCaprio seemed to shift away from his trademarked baseball hat and courtside Lakers seats in favor of a newsboy cap and tennis and soccer matches.

    But this month Leo's perplexing hat collection has made a couple of high-profile appearances — from his Michigan hat at Coachella to his Cal hat at an Islanders game in Brooklyn — and it got me wondering again. Why?

    Needless to say, there are plenty of questions that NEED to be asked.

    1. Why the obsession with random college hats?

    2. How many hats of random college teams does Leo have?

    3. Are they haphazardly strewn about his plethora of mansions and yachts or beautifully showcased in a magnificent hat room?

    4. And why does he almost exclusively wear Zephyr hats? (Honestly, no one wears Zephyr hats!)

    5. Did Zephyr just send him every college hat they ever made or does he buy them like a normal person?

    6. Does he own stock in Zephyr?

    7. Does he like ANY of these teams?

    8. WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!??!?!


    So I decided to comb through thousands upon thousands of photos to see how Leo's strange college hat collection has evolved through the years to try and gain some insight or understanding.

    1994: Colorado State University

    2000: University of Pittsburgh

    2004: California State University, Long Beach

    2006: St. John's University

    2006: University of California, Berkeley

    2007: Florida State Seminoles

    2008: Louisville Cardinals

    2009: Arizona State Sun Devils

    2009: University of Connecticut

    2009: Virginia Commonwealth University

    2009: UCLA Bruins

    2009: University of Rhode Island

    2009: California State University, Fullerton

    2009: Michigan Wolverines

    2009: Wichita State University

    2009: Ohio State University

    2009: Florida Atlantic University

    2009: Washington State University

    2009: Grambling State University

    2010: University of California, Irvine

    2010: University of South Carolina

    2010: West Virginia Mountaineers

    2011: Oregon State University

    2011: Auburn University

    2011: Rice University

    2011: Xavier University

    2011: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    2012: University of Miami

    2013: Texas Tech University

    2015: University of Michigan

    2016: University of Iowa

    What I learned after digging through thousands of Leonardo DiCaprio photos searching for pictures of him wearing college hats:

    1. He likes to wear hats.

    2. He prefers the brim of his fitted hats pre-curved.

    3. He like to represent the California public college education system.

    4. He could possibly like the Michigan Wolverines.

    5. He might have supernatural powers to predict successful teams (e.g., VCU, Wichita State, and Auburn)

    6. He likes black hats.

    7. He likes blue hats.

    8. Sometimes he likes green hats.

    9. I wasted a fuck-ton of time searching for a reason that probably doesn't exist.


    In light of Facebook user Bobby Tomlinson pointing out that former University of Rhode Island star Lamar Odom was a member of the 2009 Los Angeles Lakers, I changed the entry and adjusted the "Weird Level" for DiCaprio's URI hat.


    Zephyr Hats reached out on Twitter to set the record straight and answer all of my questions regarding DiCaprio's mysterious hat collection.