When someone says the name Niall Horan, there are a few things that come to mind: most loyal member of One Direction, angel with a guitar, leprechaun, and a hat. But not just any hat, his most beloved tweed, newsboy style cap. He is rarely ever seen without and it's easy to see why. Simply, no one wears this hat like Niall can. Proof:
The perfect mix of debonair yet casual vibe. This very hat has literally become such an essential part of Niall's identity. He's often seen out and about by fans wearing it, so there are plenty of selfies out there featuring Niall's hat. It even has a Twitter account dedicated to it — because why not? — and even when it seemed like the world was turning against this look, Niall defended his accessory choice and pretty much confirmed he would never let go of this hat.
But then the country musical festival Stagecoach happened, and Niall did the unthinkable. That's right, he was spotted wearing a legit cowboy hair atop his now-brunet tresses. We know, SHOOK RN.
Niall at Stagecoach!! He looks so happy -A pic.twitter.com/LzMGFN2qvX— 1D Updates (@OT4WWUpdates) April 30, 2017
Can we talk about how Niall legit threw his newsboy hat to the side and embraced the country music lifestyle, proudly rocking that cowboy hat.
Is this the dawn of new era? He is in full solo Niall mode right now, but alas, the "This Town" singer proved to us he hasn't changed all that much. Later that night at Stagecoach, Niall was hanging out with Nick Jonas and Dan + Shay watching country queen Shania Twain slay the stage, his old hat was back in action.
So it looks like while Niall had plenty of full sporting a 10-gallon hat, he couldn't stay away from his favorite topper. The heart wants what it wants and Niall is nothing but loyal. Even to his fave hat.
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