With its flat peak, six-panel construction and structured design, the snapback cap has become uniform for Major League heavy hitters, hip-hop heroes, hairy hipsters and countless others in between. Its name comes from the snap-closure to the back of the hat, but adjustable ‘strapback’ versions are also common. If you were looking for a classic, this is it.
2.The Five Panel
With its roots in performance cycling, the five-panel cap became an unlikely skateboarding icon in the 1990s, before finding its spiritual home in the the streetwear world. Favoured for its rounded, low-profile shape, the five-panel was immortalised by skate stalwarts like Supreme and Danish minimalists Norse Projects, both of which made the style its headwear calling card, sparking thousands of imitations.
Okay, we’ll put our hands up. We know the trucker cap isn’t exactly a must-have in the hat world. In fact, thanks to Von Dutch, Ashton Kutcher and, well, truckers, it’s quite the opposite. But there’s still hope. Pick out the right one, team it with the right gear and it might just be possible to make this mesh-panelled pariah palatable once again.
4.The Dad Cap
The dad cap has been around for years, but it’s only recently that it got its name. So-called because of its resemblance to the sort of thing your old man would wear (obviously), it’s often characterised by a simple curved-peak design, unstructured body and additional details such as a faded appearance, it’s a simple lid that’s a good place to start for beginners.
5.The Sports Cap
The traditional baseball cap may have been brought into this world by sport, but that was over a 100 years ago. These days there’s no shortage of high-tech, lightweight fabrics and cutting-edge manufacturing processes that would make the athletes of yesteryear cry witch and probably have the CEO of Nike burned at the stake or something.
Fashion’s role in forcing the baseball cap to grow up can’t be emphasised enough. The introduction of quality materials, textured fabrics and stripped-back, minimalist designs helped to turn headgear from something out of Fred Durst’s walk-in wardrobe to a stylish accessory that could, at a push, even be worn with tailoring.