Very widespread at the beginning of the 19th century, the cap was an integral part of work attire. Today it has become a fashion accessory for some or comfort for others, both in its traditional form and its modern version.
The baseball cap as we know it today comes from the United States, where young people like to wear it. As the name suggests, baseball players were the first to adopt it, but it quickly became a popular everyday accessory. For many people around the world, it is also part of the uniform they wear. Baseball caps are typically made from linen, cotton, wool, or polyester. Up front, they offer room for a customizable inscription. Underneath is a rigid panel that protects from sun and rain. As they have their origins in sports, it’s no wonder they often have an absorbent inner tape.
Baseball players made him famous
New York Yankees players reportedly wore a cap for the first time in 1849, instead of the traditional straw hat. These caps did not yet have the visor that characterizes those of today. A baseball cap is especially cool when the visor is worn towards the back. This way of wearing it also comes from baseball players, some having to wear a protective mask on the face.
Traditional caps are headwear fashion staples that have survived the decades without losing their charm. There are four types of traditional caps: the newsboy cap, including the famous Hatteras cap, the Irish cap, the flat cap or the sailor cap. The newsboy cap is the cap with character that made its first appearance at the beginning of the 19th century. This headgear, which was originally a symbol of revolt, borrows its name from Gavroche, one of the characters in Victor Hugo’s famous novel, Les Misérables. The newsboy cap, known for its rounded and slightly convex shape, differs from other models in particular for its short, crescent-shaped visor. Both flexible and comfortable, this cousin of the Irish cap is made up of 8 panels, and is worn by both men and women.
Recognized for its classic and timeless shape, the newsboy cap will bring a style that is both retro and modern to your outfits. You can match it with a casual, bobo or more chic look depending on your mood. The advantage of this headgear is that it is suitable for everyone because it adapts to all heads. You can wear it slightly tilted to the side or raised back. Halfway between the beret and the cap, the newsboy cap is an accessory that you can also use in winter to keep you warm.
Indeed, many models are made of wool, we also find this leather cap. In summer, we prefer a newsboy cap in linen, denim or cotton. You will find many models at Stetson, Kangol or Brixton. There are several variations of American caps: the fitted cap, the snapback or the strapback, the baseball or trucker cap.
The first baseball caps, at the beginning of the 20th century, were fitted, that is to say caps with sizes. But the fitted as we hear it today is the 5950 model from New Era, a cap with a flat visor, adjusted to the nearest half a centimeter. This model, created for baseball players in 1954, quickly left the field to become the brand’s reference model in 1978. The popularity of this men’s cap can be explained by two points: the first is the product itself that goes revolutionize the world of caps which become more resistant and more comfortable. The second is the popularity of baseball in the United States. It is the national North American sport, and for which the cap is an integral part of the equipment. Players wear caps, and every American can now wear the same cap. Beyond the legend, the fitted suit will suit all those who like tailor-made products, adapted to their head size, to make it an almost unique product.
The snapback was born a little as a reaction to fitted caps. Before arriving at models of caps adjusted to half a centimeter, there was not enough size: very often either the cap was too small or too large. Some baseball players have therefore initiated the creation of a cap that is no longer fitted, but adjustable. Beyond the sports grounds, this model of cap will know a very important success in the 80s and 90s, with brands like Starter or New Era whose snapbacks will be adopted by many rappers.
The phenomenon of media coverage of rap and video quickly propelled this cape on all the heads of the kids of the time. While surfing on the snapback fashion, the big brands are diversifying and offering the strapback cap, still adjustable at the back but with a leather or fabric strap which allows an even more precise adjustment and which often provides a finer finish. The baseball cap was created at the beginning of the 20th century and took off in the 1980s. The so-called baseball cap has the particularity of having a curved visor. Also called trucker, it symbolizes the traditional American cap. Its curved and rigid visor gives a completely different style to the snapback. More authentic and vintage, it is also easier to wear in terms of the given style. The trucker cap is available in a mesh version (mesh at the back of the cap), which allows the head to breathe more and which brings a rather old school touch.
How to wear a baseball cap in casual outfits
Along with the classic pieces in the men’s wardrobe, such as chinos and blazer, the hat can amplify that relaxed but stylish air. For this purpose, choose variants from textured materials such as suede, wool, striped velvet. In the transition season, these models team up with layered outfits, sweatshirt and parka, or shirt, sweater and jacket.
Add a logo hat to a sweatshirt or message t-shirt outfit and jeans or ankle-length pants for a relaxed outfit. Apart from being your basic element for sun protection, the hat adds personality to an outfit with shorts and a T-shirt. Choose one in a color that matches a piece of your outfit, either your T-shirt or your shoes.