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If you think that wearing a snapback is all about sun protection, we’re here to inform you that you’re sadly mistaken. Snapbacks are all about making a statement. With this ultimate guide on how to wear your snapback hat, you’ll know exactly what type of statement you want to make.
A snapback cap is technically defined as a flat-brimmed, fitted baseball hat that can be adjusted by the small snap buttons on the back. It’s this small ‘snap’ on the back, allowing the hat size to be adjusted to the perfect fit, that gives the snapback hat its name. Snapbacks are generally made in two shapes and can be seen in either a boxy shape or a more fitted style.
History of the snapback
Snapbacks first came onto the scene in the 1950s. Brought on the scene by players in the American baseball league, the classic snapback was originally styled in various team colours. The hats slowly faded out of the fashion world only to reemerge in the 1990s, quickly becoming a staple in popular fashion. By the end of the century, the snapback had disappeared once again, but in recent years we’ve seen the classic snapback hat reemerge on the scene, popular as ever.
How you choose to wear your snapback depends entirely on the type of style you want to achieve, and how confident you are in pulling it off. Let’s look in more detail at the multiple ways a snapback can be worn.
How to wear a snapback
Here are some popular ways to wear a snapback, provided you have a normal sized head, that is.
Forward facing: You can wear the snapback forwards, plain and simple, but that’s not very exciting. Instead, point the brim towards the sky as much as possible and sit the cap on top of your head without quite fully pushing it in place.
Backwards: Again, this is more than just wearing the snapback the wrong way. If you want to wear a snapback backwards, you should again angle the brim towards the sky so that your entire forehead is exposed.
Angled: This style is halfway between sideways and forward facing, where the cap is simply angled slightly to the side.
For the ladies: You may have some difficulty wearing snapbacks at times with hair interfering with the placement of the hat. For a sporty look, wear your hair in a ponytail threaded through the back of a hat. Alternatively, you can braid your hair and wear it to the side.
Styling is important with snapbacks. It’s not just the hat that will make you look cool, but your outfit in general. Wear a snapback with some fitted jeans and a casual shirt for a sporty look, or switch with a polo and some neat sneakers for something more preppy. For a more urban look, opt for baggier pants and maybe a chain or earring.
Things to avoid
There are a few things to avoid if you are considering including a snapback.
- Don’t buy a snapback featuring a sports team you know nothing about. Make sure that it’s a team you support or at least know some basic facts about. Otherwise it could end up embarrassing!
- Don’t go overboard with the styling. Keep it simple for a more casual look
- Do not have flyaways or frizzy hair poking out the sides of the cap. This doesn’t mean you should go ahead and shave your hair, but try to maintain a more groomed hairstyle so as not to interfere with the snapback look
- Don’t buy oversized or undersized snapbacks. Although they’re mostly ‘one size fits all’, this generally means they fit people with a medium sized head. Know the size of your head before you buy to avoid a hat that’s too loose it covers your eyes, or one that’s too tight it gives you headaches.
Whether you go for a classic snapback with neutral or two-toned colours, or a more modern one with a cool design on the front, wear your snapback with confidence and you’ll impress everyone. So what are you waiting for? Now that you know how to wear the snapback, order your own custom hats today!