What’s Your (Hat) Type?

Back in the good old days, like even before the internet was invented, hats were created to serve a functional purpose. They were likely conjured up by two farmer guys who kept getting a sunburn, and finally decided to weave some dried grass together to give their necks and faces shade. Why they didn’t just go down to the pharmacy to get some sunscreen is beyond us, but that’s neither here nor there.

Regardless, some version of the above story is what’s widely agreed upon. In fact, it’s believed that man was adorned in headwear over 5,000 years ago, but those great, great, great, great great ancestors of ours likely weren’t rocking fitteds of their favorite teams. All in all, headwear has come a long way since our farmer friends made those straw hats for shade.

As we all know, caps today are just as much about making a fashion statement as they are functional. The hats we wear say a lot about who we are. The style it is, logo it reps, sport it advertises, team it displays, and so on, says 1000 things about your lifestyle. In other words, we can all agree that the guy in a fitted is probably into different stuff than the gal in a snapback (and it goes without saying, the snapback vs. fitted beef is intense).

Let’s take a peek at some of the most popular kinds of caps available out there today:

The Fitted

Quick History: While they’re considered the classic OGs of baseball caps, fitteds are still as relevant, popular and rampant as ever. While fitted hats have been in existence since 1954 (when they became the official headwear for pro baseball players), it wasn’t until 1978 that they started being sold to the public. From there, the rest is history, and they haven’t changed much since.

Details: Fitteds are flat-brimmed, and come in various models to fit different head sizes. Unlike the snapback, fitteds are not one size fits all. 

Who Rocks Em? Some of the major proponents of fitteds are the diehard sports enthusiasts. Since they’re more concerned with repping their teams over staying up to date with the most current fashion trends, they tend to prefer a timeless classic choice—the fitted is perfect for that.

Advantages: The main advantage of the fitted is its lack of adjustable plastic bounding. While some people see that fact as making them less stylish (snapback fans), others think just the opposite. A major advantage of the fitted is that you can place an extra emblem or logo in the spot where an adjustable cap’s enclosure might be.

Downsides: Since they’re not one size fits all, it can be a bummer when you find the perfect fitted, but it’s just not available in your size. Such is life!

The Snapback

Quick History: Regarding construction, the only difference between the standard snapback and the fitted is its adjustable enclosure. Snapbacks have more of a rocky history than fitteds, insofar as they tend to weave in and out of being “fashionable.” While the 90s was a dominating time for snapbacks, they fell out of style in the early 2000s, but after making steady appearances on the heads of celebrities in the 2010s, they’re as popular as ever today.

Subgenres: Unlike the fitted, there are many subcategories of snapbacks.

  • Standard: Your classic 6-panel snapback that’s almost identical to the fitted, except with adjustability.
  • A-frame: The front panel kind of folds over, and the fit is slightly different than a classic snapback.
  • 5 Panel: Also known as the camper, the five panel has one less panel than a typical 6-panel snapback, giving it a different look. Campers are all the rage amongst the hipster crowd these days.
  • Strapback: They’re just like regular snapbacks, except the adjuster is a belt-like strap, rather than a “snappable” encasing.

Advantages: Not only are snapbacks arguably the most popular type of cap today, but they’re also cheaper than most fitteds. Peak style at an affordable price? That sounds like a win-win to us, so be sure to check out our classic snapbacks for sale.

The Fashion

Quick History: The “fashion” hat is as wide-ranged a category as a Stetson’s brim, and each style has its own extensive story. The hat as a fashion statement has existed for hundreds of years, and while some of them are dead and gone, others are still extremely popular these days. 

Styles: Here are some, but by no means all, of the popular fashion hats that have appeared throughout history.

  • Western: Stick em up, cowboy. When Stetsons came out in the 1800s, the cowboy hat quickly became a staple of American culture. They’re making quite a resurgence today among the good ole’ boys and metropolitan non-cowboy types alike.
  • Newsboy: Also known as the cabby hat, newsboys are a lot like flat-caps. Usually made in tweed, they became popular in the early 20th century, especially among Irish Americans. Trying to put your finger on what they look like? Think Samuel L. Jackson…
  • Fedora: Fedoras became popular in the prohibition era with the rise of modern gangsters. They’re usually made of felt, wide-brimmed, adorned with a ribbon and feature a pinched crown.
  • Boater: Boaters are those classic summer straw hats with medium length round flat brims and bands around them. You know those straw hats with the red, white and blue bands that turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet guys would wear? That’s what a boater is!

The Beanie

Quick History: Beanies have an extensive history. It’s probably not surprising that they were developed over the years in cold-climate areas, primarily around Scandinavia, Russia and Canada. Makes sense, eh? They’ve been included in many instances of pop culture, helping them gain in popularity. Not to mention, they serve an important wintertime function.

Styles: Beanies have a bunch of different names (mostly depending on what part of the country you’re in), and a few subcategories. For example, if you’re from the south, you might call your beanie a toboggan, whereas in Canada you might call it a tuque.

  • Knit Cap: The official name for the general beanie.
  • Pom: A beanie with a fluffy ball on top.
  • Slouch: The ones that hang looser than normal.

Who Rocks Em? The thing about beanies is, they don’t conform to a specific style. All types of people trying to pull off a variety of “looks” can successfully implement knitted caps into their fashion repertoires.

Advantages: The obvious advantage to rocking a YUMS beanie is that it will keep you warm while looking fresh in frigid weather. Besides, no matter what kind of cap you have on, frostbite is never a good look.

Let’s Cap Things Off

The moral of the story is: Hats tell a lot about who we are. Whether you see someone rocking a cap for religious purposes, to rep their team or simply to provide shade, don’t throw shade. So long as you just do you, and let them do them, we can all sing Kumbaya together in perfect hat-harmony.

Whatever look speaks to you, when it comes time to buy stylish hats online, you can count on YUMS.