As you may have noticed, the baseball cap went from Dad’s bad hair day saviour to one of the most biggest trends this Summer. Alongside backpacks and sneakers, the baseball cap counts amongst our favourite items this season.
Unmissable on the catwalk, it’s worn with everything from jeans to tuxedos – yes you read right. Dior Homme FW15 proved it actually looked surprisingly cool to rock the cap with fitted suits. Actually, suits worn decontextualised are one of fashion’s favourite ‘thing’ to play around with: suits with athletic wear, suits worn ripped or with skirts (Charles Jeffrey AW16) and now suits with baseball caps.
So after the t-shirt, here’s an ode to the baseball cap.
Hey Man, where are you from?
Originally, the baseball cap was used for baseball (duh?!). In 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsiors, an amateur baseball team, wore the precursor to the modern cap which featured a long peak and a button on top. At the time, baseball caps weren’t as structured and fitted as they are today. By 1900, the “Brooklyn-style” became popularised, and so the baseball cap became worn by the public. Hence, it is only then that it took the form of how we know it today.
The Foray into Fashion
On the catwalk, baseball caps have been around for at least two seasons. As previously mentioned, for their Fall/Winter 2015 Dior Homme presented a black fitted two-piece tuxedo worn with a white shirt and a black bow tie. Quite classic if you ask me. The outfit was, however, given a twist with floral badges but most importantly, a structured black baseball cap revisited with matching pins. The cap imbued the outfit grunginess.
Kris Van Assche wasn’t the only designer to pair baseball caps with suits. Les Hommes, Salvatore Ferragamo and Calvin Klein also adopted the modern day suit. While Les Hommes remained quite formal, Salvatore Ferragamo and Calvin Klein chose a more casual alternative, accessible to an up to date lifestyle. Even though we have doubts on the utility of a baseball cap paired with a suit, it sure does look sophisticated.
Heidi Slimane opted for a more relaxed option when he was still at Saint Laurent. Forever loyal to his LA indie rock aesthetic, he created a youthful outfit composed of black skinny jeans, worn out white sneakers, a lumberjack shirt, a denim jacket, what appears to be a striped t-shirt and a leopard bomber jacket. Who said layers were out of style? All of these garments were topped off with a red “YEAH BABY” baseball cap. Very effortless. Very LA.
Last but not least, Oliver Rousteing at Balmain went for a full collection travel inspired, ideal for Summer. With beige and cream tones, the models wore fitted sweatpants, suede gladiators, satchel bags and baseball caps. In this latest case, it seems almost plausible that the baseball cap reclaimed its initial function of protecting its wearer’s eyes from the sun. Fashionable and useful.
What To Do?
So it seems that baseball caps just look good with everything… But is there a wrong way to wear a baseball cap? Don’t get us wrong, we love and encourage experimenting with fashion and detest shows judging other people’s looks but, still, some things are to be avoided.
We elaborated a short 5 step list to avoid looking like a douche when wearing a baseball cap.
1) Peak pointing front, never on the side or backwards… Except if you’re a 90s hiphop star.
2) Always take the sticker off, people don’t care where you bought from.
3) Go for a fitted and structure shape rather than an oversized basketball cut.
4) Please, oh please, make sure its your size. Nothing would be more annoying than to have your range of vision reduced by half.
5) We don’t like flip flops, so everything with flip flops is to be avoided including a baseball cap.
Apart from these few things, you’re good with anything paired with a baseball cap. The good news is you’ll never have to worry about your bad hair day ever again. So CAP UP and have fun! Summer only happens once a year after all. (If at all.)