If you are into style and fashion and want to bring a little old school style to your wardrobe, rocking a fitted snapback cap is a decent fashion statement. Snapback caps are old school baseball caps known for their plastic adjustable snap opening on the back and large flat rim. Snapback fitted caps are often larger than more modern caps and some compare them to the large squarish design of trucker caps.
Obviously an internet article about how to wear vintage snapback caps isn’t going to suddenly give you fresh style; you’ll need to wear your hats the way you want. But some tips on what kind of caps to wear will help you know what to look for in snapback caps.Credit: By me (from me) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The first thing to look for in a snapback cap is the back plastic with the adjustable snap. The next thing to look for is that trademark flat brim and larger than normal dome. A true vintage snapback cap won’t be gaudy with logos and won’t have under the brim writing, but that’s a personal preference. Classics will have a dark green underside on the brim and that’s it.
Pick out a snapback cap that has the design, colors and styles you want. Nothing looks better than a snapback cap that has colors that match another piece of clothing like your shirt or your kicks.
Another way to pick up a great looking snapback is to choose one that has your favorite team’s logo on it. The NHL and NBA often sell snapbacks with your team’s logo on it. Don’t just choose a cap because you like the colors, choose one that supports your team and looks good.
If sports aren’t your thing there are plenty of new snapbacks out there. Many clothing companies such as New Era, Starter, Polo, and Obey make vintage inspired hats. Again, while a personal preference, subtle styles and logos often look clean while cluttered or excessively large logos tend to look gaudy.
You can buy snapbacks at places like Lids, Modells, and other sporting goods stores. You can also find many snapback caps online at retailers like Amazon.
Once you’ve picked out one of the stylish ball caps you’ll need to put it up on your head and make it look good. Most people don’t wear snapbacks backwards but that’s your call. People often wear snapback firmly on the head with the brim straight forward while other wear it tilted on the side to make it look like it’s nearly falling off their head.
For the tilt look you might need a bobby pin or hair clip to hold the snapback in place. You might also want to tighten the adjustable snaps to get a tight fit to keep it on your head. The great thing about snapback hats is that you can wear snapback hats with a small head or with a big head since they are adjustable.
Grow your collection of snap back fitted caps so you always have a fresh lid ready for your wardrobe. Keep in mind that if you are going for a vintage snapback look you’ll want a cap with subdued logos, the green under brim, and a completely flat brim. Don’t bend or fold that brim if you want a classic look.