Whether you’re losing your hair, looking to go incognito after a spate of unsuccessful Tinder dates, or just anticipating the need to keep cool under the impending summer sun, this season’s must-have hat is slipped straight from the sports field.
For the uninitiated, a baseball cap is characterised by its protruding peak and rear fastening – and made its debut in 1860 atop the heads of Brooklyn baseball team the Excelsiors, whose players sought a sartorial solution to the blinding sun. Over the century-and-a-half since, first hip-hop’s stylish elite hijacked it, followed by skaters, punks, and most recently Donald Trump, who’s done his damnedest to make the coolest, easiest to wear hat an item of derision.
Fortunately, not even the Donald’s dad hat can dull the baseball cap’s lustre. It’s evolved from a practical, sun-shielding piece, to claim its position as an indispensable part of a man’s casual wardrobe. David Beckham is renowned for crowning his ‘health goth’ vibe to disguise a bad hair day, while New Era’s designs often top on-point outfits from Wiz Khalifa and co.
10 Of The Best Baseball Caps
Regardless of the brand you think you want – or if it needs to be a five-panel, snapback or trucker-style – don’t make any decisions on which cap to cop this summer until you’ve inspected our round-up of the 10 best on the market.
Palace Roadrunner Snapback
Skate brand Palace has turned 1990s skatewear into a brand kids queue round the block for. But if you can’t cop one of its limited logo hoodies, a cap is an easier way to tap the trend.
This six-panel version stays true to the brand’s urban aesthetic and features the collection’s iconic retro motif. The most hyped way to fight the sun.
Available at END Clothing, priced £39.
Stussy Stock SP16 cap
Stussy was founded in 1980 by a southern Californian surfer, Shawn Stussy, who has been credited with starting the whole streetwear subculture on the West Coast of America.
This snapback is constructed from a wool blend (breathable – handy for the hot-headed) and features a black crown with a tonal cotton peak. Note the large embroidered Stussy script logo here, which knocks your street credentials up at least a couple of gears.
Available at Kickz, priced £23.87.
Ebbets Field Flannels New York City Lennon Cap
American apparel – no not that one - doesn’t come any more classic than Ebbets Field Flannels’ jackets, jerseys and caps, which recreate styles worn by US sport’s unsung heroes.
Constructed in six panels from a cotton twill, the New York City Lennon Cap is embroidered at the front with a contrasting script and old school Americana vibes coming as standard.
Available at END Clothing, priced £55.
Norse Projects Organic Canvas Trucker Cap
All hail Danish brand Norse Projects and its simple, no fuss approach to menswear. This organic canvas trucker cap is a classic, erm, trucker shape and comes completely free from chemical nasties. Yup, it’s been made with zero DDT or pesticides, and it’s ideal whether you’re driving an Arctic or a something a bit pacier.
Available at Norse Projects, priced £55.
Saturdays Surf 6-Panel
Stoney tones are where it’s at for SS16, so you can’t go far wrong with this six-panel cap from Saturdays Surf NYC.
Wear yours with tailored navy trousers, an Oxford shirt and a deconstructed blazer, for a look that takes you from work to play with ease.
Available at Oki-Ni, priced £34.
Supreme Nylon Camo Camp Cap
Formerly the preserve of East Coast skate rats, Supreme has evolved from niche cult brand to global streetwear label over the past few years.
This cap’s bold banana print is an easier way to get tropical than that cabana shirt.
Available at Supreme, priced £40.
New Era 59Fifty NY Yankees Fitted Cap
New Era has a link to sports heritage that dates back over 90 years and is seen as a symbol of self-expression by athletes and artists around the world. Especially in baseball, obviously.
This style is made from a textured fabric, constructed with a neat domed crown with eyelets and flat peak.
Available at ASOS, priced £30.
Cav Empt Embroidered Cotton Baseball Cap
Put a streetwear-inspired slant on your casual game with this baseball cap by cult Japanese label Cav Empt. Crafted from durable cotton, it features red logo embroidery in the brand’s bold graphic style. Pair yours with a printed sweatshirt and sneakers.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £60.
Wood Wood Blue Baseball Cap
Wood Wood is a Scandinavian streetwear brand that cleverly fuses high fashion and sportswear with youth culture, art and music.
The result? Minimal, clean designs that feel fresher than a pillow with a mint on it. This versatile blue cap is no exception.
Available at Topman, priced £32.
Patagonia 73 Logo Baseball Cap
Patagonia isn’t all sensible fleeces, forgiving T-shirts and outdoorsy essentials, you know. It also does killer caps that’ll ensure you knock it out the park this summer.
Coming in pale grey, and of standard baseball construction, it will pair well with almost everything hanging in your wardrobe.
Available at ASOS, priced £24.