How to Wear a Snapback Hat & Look Stylish

21 Nov.,2023


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. This short guide on how to wear your snapback hat will teach you how to make the right statement.

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 cap 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 colors. 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.

Backward: Again, this is more than just wearing the snapback the wrong way. If you want to wear a snapback backward, you should again angle the brim towards the sky so that your entire forehead is exposed.

Angled: This hat styling 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. Check out this post for more tips on how to wear hats with wigs.

Styling is important with custom 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.

Basically, there are different ways to wear a hat to express your mood and pull off different looks. But that brings us to the next point.

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 lose it covers your eyes or one that’s too tight it gives you headaches. We have a simple guide on what to do if your hat is too big. Worth a read if you have an oversized hat.

Whether you go for a classic snapback with neutral or two-toned colors 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!

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