The snapback is back. Yes, you read that right. Your favorite 90s hat is in style again and ready for another go-around. Although hip-hop essentials no longer look perfect with baggy jeans and an oversized t-shirt, they look sleek and bold with contemporary clothing. All you need to know is how to wear it correctly, and with this handy guide, you will. From how to style a snapback to fashion faux pas to avoid, here’s how to pull off the statement-making cap without looking outdated.
What is a Snapback?
The history of the snapback lies in baseball, but the hat should not be confused with a baseball cap. Although both are similar in nature, they have differences. The snapback gets its name from an adjustable strap or “snap” at the back, making it a unique style. Baseball caps, on the other hand, are fitted and cannot be adjusted. Snapbacks also feature a wide, flat brim and six stiff sections that form the cap and result in a high dome towards the front. This shape gives the snapback its distinctive appearance and more space in the front for text or prints.
How to Choose a Snapback
Selecting a snapback is a personal business with no wrong answers. Although the cap now comes in a variety of designs, you can always find the right one for you by picking one that suits your personality and style. If you’re still not sure what to choose, think about your desired look and go from there. If you’re interested in sports, you can choose one with a team logo or if you prefer a minimal aesthetic, try a no-frills design. For those who are still finding their style or new to snapbacks, opt for a simple, classic design in a dark color, like black. This will ensure that your cap matches the outfit you pair it with.
Stylish casual look
While snapbacks naturally pair well with casual looks, they can also work really well as part of a smart casual outfit. To ensure success, choose a minimal style snapback in a dark hue and avoid overly bold logos or prints. Wear your cap facing forward with the brim pointed slightly upwards to reveal more of your face and hair. Pair your snapback with chinos and a casual button up in neutral or muted tones for the perfect laid-back, smart look. Finish things off with a clean, scuff-free pair of sneakers.
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Hip-hop outfits and snapbacks often go well together and are used to teaming up. The fashion-forward attitude that snapbacks project pairs perfectly with hip-hop styles, making them the perfect accessory. Choose a snapback that makes a stylish and bold statement, like a black style with white embroidery. Wear it with the edge forward and complete your outfit with an oversized graphic tee, ripped black jeans and sneakers.
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How to Wear Snapback Forwards
Having the brim facing forward is the most classic way to wear a snapback. Although the look is still casual, it presents a cleaner look than wearing it upside down. Of course, that doesn’t mean a front-facing snapback can’t make a stylish fashion statement. By pairing your snapback forward with casual and hip-hop outfits, you’ll be sure to create a standout style.
How to Wear a Snapback Inside Out
Although wearing a snapback forward is the general option, a confident man can also wear one backwards. Be careful, however. The look can look outdated and clunky if worn the wrong way or with the wrong outfit. To successfully wear a snapback inside out, pair it with modern and contemporary styles and designs. Also, remember to keep your attire casual as the look projects a relaxed and carefree vibe. Aim for an urban style with streetwear and be sure to wear the cap high on the head at an angle towards the back.
How not to wear a snapback
When it comes to wearing a snapback, there are a few rules to follow. Snapbacks look best with casual outfits, so not pairing them with formal or business wear is something to remember. Whether or not a snapback is right for you and how you should wear it are also things you need to know. While you may have changed your look in the 90s, the rules aren’t the same as they were back then, so it’s time to revisit how your snapback style can go wrong.
Do not bend the peak
Although it was popular in the past to bend the peak of your snapback, this is no longer the case, so don’t do it. Snapbacks were made with a flat brim for a reason and can look fake or awkward if bent. If you want to curve the peak of a cap, you can opt for a curved peak hat instead.
If you have long hair, avoid pulling it through the back of your snapback into a ponytail. Instead, if you have a long hand, just let it hang down for an urban, bohemian look that’s much more modern than a ponytail.
No side caps
Wearing a snapback on the side may have once been cool, but now it seems silly. Trust us when we say you don’t want to wear your cap sideways. Even if you think it might sound cool, don’t go there. The appearance is both old-fashioned and a bit silly. Straight forward or backward are the only ways a modern man should wear his cap.
Don’t forget your age
Unfortunately, snapbacks are not suitable for all ages. Older men often need a more sophisticated style, which means snapbacks are best left to those in their 20s and 30s. If you’re trying to wear a snapback at an older age, it might look like you’re trying to dress younger than you are. Of course, if you want to wear one, you shouldn’t let anyone stop you, especially if your usual style is attitude-laden or unique. Alternatively, you can choose from a wide range of hats which tend to suit your age group best.
Consider the output
Snapbacks are great accessories, but only for the right occasions. While they look great for casual outings and general weekend activities, they can feel underdressed and inappropriate for formal and professional settings. Before putting on your snapback, always think about where you are going and who will be there to ensure proper attire.
Does this match your style?
Before putting on a snapback, make sure it suits your style. The cap requires confidence to pull off, so you don’t want to feel uncertain when wearing one. If your personality is shy or you consider yourself a more sophisticated gentleman, it may be better to opt for other hats instead. If you know a snapback is for you, find one that matches your personality and personal taste. Also avoid wearing caps with brand or team logos if they mean nothing to you.
How to Wear a Snapback Tips
- Choose the color and style of snapback cap to wear based on your style/outfit and personality.
- Wear only bold snapbacks with understated outfits.
- Wear a snapback forward for a classic, sharp casual look or backwards for an informal, fashion-forward style.
- Never wear your snapback sideways.
- Always consider where you are going and who will be there before deciding whether or not to wear a snapback.
- Do not wear snapbacks for a formal or professional occasion.
Do you leave the sticker on a snapback?
There are some general guidelines on how not to wear a snapback. First, don’t bend the visor; this is not how the hat was designed. Second, don’t wear long hair pulled back like a ponytail, or try to swing it to the side – it never works. Of course, like any part of your outfit, you need to consider the occasion, as snapbacks are best suited for casual wear. Other things to consider also include your overall style and age. Snapbacks don’t always suit an older demographic or every wardrobe.
Do you leave the sticker on a snapback?
The stickers on the caps are designed to be removed before wearing. There was a time when leaving the sticker on a hat, especially New Era baseball caps, was considered cool, but those days are largely over. However, that comes down to personal preference – leave it on, take it off – whatever takes your fancy.
You put your ears in the snapback?
Typically, you don’t tuck your ears into a snapback. Ideally, the fit of the hat should be snug, so there is no room for your ears, and the correct size will usually be higher than ear level. Again, though, it comes down to personal preference. If you want to protect the tips of your ears from sun damage, tucking them into the hat will help (but always wear sunscreen). It also depends on the shape of your ears. Some people may be bothered by ears sticking out too much, and tucking them in can help hide them.
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