How to Wear a Baseball Cap Without Looking Like a Douchebag
1| Pick your panels
Avoiding douchebag territory starts with picking the right one. There are two general types of caps
How to do it Pick the one that suits your head shape best: six-panel hats tend to suit a face with a wider jaw and a taller forehead, while the shorter five-panel hats tend to suit the opposite. Just don’t ever wear a trucker hat. If you so much as consider purchasing a trucker hat, take a hard look in the mirror for a minute and tell yourself that you’re better than that, because you are. Then you can put the gun down, and proceed with your day.
Six-panel snapback: Triple Play by Carhartt
2| Bend the brim a bit
The arrow-straight brim was all the rage back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, around the same time that prepubescent Justin Bieber was merely gestating in the womb of his worldwide
How to do it It’s best to pick a cap with a very subtle bend and just let it wear out naturally as it becomes more curved over repeated use. But if you like, you can bend a straight brim by hand, too. Just don’t get carried away, because too much bend is no good either.
3| Materials matter
The standard cotton canvas baseball hats are always a solid choice, but suede and leather can make a cap look more refined, more upscale, less douchey.
How to do it Just be sure to avoid materials like patent leather, and you should be okay. It doesn’t have to be
4| Go bright but not loud
We’re usually partial to darker and more subtle colors, but the baseball
How to do it Don’t ever let it get loud: Steer clear of hats that have too much going on, like oversized embroideries and unnecessary
5| Keep it clean
When it comes to hat-wearing, few things are more off-putting than sweat stains. If you don’t want to look like the kind of guy who wears his hat to the gym, make sure that yours is always clean.
How to do it Tossing a hat in the wash tends to deform it, so just brush it with an old (but clean) toothbrush, and warm, soapy water. Then leave it to dry under the sun.
6| Wear it right
The tilted hat is just about as douchey as a popped collar, which is the single douchiest thing that a man can do with any article of clothing. Stick to the standard brim-front stance, and occasionally allow for a
How to do it
7| Take it off inside
Call it old-fashioned, but there’s room yet for a little of your grandfather’s etiquette. When entering a building, starting a meeting, sitting down for a meal, or joining in anything somber like a prayer or a national anthem, take your hat off as a matter of respect.
How to do it Hat hair sucks. Keep a comb handy.
Review: How to Wear a Baseball Cap
1. Six-panel hats suit a face with a wider jaw and a taller forehead, while five-panel hats suit the opposite.
2. Let the brim wear out and become more curved naturally.
3. Premium materials like suede and leather make a cap look more refined.
4. Strong colors and even prints and patterns can work, as long as they’re simple and in good taste.
5. Clean it: Brush it with an old (but clean) toothbrush, and warm, soapy water.
6. Stick to the standard brim-front stance.
7. Take it off inside.