Just about every guy owns a baseball cap. Whether it’s a beater snapback with a deeply curved brim that’s crumpled up in a drawer, or a pristine, flat-brimmed fitted, the baseball cap is the quintessential piece of American headwear. But many men don’t put a ton of thought into the lid that rests atop their dome beyond asking the question, “Do I like the team whose logo is on the crown?” Even worse are the dudes rocking the freebie cap featuring a brand they know nothing about (probably a pharmaceutical company or some sorts). But it’s free, so screw it, right? Wrong. The baseball cap doesn’t have to be an afterthought used only to avert the sun from your eyes.
Done right, the baseball cap can be worn with with all kinds of outfits. Pairing it with a suit might be pushing things a bit, but it can certainly look dope with a blazer. And it obviously works with more casual looks.
One of the most versatile styles are corduroy baseball caps. The texture of the material gives it a vintage vibe that still looks awesome today. It makes it “not another baseball hat” and one that will garner regular compliments. To help you “rock the ribbed” check out these six dope corduroy caps.
Keep it wavy with this turqouise cord cap from Patagonia, featuring artwork by Matthew Cater. The rope around the brim completes the vintage look and will put you in a beach state of mind even when you’re landlocked.
Marine Layer is known more for its super soft shirts, but this hat is a sleeper standout. With “Salty” splashed across the front, it’s the perfect lid to throw on when you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
The five-panel camp cap is a great alternative to the traditional baseball style, with a relaxed crown that doesn’t veer all the way into “dad hat” territory. And that classic Stussy logo has a spot in the streetwear hall of fame.
Coal has been making its Wilderness corduroy cap for a few years now and keeps adding new embroidered animals. You can snag a rattlesnake or grizzly bear if you’re feeling more aggro, but the rainbow trout is perfectly understated.
It’s a little unusual to see a cowboy hat logo on a baseball hat, but try not to overthink it. Just enjoy the extra soft thin wale corduroy that Poler used on this cap. It is nicely contrasted by the suede brim.
If you do want to rep your team on a cap, do so in a way that looks as sharp on Wednesday as it does on gameday. Seattle Seahawks fans have it easy, thanks to vintage looking lid.