Hats are pretty divisive. Every year, fashion flirts with a specific hat style; it crops up on our Instagram feeds, with insiders seemingly embracing them with open arms. But in reality? They generally don’t boast broad appeal. It’s very seldom that we see someone at the park wearing a straw hat three feet in diameter, after all. This year, however, there’s one hat that’s made the transition from the social media ether to real, everyday life—the humble baseball cap.
Baseball caps started gaining traction last year when designers like Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, and Tom Ford showcased them on the runway for the first time since, well, we can’t even remember. Editors and influencers soon got the memo and began wearing baseball caps with everything from pared-back tracksuits to floral dresses. Now, whenever I leave the house (which, admittedly, is still somewhat seldom), baseball caps are more prevalent than ever—and not merely as a solution to disguise root regrowth.
Put simply; baseball caps are cool. They manage to make everything you wear look effortless; the right one can even elevate the entire feel of your outfit. Chances are you already own one, but you might be unsure how to wear it. If so, we’ve found six prime examples of how to style a baseball cap that are sure to inspire. Scroll below to see them, then shop the pieces you need to re-create the cap-centric looks down to a T.