Headwear is it’s own form of clothing–regardless of the trends of the time, the staples never go out of style. While your hat can define your outfit, the type of hat you wear and when you wear it will determine a lot. Over time, different hats styles have fallen into different genres. So how do you know how to pick the right one when it comes to getting one customized?
Let’s take a look at the different trends in headwear over time, and where each falls today.
Visors are controversial as a fashion statement–some might say there’s nothing cool about them whatsoever, while some might say they’re the best headwear ever invented (although we’ve never met one of these people).
While we’re not sure exactly when visors had their time in the fashion scene, tabloids have been claiming they’d make a comeback for a few years now. We have yet to see it happen, although Bradley Cooper didn’t hesitate to try it out once in 2014, and he’s probably the only one. Regardless of their fashionability (or lack thereof), they have always been around the sports scene, serving their due purpose in tennis, golf, volleyball and more.
Due to the varying opinions on the topless hat, we’ll just stick to the facts. Visors are a nice and very useful form of athletic-wear. And while effectively serving the purpose of blocking the sun from your eyes, they also allow your hair to blow freely in the wind, or sprout wildly in any direction. For better or for worse? We’ll let you decide.
Ah, the good ol’ baseball cap. The wardrobe staple began in Brooklyn in 1860 as the uniform for the Brooklyn Excelsiors. By 1900, the hats became a key trend that would never go out of style. Today, almost like the sport of baseball itself, they’re an American classic. They can be worn on any day and any time of the year–to the beach, the gym, or the game. Whether it’s just a part of your look, or it’s serving an effective purpose to block the sun and keep the hair out of the way, the baseball cap is headwear that doesn’t need a “trendy season.”
Within this category also lies the snapback, which despite their stigma, are very popular and important to note. Although GQ told us just last year that they were over, they’ve been around the scene for quite some time, from the sports landscape to the hip hop scene. It’s hard to actually predict them going anywhere, and we’ll support them for their stylistic prominence. All we ask is that you take the sticker off.
Beanies have made their way in and out of the mainstream for the past few decades. In the 90s, they were heavily a part of the grunge scene. In the early 2000’s, they were part of the pop, skater, and rapper scenes, and now they’re back strong in today’s hipster/chic/punk era. Despite the fact it was originally created as cold-weather gear for men who worked outdoors, the general population has been all about the beanie for quite some time, despite the temperature. While the headwear has become more about making a fashion statement, they are versatile and simple, and they’ll always remain a hat we can appreciate.
Originally known as a kerchief, the bandana has been a headwear staple since the beginning of its time. The colored paisley cloths were used for gang association by California’s Bloods and Crips gangs back in the 1960s and 70s. They upheld popularity through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and still hold a place in culture today.
High school kids, hard rockers, and motorcycle clubs alike have a strong affinity for sporting bandanas, and basically everyone can pull them off. Even in extreme sports culture, particularly snowboarding, bandanas have long held their place as one of the best forms of headwear. We’ll stand by it– bandanas always have been and always will be cool, whether worn as a hat, headband, or face mask. If you’re feeling like it, definitely go for the bandana!
In history, it has gone by several names–session hat, fisherman’s hat, Irish Country hat–but today, the trend is best known as the bucket hat. If they trigger an image similar to Florida beach-dwelling grandmothers and grandfathers, it’s probably because they first became popular in the 1960’s. They made their way from the heads of 60’s band members, to 80’s rappers, and eventually to street fashion of the 90s.
For the past few summers, we have seen bucket hats make their comeback on skaters and frat boys alike, and they are a highly notable form festival gear. We’d venture to say that the hats became a headwear staple for celebrities like Rihanna, Justin Beiber, and even Jay-Z. Although we’re not sure how much longer they’ll be around, bucket hats are ultimately up there on the list the latest and most popular trend in headwear. Love it or hate it.
Interestingly enough, the trucker hat originated as a marketing giveaway. Back at their creation, the baseball hat cousins were given away for free as promotional gear from companies that supplied feed and farming supplies to farmers, truck drivers, and other rural workers. Imagine that! A simple form of branded merchandise went mainstream, with celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake bringing them to the ‘trendy’ scene in the early 2000s.
It seems like the old hat might just be making second rounds. Cringe-worthy? Maybe. But since Kylie Jenner’s Von Dutch Instagram selfie, rumors have been circulating about the early 2000’s trend making a comeback. Many other trends from the early 2000s have already made their way back, and as it seems to go, once a Kardashian does it, it’s a thing. If this is true, trucker hats might just be the next new trend to look out for. Hey, that’s fine, let’s just keep the Juicy Couture velour sweat suits locked away in the early 2000s forever.