No matter where you live, the baseball cap is a smart accessory for everyday sun protection. While the style hasn’t changed that much in recent years, more brands are now offering the staple style in warm-weather appropriate fabrics. Keep an eye out for breathable linen and washed-out cotton — they’ll keep your head both cool and shaded through the dog days.
How to Pick the Right Hat
Even if you have a favorite cap already, these seasonably appropriate options are well worth adding to your headwear rotation. They don't don the logo of distant or deserted sports franchises, nor a company kind enough to gift you branded garb.
These features subtly render them both more casual and more appropriate for places beyond the ballpark. Invest in one that won't lose its shape after a few wears. The style certainly isn't going anywhere —the wildest innovations have been this ambitious bill — so stock up on ones you'll own forever. Worst case scenario they become a sought-after vintage piece with a storied past life.
What These Avoid
Unflattering details like embroidered logos, weird tags or odd fits altogether aren’t always easy to avoid. In fact, you’d need to see most of these hats firsthand to know whether there’s a logo at the rear, a leather strap or a nylon one or extra fabric on top. Luckily we have, and we’ll point out potential problems as they arise.
How to Address Hat Hair
With consistent hat-wearing comes a serious issue: hat hair. You know, when you slip out of that warm hat and your hair goes every which way, or, on the contrary, it looks like you combed it straight down with super glue? There's a fix, I promise, that isn't just wetting your hair in your work's bathroom or the restroom in the rear of the restaurant.
Try the Everyday Tonic by Fellow, a chain-of-barbershops-in-big-cities-turned-grooming-brand. It's alcohol-, paraben-, and sulfate-free — vegan-friendly as well, meaning it wasn't tested on animals — and it comes with a nice, all-natural barbershop-like scent; fresh and clean like Barbicide but more botanical (like ocean air, almost).
The Coolest Baseball Caps for Men
Wythe's Denim Seed Badge Cap takes inspiration from hats seed companies used to send to farmers for working with them. Or, if they hadn't yet, try to convince them to do so. It's made from denim with contrasting white stitching and a patch logo on the front. There's a silver-ish snap closure at the back.
Adsum's Two Tone Hat is blank, meaning you can wear it anywhere without risking drunken conflict. It's made from 100 percent cotton with a pre-curved brim.
Wide front panels make the Proof Rover Hat look rather unstructured once on, but that's not a bad thing. A relaxed hat is easier to wear right away. It's tonal all over except for the strap, which is black nylon.
General Admission's abbreviated embroidered logo is scrawled across this semi-structured cotton canvas cap. It's simple, sturdy and a great shape.
This one isn't made from your usual corduroy. Instead, it's a cotton-linen mix woven into a durable weave called Bedford Cord. It's textured but not too thick. There's a green underbill and the rear strap is made from leather and antiqued silver.
This one is a whole hell of a lot like Proof's Rover cap, but it's made with sturdy, water-resistant waxed canvas instead. That gives it an interesting feel and plenty of character over time. It's all-black all over.
Texture helps a plain cap not look so... plain. Try corduroy, for example, which Satta uses instead of flat cotton for its standard baseball cap.
Soft suede canvas makes this logo-less lid super comfortable year-round. It comes in two colors, Maple (seen here) and Natural (a light khaki) and has an adjustable leather strap with silver hardware.
Coors Banquet is definitely better than Coors Light. It's even got better merch. This old, farmy-looking logo makes for a great addition to this blue cord cap. It has an adjustable blue snap buckle back to boot.
The texture on Beams Plus's Cap is subtler but definitely still there. Classic cotton is woven with a herringbone pattern for a more luxe appearance, and the eyelets let your head breathe.
Poten makes its caps in the same factory as the Japanese major league baseball teams do. In fact, it's the only outside brand allowed in. That means you get serious quality and more interesting designs.
Why rep a specific team when you can put on for an entire city? That's what Weld MFG lets you do with its SF Felt Letter Field Trip Hat. The brand makes a bunch for different locales, or you can customize your own.