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The Rise of the Dad Hat

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Throughout the modern era of street fashion we’ve seen a number of sports cap silhouettes reign supreme. In the 90s the snapback hat, popularized by Starter, had its run. Then came the fitted cap, made famous by New Era’s 59/50 model, holding the crown through most of the early 2000s, surpassing short-lived trends like the trucker cap.

The mid to late 2000s saw new contenders in the camper and 5-panel cap, and being that fashion moves in cycles, the snapback hat made a return to take back it’s throne. Well, only to be knocked off once again by the invasion of the dad hats.

DAD HATS TAKE OVER

Over the past year the dad hat, formally known as an unstructured 6-panel cap, has been making waves in the world of street style. Dad hats aren’t new to the game at all. They just never had much hype, beyond the niche appeal of the classic Ralph Lauren Polo caps.

Almost everybody has gotten one as a free giveaway item at a trade show though, or picked one up as a souvenir at a rest stop at some point in life. These were the kind of hats mostly regulated to be worn by your dads and grand dads for weekend grocery shopping trips.

THE MAKINGS OF A DAD HAT

What constitutes as a quintessential dad hat is any hat with a low-profile, unstructured build, a pre-curved visor, and 6 crown panels. The sizing adjustment typically comes in the form of a fabric strap with a brass-buckle closure, occasionally with a velcro closure, and rarely with a plastic snap. Add to that some subtle or clever logo embroidered on the front and you’ve got yourself a fine addition to your headwear arsenal.

PIONEERS OF THE DAD HAT

Today, some of the most influential figures have ditched their snapback hats in favor of dad hats, bringing them to the forefront of modern day hype. The most popular apparel brands have taken notice, too, producing the headwear at a rate unlike ever before. Is it a fast trend, or here to keep the throne warm until the next big cap comes through?

The overall frenzy for this soon to be iconic piece of sportswear history has lead to the meteoric rise of the dad hat.

SHOP DAD HATS

Check out some of our latest dad hats at the shop. Want more dad hats? We’ve listed some of our top sources below.

  • KARMALOOP
  • ZUMIEZ
  • LIDS
  • PACSUN
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    Big Sean in a Carhartt dad hat

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    Rihanna in a camo dad hat

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    Kanye West in a Yeezus dad hat

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    Cashletes dad hats

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