Hats off to fashion’s recent revival of headgear, in particular the baseball cap. The humble headpiece hasn’t been this lauded since the (stylistically questionable) 80s, and fashion designers are taking a particular liking to it, as they imagine what we want to adorn our heads with, hidden away in their ateliers.
Although our love affair with the baseball cap started on the S/S’12 runways, and Olympics fever that gripped us this summer certainly had a part to play; Autumn/Winter ’12 also offered the cap in copious amounts, and varied versions, sitting atop beautifully constructed outfits other than a baseball jersey and track pants tucked into socks.
Catwalk cap approval came in the form of multicolour lattice print caps at Lacoste; raised front baker boy caps with mesh inserts and snapbacks at DSquared2 and fun-injected leather versions in red and black, emblazoned with slogans such as ‘Ride It’ on upturned rims at House of Holland.
But it’s not only the big names in fashion that approve. The celeb world’s casual adoption of the cap has elevated its status to new heights; with the likes of Rihanna, Jessie J and Rita Ora preferring to wear caps by street names such as Trapstar, Boy London and Obey with high end looks, adding a street-luxe feel to its previously sporty appeal.
And now that fashion has had its way with the baseball cap you can expect it to be available in a multitude of prints, doused in all forms of embellishment and worn with everything from a military trend shift to an oversized tweed coat.
To celebrate the comeback of the baseball cap, we’ve picked our top 5 favourite versions to suit every budget.
House of Holland Metallic Jacquard Houndstooth Cap, £120, available at Browns