Fashionable Men’s Baseball Caps For 2021
From little leagues to the MLB, if you’re batting in a baseball game on a sunny day, you’ll struggle to see the ball unless you shade your eyes from the sun. Solving this problem gave rise to the world’s most worn hat, the baseball cap.
Although various baseball hats date back well over 150 years, the modern baseball cap design that’s so familiar today - a stiff peaked brim at the front, adjustable fit at the back and six stitched sections finishing with a button on top - first saw use in 1954, and soon became one of the most ubiquitous men’s hat designs. Popular throughout the world as an easy, practical and casual accessory, hundreds of celebrities have been pictured wearing them, from rap stars to politicians - even Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama have rocked a baseball cap!
That popularity comes with a price: there are thousands, perhaps millions of baseball caps for men out there - it would take decades to sort through all of them. That’s precisely what this buyer’s guide is here for! We’ll cover some major features of baseball hats, including the different styles and materials you can expect to see on offer, suggest a few clothes that will help you stand out from the cap-wearing crowd, and finish with a summary of some of the most fashionable men’s baseball caps you can buy in 2021. So, let’s step up to the plate and get swinging!
Types of baseball cap
Thanks to their long history of being in vogue, men’s baseball caps have branched off into several distinct subtypes. The traditional peaked baseball cap is still very popular. With a long angular brim, these are the best baseball caps for men to wear when playing sport. From tennis to golf (and baseball, obviously), you’ll keep the sun out of your eyes and look snazzy to boot. Most peaked baseball caps have an adjustable strap with a small buckle at the back so you can get just the right fit.
The other most popular baseball hats design are those with wide, circular crowns and stubby bills that are either perfectly flat or very slightly curved. This design has been around for roughly as long as the standard style, but it didn’t become fashionable until the ‘80s and ‘90s when they became a staple accessory of Hip Hop groups like NWA and Mobb Deep. These baseball caps for men are often called ‘snapbacks’ thanks to their plastic bands which you pop open and snap together when you want to adjust the fit.
Another popular style is ‘flexi-fit’ caps which are made from a stretchy material that clings to your head. This way you get a baseball cap that doesn’t show off the semi-circle of skin and hair at the back of your head, but you’ll trade a little breathability.
What are baseball caps made from?
Most baseball caps for men are made from a blend of cotton and a synthetic material like polyester or nylon. This keeps the cost down while still making sure your cap looks the part. Poly-cotton blends are far from your only option, though. You’ll find baseball caps made from pure cotton that are soft on sensitive skin and wool baseball caps which can be extra warm. A few baseball hats are made from leather, denim or even tweed!
How to style a baseball cap
Accessories are a great way to show off your personality and elevate your outfit, and baseball caps are no exception to the rule! From casual to cool, functional to fashionable, you can twist, turn and angle your baseball cap to suit your style. For a bit of style inspo, check out some of our favourite ways to wear a baseball cap below.
The home run
The standard way to wear a baseball cap, as intended for use in sport, is to position the bill directly over your forehead, with the tip pointing in the same directions of your eyes. You can twist the cap slightly if you want, but wearing it low only works well if your baseball cap is a short-brimmed snapback. If you’re looking for practicality over statement, wearing your baseball cap the traditional way is the best option for you.
The reverse cap
Men’s baseball caps can be worn back to front, with the bill covering your neck and the strap lying across your forehead. Tilted to the correct angle and paired with simple, fashionable clothes, this is a look that anyone can pull off. To avoid a fashion faux pas, steer clear of wearing your cap with the bill pointing sideways - unless you want to look like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or like you’re trapped in the nu-metal dimension!
The fashion-forward fella
Just like all accessories, your baseball caps will need a suitable outfit to go with them. A classic ensemble to accompany baseball caps for men is a form fitting tank top or t-shirt with a pair of slim cut shorts and fresh trainers for an effortless summer outfit, or pair it with a polo shirt and some chinos or bermuda shorts for a clean cut, preppy look. Both of these ensembles work for warm weather, but you’ll be pretty nippy in the colder months. Swap out the shorts for a pair of jeans and layer your t-shirt with a lightweight jacket or a form-fitting jumper to keep the smart casual look.
The seasonal statement
Don’t let the winter chill put you off wearing your favourite accessories: baseball caps can look just as fashionable with warmer clothes as they do with your summer wardrobe. If you’ve purchased a wide-brimmed snapback, you can complete the East Coast look with an oversized hoodie and a duffel coat. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen a felt or tweed baseball cap you can match it with knitwear in neutral colours for a warm winter style.
The best baseball caps to buy in 2021
Armed with style tips to inspire you, you can get onto the fun part: the shopping! Our trendy team has put together a list of their favorite baseball caps to buy this year, spanning everything from well-known designer brands to understated hidden gems. So, no matter your taste or budget, you’re sure to hit a home run with this stylish selection!
Pros: Porsche emblem looks great, white brim highlight
Cons: It’s a peaked cap with a snapback, only suitable for Porsche fans
The first baseball cap in our line-up is a must-have for petrolheads, brought to you by the legendary car manufacturer, Porsche. Just like the company's sports cars, this baseball cap is sleek, curvy and stylish. The large Porsche emblem stitched into the centre of the cap is striking without being gaudy, and we love the white highlight along the edge of the brim. Made from 100% cotton, this hat maintains breathability, which is crucial if you’re wearing this hat in the summer.
Pros: Fashionable brand name, understated design
Cons: It’s fairly expensive, the brown leather strap isn’t for everyone
One for the minimalists, our next cap comes from French designer sports legends Lacoste, but you’ll need an eagle eye to spot that immediately! While many of the men’s baseball caps in this buyer’s guide have their logo front and centre, this cap opts for a more low-key design, which is perfect if you’re looking for something a little less in-your-face.
A small version of their green crocodile mascot is embroidered on the cap’s right hand side and the company’s name is stitched into a label at the cap’s rear. It’s hardly formal, but the high quality stitching of this discreet baseball cap ensures that you’ll nail a preppy style with the right wardrobe choices. The only downside to this baseball cap is that, like all designer clothing, it comes with quite a substantial price tag.
Pros: Classic design, great for sports and hip-hop fans
Cons: Needs pairing with the right clothes, not popular with rival fans
If there’s one sports team out there who owns the baseball cap, it’s the New York Yankees. One of the most popular and successful baseball teams of all time, the Yankees are a definitive part of the Big Apple’s culture and attract millions of fans. Now you can show off your allegiance to this classic team with this officially licenced New Era New York Yankees Snapback. We love the stark white embroidery on this cap’s solid black fabric, as well as the completely flat brim.
This isn’t just one of the best men’s baseball caps for sports fans, either. From huge names like Biggie Smalls to underground stars like El-P, the New York Yankees snapback has been the crown of many a hip-hop G.O.A.T, making it a great accessory for ‘old-skool’ music lovers.
Of course, if you’re buying this baseball cap as a present, make sure your loved one is actually a Yankees fan! The team’s success has won them many adoring supporters, but an equal number of bitter rivals too. Picking this up for a Boston Red Sox or an LA Dodgers fan would be the ultimate faux pas!
Pros: Unique look, warm materials for winter
Cons: Hipster design might not be for everyone, too hot for summer
If you want to stand out from the crowd, look no further than this ultra-stylish tweed baseball cap. This cap takes tweed hats (popular in the 19th and early 20th century) and updates them with a fresh, modern twist. It’s great for wearing in autumn and winter, when the grey and russet colour scheme will blend in seamlessly with your seasonal wardrobe, and the wool-polyester mix will keep your head from getting cold.
There are risks to wearing such a unique baseball cap, though. The line between avant garde and fashion disaster is thin, and if you don’t pair the Heritage Traditions cap with the right ensemble you risk ruining your whole look. With that in mind, this is less of a thrown-on-and-go cap and more of a carefully considered outfit addition.
Pros: Unusual but adaptable choice, hard-wearing
Cons: You’ll get hot in warm weather, leather is difficult to wash
Sticking with statement caps, the next entry in our buyer’s guide is this stylish real leather addition. While the Heritage Traditions tweed cap took inspiration from English flat caps and deerstalkers, this leather cap closely resembles the newsboy cap, a working class Italian design that was popular in America in the early 1900s. It’s a striking design and is more adaptable to your other fashion choices than the Heritage. It's made of 100% sheep’s leather, making it strong, sleek and smooth all at once.
The only real downside to a leather cap is that it can be an express ticket to sweaty forehead town if you wear it on a hot day, offering minimal breathability in comparison to a fabric cap. Favouring fashion over function, this is a hat you wear purely as an accessory, not to keep the sun out of your eyes.
Pros: Striking design, neutral base colour
Cons: A bit gaudy for some, you have to love Red Bull
Will the next entry in our men’s baseball caps guide for buyers give you wings? Probably not, but it can definitely give your wardrobe a pick-me-up! This bold baseball cap contrasts a plain grey canvas with the clashing bulls logo of the world’s most popular energy drink brand. A large embroidered logo takes centre stage at the front of the cap, with another, smaller logo at the rear of the cap’s right hand side. There’s a third logo on the underside of the brim for good measure.
Now, one man’s bold is another man’s kitsch. If you want to pay homage to the Red Bull Racing team, this baseball hat is great, but you might not appreciate turning your head into a mobile billboard. Despite the graphic print, the neutral grey fabric certainly makes this one for all your outfits, which is perfect if you’re looking for a cap you can throw on and go without a second thought.
Pros: Great for any metal costume, cool shiny decal
Cons: Won’t work with most jeans, some colour variants may be too bright
Next up in our collection of fashionable baseball caps is this standout piece by the smash-hit band, Bring Me The Horizon. Named after one of the band’s biggest selling hits, ‘Doomed’, this hat is a must-have for any BMTH superfan. The acid wash denim fabric is adorned with a transferred decal of the song’s umbrella logo, making a stunning finish to an already show-stopping cap.
As one of the most popular and critically acclaimed metal bands of recent years, you won’t look unfashionable in any Bring Me The Horizon merch. So what makes it a brave choice? Simply put, it’s made out of denim: if you don’t pick what clothes you wear with this baseball cap you’ll end up with a tragic Texan tuxedo. We would swap out any jeans you would normally wear with this hat for a pair of chinos, or at least make sure your jeans are dark and look off-the-rack fresh.
Pros: Great for the beach, available in multiple colours
Cons: Another risk of double denim, too flashy for winter
We’re going with a nautical theme for our next pick for this buyer’s guide with this sea turtle cap that practically screams chill beach vibes. This plain denim cap has a cute transfer of a Pacific Green Turtle swimming across its front. This is a great casual accessory to wear at the beach. Its faded look goes well with a pair of board shorts, and it will help keep the sun out of your eyes as you bask by the sand.
Similar to the Bring Me the Horizon cap, this hat is also made from denim, so our style advice from the former applies. Luckily, this baseball cap is more forgiving than most denim accessories because it’s available in multiple colours. So, if you’re looking to rock double denim without looking like Justin Timberlake circa 2001, this cap is a great choice for you!
Pros: Subtle brand logo, goes well with other Oakley products
Cons: Can feel clingy, not the most exciting baseball cap
We’re edging away from the unconventional baseball caps for men with this next hat. Despite its name, you won’t look like a conspiracy theorist when you wear the Oakley Tin Foil Baseball Cap. It’s called the tin foil cap thanks to the small tin Oakley logo fixed onto the left hand side of the cap’s front. This small but striking detail draws attention to the cap without being gaudy. It won’t reflect any of the NWO’s mind control rays but you’ll look stylish for certain! Pair these with a pair of men’s sunglasses or regular spectacle frames from Oakley for a definitive look.
The Oakley Tin Foil Baseball Cap is a stretch fit cap, so it will cling slightly to your head. The cap’s material (rich cotton with a touch of elastic spandex) should be very comfortable, but if you’re put off by slight pressure on your skull you should choose another of our baseball hats.
Pros: Super breathable, sweat wicking material
Cons: You’ll have to wash it regularly, pure polyester make cause irritation
The last option in this guide for buyers comes from a true unstoppable juggernaut, the activewear company Under Armour, and it'll make you feel like lightning when you wear it. The Under Armour Blitzing Cap is made from lightweight and breathable microthread polyester, and comes fitted with a sweatband made from Under Armour’s unique HeatGear fabric. This sweatband efficiently wicks away sweat from your forehead as it forms. It’ll keep your skin dry and stop sweat pouring into your eyes. Combine that with the wide angled brim that can fully shade your eyes from the sun, and you won’t find a better baseball cap for sports.
Unfortunately, this is not quite such an amazing choice if you have sensitive skin. As polyester is a synthetic fibre it’s more likely to irritate your skin than natural cotton. If your skin is particularly prone to rashes, you should look elsewhere.
Hats all, folks!
We’ve struck out of product recommendations for now! We hope you’ve found a few men’s baseball caps in this guide that you’ll look sharp in. If not, be sure to check out our full range of men’s hats for even more baseball caps for men (and plenty of other styles of hats too)! Our range of hats is just one part of our extensive men’s accessories line-up. You can buy all sorts of wonderful accessories from our verified sellers, from essentials like belts and scarves to accessories for special occasions like cummerbunds and cravats.
This buyer’s guide was aimed at men’s fashion, but one of the beauties of baseball caps is that they’re totally unisex! As such, you’ll find plenty of other baseball cap designs in our women’s hats category as well!
Please note: The information in this buyer’s guide is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.