A brief history of the authentic dad hat

by Sarah

Who is the first person you think of when I say “dad cap”? Matt Lauer, or your actual dad? Read on to discover the story of the authentic dad hat.

The authentic dad hat

dad hat looks like a baseball cap. Basically, it’s a 6-panel cap with a curved brim and a metal closure. A dad hat is similar to the baseball cap, only is the baseball cap a 5-panel with a velcro closure.

What’s in a name?

Like the word says, dads wore it first. The dad hat is a dad-inspired item, and the trend is becoming harder to deny. Dad hats used to be the kind of caps only spotted on middle-aged men, but they are quickly becoming a fashion accessory for hatlovers of all ages.

The predecessor of the snapback

The dad hat is the predecessor of the snapback. Dad hats were first born by sports players, while snapbacks were less expensive and more attuned to the urban culture. Read this article if you want to find out more about the difference between the dad hat and the snapback.

Rappers popularized the dad hat

After a while, dad hats became the cool-guy cap. The hiphop community was partially responsible for this. Rappers are actually still wearing them! Drake, 2 Chainz and Kanye West are all proud dad hat wearers. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Rihanna are spotted wearing a dad hat, convincing the ladies to also try this simple but fashionable hat. Beyoncé even sells her own lemonade dad hat. The caps quickly turned into a viral fashion trend.

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