Battle of the Fittest: Snapback vs. Fitted Cap
This is the BIG one in the headwear debate. Let it never be said here at CapBeast that we shy away from the big issues. Let’s talk about the snapback versus the fitted cap. Two hugely popular dome pieces, both worn all over the world by endless characters, goons, celebrities, and good people. Today at CapBeast we’re going to get down to the nitty and gritty and decide which cap does it best: the snapback or the fitted?
ROUND ONE: STYLE AND SWAG. FIGHT!
WHAT IS A SNAPBACK
A snapback hat is 6- panel cap with a wide, flat brim. They are fitted with an adjustable snap on the back, which makes them 'one size fits all'. The cap is a real icon. The sticker on the peak is the essence of the snapback, a real snapback is recognizable on the sticker. Brands like New Era, Flexfit, Yupoong & 47' Brand created their own stickers to add their own custom touch to their coolest snapbacks.
The snapback is a versatile piece of gear capable of marrying itself to almost any outfit in a style-conscious wardrobe. Cultural icons from Michael Jordan to 2pac have all rocked the snapback and rocked it well. It’s genuinely one of the most popular street fashion items of all time.
Yes we know the snaps are hidden Jay
WHAT IS A FITTED CAP?
A cap with an almost flat brim.New Era is the pioneer in this genre with it’s iconic 59FIFTY. They are not adjustable and usually also come with gold stickers. The hat loses value if you remove the sticker. Prices range from $20-$50.
The fitted has one key style advantage over the snapback depending on whom you ask: the lack of plastic enclosure. Although for the many the enclosure is exactly what gives the snapback more of an edge; without the fastening at the back, you have a much cleaner crown with more style potential for custom designs. At CapBeast, we LOVE custom designs.
DJ Drama rockin’ a sleek red fitted. No closure, ALL LOGO.
ROUND TWO: LONGEVITY AND RELEVANCE. FIGHT!
THE SNAPBACK HAT:
As we’ve already mentioned before at CapBeast, the snapback has a long iconic history in fashion. Since it burst onto the scene in the early 90’s it has stayed consistent throughout pop culture and is currently celebrating a potent resurgence. Truth is the snapback will never die for as long as hip-hop culture lives. Believe that.
Allen Iverson was an iconic figure of 90’s snapback fashion.
THE FITTED CAP:
The fitted cap is more of a fashion throwback. Whilst it’s still a popular choice amongst some celebrities and sports stars today, because of its roots in old school American sports it’s more of a choice for old school heads. This means you’re less likely to see one in your local club than you are a snapback.
The fitted. Still a stylish choice, but not as popular as the snapback.
VERDICT: SNAPBACK. K.O.!
ROUND THREE: WILDCARD FACTOR. FIGHT!
There’s not much in your wardrobe a snapback won’t go with. It’s not so much a bold choice as an expected one, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any potential to mix it up. If you’re an artist with golden custom touch you can really turn a plain snapback into something special. Why don’t you try CapBeast’s custom designer and try it out?
Nicki has a dope custom snapback game.
THE FITTED CAP:
Because of the lack of plastic enclosure at the back, there is a bit more potential to mix it up with a fitted hat, especially where custom designs are concerned. It’s definitely less popular than a snapback in social scenery but it’s still not what ya’ll might call a ‘bold’ choice when wanting to make an impression. The truth is both the snapback and fitted are perfect for most outfits, how you wear it is completely down to personal preference. So with that said…
Chris B. a sleek grey fitted.
I’m sorry folks, even though technically the snapback won one round, I don’t think you can separate either of these two cultural juggernauts. Celebrate equality and excellence by custom designing your very own snapback/fitted at CapBeast today!