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The Most Iconic Hats of All Time: Snapbacks, Fitted Hats and Bucket Hats

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When it comes to iconic hats, there are a few styles that immediately come to mind. We polled the CapBeast community and the community has spoken! Their three most iconic hats are: the snapback, fitted hats and bucket hats.

A century ago, the fashion would be to mimic the greatest hats in movie history, from top hats, to cowboy hats to felt hats to derbies. In the 21st century era of the influencer, the game has flipped on its head, or rather tilted to the side.

All three of the top hats have all become synonymous with coolness and style in our everyday lives. But what makes a hat truly iconic? Is it the history behind the design? The people who wear it? Or is it simply the style itself? Better yet, which one fits your brand’s style and logo, whether it be personal or professional?

As you put together the outfit for the day or evening, placing the perfect lid on it can put the right confidence, the proper swagger you need to greet the world.

The debate between snapbacks and fitteds goes back years in our community.

For snapbacks, it could be argued that it's part history, part celebrity, and part style all braided in one. This style of hat has been around for decades, and shows no signs of slowing down. It's been worn by everyone from athletes to celebrities, and has become a symbol of coolness and swagger.

Fitted hats also have an enduring history, dating back to the early days of baseball. They've been worn by some of the biggest names in the sport, and have become synonymous with America's pastime. They're also a popular choice for those who want to make a fashion statement, with many different styles and designs available.

Bucket hats have also been around for many years, and were originally designed to protect the wearer from the sun. They've since become a fashion staple, worn by everyone from hip-hop stars to models. Bucket hats are also often seen as a symbol of leisure and relaxation, making them the perfect choice for a day at the beach or pool.

So what is the best option for your company, brand or logo? Whether you're looking for a snapback, fitted hat, or bucket hat, there's an iconic option out there for you.

Snapbacks

When it comes to iconic hats, snapbacks are near the top of the list. This style of hat has been around for decades, and has become a symbol of coolness and swagger. It's been worn by everyone from athletes to models to movie stars and music moguls, and continues to be a popular choice among those who want to make a fashion statement. 

The versatility of this headwear combined with comfort and flair help set it apart from others. The six panels complementing the flat, wide brim make it a game changer. And don’t forget the sticker! When choosing brands such as New Era, 47’ Brand, etc., the recognizable sticker is the icing on the cake.

I mean, check out His Airness sporting a Dream Team snapback hat. This look just exudes legend when Michael Jordan was at his international peak. Other famous snapback icons include Gigi Hadid, Nicki Minaj, David Beckham and Chance the Rapper.

Fitted Hats

This style of hat has been around for ages, and has become a symbol of America's pastime, a throwback to simpler times and fashion. The indelible baseball cap. Often worn by athletes and celebrities, they come in many different styles and designs and fit plenty of fashionable looks.

Spike Lee can be seen donning a classic New York Yankees New Era 59fifty fitted cap in the Bronx or a variety of sleek New York Knicks headgear courtside at Madison Square Garden. Lee demonstrates how the fitted Yankee cap truly transcends generations by blending the iconic NY symbol with almost any bold color, not just the deep dark Yankee blue.

Fitted hats are popular among those who want to make a fashion statement, and are a great choice for those who want to stay cool in the summer heat. They're also a great way to show your support for your favorite team or athlete.

Bucket Hats

Originally an ideal sun blocker, bucket hats have since become a fashion staple, worn by everyone from hip-hop stars to models. If LL Cool J didn’t knock you out with his epic look, then you need to talk to his mama. Who could forget the hip hop-turned-movie star donning his seminal red bucket during his epic MTV Unplugged performance?

Paired together with the right outfit, they can make a star pop on the red carpet or a person looking to stand out at the club. Don’t let the casualness of its look fool you. When luxury brands shuch as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Christian Dior are producing buckets, they can fit any demo. Just ask Shay Mitchell, Bella Hadid, Zoe Kravitz and Kylie Jenner, who all are known to embrace the comfort of the bucket.

Finding the best fit for your brand

Now that we’ve established the chic attributes of each of our top three options, you need to determine which style fits your personal or company brand the best. Let’s examine the specs:

A Style that snaps

If your logo is large and brash and needs a large canvas, then look no further than the snapback.

The ability to display your logo on a space covering 4 inches wide by 2.75 inches in height is ideal for branding with bold lettering, solid colors and thick lines. When following these dos in hat embroidery, CapBeast can replicate and refine your logo to make it burst off the pate and make a statement.

Fitting the mold

Although the canvas on the front may not being as large, the lack of fastening in the back, provides a cleaner crown and less of an edge do to the absence of a plastic enclosure. This allows for more creativity with sleek custom designs, and that’s where CapBeast truly excels. The lack of a plastic enclosure allows for this.

Fitteds allow for custom designs on the front and sides. Although the absence of the plastic snaps allows for more design space on the back, remember that any logo or design you want to place there needs at least one-half inch space from the base.

Drop in the bucket

What sets the CapBeast custom bucket hat apart in a design sense is the 8-inch wide area for logos and lettering on the front. If your logo is centered on lettering of one or two words horizontally, this can be revolutionary, and you won’t find it anywhere else but at CapBeast.

The Do’s and Don’ts of hat design

There are essential things you should keep in mind when designing your hat and putting its production in CapBeast’s hands.

Do’s

  • Use Bold Text

  • Use Solid Colors

  • Use Thick Lines

Don’ts

  • Upload a image containing small text or gradients

  • Upload a file containing fine details

  • Submit a trademark logo

  • Use Thin Borders

In Conclusion

Designing the hat of your dreams isn’t too complicated. It is a reflection of you, your brand or your company. The CapBeast community has let it be known the three quintessential lids of our time. Snapbacks, fitted hats or buckets hats can make all the difference in how people see you..

When you go out in public for a big event or a leisure activity, choosing the right cap is part of your personal expression. Or it can be is part of your corporate identity; your image. Let CapBeast be the conduit to bring your style and look to the masses.