As we enter into spring and summer, you may want to consider turning to your dad for a dose of fashion inspiration. Yeah, that’s right…your dad! Last year, the “dad bod” had its moment in the spotlight, and now a rising trend in 2016 is the #dadhat. Think back to your younger years (or maybe the most recent time you saw pops) and the caps he wore while doing yard work on the weekends, playing ball with you in the park, or while barbecuing on the grill. Yes, those hats. Dad hats are baseball caps typically made of canvas or cotton. They lack structure, have a slightly curved brim, and are a bit oversized on the wearer. Now, dad hats have made the jump from sitting atop your father’s head to crowning the heads of big names in hip-hop and fashion. Got some of your own? If not, and even if you do, get on over to Karmaloop.com and shop their newest selection of dad hats.
Hip-hop culture began to flourish in the U.S. in the ‘80s and continued to grow well into the ‘90s. As rappers gained their fame, so did their style choices. Since then, baseball caps have been a staple in hip-hop, as they allow individuals to add a basic touch of personal style to an everyday ‘fit. In today’s incarnation, the dad hat has become the go-to accessory for completing a casual and simplistic look among men in the hip-hop game. This February, at Kanye West’s Madison Square Garden Yeezy Season 3 debut in New York City, the artist rocked his own “Yeezus” cap. Last year, Drake got in early on the trend and even used it as a marketing strategy for his surprise album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
In fashion, there’s been an ever growing resurgence of ’90s inspired trends and sportswear pieces. Many designers and clothing brands have taken this revival as an opportunity to release their modern takes on the dad hat. With that, comes A-List stars sporting dad hats in their down-time. Today, many people are in the “less is more” mindset when it comes to style and opting to go minimalistic. Kendall Jenner and Rihanna are big fans of the dad hat and never disappoint when we catch them sporting one.
The dad hat sure has come a long way! It was the year 1816 when the Brooklyn Excelsiors became the first team to wear what would eventually become the classic baseball cap. Now, 200 years later, caps have lasted the test of time as a staple in American culture. While dad hats have their shine in the world of revolving clothing trends, go ahead and leave your bad-hair days behind. Just throw on your dad hat and go!