Gone are the days of snapbacks, flat brims, and fitted caps. Today, we’re all about the dad hat. And no, these trendy hats are not explicitly meant for “dads.” Although initially made for dads -- well, err, “adult men” -- anyone can rock a dad hat!
From teens to celebs and everyone in between, dad hats are popping up just about everywhere -- and we’re totally here for it.
These popular hats are basically just another reference to the famous baseball cap style but come with a slightly curved brim (usually pre-curved to perfection by the manufacturer). Commonly made of a soft, wash cotton blend, dad hats are usually a little oversized on the person wearing them -- unless, of course, you’re an actual dad, then it probably fitsjuuuust right.
Dad hats are traditionally six-panel hats with simple logos, and the crown may be structured or unstructured. A lot of them, however, are unstructured, taking the shape of your noggin when worn.
No, dad hats were not invented in some cool dads’ basements. Truth be told, theevolution behind these beloved gems is a little murky at best. Some will tell you that the term “dad hat” is just some fancy-schmancy marketing tactic. But if it were, don’t you think that the advertising geniuses behind the ruse would have come up with something a little flashier than say,“dad hat”? Yeah, probably.
Others believe that the birth of the dad hat -- sometimein the 90s -- originated with a classic baseball cap made for adult men. Maybe dads were the only ones truly rockin’ the popular hat at the time.
So where, in all of that, does the truth behind these floppy hats actually reside? Well, apparently, the coveted “dad hat” is a knock on our dear ol’ pops. Looking back on the glorious years of “dad fashion,” do you remember the super short-lived season of the “dad sneaker”?
These eyesores were white and chonky, and right before they enjoyed any limelight, were dubbed tragically uncool and quickly became ancient history -- granted, dadsloved them (hence the name).
The dad hat got a similar start. But unlike the “dad sneaker,” what was supposed to be just a comfy, familiar, worn-and-torn appearance of the hat our dear old dad wore has skyrocketed. This has truly taking on a life of its very own, loved by hat fanatics everywhere -- not just dads.
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