Hats are one of the most underrated accessories out there. In the good ol’ days, no one left the house without a head covering of sorts—this rings true for males and females. In the 1800’s, ladies wore absurdly large but incredibly decorative hats to match their unnecessarily poufy dresses. Up until a few decades ago, men always had on snazzy caps or fedoras that they suavely slipped off their heads at the appropriate moments. Even at Kate and William’s wedding last year, Philip Treacy’s hats made a comeback amongst the royalty (I’m not quite sure when they were ever a thing, but now they’ve returned).
In popular culture, baseball caps and snapbacks have become an integral part of peoples’ everyday outfits. As of right now, it’s mostly guys that wear these hats. But why do they get to have all the fun? Head adornments should not be gender-specific. However, this choice has already been made by society, so it might be a little difficult for a cool chick such as yourself to figure out how to style a baseball cap without looking like you’re part of a local softball team.
Luckily, we’re not entirely limited if we want to participate in the hat craze. Enter OBEY CLOTHING. OBEY has an incredible selection of snazzy hats and caps that are unisex (unintentionally), if you know how to wear them correctly.
OBEY Keith Haring Friends Snapback Hat ($34 at Urban Outfitters)
Wear it with: Boyfriend jeans (preferably a little ripped for authenticity), a graphic t-shirt (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or something of that ilk is always a good, nostalgic option), and a pair of Converse sneakers. A leather vest is optional if the weather permits it, and chances are that won’t be for a while.
OBEY Gaucho 5-Panel Hat ($34 at Urban Outfitters)
Wear it with: High-waisted denim shorts, a button-up shirt, knee socks, and either combat boots (Doc Martens, Timberlands, or another brand are all solid possibilities) or sneakers.
OBEY Meadowlark Snapback Hat ($34 at Urban Outfitters)
Wear it with: Khaki chino pants, a baseball shirt (this refers to a shirt with three-quarter contrast color sleeves), and Toms or Vans (slip-on shoes of that variety).
OBEY Baltimore Hat ($37 at OBEY CLOTHING)
Wear it with: Corduroys (for some reason these became unpopular but I am on a mission to bring them back), a collared shirt with a sweater on top, and a pair of loafers.
OBEY Chief Snapback Hat ($32 at OBEY CLOTHING)
Wear it with: A pencil skirt, a graphic or plain t-shirt, and kitten heels.
As tool-ish as it is, it might be cool if you wear the hat backwards.
I had no idea how I was going to style those before I started this article; I just chose some caps off the interwebs and hoped for the best. I’m a very indecisive person, so the fact that I was able to figure out what to do with five snapbacks says a lot. If you look through the reviews on some of the hats being sold at Urban Outfitters, most of the people are actually women. And a lot of them described them as “dope” or said that they have a lot of “swag.” So much swag.
How would you style them? Are you opposed to crossing these gender boundaries? Do you believe that these caps are in fact “dope?” I’m dying to know the answers to all these pressing questions. You’ve got to let me know in the comments section or on Twitter (@everybodyisugly) right now.
By Odelia Kaly