The bond between a boy and his hat is one that goes unrivaled. Starting with your first little league cap to your boy scout troop uniform, your hat overtime becomes more than just a hat but more like a piece of your childhood that you wear everywhere. I’m not a huge hat enthusiast, but I do have an affinity for baseball caps.
Ever since I could remember, my mother always kept some kind of baseball cap on my noggin no matter the occasion and as I got older, I really started to appreciate hats-but what I love more than anything is the journey to create the perfect baseball cap.
Just like raw denim, baseball caps can age and be broken in with a little time, helpful tricks and even remedies to help you speed up the aging process. So I wanted to share some helpful hints to help you get the most out of cap this summer with these simple guidelines.
Simply Break It In!
This tip should be a given, but if you want the ultimate worn-in look for your baseball cap, then simply wear it! The only organic way to break in anything is to wear as much as possible for the best results, especially for the first few months. Once you wear it for six solid months, the hat will start to conform and mold for the perfect fit. Sporting your cap in the rain is the perfect way to create a signature distressed look overtime, but if you absolutely have to speed up the process- you can always soak your cap in hot water and let it air dry. Just be careful not to damage yourself, or the cap, in the process.
Don’t Wash It!
Washing your baseball cap prematurely is the greatest sin and can really throw off your fit if done too early. Because you want your baseball cap to conform to your body and be broken in, the best way is to try to hold off washing your cap for at-least the first six months. Now we’re not recommending you walk around with a hat that looks like it just escaped from dessert storm, so of course take care of any radical stains and spills.
That said, try to hold off on the big wash until the aging process has enough time to occur. But, if the smell becomes too pungent, you can always stick it in the freezer so that the cold can beat down the smell and bacteria-or you can invest in a can of Febreeze.
Personalize Your Style
I can’t speak for everyone, but the key pieces I wear everyday all have some type of signature story. Take for example my Clark dessert boots. When I was doing some painting, a few drops stained them in the front, but I thought it looked pretty cool-so I ended up adding a few drops around them for a more worn-in look splattered effect.
When I’m out, I get more compliments on my stained boots than any of my clean sneakers combined. Always look to personalize your pieces without going overboard to create a signature style. If adding a cool signature pin to the side of your baseball cap gives it a more personalized look go for it! If you want to bend the brims on the hat for a more vintage look, then go for it! Don’t be afraid to add a little flare and ostentatious to your style or accessories as it creates a great conversation piece and remember, it’s a reflection of you.
Now, as I stated before, if you’re looking to jump the gun and want to skip the whole aging process, there are other options out there. One option that I didn’t mention was to go look at your local thrift store. I found a lot of great bucket hats and fedoras at my local Goodwill that were perfectly aged, just always remember to wash them first! Having lice or ringworm is not worth it, even if that hat is only $3.99 — trust me. And if you’re looking for a more convenient move, then you can always hit H&M or Zara as most stores sell distressed baseball caps for people on the go who want to sport that signature worn-in look without the hassle. This summer, don’t be a man who wears many hats-instead, be the man who wears “the” hat.