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Learn the Difference: Snapback VS Fitted Hats

Learn the Difference: Snapback VS. Fitted Hats

We have all had a bad hair day. Or maybe, we have an appetite for that one fashion piece that crowns our fashion statement every time we step out. We think we can agree that baseball caps are the magical staple hats that can transform your looks or save your day from embarrassment.

But in the house of baseball-inspired caps is the battle of two pieces that would not let each other have their way. We are talking about snapback hats and fitted hats. Yes, these two are from the same family but their sibling rivalry is seen in all stages of fashion from celebrities to the man on the street. Is either of them better than the other? The answer you get depends on who you are asking and their preference. But let’s not preempt anything.

This post is what we would rather call a blow for a blow duel between snapback hats vs fitted hats. We will briefly define each of them, and then proceed to give the differences between the two. At the tail end, we will give you our verdict of whichever hat wins the day. Does this feel like closet information that would improve your style? Ride with us and you won’t regret a thing.

Snapback hat: what is it?

It is a 6-panel cap known for its wide flat brim. They come with an adjustable fitting snap on the backside; thus, making these hats one-size-fit-all. It is the sticker that makes snapback hats easy to recognize. Something else, you can easily brand these hats and keep necks turning everywhere you go rocking them on your head.  

Fitted hat: what is it?

Their brim is almost flat and that is where they deviate from their snapback brothers. Fitted hats got their name from the fact that you cannot adjust them. You just buy a size that fits your head. There is no one-size-fits-all scenario with fitted hats.

Snapback vs fitted hats: the battle of the baseball cap family

Now it is the time things get a little spicy, as these two hats take a punch of each other. Let’s see who goes down first.

Styling difference

Snapbacks are well known for their versatility. They don’t pick and choose outfits; they can go with any outfit choice. If you want that street swag style, saying you are the king/queen of what you do, just snap-it-back any day.

The first argument for fitted hats is that they do not feature the plastic enclosure at the back. Really? We thought the enclosure is what gives snapbacks their style edge and why big stars like Jay-Z cannot resist them. Anyway, that is our opinion and it is not the gospel truth. The lack of enclosure on fitted hats gives them a cleaner round finish. That is quite a plus if you are looking for custom hats.

Fashion relevance and endurance

There is a long rich history of snapback hats. They became popular in the ’90s and have not looked back since then. The pop culture would not be as we know if it were it not for snapbacks. They came and took over the scenes and remained true to that cause. Today, snapback caps are on a resurgence that is going to keep them at the helm of hat fashion for a long time. Like it or hate it, snapbacks are going to be around longer as long as hip-hop culture is going to keep ruling entertainment circles. No debate about that.

Fitted hats may have come into the fashion scenes way before the snapback. But they relaxed and the crown was taken from them and it is never coming back. For that throwback feeling, fitted hats are still the undisputed options. But that is as far as it goes. You do not expect the young heads to put on an old school cap over their head and go to a club. Forget about it. Only old heads still trust the fitted caps. About popularity in the modern fashion space, snapbacks are more relevant and will outlive the fitted caps. We could be wrong, but things look gloomy for a fitted hat resurgence ever happening in the future.

The wildcard edge

Anything in your wardrobe can go with a snapback. Yes, try it now and you will be getting looks of admiration on the streets. Of course, snapbacks are not the boldest fashion pieces, but they have a way to fit in all occasions. They don’t choose color, shape, or event; they are ready for anything you throw at their way.

On the flip side, fitted caps are not so common in social scenes. Why? They are a bit choosy about what you can pair them up with. While you have the flexibility to wear what feels great on you and top it up with a fitted hat, you may want to exercise some caution not to look like a clown. All in all, fitted caps are pretty flexible as long as you know how to accessorize.

Brim angles

Snapbacks have a wider angle between the brim and the cap. This allows for better exposure of the front panel. Fitted hats have a relatively smaller angle between the brim and the cap. It is a small difference but worth noting before you make your purchase.


Our verdict

We can see that snapbacks have more punches landed than the fitted hats. However, it is hard to say who between these juggernauts takes the day. To choose one over the other is down to preference. However, we feel that snapbacks take a prominent share of the modern fashion space. A lot of people, especially the younger generation would be more comfortable in snapbacks than fitted hats. On the other side, older people would prefer to crown their heads in fitted hats. So, we can agree that it is a tie. Most importantly, you know the differences and you can make an easy decision.