“Had a fitted cap. Now I rock a snapback.” Mac Miller stated this a few years ago in his song Snap Back, at a time when most people were wearing fitteds. But things have changed. Snapbacks were a fashion staple in the early 1990’s, with everyone from Will Smith to N.W.A wearing them – a trend that eventually died down. For years, the fitted was the cap of choice in popular culture and fashion. Who would have thought, even a few years back, that so many people would be sharing Mac Miller’s sentiments about what style of cap they wear?
The snapback resurgence began as a subculture among cap collectors, fuelled by a younger generation of artists such as the aforementioned Mac Miller and the Cool Kids, who wore the retro caps in their videos. This new generation of cap collectors would search thrift stores for the most unique and retro snapbacks they could find. The trend caught on quickly and has permeated mainstream fashion and culture, with celebrities such as Chris Brown and Jay-Z wearing the snapback. New Era embraced the movement and began producing their own line of 9Fifty snapbacks. Walk into any New Era Store and you’ll see just as many snapbacks on the shelves as fitteds. Many brands and retailers are actually now producing and selling more snapbacks than fitteds. Vintage snapback boutiques have also started to open up in many cities.
The snapback revival has led to a debate amongst cap collectors and enthusiats about which style of cap is better – the fitted or the snapback? Let’s break down some of the similarities and differences between both styles of caps. Both snapbacks and fitteds encompass many teams, brands, lifestyles, and characters. However, the fitted lends itself more to full image character caps and all-over patterns, such as Star Wars and Transformers, making use of the complete shell. The fitted is also still the cap of choice for sports enthusiasts. They are usually made with a heavier material such as wool or polyester, making them ideal for cooler weather. They also start at a higher price point than snapbacks. Fitteds are also more durable, although they are more prone to shrinking due to water and sweat. The fitted’s size cannot be adjusted. When shopping for a fitted, finding out that a shop doesn’t have the size of cap you are looking for can be a heartbreaking experience.
The snapback compliments the retro look. It is usually less expensive than a fitted and is made with lighter materials, making them ideal for warmer weathter. With its adjustable strap, the snapback is more accomodating in sizing, making shopping for snapbacks a more pleasant experience. It was tough for the bloggers at Nectalk.com to decide which style of cap we like better. In the end, we decided our preference is still the fitted, due to its enduring legacy and iconic status. The snapback’s revival has led to many questions: is it a passing trend that will die out again, or is the snapback here to stay? Some say that no style of cap will ever replace the fitted – it has always been a staple in fashion and sportswear and will remain as such. Others say that the fitted has gone out of style. In conclusion, we at Nectalk.com hope both styles of caps remain popular amongst cap enthusiasts. No matter what side of the debate you are on – snapback or fitted – the more styles and options we as cap collectors have, the better. As long as both types of caps remain popular, we all win!