Mastering the Dad Hat Trend, the Streetwear Way
The dad hat trend continues to receive mixed reviews. The paternal cap headwear style can be seen everywhere from celebrity instagram accounts to major retailers and even the runways of fashion week. While we’re hearing comments like, “Dad hat has become a derogatory term by now,” and others claiming that “there’s no such thing as a “dad” hat,” we’ve decided to evaluate. First of all, what’s the big deal? There’s not really anything to hate. The concept of the dad hat trend references a worn-in, baseball cap with an overall nerdy feel. Thus, a hat most likely to be worn by the average dad, or in other cases by Presidential dad Barack Obama and self-proclaiming messiah dad Yeezy.
Typically bent with some distressing, the most important details of dad hats are the graphics and the logo. Designs range from simple brand logos to the names of cultural icons like Tupac and Yeezy. There’s also plenty of nostalgic references. Fans can grab a dad hat with graphics like old Nintendo controllers or Nickelodeon Rugrats characters. If you really want to quiet the fatherly hat haters, theres a dad cap with the letters “DAD” on the front. Okay, I do see how that is a bit obnoxious. Otherwise, I’m all in.
Finding the Perfect Dad Hat
Although dad hats have an easy-going feel, finding the right style requires some effort. It’s not an excuse to just throw on any old cap and call it streetwear. Luckily, there are quite of few options to choose from as you channel your inner old man. Whether you’re looking for a preppy dad cap like Polo Ralph Lauren or something more street like a Stussy dad hat, there’s a dad hat for you. Jumpman even joins the trend with a signature Nike Air Jordan dad cap option. Now those are definitely some serious #dadhatgoals. Below, we continue the discussion and share 17 of the coolest dad hats you can buy now. We were sure to mix it up, including a few of your favorite streetwear brands, artists, sports teams and classic fashion brands. What are you waiting on, time to make your inner dad proud.
Tupac Dad Hat
Guess Originals Baseball Dad Hat
Stussy Denim Suede detail Crest Dad Hat
’47 Brand Chicago Bulls Baseball Dad Hat
Polo Ralph Lauren Logo Embroidered Dad Cap
Playboy Metal Pin Dad Hat
Vineyard Vines Wale Logo Dad Hat
Jordan H86 Dad Hat
Calvin Klein Jeans Logo Denim Dad Hat
Adidas Original Baseball Dad Hat
Stussy Dad Hat
Nintendo Console Dad Hat
Public School “PSNY” New Era Dad Hat
(Available at PSNY online)