The Baseball Cap: A Style Guide

Written by Dan | 02/05/2024


The baseball cap! What started as a functional accessory for baseball players to keep the sun out of their eyes has become a top-tier fashion standout. From its sporty roots to becoming a key player in the wardrobes of the style-savvy, the trusty baseball cap is having a major moment in men’s fashion. And here at Mainline Menswear, we’re all about helping you nail that cap game.

The Historical Pitch

Back in the day (we’re talking mid-19th century), the baseball cap was all about function over form, designed to help baseball players do their thing without squinting. Fast forward to today, and it’s taken on a whole new life, adopted by trendsetters and fashion icons. It’s not just a hat; it’s a statement.


A stack of designer baseball caps

Stepping Up to the Plate with Style

The baseball cap comeback is real, and there are so many ways to wear one. Here’s a breakdown of the different styles and how to make them work for you:


The Classic


The classic style is what you’d typically think of when picturing a baseball cap. It has a curved brim and a fitted or adjustable back, with the iconic snapback fastening. This style pairs perfectly with casual outfits such as jeans and a T-shirt, or shorts and a polo shirt. Opt for neutral colours like black, navy, or grey for a versatile look.

A grey Ralph Lauren baseball cap

Ralph Lauren Classic Sport Baseball Cap


The Snapback


The snapback style is similar to the classic but with a flat brim and an adjustable snap closure at the back. This style has become popular with streetwear fashion, offering a more edgy and urban vibe. Pair it with oversized hoodies and trainers for a cool and casual look.

A DSQUARED2 snapback baseball capDSQUARED2 Logo Baseball Cap

The Dad Cap


Then there’s the dad cap – a bit softer and more laid-back with its curved brim. It’s great for those “I just threw this on” days. Wear one with chinos, a casual button-up, and loafers for an effortlessly stylish look.

Lacoste "Dad Cap" style baseball cap

Lacoste Sport Crocodile Baseball Cap

The Flat Cap


And while they’re not exactly baseball caps, flat caps deserve a shoutout for their old-school charm. They can smarten up any outfit. Pair one with a sleek sweatshirt, some chinos, and nice shoes for a look that says “I know what I’m doing.”

A green Barbour flat cap

Barbour Finnean Flat Cap

Meet the Team

We’ve got an all-star lineup of baseball caps from top brands like BOSS, Ralph Lauren, DSQUARED2, Armani Exchange, and Lacoste, to name just a few. Each brand brings something special to the table. From classic designs to bold logos and graphics, there’s something for everyone. And with various colours and styles available, you can mix and match to create your signature look.




For those who like to keep it classy, BOSS caps are all about subtle luxury. They’re perfect for giving that smart-casual outfit a finishing touch.

A brown BOSS baseball cap

BOSS Baseball Cap

Ralph Lauren


If you’re after that iconic American preppy vibe, you can’t go wrong with a Ralph Lauren cap. Pop one on for instant preppy cool.

A striped blue and white Ralph Lauren cap

Ralph Lauren Baseball Cap



Feeling bold? DSQUARED2’s caps are loud, proud, and guaranteed to make a statement. Perfect for when you want to stand out.

A black DSQUARED2 baseball cap with the ICON logo in red

DSQUARED2 Icon Baseball Cap

Armani Exchange


Armani Exchange caps offer a contemporary take on classic designs. They’re versatile enough to wear with a range of outfits, from sporty to casual.

A black Armani Exchange cap

Armani Exchange Baseball Cap

Fred Perry


Looking for that timeless and effortless style? Fred Perry caps are the way to go. With their signature laurel wreath logo, they add a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

A black Fred Perry baseball cap

Fred Perry Adjustable Cap

The Finishing Touches

Now that you know the different styles and brands available, here are a few tips to help you wear your baseball cap with confidence:

  • Find the perfect fit. Make sure the cap isn’t too tight or too loose. It should sit comfortably on your head without being too snug.
  • Don’t be afraid to try out different colours and styles. Mix and match to find your perfect combination.
  • Consider the occasion. A classic cap may be more appropriate for a casual day out, while a bold branded cap could work for a night out with friends.
  • Pay attention to the rest of your outfit. Make sure your cap complements and enhances your overall look, rather than overpowering it.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment! Wear your cap backwards for a more relaxed and playful vibe. Find your personal style!

Your Style Home Run

Mainline stocks a wide variety of hats and caps for all occasions. Whether you’re looking for a sleek baseball cap or a trendy bucket hat, we’ve got you covered.

Adding a baseball cap to your wardrobe mix is a smart move. It’s all about striking that perfect balance between looking laid-back and put-together. Whether you’re vibing with the edgy DSQUARED2 look or leaning towards Lacoste’s sporty chic, Mainline Menswear is your go-to. Take your pick from our collection and step up your cap game.

From the die-hard cap fans to those just dipping their toes into the world of stylish headwear, remember, a baseball cap is not just about battling the glare—it’s a fashion statement all of its own.


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