Know The Difference Between Snapbacks And Fitted Caps

Posted on May 03 2020

How many types of hats do you suppose there are in the world? Answer: hundreds. There are newsboy caps, yacht caps, berets, baseball caps, fedoras, cowboy hats, pork pie hats, straw hats, beanies, and more. Regardless, some of the most popular hats today are those classified as baseball caps. But even these come in a handful of styles made by any number of manufacturers.

know the difference between snapback and fitted caps

Baseball caps can be classified as snapbacks and fitted caps. Snapbacks, in general, have a plastic strap across the back that snaps together to give the cap adjustability. There are hats out there that have straps across the back which are not made of plastic, but rather, have adjustable cloth or leather straps with buckles or Velcro. Fitted caps, on the other hand, are not adjustable.

Let's take a closer look at both of these caps to see how they differ.

 A Cap Is A Cap – Right?

Not so fast. Though both are caps, fitted and snapback hats differ in a significant way.

Fitted precisely to your head, as its name suggests, is the fitted cap. For the most comfortable fit, you want to know what size your hat should be. This means measuring your head before you purchase your hat. For many, it has an advantage over a snapback because it will fit precisely and not encourage itching on the back of your head – as some snapbacks do.

These hats are comfortable but snug and meant to be worn by, more or less, one person. The individual for whom it was fitted. They are worn backwards or frontwards, depending on your style.

Strapbacks or snapbacks are basically all in one and one-size-fits-all. As explained earlier, some of the adjustable straps are made from plastic with little holes and knobs that snap together, while others have a buckle or Velcro. These are not usually worn backwards as the adjustable strap tends to be uncomfortable. Once upon a time, these hats enjoyed unparalleled popularity for a number of reasons. As of late, however, the fitted cap can have many of the attributes formally assigned to snapbacks, and are, therefore, as popular as their counterparts – if not more so.

The Biggest Names in Baseball Caps

Baseball caps are produced in the UK, China, the United States, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. As far as America is concerned, however, the top hat manufacturers include the following:

  • New Era
  • Cap America
  • Unionwear
  • Pacific Headwear
  • CAPWholesalers
  • Pitbull Cap
  • KBEthos 47 Brand
  • Mitchell and Ness

Hats and Celebrities

With all the hat styles out there, you're bound to wonder which one would suit you best. Today's celebrities know just how fashionable and convenient baseball caps and other caps can be. The following refers to cap styles and some of the celebrities who wear them.

Dad hats (also referred to as distressed hats):

  • Rihanna
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Haley Baldwin
  • Gigi Hadid
  • Behati Prinsloo
  • Miranda Kerr
  • Cara Delevingne


  • Chris Brown
  • Kanye West
  • Travis Barker
  • Pusha T
  • Lil Wayne
  • Big Shawn
  • Bun B
  • Terry Kennedy
  • Kid Cudi


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Brad Pitt
  • Idriss Elba
  • Ryan Gosling
  • John Hamm
  • Oscar Isaac
  • David Beckman
  • Matthew McConaughey

Find Your Snapback or Fitted Cap At Hat Heaven

At Hat Heaven, we carry both snapbacks and fitted caps by a number of manufacturers. Whether you're looking for something with a sports logo on the front, a catchy phrase or saying, cartoon character, or just a plain baseball cap, we've got you covered – literally. Check out our impressive inventory today and you're bound to find your new favorite cap.


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