If you have been living under a rock the past year or so, you might not have noticed that snapback caps are now fashionable.
I don’t even know when the trend started, but bringing back something that was popular 20 years ago makes little sense. Of course, recycling fashion is common in sports and basically elsewhere.
My problem with snapbacks is why it’s so popular.
Back when snapbacks were made, they weren’t called snapbacks. They were just regular caps. They were made because they were cheaper, easier to produce and it was one size fits all.
Then after that, caps started to have an elastic around the band. That was a technological improvement and thus caps started to feature that. Eventually, the caps then gave way to the fitted style and it was good. The evolution of caps continued to move forward.
But now, people are wearing these snapback caps again and paying twice the amount they’re actually worth. What makes them popular now?
These caps feature very large letters of the team name on the front. They sometimes feature the logo somewhere. But ultimately, it’s just screaming late-80s/early-90s. Is that’s what’s hip and happening?
Hipsters these days are walking around looking like Steve Urkel — another product of the 90s. Are people just choosing these fashion statements because everyone else is doing it? It’s the it thing.
I am all for reliving history and for me, a cap collector, I embrace it. But somehow I feel that buying newly made snapback caps is like cheating.
If you’re going to wear one, why not wear one that was actually produced in the 1990s? Wear the cap that was cheaply made, not the new ones that feature $40 worth of fabric material. And if you do decide to get a snapback, get one of a design that actually existed.
Maybe I’m not “hip” enough to understand. Or maybe I’m just getting too old for this stuff.