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What’s the difference between a snapback and a dad hat?

Snapback vs Dad hat: the differences in style and shape

The snapback is a 6-panel cap with a wide flat brim. Snapbacks are fitted with an adjustable snap on the back of the hat, which makes it ‘one size fits all’. The cap is an icon, created for youngsters with style. You can recognize the real snapbacks by the sticker on the peak. A lot of fashion brands create their own sticker.

The dad hat is a 5-panel cap with a loose fitting. This cap is similar to the baseball cap, except that this cap has 5 panels. Also the closure is different: a dad hat has a metal closure, while there is a velcro closure for the baseball cap.

7 Differences between the Snapback and Dad hat

These are the most common differences between the dad hat and the snapback.


Difference #1: the angle

If you look at these pictures above, you can see that the shape is different. A snapback has almost an angle of 90° between the cap and the brim of the snapback. Like that, the front panel of the snapback is very visible. Compared to the dad hat, there is more an obtuse angle. The cap itself doesn’t look so ‘big’ like the snapback.

Difference #2: the brim

The brim of the snapback is flat, while a dad hat has a round, pre-shaped brim.

Difference #3: the panel

The front panel of the snapback is pre-shaped and hard. A design on a snapback is thereby very visible. The panel of the dad hat is soft and not pre-shaped.

Difference #4: the closure

The closure of a snapback is made from plastic while the dad hat has a metallic closure. Both have an adjustable closure, which makes the caps ‘one size fits all’.

Difference #5: the sticker

The sticker on the snapback is a must. The official Merchandise Essentials sticker indicates the authenticity of the snapback. We also have stickers on the dad hat, but it’s not the essence of the cap.

Difference #6: wearability

Dad hats are vintage caps, like the word says: dads use to wear it. The dad hat is a never-ending trend and fits everyone. Snapbacks are more known in the baseball scene, adopted by the hiphop scene, and later by the EDM scene. If you wear a snapback, your cap and the print must be extremely visible.

Difference #7: design

Snapbacks typically have a big, ‘in your face’ design. A dad hat is more subtle, and mostly has a detailed embroidery design. Two completely different styles!

What’s your favorite?

What’s your style: the legendary snapback or the authentic dad hat? Tell us, we are curious!

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  • Layasa

    Which one is standard? I like snapback hats.

    • Michèle Vandenbunder

      Hi Layasa. Both caps reflect another style. A snapback is more a style icon, worn by legendary rappers. A snapback has been worn forever and is now really trending in fashion. Both are great 😉

      • david32knyte

        Hi, I’m not a legendary rapper. Does that mean I shouldn’t wear the snapback cap and just wear a dad cap.
        BTW I’m white, 49 years old and like listening to country music. Thanks, David

        • Michèle

          Hi David, no worries, you can wear both caps. You don’t need to be a legendary rapper.
          Enjoy your day!

  • layasa

    Really it is very nice.The cap is an icon, created for youngsters with style. Especially the sticker on the peak is the essence of the snapback. You can recognize the real snapbacks on the sticker all the customer.

    • david32knyte

      What is you have a snapback but it doesn’t have the sticker? Can you still look cool without it?
      What if you make your own sticker, say out of tin foil and maybe some gold paint?
      You guys seem to really know what your talking about, pls advise….

      • Michèle

        Hi David!

        A snapback asks for a sticker. Without a sticker, it may look like a ‘false’ cap.
        So, always wear a snapback with a sticker 🙂
        A snapback with gold would be awesome, it depends on the design.
        You can always contact us via if you want to design your own cap! 🙂

        Enjoy your day,

        • Adam

          I would say that you should take the sticker off.. No one will think your snapback is fake and keeping the sticker can be frowned upon. So sticker or no sticker, both work

    • Michèle

      Hi Layasa,
      Yes, totally true! 🙂

  • John

    Wonderful post. Interesting, Thanks for differentiating the snapback and a dad hat. I really loved this post. Good job.

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