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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. Especially the sticker on the peak is the essence of the snapback. You can recognize the real snapbacks on the sticker ‘Official Merchandise Essentials Snapback’. Of course, it’s also possible to create your own custom sticker. That would make a custom snapback totally awesome.

The dad hat is a 5-panel cap with a loose fitting. This cap is similar to the baseball cap, except that this cap is a 5-panel. Also the closure is different: a dad hat has a metal closure, while there is a velcro closure for the baseball cap. Dad hats are more vintage caps, with our dads who were wearing them before.

7 Differences between the Snapback and Dad hat

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

  • Difference number 1: the angle

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

  • Difference number 2: the brim

The brim of the snapback is flat, while it’s more round for the dad hat. The dad hat has a pre-shaped brim.

  • Difference number 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 number 4: the closure

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

  • Difference number 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 number 6: wearability

Dad hats are vintage caps, our dads use to wear it. They have never been the ultimate trend or hot fashion news, but the cap will always be a fashionable item. 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 have to be seen.

  • Difference number 7: design

On a snapback, it’s trending to have a big and strong design. A snapback has that ‘in your face’ attitude. A dad hat is more subtle, with detailed embroidery.

What’s your favourite?

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  • Layasa

    Which one is standard? I like snapback hats.

    • Michèle Vandenbunder
      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 😉

  • 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.

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