Design A Snap Back Hat

Meet The Snap Back Hat

You’ve seen these hats your whole life. These are the immediately recognizable baseball caps, sometimes called trucker hats. The basic construction is the same no matter where you buy them: flat or curved bill, bendable rim with 5-6 triangular fabric panels that meet at the crown. The whole thing is topped with a button and has an adjustable exposed snap fastener at the back of it.

Things That Affect The Design Of A Snap Back Hat

  • Location. When you design a snap back hat, chances are you’ll have the graphic embroidered right on the front, above the bill. You could also have embroidery on the sides or anywhere else on the fabric, but the bill is the most common place for graphics.
  • Workable Area. Any image must fit within the embroiderable area. If it’s the front of the cap, this is generally 2 1/4 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide. Keep these parameters in mind when you create your graphic.
  • Detailing. Don’t overdo the details. Fine details will be lost on an embroidered hat and if the design is too busy, clarity can be lost once the image is shrunk down to fit on the cap. Stick with clean and simple lines for the best embroidery. Skip the details and aim for the big picture.

Getting Help From An Embroiderer

Of course a good embroiderer is the key component of creating a great hat. Before you hire one to help you design a snap back hat, ask them a few questions. This will give you an idea of their capabilities and experience with these types of hats. Expertise is important because these caps have some curve to them, which can be tricky to embroider on.

  • What is your level of experience embroidering snap back hats? The more experience they have, the better. They’ll be familiar with all the little tricks that can make the project go smoothly and have plenty of experience to draw on when working on your project. Embroiderers who work with these type of caps regularly will also have the tools needed to ensure your design is centered, solidly constructed and not flawed in any way.
  • Do you use hoops and stabilizers? Hoops and stabilizers hold the cap in place while it’s being embroidered. Without these tools you run the risk of crooked or puckered designs.
  • Do you have frames to fit my caps? Embroidery is done by computers nowadays. Frames work with the hoops and stabilizers to keep the cap centered and where it should be as it gets embroidered. Just as there are many different hat styles, there are many different sizes frames; you need one that fits your hat or the design will be off.
  • What file format do you use? Again, designs are embroidered by computers, not people; therefore you need to provide a digital file of your design that can be loaded into the computers that control the embroidery machines. You’ll probably have to provide a stitch file (.EXP, .DST, etc.) or an outline file (.CND, etc.). Most embroiderers will be able to digitize the image for you.

Australian Outback Hats

  • Akubra Hats Akubra has been a manufacturer of Australian outback hats for over a century although only under the name ‘Akubra’ since 1912. The hat business was started in Tasmania in 1874 by Benjamin Dunkerly. He was joined in 1902 by Stephen Keir I, who married his daughter. Akubra has been in the hands of the Keir family ever since and is now run by Stephen Keir IV. You can’t get much more traditional than that! Akubra hats are typically made from rabbit fur felt. The higher quality hats are made from wild rabbit pelt and the most popular style is the ‘snowy river’. You may be familiar with this style if you have been watching I’m a celebrity get me out of here!
  • BC Hats BC stands for Bill Conner, the man who invented the first mouldable brim outback hat. He did this by inserting a wire into it. Conner originally made a number of different leather goods including sandals which were still his biggest selling product even in 1969. However, outback hats soon became synonymous with the BC brand. Conner’s original outback hat style is called ‘The stockman’. You may have even spotted royal-to-be Kate Middleton out in one on occasion!
  • Barmah Hats What is great about Barmah Hats is that they are flexible and you can fold them down into their accompanying canvas bag. This unique feature makes them perfect for travelling. Barmah Hats are made from a range of different leathers including kangaroo, crocodile and cattle.
  • Wombat Leather Hats Wombat Leather hats are a relatively young brand of outback hats originally from the UK but made with traditional Aussie spirit. A number of different styles are available in a variety of different leathers including full-grain, split and suede. Wombat Leather hats are easy to get hold of in UK and Europe which means you can buy one in preparation for your trip or when you return from Australia if you are worried about your new hat getting squashed and ruined on the journey.
  • Cork hats Cork hats are traditionally worn by Australians to keep flies out of their faces. Just kidding! I don’t know anyone who wears a hat like that and I’m not sure it would work either. Cork hats are probably best reserved for fancy dress parties!

Straw Hats

There are straw hats to suit virtually any and everyone’s taste. There are bucket styles, ones with wide brims, and more classic cowboy and lifeguard-type varieties that have chin straps. Although most are typically kept in their traditional neutral, straw color, there are also many options for colored hats as well. Some also come with a colorful bandana trim for a bit of whimsical charm. Therefore, it is easy to find a style for any sort of setting, whether it is lounging around at a resort or doing work in the yard.

One of the best things about straw hats is that they expertly mix style and functionality. Although wide brimmed hats come in many different shapes and in virtually every color of the rainbow, they play an important part in keeping one cool during the hot summer months and in shielding the face from the harsh and damaging UV rays of the sun. The larger the hat, the more sun protection and, luckily, these large hats have become all the rage among resort patrons and beach goers alike.

However, other than giving some much needed sun protection, people simply love wearing these classic hats. They have an aesthetic that appeals to many different people. Folks who enjoy a laid-back style and those who like a more natural look can all take pleasure in wearing this functional, yet fashionable, headwear. They also can be a great way to add a bit of western flair to your outfit without needing to invest a lot of money. Cowboy hats can cost a pretty penny, but straw hats can give you a similar vibe for a fraction of the cost.

Getting Vintage Style Hats

The materials used for hats include cotton, straw, fur, wool, and felt among others. If you are trying to figure out how old a vintage hat is, the shape is the key. In the Edwardian days, the hats were wide and very fancy. The 1920ss brought closely fitted hats referred to as cloches. In the 1930s, hats became more elegant in shape and less cute and mysterious. During the 1940s, they took on a graceful and strong shape and sometimes included veils. In the 1950s, hats became much more whimsical and were similar to those flowery bowed hats you would see in impressionist paintings. The platter shape style was also very much in style. During the 1960s, everyone was wearing pill box hats.

Over the last few decades, hats have changed a lot. Vintage hats are still in style because of their importance in society is still as strong as it was in the past. People may dress up less, but vintage styling still have a place in fashion.

You can invest in vintage hats without spending a fortune. You will find that they can be found for almost any price, which makes collecting them fun and easy. You can get them for a reasonable price and they can add a great deal of elegance and class to your outfits. Vintage hats made of straw or with wide brims look great with casual outfits and the fancier and tighter fitting hats go well with formal outfits and evening wear. They make great accessories and they are so affordable that you can have lots of different hats to go with all your outfits, both casual and dressy.

When you wear the right hat, it flatters your facial features. You have to take the time to determine the hat shape that is most flattering to your face. You can talk to someone at a local hat store and try on a variety of styles or you can find information online that can help you figure this out.

Just like snowflakes, vintage hats are all different. Even if you spend a lot of time shopping for them, you won’t usually find two that are the same. All of them are unique since the majority of them were made to order or added to by the owners. Sometimes, women would alter them for each of the seasons or to keep up with the latest fashions. You can do the same thing. If you have some damaged ones, you can take them apart and use the materials to make yours unique. Trimmings for one is also sold online. With all the vintage hats available, you can wear them to express your style and no one will have a hat like yours.

The fun part of vintage hats is trying all the angles they fit at and seeing how they look with your hair fixed different ways. Each individual hat is going to appeal to a different person depending on the way they wear it, the attitude they wear it with, their style, and their coloring. You can even wear some of them backwards. You can start a vintage hat collection based on your favorite type of hat style and get as many colors as you can. You can even add pins and jewelry to them to make them unique. People will admire your unique style.

Now that you know how great vintage hats are, you are ready to start shopping. You can shop online, at vintage stores, at thrift stores,or look in the attics of your home or a loved one’s home. Shopping for vintage hats is as fun as wearing them so you are going to love building your collection.

Wearing A Hat That Flatters Face Shape

The triangle face

If you have a triangular shape you can wear almost all hat styles and look incredibly gorgeous. The triangular face features a large forehead with a pointy chin and wide cheekbones. You can try out various styles, but stay clear of those with crowns and are narrower compared to your cheekbones. Practically any hat style will work for this face shape.

The square face

This kind of shape features a broad forehead, forehead as well as chin. If you have a square face shape, hats that have a larger brim will do the trick for you also slightly tilting the hat balances of your broad chin. Some of the best styles to the square shape are fedoras with a wide brim, round brims together with slouch brims that have the ability to balance the face.

The round face

This shape is full, round and does not have any angles or points. The recommended hats for this face shape are big hats. Asymmetrical shapes or wide brimmed hats or those you can wear with a slight tilt have the potential of highlighting your facial features.

The long face

The long face can be compared to a long oval. It’s known for its sleek, elongated shape without points. The worst enemies for this face shape are deep crowns that exaggerate the face line, instead try out hats with wide brims. Go for hats that fit properly.

Heart shaped face

Any heart style can work for this face shape. Featuring a wide cheek bones you must be careful as to choose a hat with narrower crowns as compared to your cheekbones. Some of the worst styles for you are fedoras together with tribly styles. Recommended styles are berets, boaters, sailors, turbans cloches as well a picture hat.

The oval shape

Hats that have larger brims are most appropriate for this face shape, but you can try out different hat styles and still look fantastic but ensure that they are proportionate to your height. Tilt your hat slightly to the eyebrow right across the hair or brow line.