Put the base­ball cap back in your ro­ta­tion

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

It first hit us in Fe­bru­ary, when Chance the Rap­per took home the Gram­mys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Al­bum while kit­ted out in a Thom Browne suit and his trade­mark hat. We started won­der­ing, What’s the trick to wear­ing a base­ball cap and looking—if not as cool as Chance—at least like an adult? It may be eas­ier than you think. Start by aim­ing as far away from the frat hat as pos­si­ble. No dis­tressed, overly bent brims; no sun-faded pas­tels. In­stead, look for rich ma­te­ri­als like wool, cor­duroy and sturdy twill in fall-friendly colours like cop­per and bur­gundy. If you need text or a logo, keep it sim­ple. (A team em­blem? Okay. Trucker-hat in­nu­endo? Not okay since 2006.) A lit­tle em­bel­lish­ment can go a long way: Chance adopted his “3” in­signia with the re­lease of what would be­come his award-win­ning mix­tape. Proof the lucky hat doesn’t die after Lit­tle League. From top: By APC, SGD168*; by Brunello Cucinelli, SGD505*; by Goorin Bros, SGD81*;

by Her­mès, SGD686*; by APC, SGD168*.

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