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Can you see it for all the cap trees? 

One of the most intriguing parts of deepening your knowledge in a specific field is discovering the complexity hidden within. Seen from the outside, most things seem fairly simple and straightforward, but once you choose to dive into the topic of your interest you can often be astonished by the richness of even the seemingly most ordinary things. The world of caps is no exception. For the untrained eye, caps are just a form of headwear with a brim, but for those who have gone down the rabbit hole, as we have, the cap market presents a multitude of variety and nomenclature ready to be discovered.

Let us clear some of the trees in the cap forest and show you around. Here we aim to explain a few of the most common design and fashion terms used in the world of caps.

Brim

Possibly the most frequently occurring discussion when it comes to cap styles is the one regarding the brim. Which of the two main types is in fashion fluctuates, largely influenced by the styles chosen by celebrities and influencers. First there is the classic and casual curved brim known as a curved visor which you will find on most baseball caps. The functionality is in focus with this design as it is optimized to keep your eyes protected from the sun. A newer arrival to the scene is the flat brim, also known as a flat peak or flat visor. With a more young and urban feel to it, the flat brim was quickly adopted by the hip-hop culture but has steadily become a frequent sighting in many various styles over the years.

Closure

Far from an exclusively practical concern, the closure in the back of the cap greatly contributes to the overall style and feel while being the most crucial element to the comfort level. There are three main variants, the first of which is known as fitted. With no closure or adjustment mechanics in the back, a fitted cap size must be carefully selected to not be too tight or loose. While it brings a clean consistency all the way around, it also misses out on design and detail opportunities. The snapback style comes with adjustable straps in the back made from plastic. Snapback caps are one size fits all and usually come with a flat brim, why in some circles ‘snapback’ is nearly synonymous with ‘flat brim’. Models with adjustable straps in the back made from anything but plastic, from leather to cloth to velcro and much more, are known as strapback. Many of the caps you find with STIKSEN have variants of premium strapback closure.

Models

Though there are variants even within the two main models we present here - the rabbit hole continues - they constitute a broad category division of models which should be recognized by cap fans. The six panel cap is the classic and most frequently occurring model which has the top of the cap sewn together from six more or less equally sized parts. This simple and timeless design has been around since the first baseball caps were created and still to this day feels fresh with its many alterations. The second model is known as the five panel cap and is sewn together from five parts of varying sizes and shapes for a different touch. It offers a lower profile and is a clear favorite with fans of certain styles despite not reaching the popularity of its one panel richer cousin.

As you can see, there are numerous variations and features when it comes to caps, and we have in this article only begun to scratch the surface. While the type of cap you choose with all its many variables does portray a particular vibe, the cap itself is not per definition boxed into a single style. Rather the cap has to be viewed as a part of the whole. The same cap can be informal and relaxed as part of one outfit, and offer a classy and delicate touch to another, more formal one. At STIKSEN, we not only look to bring you the best of what is already available in terms of models and styles, but also to create new ones and push the evolution of the cap into unchartered territories. Tell us what your style is or if you have ideas for caps which cannot be found today by sending an email to hello@stiksen.com.