The age-old question of the differences between a baseball cap and a trucker cap is one that has been tossed around for years in the world of fashion. The truth of the matter is that despite their similarities on the outside, they are very different accessories in terms of how they are made. Let’s take a look at the differences between baseball caps and trucker hats and at the outfits you can pair them with.
These common caps are – as the name suggests – known for being worn at baseball games by the players and have been around since the 1850s. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the baseball cap became socially acceptable thanks to the rise of televised sport.
Baseball caps were originally made from straw before moving to fine wool. Originally produced in standard hat sizes, the 1980s saw the back adjustment strap we know today incorporated into the design. Baseball caps consist of a crown connected by six cotton fabric panels and are most well-known for their casual nature. There is a large range of Lyle & Scott menswear available that could work well with a baseball cap, such as the skinny sweatpants or the pullover hoodie in fern green from Lyle & Scott menswear.
Whereas baseball caps have the six cotton panels, trucker caps have a back panel made entirely of mesh that contrasts with the front panels. The front panels can be made of plastic or cotton but have a different style to baseball caps in that they are somewhat raised. Trucker caps are just as casual as baseball caps, but there is no resisting a bit of check in your outfit when opting for a trucker cap; for example, you can emphasise the trucker vibe with the check poplin shirt from Lyle & Scott menswear.
Trucker caps originated back in the early 1980s when they were used as an item to be given away in promotions for farming companies. Cheaper than the baseball cap, and more breathable in the warmer seasons due to the mesh back, trucker caps became a great way to advertise in addition to being a comfortable option for workers with jobs that kept them outside. These workers include farmers, builders and – you’ve guessed it – truckers.