On the Runway/At Events
From the ballpark to the S/S 12 runways, baseball caps of all kinds are fast becoming a closet necessity. At Kenzo, creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim topped off their punchy athletic-influenced outfits with flat-brimmed, net-covered iterations. The Fishnet Woven Cap ($441) was the perfect complement to the matching net print jacket, top, and shorts shown above, giving the brightly-hued sporty look an extra dose of understated cool. A similar effect occurred at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic last month when Dree Hemingway styled a sheer white Dolce & Gabbana dress, from the S/S 11 collection, with a New York Yankees cap. Hemingway's team spirit certainly paid off, as the casual topper made an unexpectedly stylish contrast to her dressed-up look.
On The Market
1. Yestadt Millinery Outsiders Baseball Cap ($285) in Black/Cheetah
For the sporty dresser who adores animal prints, Yestadt's Millinery Outsiders Baseball Cap is a must-have. Accentuate the hat's playful femininity by wearing it with a soft side braid and a black or white skater dress.
2. Acne Bolts Stars Hat ($180, 212.334.8345) in White
Featuring a leather front and embroidered stars, this sleek hat by Acne calls for an edgy look. While you could certainly style it casually with a white tee and jeans, we like the idea of playing up its tough-girl spirit with a little leather dress.
3. Brixton Henshaw Cap ($25)
A laid-back alternative to the floppy sun hat, ASOS' Scenic Print Cap with Hawaiian motif is a stellar choice for lounging poolside or hanging at the beach. To keep the focus on the cap, go for a solid-color bikini or neutral cover-up and spritz your hair with some Bumble and bumble Surf Spray ($24).
4. Adidas Originals Adicolor Cap ($15) in Red
If you prefer to stick with a classic style, then try Adidas' Originals Adicolor Cap. The thrifty price tag and bold color make it an immediate winner in our books, plus the adjustable strap allows for a truly comfortable fit. Just be sure to follow in Hemingway's footsteps and wear it with a fancy frock for an intriguing daytime look.
5. House of Holland Silk Stripe Baseball Cap ($83)
Leave it to designer Henry Holland to transform a classic baseball hat into a wild work of art. This House of Holland candy-striped topper is made completely from silk, giving the piece a luxe feel you'll want to wear again and again. Throw it over kinky waves for your next backyard BBQ.
6. Topshop Acid Wash Cap ($30) in Blue
Hats off to Topshop for creating this irresistible denim baseball cap. With a wear-with-anything, lived-in look, this is exactly the kind of hat you want on hand for all your casual weekend events. Enhance its all-American vibe by going for a preppy outfit with a polished ponytail and white sundress.
7. Gucci GG Pattern Baseball Hat ($315)
If you're a neutrals-only kind of girl or just prefer your cap on the tamer side, we'd like to direct you to Gucci's investment-worthy GG Pattern Baseball Hat. With a versatile khaki hue and the brand's signature green and red stripes, this sophisticated choice works just as well for sporting events as it does for an afternoon of running errands.--Jessica Baker