What to do when you’ve maxed out your dry shampoo, but aren’t ready to throw your hair up in a ponytail? Throw on a baseball cap! It’s this summer’s bad hair day fix of choice. Chloe Sevingny and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley show off opposite ends of the legitimately sporty spectrum—both repping the New York Yankees, while Jennifer Hudson and Cara Delevingne swing trendy, the former rocking studs and the latter a graphic black and white print. More suggestions in our slideshow!
There’s no shortage of photos of Cara Delevingne rocking a baseball cap this summer. At the Glastonbury music festival, the British model wore hers backwards, on top of her sun-kissed hair. Let your locks air dry and try The Quiet Life’s Tribe 5 Panel Cap ($60) for a similar look.
Don’t get us wrong—a baseball cap looks just as good on top of clean hair. Place it further back on your head to show off freshly styled waves like Ellie Goulding did on her way to LA last week. If you buy Cameo’s Two Tone Cotton Cap ($6) or Authentic Headwear’s The Duke Cap ($12), make sure you flip it around!
Street style photographer Vanessa Jackman captured the cutest leather baseball cap at New York Fashion Week in February. Consider making BP’s Faux Leather Baseball Cap ($18) your fall go-to as the end of summer nears. Tip? If you pull your hair back, make sure to leave some pieces loose to frame your face.
Spotted leaving a restaurant in New York, Rihanna surprisingly rocks the most traditional cap, proving that you can’t go wrong with basic black—and that you can rock a hat with even the shortest locks. Sport Smart’s ProFlex Acrylic Wool Fitted Baseball Cap ($10) is a great option. (Sidenote: we’re currently digging Ouidad’s Curl Recovery Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask ($40) for curls.)
We were surprised to see as many girls rocking their hat backwards as forward. Lana Del Rey embraces her inner child by piling her blue cap atop her Mickey Mouse Tee. Try Asos’ Black X Puma Baseball Cap ($8).
The hardest part about wearing a hat can be figuring out how to wear your hair underneath. Try a low-slung side pony under Rinco’s Plain White Baseball Cap ($6) like model Hanna Lauridsen, pictured here in Copenhagen.
Of course, the easiest way to wear a cap is after working out—it’s the one time we suggest not even bothering with dry shampoo. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wears a classic Yankees hat while leaving the gym in LA. Pick up American Needle’s Navy Yankees Vintage Baseball Hat ($15) for a broken in look.