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First, let’s talk about baseball cap jargon.  We developed an exclusive vernacular to help you understand and apply the proper hat mechanics, styling, and positioning to maximize your flair and swagger.  Without a doubt, our jargon and styling apply to both genders. In addition, the rules include all fashion types from casual, casual-sexy, semi-professional, and professional. Hatlook provides product reviews and purchasing recommendations for cool baseball caps, hats, and fedoras. Read below for styling techniques.

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Baseball Cap Brands & Types

New Era Cap
Cool New Era Houston Astros 59FIFTY baseball cap

59FIFTY is characterized by a High Crown and Flat brim hat. The 59FIFTY sizes range between 6 3/4 and 8 and are not adjustable. Consequently, they are known as fitted hats or fitted caps (typical baseball cap jargon) because you must purchase them in a specific size. Furthermore, the 59FIFTY is the official on-field hat of Major League Baseball and Minor League baseball and is manufactured by New Era Cap company based out of Buffalo, New York.

Cool New Era Houston Astros 39THIRTY baseball cap

39THIRTY is a Low Crown and Curved brim stretch fit hat. This hat is not a snapback and one size will not fit all. Sizes range from small-medium to large – X-large. Best of all, the cap is engineered to stretch for optimal fit and comfort. The 39THIRTY serves as the NFL sideline hat and the Major League Baseball on-field hat. The 39THIRTY is manufactured by New Era Cap company based out of Buffalo, New York. If 59FIFTY is the king then 39THIRTY is the prince.

New Era Fitted cap showing size label and D cover

Fitted Hat sizes range between 6 3/4 and 8 and are not adjustable. Aesthetically, these types of hats have a High Crown and a Flat brim. Many brands such as Mitchell & Ness and Forty Seven offer a full line of fitted hats. Nevertheless, the 59FIFTY produced by New Era is the most prominent. Also, it is the official on-field hat of Major League Baseball and Minor League baseball.

Mitchell & Ness
Image shows Mitchell & Ness baseball cap in the snapback version.  The hat is adjustable and is Chicago Bulls of the NBA

Snapback hats are adjustable and considered one size fits all. Hence, the rear plastic strap adjusts and makes a snapping sound. Snapbacks screams nostalgia. Without a doubt, nostalgia is “Mitchell and Ness”. Mitchell and Ness Co. offers vintage and authentic apparel and hats for the NFL, NBA, and the MLB. Snapback hats are also offered for sale by New Era and Forty-Seven.

Hat Mechanics (baseball cap jargon)

picture of the A cover crown of a Mitchell and Ness Houston Rockets

A cover = the entire crown

picture of the B cover top of brim of a Mitchell and Ness Houston Rockets

B cover = top of visor or brim

picture of the C cover bottom brim of a Mitchell and Ness Houston Rockets cap

C cover = bottom of visor or brim

picture of the D cover inside crown of a Mitchell and Ness Houston Rockets cap

D cover = inside of the crown

picture of a red squatchee of a Mitchell and Ness Houston Rockets hat

Squatchee = the fabric covered button on top of the A cover

picture of a grommet on a Mitchell and Ness Houston Rockets cool baseball cap

Grommets = metal or fabric attached to the top of each six sections of fabric to provide ventilation

Hat Position (baseball cap jargon)

black and white image of beautiful woman wearing a cool baseball cap in the Orthodox style position explained by Hatlook jargon.  The cool baseball hat is a New Era Cap Boston Red Sox 59FIFTY fitted cap

Orthodox = Hat on straight, brim facing forward

man in New York City wearing a cool baseball cap in the Southpaw style position explained by Hatlook jargon

Southpaw = Hat to the back, brim facing backward

picture of Tupac Shakur wearing a cool baseball cap in the Pac style position

Pac Style = Hat to the back, mash down, tilt to the side (In honor of the late great)