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Caps Vs. Hats: What’s The Difference And Which Is Best To Personalise?

Boy wearing a cap

It’s said that no outfit whether formal or casual is truly complete without an accessory. Accessories often signify the style of the wearer. But believe it or not, fashion isn’t always only about form. This is where caps vs hats and other popular headgear come in. 

Hats have been around for centuries, never really going out of style since their introduction into the world of fashion. And although their modern counterpart, the cap, was introduced long thereafter, the same can be said for this practically brilliant accessory. 

So what’s the difference between a hat and a cap? Why does this difference matter? And when should you choose one over the other? We get into all of this and more in the article below.

What is a Cap?

A cap is really just a brimless hat. The prominent and distinctive feature of a cap is its peak and visor combination at the front. Today, caps come in a variety of designs, the more popular of which include the trucker cap, the snapback, and the baseball cap. This being said, what classifies a cap is its shape. Caps can be worn for any number of reasons, but the most common reason for choosing a cap is to shade the face from the sun, and you’ll seldom find a cap accompanying a formal outfit. 

Girl wearing a pink cap

What is a Hat?

A hat is a head accessory that is typically characterised by a shaped crown and brim that surrounds it. Hats never have visors, and are worn around the world by men and women from various cultures for a variety of formal and informal occasions. For example, in many countries, hats form a part of the uniforms worn by workers of state departments. Hats can also be considered a traditional part of religious attire and are often worn for ceremonial purposes.

Boy wearing a black hat

Caps vs Hats: What are the differences

Caps vs hats. Objectively there are many differences between hats and caps, and to go through the entire list would be very time-consuming. That’s why we’ve compiled a shortlist of what we believe to be the main stand-out differences between these two popular accessories. 

1. Both hats and caps fall within the category of headgear and headwear accessories. However, all hats have brims and shaped crowns, whereas a cap is less structured, and doesn’t have a brim, but is never without a peak or visor. 

2. Caps are predominantly worn by men, and hats are an accessory equally popular among both men and women. 

3. Caps are popular for their functionality in shading from the sun and are typically paired with casual attire. 

4. Hats are a fashionable accessory and in general, have less of a fixed purpose than caps. 

Caps vs Hats: Which headwear is more customisable?

At Garment Printing, we make designing and customising your personalised caps and hats easier than ever. So it’s not so much a question of “which is more customisable?”, but rather “which best suits my personalisation requirements?” 

We carry an assortment of world-class quality brands including Anvil, Beechfield, AS Colour, and Continental to name a few. It’s our guarantee that there’s something for everyone. Our partners are also sustainable, eco-friendly and providers of organic textiles. So if you’re looking for something specific and are concerned about your carbon footprint, you really can’t go wrong. 

We utilise the latest technologies and printing techniques that are sustainable and long-lasting. Our options include embroidery, various screen-printing techniques and transfer printing, to name a few. So whether it’s for a corporate gift or a personal branding project, we’re always excited about trying new things and helping our clients get exactly what they had in mind.

Best Caps and Hats to Personalise, and which methods you should choose

With so many to choose from, going through our selection can be a little intimidating. Listed below are our current best caps and hats to get you started in your search for the perfect candidate for your next personalisation project.