On Baseball Caps and Their Moment

Leandra Medine | December 13, 2011

Yesterday was perhaps the first time since high school, when I was forced to write about compelling subjects best left just re-read not written, that an uncomfortable and unstoppable wave of writer’s block overcame my pee-wee brain. To combat it, I collaged a selection of Isabel Marant sneakers and asked the inevitable question: can I really say no to velcro? I hate to bring up Sex and the City again, this will mark the third time in four days, but I think the plague of writer’s block was my stupid men as socks moment. And with that I’ll confirm that I’ve most certainly become a parody of myself. Since then, I’ve had time to sleep and can perhaps deliver a slightly more meaningful post that, oh I don’t know, may not deliver the gift of content to @whitegirlproblem.

…I should take that back, actually. As evidenced by the photos above, this is a story about baseball caps. And what happens when they make it out of stadiums and onto runways. I will comment and ultimately tell you to get one for yourself. So, let’s get started where evidently, I just ended. You see, New Yorkers could have guessed that the Mets would perchance become good for something one day. Maybe we just didn’t realize it would be marking fashion ground. Above you’ll find two images from the Miu Miu and Givenchy F/W 2011 shows. I know, I know, what a faux-pas, I’m bringing in, gasp, F/W 2011 as evidence! These collections are marked down at department stores for heavens’ sake! Still I trust that the manifestation of any Miu Miu (left) or Givenchy (right) trend can happily remain on…you know, trend, years, fine months, beyond it’s time. And also, just to redeem myself: Timo Weiland did show baseball caps for Spring. Furthermore to redeem myself, I’ve built this platform based on the notion that every trend has a place and time wherever you decide to put it, (e.g. up your boyfriend’s ass.)
I for one, am putting it on my head, on my balcony, in the present. The particular hat style in question is actually a double from the Miu Miu show. It is so pilgrim chic and because bows decorate the back end, fit so well alongside my aesthetic. I’d been waiting for markdown time on Net-a-Porter to obtain it and then like an angel from the sky, or a representative from UPS, it was sent to my doorstop from the folks at Shop it To Me. It’s like they read my mind. It rained for three days so thus was the ideal head-ccessory.
sweatshirt: Sandro, pants: 3.1 Phillip Lim, necklace: DANNIJO, shoes: Jimmy Choo, hat: Miu Miu
Paired with thick satin striped purple pants that evoked fond memories of a. The Barney era and b. the days Adidas track pants were considered suitable–and chic–Saturday night attire, thematic dressing was in full swing. And, what do you know, above the track pants sits tucked, a fancy sweatshirt clad in gold sleeve. Now let’s get back to the focal point of this story and think real hard on this closing question: Are you going to give the baseball cap a try? Tell me. I have to know.
  • http://missbitzala.tumblr.com elizabeth

    haha you're awesome. of course we're going to wear baseball caps…. either a yankee or polo! i love that little horse for some reason.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12948045329625850714 Living Mannequin

    I'm in lurve with that hat.


  • http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com Anna

    why not? give it a try! even better if it's a leather baseball cap…
    btw, I love the color of your pants


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02028433947059554801 fashion suicides

    Oh my Goooood, you're view is amazing. (Oh, nice outfit :D)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    I love hats , but not baseball caps, not even when Miu Miu says they're cool.

    The view from your balcony is really amazing ! and I really like those pants

    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Anonymous

    I am going to give it a try for sure!!!

    –Betsy Smith

  • http://www.slowfashion-street.com/ Slowfashionstreet

    J'aime beaucoup la couleur de ce pantalon waouhh !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09990022799961591011 Pretty Kitty Publishing

    What about the sizing of the ball cap?. I noticed on the Net-a-Porter site, sizes range from x-small to x-large. I am pretty sure I fall somewhere in between. How do I know what size ball cap is right pour my head?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16088784976290111386 hannahstiff

    OMG! Those pantalones are amazing! What gorge color~ Not to mention the shoes…

    real budget, real busy, real body fashion:

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com Thefashionguitar

    Your purple trousers are the bomb!

    XO Charlotte

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    I love that sweatshirt, the sleeves are awesome, and the shoes!! oh my!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18031047278176756776 Nahar & Nazia

    so cute! haha when i looked at your pants i immediately thought adidas track pants…? i did love those, though. will try out a baseball cap asap! i have too many laying (lying?) around 8(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09075902817423391999 pocket pincher

    fun pants!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17508037969782756867 sampenner

    Loving this look! The pants are ultra fab.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04739454274988794264 Lulu Frances

    unless i get the miu miu one -no 😀

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10886827011446856155 Pip

    I gotta say that I love how you wore the look! Your pants and shoes are also fabulous!!!! xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01857198373293387490 things – collection
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Lia

    gorgoues. you wear the cap very well!

    Glass of Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09174635508282439492 Olivia

    I've been wanting that Sandro t-shirt for so longggg it's gorgeous. I love everything Sandro actually..


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    Totally want to rock the baseball cap look. x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06935177585934005255 Habiba. J

    I love caps they just remind me of high school baseball games, its so chic and love your outfit. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.


  • http://mar-adam.com Laura_Maradam

    I want to give it a try but it has to be a very special cap, not anything my bf would actually wear.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15260983603278307102 My Styleadvisor

    Well, I think you'll have to try the Burberry multi coloured pompom raffia caps from the s/s 2012 collection!!

  • http://www.bangbanglafemme.com Allegra

    your choo booties are perfection!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022203116142439305 modern Suburbanites

    love baseball caps, looks great on you!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14654691178100203023 Roxanna

    suhweeeeeeet baseball cap…AND pants!

    xx Roxanna

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10574863655608252815 Lens & anything Else

    I never loved this kind of hat but you look lovely with it on ;)!


  • http://www.blondevivant.com BlondeVivant

    I quite like the Philip Lim pants… tailored gym pants are very becoming on you!

    <3 Blonde Vivant

  • http://www.servinupstyle.blogspot.com Hannah

    the color of your pants is crazy but in some amazing way…


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15090529649210973346 Lo

    I throw on a baseball cap at least once a weekend to go get coffee…however I pair it with pajama pants. Not nearly as cute as this outfit:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09387256447557573232 Miranda

    i love the bow detail in the back and your trousers are killer. i don't think i will be doing the bbcap thing though. too sporty for me, bows or not.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    Your hat def does not look like a baseball cap, not even in its shape. Yours is cute, but I think I'd pass on the others.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17323792135015932729 M

    This is totally MAN REPELLER!
    Love it!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04007364825338739929 The life after

    It can be quite cool.

    The Life After

  • Anonymous

    Saw a photo of an American editor at the Paris shows once with a Yankees hat on and it looked really amazing.

    I think more real baseball cap with black sunglasses, leather jacket, rolled up jeans and high heeled booties.

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    hmm I am not sure I could pull this off quite like you but love your metallic sleeves!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16068572636867244753 Jess

    love the purple pants and the gold cap sleeves. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15037990856185460889 Yuka
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    I love baseball caps, especially the Givenchy version. It's such an edgy stunner.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary



    Maria Onorio

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10393276707613083553 Natasha

    That Givenchy skirt with the wolves is utterly fabulous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02659010175487544748 The Baker

    Just discovered this blog! Clever but oh so true title (and wonderful clothes)!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15664502134805475932 Her Persona
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07176590100848026280 Carmo

    your house has such a great view 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03170825501219814119 Désordre
  • http://www.phoandchips.com Bridg

    love your outfit here! the baseball trend could be around for a few months, but doubt it will be a lasting one! still, there will always be girls who can rock caps and make it look very chic! 🙂

    B x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07891496128576458977 Claire

    Ahhh those pants are insanely gorgeous! Such a good colour and structure.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03089353830910546241 randofernando

    I'm a fan of the pilgrim hat. Baseball caps are balls to coordinate with. I.e. It's hard to hit a home run in them…easy to foul out and be mistaken for an accidental hipster. (all puns intended) any holiday clothings ideas?!! I need inspiration.

  • http://jas-tidbits.blogspot.com/ jas

    great pants. love the colour. i'm into caps


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11926604451670231683 Nikki

    this post was hard to read, even with my migraine. But the pants are cute.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08438912086038388430 Grace

    love my leather cap. perfect for those days I don't care about my hair or my eyes. Wear the hat down low with a red lip and it's magic! those pants are the pants.

  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ anorexicescapades.com

    I love a good cap it hide many imperfections

  • Anonymous

    I get that its from an old season, but how in god's name did you refrain from commenting on that Givenchy skirt!?! I see serious potential for a debate of the repeller vs propeller variety…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05914222871848429230 hiPop

    not much fan of it, though a cat one from Givenchy made me rethink it 🙂

    love your pants!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01946815554576535583 velvet avenue

    may I move in on that balcony?

  • http://www.dressedwell.co.uk DressedWell

    You can pull yours off! Not everyone would be able too. Not keen on the others in the pics.

  • http://www.lovenycstyle.com amanda

    a hats a hat! love them all!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17735896581791951670 takeachicpill

    love the purple pants with the gold sleeves of the sweatshirt!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02173453161137562316 Jannine

    those pants are fantaboulous! nice hat! 🙂
    XX jannine


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00834760361175097428 beckymonster

    loving the rich feel of those purple pants with a cool, easy top.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03820722639143986785 Ash Louise

    THE PANTS THE PANTS THE PANTS… AND shoesss! I'm droooooling!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06521810093109835760 Vivi

    Cute look. I think this is the most casual I have ever seen you on this blog. But yet, it's still you.

  • http://www.shupalook.com Shupalook

    We'll love to see this look on Shupalook.com 😉

  • http://www.qacreate.com QA Create

    Those pants are fantastic. The color is so perfect for this time of year– or any time of year for that matter. The cut is just as incredible.


  • Anonymous

    No way!

  • http://www.allsportshats.com Baseball Hats

    Caps are really in in whatever fashion statement. Completes some clothing style as well. No wonder even girls purchase them.