Are baseball caps a good look for adult males?
Should baseball caps be worn by adult men outside of the realm of sport, exercise, work and practical purposes?
Does it enhance the look of a man and contribute to a sexy look or does it promote a juvenile and socially unevolved image?
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Let me start off by saying that I am an avid fan of head wear for both practical and fashion purposes. You will rarely see me out on a summer day without an awesome straw fedora sitting on my head. It guards me from the sun and, in my opinion, looks super classical and chic. I am also known to wear Dutch boys out and about and dark colored fedoras for an evening out on the town.
I had two baseball caps as a ten year old featuring imagery of The Simpsons and Ren and Stimpy. I believe they came with show bags from comic book fairs. Regardless, I never wore one ever again once I went through puberty. It just didn’t feel right. As I got older, my disdain for caps grew, and it is to the point now that I can’t see a baseball cap on an adult head without getting annoyed.
Of course I don’t feel this annoyance when I see someone wearing one when playing sport, especially baseball. I also have no issue with them being utilized for work purposes: as protection against the rays of the sun whilst one is working outdoors or driving a vehicle.They make my blood boil when they leave the arena of sport and occupation and become a fashion item, statement, or a day to day accessory. Mind you, I also have this reaction when I see women wearing them too, but my perception of the baseball cap isn’t as severe when women wear one, as opposed to men. Though I think it looks just as unsightly on women.
Whenever I see a man in a baseball cap, all kinds of adjectives come to my mind: immature, juvenile, unevolved, emotionally stunted, and infantile. Now I realise that NOT ALL men who wear baseball caps fit into this category. I know many intelligent and emotionally evolved men who wear them, however that is my immediate reaction.
I think this is because I have known and come across so many men who wear them who are immature, unevolved, and emotionally stunted. There is nothing wrong with being young at heart, but I think there is an issue when a 30 year old man thinks and behaves like a 15 year old boy. In this case there is a lack of social and emotional development and the cap completes the package. Especially if the cap is worn backwards or to the side.
There is something unappealing about a man who tries to cling onto his teenage years, the need to continue to be boyish. That’s why I think it strips away from manliness. Then again, one must look at US culture itself.
There is something very childish and immature when it comes to US male culture. Take a look at the urban hip hop culture. There is so much immaturity and perpetual teenage behaviour coming out of that genre, which has a mass impact on not only US culture but global culture. There is such an obsession with youth culture, which means high value is placed on it. Hence why I believe so many men and women try to retain those elements
Wearing a baseball cap outside of sport is a conscious or sub conscious desire to remain a teenager. I know that many of you will disagree with me on this, and please don’t assume that I am calling you immature or unevolved or silly because you wear one. You may not be (or you might be lol ) but if you are over 18 I really think you will so much better in a fedora, panama hat, straw hat, cowboy hat or dutch boy. The sooner our society lets go of this obsession and favoritism of excessive youth, the better off we will be. Then again, this would also require so many childish adult males to grow up into men. Is this possible?