A guide to the parts of a baseball cap

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The baseball cap remains a cherished wardrobe item for many men and women, but what makes up this popular hat? Here’s a short guide:

The dome part of the cap is called the crown, and is made by sewing together triangular panels – usually six, but this can vary. Although this represents most of what you see, some extra magic helps bring everything together.

Firstly, there is the optional buckram, which is a stiff woven fabric that is used to reinforce the front two panels of the crown. This helps it to stand prominently upright, but for a more relaxed look, the buckram can be skipped in favour of a more pliable, comfortable fit. The button on the peak of the crown, which is made from metal or plastic and covered in fabric, then connects the panels together.

Next comes the ventilation. At Flexfit, we offer caps with either eyelets, which are small holes in each dome panel, or with mesh back panels, such as with the Flexfit Trucker Hat, a popular Flexfit cap. For added comfort, a sweatband lines the lower inside edge of the crown where it touches the head. This also helps to wick moisture away. While there are fitted caps and those with adjustable closures, a popular design choice is to feature a certain amount of stretch to comfortably accommodate a range of sizes.

The final element is the distinctive visor. This is made from a stiff material and covered with fabric, often using different designs for the upper and lower side for a sandwich effect.

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