Specifics to look for include:
- Caps should be low-profile with unstructured front panels; not the foam fan structured hats favored by large farm equipment operators.
- The bill (also called a visor) should be preshaped; not flat. The bill should always be worn at a right angle; never slanting upwards.
- There should be six fabric panels; no mesh, with matching cloth undervisor.
- The obvious fabric is 100% cotton twill. Cotton canvas qualifies as does wool; synthetics do not.
- Preferably, the cap should be a single color. Ideal colors are Navy, White, Khaki, Hunter and at times a bright Pink. The combination of Hunter Green and Khaki and Navy and Khaki are exceptions and acceptable.
- Any logo needs to be embroidered, not printed. It goes without saying that the logo be tasteful.
- They should be fastened with a cloth tuckaway back-strap or with a leather strap and a brass buckle and grommet. No plastic tabs.
- It should be fastened snugly. Nothing looks worse than a loose fitting caps.
- Women should never wear their hair down when wearing a baseball-style cap. It should always be pulled back. Ponytails should be under the bottom edge of the cap - never through the hole in the back.
- It should have tonal sewn eyelets and buttons.A clip is always a nice feature, especially for sailing.
While to many this list may seem overwhelming and even trivial, to others it will provide a framework to help understand why some people wearing some hats look the way they do.