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5 Trendy Hat Styles & Popular Decoration Methods

By: Melody D Posted on: Sep 2, 2021

Custom hats are one of the most popular promotional items for brand awareness and building a name for your business. They are versatile with a variety of styles and customization options to fit any occasion, whether it’s a merchandise campaign, team wear, or just your personal daily use. The first step is determining the best type of hat for your needs, then deciding how you want to customize it.

This article gives you the five most trendy hat styles and highlights popular decoration methods that work well for businesses of any size and industry.

  • Snapbacks

  • Dad hats

  • Trucker hats

  • Performance hats

  • Beanies

Snapback Hats

A snapback hat is a structured and stylish makeover of traditional baseball caps. They come in a variety of styles - flat-billed, curved-billed, sandwich-billed, mesh-backed, and more. Snapback hats add a vibrant and sporty touch to any outfit and come in various colors and sizes. 6 panel and 5-panel snapback hats can be used for decoration, however, 5-panel snapbacks are preferred if you need a seamless uninterrupted front panel for your logo artwork.

Consider your customer preference and choose a style that will appeal to them—whether that's a flat-bill snapback or a traditional baseball cap.

For example, if you want to attract a younger group of customers, flat-brim snapbacks like 125-978 and 125-1038 are excellent promo items for you. You can go with curved bill snapback hats like 83-561 and 27-1235 if you want something low-key and casual for daily use.

SnapBack Hats

Dad Hats

Dad hats are 6-paneled baseball hats with an unstructured crown and slightly curved brown. They are often constructed with washed cotton or canvas to achieve a classic vintage look. Due to their unstructured nature, they have a low profile and fit comfortably on the head of any wearer, making them a great option for an everyday hat.

18-772 and 18-202 are popular dad hats that can be custom embroidered for any promotional occasion for businesses of any size and industry.

Dad Hats

Trucker Hats

Trucker hats are one of the most popular hats for customization for quite some time. Also called mesh caps, they come in both 5 panel and 6-panel styles. Trucker hats are similar to baseball hats in design, the main difference being the mesh back and the broader front panels of the trucker hats. The plastic mesh back of the trucker hats makes them more breathable and cooler than the enclosed baseball hats. The front panels of trucker hats are usually foam or cotton twill.

High-profile trucker hats like 39-169 & 39-165 and low-profile trucker hats like 83-473 & 83-1239 are popular summer trucker hats for any laid-back and relaxed occasions.

Trucker Hats

Performance Hats

Performance hats are made of lightweight materials, such as polyester or polyester blends. They also have moisture-wicking properties and UV ratings. Because of their breathable material, they are popular not just for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, but popular for any outdoor occasion.

For example, 19-1256 and 133-1047 are performance hats with the perfect blend of comfort and style for sports, gym & fitness, athletics, team wear, outdoor activities, and casual wear.

Performance Hats


Beanies are no longer worn just for warmth during cold weather but can be worn for fashion. Aside from the classic knit or cuffed beanies, many beanies now come with pom-poms or a slouched back for a modern and relaxed look and feel.

Wholesale Beanies like 82-480 and 82-481 are great promo items for hikes, sports activities, customer giveaways, trade shows, and outdoor exploration in the winter. If you are looking for fashionable beanies, you can take a look at slouch beanies like 146-1069 and pom beanies like 82-1214 .


Decoration ideas

When it comes to customizing wholesale caps, there are different methods of decoration or customization available to select from. However, keeping up with the latest trends in decoration lets your customers know that your business is innovative and forward-thinking. Let us discuss some of the trending decoration ideas making bold and fashionable statements currently.

Flat Embroidery

Flat embroidery is one of the most classic techniques for decorating wholesale caps. In this technique, the decorative stitches are sewn directly onto the fabric to create an upscale look and feel. There are some limitations to embroidery, such as intricate details, small texts, and color gradients that may not be easily recognized when embroidered.

In fact there are quite a few things you should keep in mind to create embroidery designs that look great on your hat. Check out our article on how to design a logo for hat embroidery to learn more.

Flat Embroidery

3D or Puff embroidery

3D or Puff Embroidery is thread sewn over a puffy foam to generate a 3-dimensional stitch design. Foam thickness varies from 2mm to 6mm, adding depth and sophistication to your artwork. Because of some limitations of stitching over foam, 3D embroidery will not work well with designs that have fine details, thin lines, or small text. However, this is a great option for simple logos and monograms.

3D Embroidery

Digital Heat Transfer

3D or Digital Heat transfer is a decoration method that uses heat and pressure to apply a pre-printed design onto garments, caps, or bags. This method is perfect for full-color designs with lots of complex/small details that are hard to do with embroidery or screen printing.

Heat transfer works best on cotton 5-panel caps and is not preferred for acrylic hats since it has the probability of melting.

Digital Heat Transfer

Summing up:

There you have it! Now that you are familiar with the popular styles of hats and decoration methods for customization, you can create the one-of-a-kind custom hat you have always wanted.

If you want to customize any wholesale cap or design a logo/artwork from scratch for your brand, CapBargain is here to help! CapBargain has a large selection of caps - baseball hats, dad hats, trucker hats, beanies, flat visors, fitted hats, snapbacks, and more, in different fit and high-quality fabric at unbeatable wholesale prices. Doesn’t matter if it’s embroidery or heat transfers, just upload your artwork and our professional customer service team will take care of the rest. Creating your own custom embroidered and decorated hats have never been so easy! Get started now by sending us a message at .

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