When a sporty element and an utterly delicate one come together as a whole, most of the times the resulting combos strike as a beautiful interpretation of 21st century femininity: far more relaxed, dominated by a quiet confidence, still dashing at heart but carrying along some sort of an edge. The unusual morphs into novelty rather quickly once the eyes get accustomed with the fashionable transition.
Baseball cap and a sequin dress? Now that was cataloged eccentric a few seasons back, maybe because, just as sneakers suddenly became the coolest shoes to pair to a fancy dress, the caps have the headwear department moving with a different speed now. Once the spring 2013 runways made use of such up-beat accessories to style everything from evening garments, to leather ensembles and flirty silhouettes, one thing became clear: it is more than time to erase everything we though we knew about rules and fashion.
Baseball caps: the runway guide
Sporting a baseball cap is maybe the easiest trick to pull off on a daily bases, at least in appearance because the action doesn’t always offer the most fabulous of impacts. That is where we make use of the inspiration coming straight from the runway. From Alexander Wang to DKNY, some designers truly embraced the boyish beat and as expected turned it upside down so it fit the trendiest of girls.
Speaking of minimalism and sporty aesthetics, one name comes to mind instantly. For Alexander Wang, the caps were merely the finishing touches to an edgy collection replenishing on futuristic twists. To wear it the Wang way, one would need minimum accessories, voluminous garments close to the American sportswear and equally striking pairs of knee-high calfskin elastic cutaway boots.
Baseball cap on the runway at Alexander Wang S/S ‘ 13
Highly representative of New York’s state of mind, Donna Karan evoked urban athleticism in a very laid-back yet feminine spring 2013 collection. A baseball cap looks right at home when paired to a sexy bustier, a flared skirt and a pair of sporty wedges. To top it off, a leather backpack and a slightly oversized jacket maintained the look clean, sharp and on point.
Baseball cap on the runway at DNKY S/S ’13
Not afraid to make use of the most odd combinations, Jeremy Scott pushed some boundaries when he mixed the oriental flavour with the sporty vibe exuding from his choice of accessories. Certainly on the provocative side, his crocodile-printed black leather cap teamed with a matching skirt and a metal-mesh bodice with plenty of machine-gun adornments would translate rather interestingly onto street-wear. To say the least.
Baseball cap on the runway at Jeremy Scott S/S ’13
Flirty and feminine sounds quite the opposite concept of a baseball cap and maybe there’s exactly where the charm lies. The contrasting notions leave place to a unique and daring juxtaposition of elements. Keeping the gently colored look alive, use a simplistic cap to style an ensemble carrying a strong emphasis on femininity: delicate knitting, cropped silhouettes and stiletto pumps. For maximum effect throw a pair of luxurious earrings into the mix and make it look like they really belong there.
Baseball cap on the runway at Carine Malrino S/S ’13
Baseball caps as a fashion accessory: picture inspiration
For more inspiration from the runway on styling baseball caps as a high fashion accessory, click on the thumbnails and peruse the gallery.