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Best men's hats and caps in 2022

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The 20 best hats for men to wear right now

After T-shirts, hats are the next best signifier of your interests without having to actually say it. They're also a summer vacation staple—a good cap will keep the sun out of your eyes and makes for the perfect throw-on accessory for those lazy days when you don't want to do your hair.

Of course, there's a lot of different caps to consider. The ultimate headwear accessory comes in a wide range of fits and fabrics—from classic 5-panel designs in canvas or twill to outdoorsy nylon options, and even trucker styles. The key to rocking them well is knowing your head shape. Personally, I have a small dome, so I always gravitate towards a nylon or canvas twill 5-panel cap. I love the construction and those materials will last through rain, snow or sun.

Styling hats should always look unintentional. You have a suit on? Don't be afraid to throw on a nice, fitted cap. Or top off a jeans-and-T-shirt fit with a sturdy canvas hat. Also, you never have to choose between shades or a hat—both are always welcomed and complement each other nicely. We've picked some of the best and most unique hats out right now, so take your pick, and don't forget to pack one when you go on vacation.

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The Best
Men’s Hats in 2022

Reigning Champ Trail Cap

Trail cap,
$70 by Reigning Champ

Front General Store 5-Panel Denim Cap

5-panel denim cap,
$18 by Front General Store

Quiet Golf Club Sportswear 6-Panel Cap

Sportswear 6-panel cap,
$45 by Quiet Golf Club

imogene + willie Trucker Cap
imogene + willie Trucker Cap

Trucker cap,
$42 by imogene + willie

Corridor New York New York Cap

New York New York cap,
$45 by Corridor

Aime Leon Dore Brushed Nylon Crest Cap

Brushed nylon crest cap,
$55 by Aimé Leon Dore

J.Crew Made-in-the-USA Baseball Cap

Made-in-the-USA
twill baseball cap,
$54.50 by J.Crew

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JJJJound Camper 6-Panel Cap

Camper 6-panel cap,
$70 by JJJJound

Stussy Stock Low Pro Cap

Stock low pro cap,
$40 by Stüssy

Norse Projects Technical Sports Cap

Technical sports cap,
$115 by Norse Projects

Jungmaven Chenga Dad Cap
Jungmaven Chenga Dad Cap

Chenga dad cap,
$55 by Jungmaven

Kavu Organic Strapcap

Organic strapcap,
$35 by Kavu

Marriage Unstructured 6-Panel Cap

Unstructured 6-panel cap,
$25 by Marriage

Parks Project Leave It Be Patch Cap

“Leave It Be” patch cap,
$40 by Parks Project

Western Hydrodynamic Research Promotional Cap
Western Hydrodynamic Research Promotional Cap

Promotional cap,
$55 by Western Hydrodynamic Research

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Palmes Handball 6-Panel Cap
Palmes Handball 6-Panel Cap

Handball 6-panel cap,
$100 by Palmes

District Vision Zen Slow Cap

Zen slow cap,
$60 by District Vision

ALLCAPSTUDIO Earth Music Cap

Earth music cap,
$45 by ALLCAPSTUDIO

Afield Out Sage Sloan Cap

Sage sloan cap,
$60 by Afield Out

LifeLabs Unisex CoolLife Hat

Unisex CoolLife hat,
$39 by LifeLabs

Keep It Clean

You might’ve heard about the trick of cleaning your cap in the dishwasher. But cleaning expert and author Jolie Kerr doesn’t recommend it. While that’s a viable hands-off option, the extreme heat can shrink and warp your hat, plus the detergents can lead to color loss. A better option is to pre-treat stains with an enzymatic spray like Zout and submerge your hat in a sink full of warm water (with just a splash of laundry detergent). Leave it in there for a couple of hours, drain the now murky water and rinse the suds from your cap. Reshape and let air dry.

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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