The £12 Summer Update That Works Whatever The Weather

The baseball cap is back.

Katie Holmes wearing a brown baseball cap

by Natalie Hammond |

Who else hates carrying an umbrella? You’re either forever leaving it behind or else you’re stuck holding what basically resembles a wet mop head close to your body. But what, I hear you asking, is the alternative? Besides, it's summer - don't you want to buy something that also works in, you know, the sun? For some time now, I’ve been contemplating buying a baseball hat and - thanks to Katie Holmes - I feel entirely vindicated in this decision.

Holmes was spotted out this week wearing a caramel-coloured cap with a black tank top, beige cropped sweatpants and Birkenstocks. It wasn't anything revolutionary but it was the perfect lo-fi outfit to deal with the muggy weather in New York. (And surely the best thing about this particular headwear trend is the purse-friendly price; you can get a very similar style for £12 from Weekday).

Katie Holmes wearing a brown baseball hat
Katie Holmes ©Getty

But as well as casual ensembles for city living, Celine's spring/summer collection proved that the baseball cap can go the distance in slightly more polished settings. Almost every look, whether it was a leather blazer paired with denim shorts or an airy summer dress, was worn with a logoed baseball cap; proof that it’s time to pack away the beret (sorry, Emily In Paris!).

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Hailey Bieber wore hers, a vintage-style cap from Coors, with the ultimate winter coat and baggy jeans for a coffee run. A few years ago, Rihanna styled hers with a silk scarf tied over the top. What better way to guarantee it doesn’t fly off in high winds? And I hardly need to remind you that the original influencer, Princess Diana, was also a fan.

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Hailey Bieber ©Getty

When it comes to choosing between plain and logoed, just beware that your team allegiance might be called into question. Celine’s, with its simple ‘C’, won’t ruffle too many feathers, but don’t fall into the trap of Seinfeld’s Elaine. Around series three, she gets free tickets to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Rocking up wearing a cap supporting the Orioles, she is unceremoniously turfed out from her second row seat by security. In a sporting situation, perhaps it’s best to wear a beanie.

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Rihanna ©Getty

SHOP: The Best Baseball Caps

Versace, Tru00e9sor De La Mer Print Hat, £330
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Weekday, Tip Cap, £12
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House of Sunny, Logo Embroidered Canvas Cap, £30
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Stu00fcssy, Loose Weave Stock Strapback, £40
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AS Colour, Six Panel Baseball Cap, £14
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Off-White C/O Virgil Abloh, Embroidered Logo Cap, £180 at Selfridges
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Santa Cruz, Mako Dot Cap, £27.99
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Arket, Knot Detail Linen Cap, £35
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Ganni, Satin Cap, £75
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Coors, Vintage Yellow Hat, £18.95
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More Joy, Slogan Cap, £80
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New Era, 9FORTY NY Yankees Baseball Cap, £17 at Urban Outfitters
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