The Baker boy cap is a classic piece of head wear, it’s also known as the Gatsby cap, News boy cap, Eight piece cap, it was fashionable at the beging of the 20th century, it was worn by Men & boys in America & Europe, it was classed as working class wear because dock workers & other working class men wore them , the difference between a flat cap & Baker boy cap, is its made from 8 panels that are stiched together with a button in the middle, with a stiff peak at the front, also its rounder in shape, as fashion changed so did people’s view on wearing caps & hat’s, caps became less fashionable to wear
Robert Redford in the Great Gatsby sporting the Baker boy cap
In 1974 a film was launched it was called the Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford, it was based on a book in the 1920s, Ralph Lauren provide all the clothing for the male stars, One piece which they called the Gatsby cap., turned out to be a hit, it was soon selling in all Ralph Lauren’s outlets, the Baker boy cap became a designer piece for pop stars to wear, in the eightys Lisa Stansfield was seen in video sporting one but backwards, in Rocky 4 Rocky gets fit sporting one, but during the 90s they fell out of fashion again.
In Rocky 4 they needed to give old Rocko a macho look & boy did they get it right classic WW2 sheepskin flying jacket & grey Herringbone Baker boy cap
But classic icons don’t die, in 2000 Samuel L. Jackson was regularly seen sporting a Baker boy but wearing it backwards, l don’t know why, but it was a hit & soon every young guy was sporting the look, another fan of the baker boy is David Beckham, I think he has a room for them, he seems to have a different one on every day,in 2013 a new TV programme called Peaky-Blinders on British Television set in the 1920s about gangster’s in Birmingham who wore caps, but they stuck razor blades in the brim of the hat nasty people, it became a hit program, so did the look.
Thomas Shelby from Peaky-Blinders wearing the Baker boy cap
Now if your looking to buy a Baker boy you can get them in differnt colours & materials, keep is simple go for grey Herringbone tweed this is the most classic look you can get, prices range from £25.00 to £50.00 any more walk away,
This Baker boy cap in panecheck made from cheviot wool is only £45.00
How to wear your Baker boy cap, what ever you do wear it the right way around , the Baker boy can be worn with any out fit as long as its worn properly, take a look at some looks lv uploaded this will help you find the right look for you.
Creating a relaxed but rustic look mix your Baker boy cap with some knitwear & corduroy trousers
I would call this urban chic the Baker boy cap is in a very bold check with hints of red mixed red pashmina giving a stylish winter look
This is a raw masculine look cotton granddad shirt with a Henley shirt underneath adding the old style suspenders and to finish the vintage look you have got the Baker boy cap
This look screams class and bags of panache black pants & shirt with spats shoes , then a grey Herringbone waistcoat, Crombie overcoat with velvet collar & purple piping on the hem of the coat, the final touch is the Backer boy cap & tilting it to one side you creat a fabulous look
This is a very hipster look white fitted shirt, Tan waistcoat, Bow tie, slim fitting trousers, clip on braces then to give that vintage retro feel you have the Baker boy cap
So you can see wearing a Baker boy cap can be stylish but also unique, you can just wear a flat cap , but a Backer boy cap is the stylish one you want.
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