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What is Visor Cap

Nantong Foremost Garments & Accessories Co., Ltd. Updated Nov. 28,2023

I. Introduction

A visor cap, also known as a sun visor or sports visor, is a type of hat that protects the face from the sun. It has a visor or brim with a strap or buckle that encircles the head. The top of the head is not covered.

For today’s article, we will introduce visor caps and discuss their features, history, and popularity, let’s dive in!!


II. Understanding Visor Caps

A sports visor, also called a sun visor or visor cap, is a type of crownless hat consisting simply of a visor or brim with a strap or buckle encircling the head.


As for the difference between caps and visors, visors are cooler than hats. Because of the open top, visors allow for more breathability than a hat. Visors provide sun protection for your face. Like hats, they keep sweat from dripping onto your face mid-run.


Both hats and caps fall within the category of headgear and headwear accessories. However, all hats have brims and shaped crowns, whereas a cap is less structured, and doesn't have a brim, but is never without a peak or visor.


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III. Features of Visor Caps

   A. Structured crown with a curved or flat brim

   B. Open-top design, allowing for better ventilation

   C. Adjustable strap or closure for customizable fit


Visor caps, also known as sun visors or sports visors, have several features, including: 

Design: Visor caps are crownless hats that have a brim and a strap that encircles the head. The top of the head is not covered, and the visor only protects the face from the sun.

Fabric: Visor caps are usually made of lightweight, breathable, and durable fabrics. Some visor caps are made of technologically advanced fabrics with water-repellent or UV-blocking properties.

Fit: Visor caps have adjustable straps or buckles at the back to ensure a snug and comfortable fit for different head sizes.


IV. History of Visor Caps

The visor cap, also known as a sun visor or sports visor, is a hat with a brim and a strap that encircles the head. The visor protects the face from the sun. 


The visor was invented by William Bower in London for sports like horseback riding and golf. In 1860, the Brooklyn Execsiors wore headwear with a visor to shade their eyes while playing baseball. The New York Knickerbockers wore straw hats with a visor on April 24, 1849. 


In 1903, Spalding introduced the first stitched visor, which became the standard for baseball caps. In the 1940s, the cap with a latex rubber visor became the cap of choice for all major league baseball teams. 

Visors were most popular in the early 1990s. Today, visor caps can be seen at many big fashion houses, like Dior, Prada, Burberry, and Clyde.


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V. Popularity of Visor Caps

Visor caps started to show up in the 1970s in outdoor sports, especially golf, tennis, and volleyball. In the 1990s they became popular again and began to be worn by non-athletes at sunny outdoor events. Nearly three decades later they are making a strong comeback: Visor caps are once again en vogue.

These visors protect from the sun and give ventilation to your hair. It is truly an upgraded coverage compared to all your other forms of accessories trying to be like a cap. If you wear a sun visor you will appear more stylish and classy and that's for sure.


VI. Materials and Styles of Visor Caps

Visor caps typically have two main parts: a crown and a brim, or visor. The crown covers the head, while the brim sticks out and protects the face from the sun. The brim is usually made of plastic and covered with the same fabric as the crown. Materials for visor caps are Wool, Polyester, Cotton, Rubber, Lycra, Nylon, Buckram, Wood, Seagrasses, and Rush straw.


Various styles of visor caps, including wide-brimmed visors and sports-specific visors with sweatbands.


Wide-brimmed visors are designed to protect the eyes from direct sunlight while allowing for ventilation. They are often used by non-athletes at beach and other sunny outdoor events.


While visors with sweatbands include: 

Base Running Visor with Sweatband: Lightweight, sweat-wicking sun protection with an interior sweatband, breathable mesh paneling, and 4-way stretch fabric


Halo Sport Visor: Lightweight Sport Visor with a built-in Halo Headband that has a patented SweatSeal® that channels sweat back and away from the eyes


Removable Sweatband All-Sport Visor: Designed for running and training, with a detachable interior sweatband that is soft, sweat-wicking, and quick-drying


Headsweats Visor: An athletic sweatband visor that can be machine-washed and air-dried


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VII. Styling Options with Visor Caps

Like many trends, we thought the sun visor cap would never make a comeback. Until this season. We have to admit we were a bit shocked by the ease with which it made its introduction into the fashion scene. We've spotted this cap at many big fashion houses, like Dior, Prada, Burberry, and Clyde. You can match visor caps with casual, sporty, and beach-inspired outfits.


As for wearing and accessorizing visor caps, you can try pairing them with sunglasses or summer dresses.


Sunglasses or sunglasses (informally called shades or sunnies; more names below) are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes.


Summer dresses are typically made from light, breathable materials, and may also show a little skin to help keep you cool when it's hot or humid. Many summer dresses also embrace brighter, bolder color schemes and patterns that feel emblematic of the season.


VIII. Care and Maintenance of Visor Caps

As for cleaning and storing visor caps, use hat boxes, large enough for the brim to fit neatly inside the box. Use shelves wide/high enough to fit the hats. Use a wooden or metal shelf with hat hooks/clips. You may choose to use S-hooks or wood/metal clips for hanging.


To keep your cap in the best shape possible, we recommend washing your cap regularly and after any activity where it may have encountered sweat or harsh water such as salt water or chlorinated pool water. If you have oil-prone hair or skin or use makeup, these products can also discolor your cap.


IX. Visor Caps as Sun Protection

Visor caps can function as sun protection well. This type of headgear was designed for use in outdoor sports (especially golf, tennis, volleyball, and softball) where eye protection from direct sunlight is desirable, while the missing crown allows for ventilation. It is now often used by non-athletes at beach and other sunny outdoor events.


X. Conclusion

Visor caps are important, invented by William Bower in London primarily for horseback riding and other active sports like golf. Visors hit their high point in popularity among the tour's elite in the early 90s, vastly outnumbering all other forms of headwear.


Because of the open top, visors allow for more breathability than a hat. Visors provide sun protection for your face. Like hats, they keep sweat from dripping onto your face mid-run. So, try to explore visor caps as a stylish and practical option for summer and outdoor activities.


When choosing and wearing visor caps, don’t forget to consider comfort, style, and sun protection.


That’s all for today, hope you get enough knowledge from it, and if any questions, please comment below and let us know!!

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