Monday, June 13, 2005

To Hell with Backwards Baseball Caps

So the other day my wife and I were eating lunch at Camille's (a decent sandwich place if you've never been) and this younger couple came in with their child, who looked to be about three years old. Anyway, the parents appeared to be in their mid- to late-twenties, but the dad appeared to think he was even younger -- boasting sideburns, a quasi-goatee and ... goofiest of all ... a backwards baseball cap.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all for populism and live-and-let-live and all that crap, but affectations of slovenliness teeter on the ridiculous. A baseball cap, properly placed, is fine. But being a grownup and turning it backwards when you're not a gangsta rapper or catcher in the major leagues says one thing: poseur. It has all the subltety of wearing your underwear outside your regular clothes.

Parenthood, if nothing else, should at least signal that one is ostensibly beyond skater punk accoutrements.

Jesus Christ. I'm really sounding like an old fart these days.

15 Comments:

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Balthazar Volta said...

Well, you veer perilously close to screaming "More Matlock!" in this post, but I think the issue here is not age-appropriateness, but style consciousness.

I mean, who the fucking fuck thinks it's cool to wear a backward baseball cap and a soul patch anymore? That is so 1998 Limp Bizkit mook-rock. Clearly, Daddy baggy pants stuck with the style he wore to remedial reading class at summer school, and hasn't quite had the intestinal fortitude to throw away his Staind discs.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger Okiedoke said...

As a wise old grandfather, I am highly insulted!
http://okiedoke.com/blog/index.php?p=492

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Well, I didn't mean YOU, Mike ...

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous tommy said...

According to the audience of the smash TV show "Hit Me Baby One More Time" Vanilla Ice is poised for a comeback, so this young man may be ahead of us all on the fashion curve.

Of course, with the persistent popularity of all thing retro, the fashion curve looks more and more like a circle, and it's hard to know who's ahead of their time and who's clinging desperately to the last threads of their youth.

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger jill vatican said...

I ate at Camille's today and the offending post-teenager was not there.

I do have a theory...perhaps he suffers from premature baldness and he's overcompensating for the outward appearance of his lost youth by wearing the hat backwards. Or, like tommy suggested, maybe he's on the fast track to the future of fashion.

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

I saw one of those during my recent travels to the Orient (actually just Missouri) and I can one up you.

Trying to be too young, weird facial hair and...the Ashton Kutcher slightly askew baseball/trucker hat.

I just wanted to ask him if pretending to be 15 got the ladies all excited or if his head was misshapen in some way that made wearing the hat normally painful.

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

people dress and groom themselves in the way that THEY deem most appropriate (esp men)...(key phrase coming up) FOR THEMSELVES...only women and limp dicks (like YOURself) preen for the masses and concern themselves with headgear and it culturally SPECIFIC directional orientation...AND...only weak minded herd mentalities experience discomfort in diversity...get laid or something...take control of your own life and probably your wife...stop fretting over the fashion options taken by others...get a hobby...whatever it takes...you're weakweakweak and pathetic...but you can be helped...

 
At 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh I can't stand backwards caps either. I usually see them on the typical college kid trying to look cool (even though they don't) or the middle-aged man, also want to look cool and young at the same time.

 
At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAN!..you really need to get a life or laid or something...u and most of the people here!..WHO CARES how someone wheres a baseball cap!! You reading way too much into this..people are entitle to wear a cap in any direction they desire. Get a life dude, im embarrased that i actually replied to this

 
At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes. People can choose to wear a hat any way they want. And I can choose to form an opinion of them any way I want. I am unable to form any opinion other than "that guy is a moron".

That's just the way it is. If you dress like a moron, that's how you will be viewed, except perhaps by other morons who would also wear their hat backwards.

 
At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LIMP DICK MOTHERFUCKER

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Obama walked out of his vacation home in Hawaii this AM, with his baseball cap on backward, to meet some fans and photographers (MSNBC). He quickly reversed it before he came to a stop. Have fun with that one fashionistas!

 
At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the fucks give a shit???
People complaining about how baseball caps are worn?!? Jesus Christ!

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody who wears their hat backwards immediately should be sniggered at,it is beyond out of date and makes you look slow witted

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've been letting the high riding/thieving tiny minority at the top screw us so thoroughly for so long, perhaps this is a working people's "simple signal" that we're just as dumb as they believe we are.

 

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