Youth Hat Trends: Autumn/Winter 2018

December 11, 2017 - By Emily Potter

Today, we bring you Youth Hat Trends, the third article in the Autumn/Winter 2018 style series.

As we know, every season has 4 overarching trends.

The first style for the A/W ‘18 season is full of color blocking and classic, distressed collegiate-inspired looks.

The second trend consists of earthy tones and aged effects like quilting, beadwork, leather pieces, and metal embellishments.

The third style revolves around high-tech, artificial intelligence-inspired designs. Textures like metallic leather, velvet, and glow in the dark effects make a bold statement.

The final trend focuses on combing cultures and generations through street art and shared nostalgia. Neon colors accent ethnic patterns.

Check out our blog from the previous weeks where we covered women’s and men’s styles. Next week, we will go over active and performance apparel, so don’t forget to check back on Monday.Youth Hat Trends


There is an assortment of techniques and embellishments forecasted for girl’s headwear in the A/W ‘18 season.

These include sublimation, sequins, iridescent elements, animal prints, polka dots, stripes, simple patterns, jacquarding, poms, double poms, and animal ears.


The dad hat trend has made its way into the children’s market. You’ll see a lot of headwear with taglines and dad hats with small hits of embroidery, often times flowers.

Cold Weather

Poms remain popular for girls, we’re also seeing double pigtail poms. Cable knits, Peruvians, trappers, and jacquarding are all common. You can expect character beanies and lots of purple and berry colors.


Some common elements for girls include hearts, rainbows, animals, florals, emojis, food, butterflies, and dinosaurs. You can expect a lot of motivational taglines and pop culture references. There is a lot of whimsical art with bohemian and outdoor-inspired graphics.Youth Hat Trends


There is a variety of decoration elements expected for boy’s headwear in the A/W ‘18 season.

These include generic camos, tie-dyes, leather patches, suede patches, pattern accents, sublimation, stripes, heathered fabrics, color blocking, poms, and textured weaves.


Flat visors are more popular among boys, but pre-curved baseball caps are still being used. You’ll see a lot of blues and navys; many caps are directly inspired by adult looks from the men’s market.

Cold Weather

Believe it or not, poms are really popular in boy’s styles. You’ll see a lot of stripes, heathering, color blocking, textured weaves, and character beanies.


We’re seeing a lot of superimposed graphics. Novelty images such as neon sign looks, dinosaurs, sharks, animal skeletons, food, and animals with sunglasses are present. Motivational taglines and beach scenes are also very common.


Youth hat trends also include toddler styles for both girls and boys.


Styles for toddler girls include simplified graphics with cutesy taglines. Flowers, butterflies, and cute animals are also very common. You’ll see a lot of headwear with animal ears or character designs.


Trends for toddler boys include simplified graphics and tough taglines. Monsters, dinosaurs, sharks, power vehicles, and cute characters are also popular elements.

Join us next Monday for the final blog in the A/W ’17 series where we’ll cover athleisure styles. Let us know what you think about the youth hat trends in the comments below; you can also follow us on Instagram using the hashtag #hatswork.

Emily Potter

Emily is the Content Marketer for Outdoor Cap Co. She holds an M.A. in AD & PR from the University of Alabama and a B.B.A in Marketing. Emily is an avid Crimson Tide football fan. She has a golden retriever named Opie Winston, and a cat named Tide.


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