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Custom Hat Ideas That Are Perfect for Summer

Summer is in full swing. It’s blazing hot, the days are long… and your customers might be feeling pretty warm and sweaty. But hey, they’ve still gotta look cute!

Custom hats are a great way to stay stylish while beating the heat. (And not to mention protecting your face from serious sun damage!) While custom hats can certainly be worn all year round, they’re especially ideal for summer hikes, sports, and days at the pool. Why not create hats that are 100% customized especially for the summer season, from the design to the materials to the type of hat?

Whether you’re already selling custom products in your online store or you’re looking to expand your offering and start selling products featuring your very own designs, custom hats are a great place to start. You don’t have to be a hatmaker to create a beautiful hat – with DIY online platforms like The/Studio, you can customize every last inch of your hat on your laptop screen. And with no minimum order quantities, free U.S. shipping, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, even smaller creators can bring their ideas to life at an affordable price!

Not quite sure how to start when it comes to creating summer hats? Sure, your hat should be totally your own… but that doesn’t mean you can’t get inspired by other designs out there. Here are a few great ideas for custom hat designs that are perfect for summer.


Dad Hats

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Dad hats are super-trendy hats that typically feature an unstructured body, a metal buckle, and a curved bill, with embroidery in the front of the hat. Their curved bill and lightweight feel make them perfect for tossing into a beach bag or throwing on with a cute summer outfit.

For a summer dad hat, you could create a white hat with a small embroidered sunshine detail, or a sky blue dad hat that matches a sunny day while you’re at the beach. Be sure to choose a material that’s good for warmer weather, like poly mesh or cotton/poly twill.

Five-Panel Hats

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Five-panel hats are a fun, classic type of cap with classic construction and a high profile, making them a very popular design choice for sports merchandise, fashion hats, and summer hats. They’re great for wearing to sporting events or throwing on to cover up a bad hair day.

For a summer five-panel hat, you could add a brightly colored tropical pattern throughout or use embroidery to add a summery quote, like “FUN IN THE SUN.”


Trucker Hats

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Trucker hats aren’t just for truckers. Their chunky style and ultra-comfortable fit make them a great choice for anyone looking to beat the heat this summer. They’re easily spotted by their foam-padded front and breathable mesh backing. Trucker hats look great worn backward or forward, to protect the face from the sun or simply to make a fashion statement.

For a summery trucker hat, consider using a fun patriotic flag pattern that’s perfect for the fourth of July, or going a more girly route with bright yellow sunflowers. Be sure to choose a bright color for the mesh backing! 


Baseball Hats

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Take these hats out to the ball game all summer long! Baseball hats are perfect for summer sporting events or everyday wear. They typically feature a classic medium profile and curved bill. 

This summer, create a baseball hat featuring the logo of your favorite major league baseball team or a local ball team you coach or play on. If you’d rather not go too sporty, try creating baseball hats in a corduroy or suede fabric, with minimal embellishment! 


Snapback Hats

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Named after their iconic plastic snap closure, snapback hats are great for summer activities with their adjustable fit and extra-long bill. They typically feature a structured front. Snapback hats are a popular option for many types of styles.

For a summery snapback hat, consider creating a hat with a stylized quote embroidered on the front or a hat embroidered with an icon of a popular summer destination, such as a national park. (You could even create an entire collection of multiple destination hats!)


How to Make Custom Summer Hats

Now that you’ve started thinking of a few different summer hats you could make, it’s time to start bringing those ideas swirling around in your head to life! We’ll walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

1. Find a hat manufacturer

Your hats will only be as good as the factory that creates them! Look for a custom hat manufacturer with good reviews, free shipping, no minimum order quantities, and plenty of customization options so you can make your hat your own. The/Studio is a great place to start!


2. Choose your hat type

With The/Studio, you can create seven different types of custom hats: snapback hats, trucker hats, five-panel hats, baseball hats, fitted hats, dad hats, and beanies. Deciding which type of hat you’ll make will help guide your customization process. (Aside from beanies, any of these hat types work great for summer!)


3. Customize your hat

Next up, select your order quantity and start making your hats your own! You’ll have the chance to customize everything from style to material to profile shape to bill shape and so much more. (Be sure to go with a hat with a bill and breathable materials for summer!)


4. Design your hat

Now, it’s time to let your creativity really shine. Create a summery design – whether it’s a fun quote, a tropical pattern, an embroidered pineapple, a sunflower appliqué, or something else that’s great for the season. Then, upload your artwork along with any specific notes for your hat. (If you’re not much of an artist, don’t worry – explain your design the best you can and our expert team of in-house designers will work their magic for you!)


5. Approve a prototype

Our team will work up a prototype of your hat based on your specifications, notes, and sketches. If all looks good, then great – we’ll move forward with production! If you see anything you’d like changed, let us know right away and we’ll tweak it until it’s just how you imagined.


6. Sell your custom summer hats

After you give us the go-ahead, we’ll move forward with production and send all of your custom summer hats your way with free U.S. shipping! Then, it’s up to you to style, market, and sell your custom hats all summer long.


Ready to get started? Start creating your dream custom summer hat here.




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