Hi, my name is Tanya and I am a trucker hat hoarder.
Some girls hoard shoes. Others accumulate jewelry. I collect tomboy-esque head coverings.
Like any out-of-control collection, it started innocently enough. I was given my first trucker hat to use and abuse on trails (because let’s face it—slick road running hats have no place in the woods). And it fit me like a glove. For my head. When that one got tired and smelly, I got another. And another. And another. They multiplied like bunnies. And so a borderline hat obsession was born.
Now, not all trucker hats are created equal. They have to have the perfect storm of qualities to be able to grace my sweaty head.
Fit—The perfect hat has to fit snugly, like a hug. I do not tolerate any bouncing or adjusting for hours on end. I want to place it over my signature braids and have it sit in place no matter how often I jump or fall. Therefore, snapbacks are a must.
Shape—Yes, my definition of a trucker hat is loosely formed. I don’t want a genuine trucker that dwarfs my head or has a bill large enough for an eagle to land on and build a nest. The hat has to have just the right amount of daintiness and badassery to it.
Design—Because fashion is so important on trails, the hat has to look good. But really though. I am a girl after all, so I like hats with eye-catching designs. I want a hat that’s a conversation-starter. Because clearly I also like attention.
Breathability—While trucker hats aren’t meant for running, they do have to have a certain amount of air flow to them so that your head doesn’t melt. A nice, soft mesh is key here.
Dirtbaggery—Ripped. Worn. Stained. Wilted. Loved. A trucker hat needs to have a certain…feel to it. It has to symbolize your inner dirtbag. Someone should be able to look at you and think, “That girl means business.” This isn’t a good description, but when you see the hat, you just know.
Add up the aforementioned characteristics, and you should get one hell of a trucker hat. And if you can’t find one you love, I have plenty to share from my ever-expanding collection.