Oh my, be still my heart ... a student who likes caps!!! I thought you were all extinct like all us senior nurses who are still fond of our caps!
Suggestion - check within your program. Unless you're a relatively NEW program, your school should be able to guide you to the style that was part of your program. Get their take on their traditional cap. Each school had its own cap design. You might be able to check out old yearbooks to look at SON graduation ceremonies if you go back that far.
There were a few generic caps you could pick up in uniform
shops back in the old days. And there's Kay's Caps, on line, who's a major supplier of caps today. I think if you tell them your school, they might be able to research its style and offer it (or something similar).
You wore your own cap style ONLY
- you would NEVER EVER
wear another school's cap style even if you did admire another one (and I really did like several other cap styles). That's one MAJOR
rule of cap etiquette.
Stripes are also specific to your school's cap. My ASN cap had a thin dark forest green stripe that rimmed its dome and it was different from my student cap. My student cap received a stripe between 1st and 2nd years. And I have a generic cap that I did varying things with the stripes when I wore it. That's another MAJOR rule of cap etiquette - you don't alter your school cap.
Just to tell you, there are numerous posts here on AN that talk about caps and capping ceremonies. Fun and very interesting to read, very informative too as they have other Web addresses to check out. I may not wear my caps anymore, but I will never throw them out (and I do try them back on every now & then).