How to Pull off Bucket Hats Outfits with Style

What goes out must undoubtedly come back is one of the things I love most about fashion. In other words, trends never completely disappear. They are constantly renewed to emerge better than before. The same holds true for bucket hats.

This accessory seems to top the list of pop culture fashion. From the runway down to the street and even on social media, celebrities, style influencers, and random  individuals pull off bucket hat outfits.

man wearing bucket hat with T-shirt and pants

If you haven’t tried out this accessory, you should already.


lady wearing green bucket hat with dark green dress and sneakers

Besides shielding you from the harsh rays of the sun as any hat does, this hat also adds more dose of style to your outfits.

man wearing bucket hat with vest on a T-shirt and chinos

This guide will show you how to accessorize any type of outfit with a bucket hat. You’ll also learn more about the accessory and see how to rock it like you just came off the catwalk.

Let’s dive in.

A Peek into the Bucket Hat Accessory

lady wearing bucket hat with yellow dress and pink handbag

This headwear is also known as fisherman hat, session cap, or Irish country hat. Its names come from its shape which features a soft top that can be folded and a wide, downward-sloping brim.

lady wearing green bucket hat with top and tight shorts

The accessory was first conceived in the 1900s as a lightweight, portable form of protection for farmers and fishermen who worked outdoors. These hats could easily be folded into a pocket. And their main purpose was to serve as protection from the rain.

As written on Studio Courtenay’s blog:

“The downward sloping brim meant rain ran straight down and away from their face. It was then repurposed during the Vietnam war as a means of protecting soldiers’ necks from burning in the sun, and made of a lightweight cotton to help keep their heads cool.”

old fisherman wearing bucket hat

Afterward, these hats became a part of mainstream fashion from the 60s to the 90s. And celebrities weren’t left out in its adaptation.

For instance, rappers like Big Bank Hank of Sugar Hill Gang wore one during a performance of “Rapper’s Delight” on the TV show Soap Factory in 1979. This resulted in a new movement for the bucket hat.

LL Cool J rocking red bucket hat

As Andrea Cheng, Writer at CR Fashionbook, noted:

“It promptly launched a phenomenon, spurring others to embrace the hat, including Run-DMC in 1984 (the group’s headwear collection was so extensive, they were never seen without a bucket, a fedora, or a panama hat perched atop their heads), LL Cool J in 1985 (like who could ever forget his red Kangol bucket hat), and Jay-Z in 2000.”

Andrea Cheng

Bucket hats weren’t just a major part of ’90s hip-hop fashion. Today, this hat still hasn’t left the scene. While designers are adding it to their collections, celebrities like Rihanna, Cardi B, etc., are taking them off the runway, further solidifying the trend.

We’ve also seen variations from the regular cotton fisherman hats to include Adire, faux fur, leather, transparent PVC, plastic, crocheted, and jeans hats.

Rihanna wearing pink fur bucket hat on a matching dress

While the headwear is often worn with streetwear outfits, it also looks good with other wears as you’ll soon find out.

man wearing black bucket hat with T-shirt

How to Wear a Bucket Hat

rapper wearing bucket hat on stage

Just got this headwear or you’re planning to? Here are the best ways to style it:

1. Wear a Dress

lady wearing bucket hat taking mirror selfie in  a hot dress

If you love to wear dresses of any type, this option is for you. You can go for a floral print dress, a mini dress, midi dress, or maxi dress. You can as well make it bodycon or flared if you want.

lady wearing bucket hat with a flowery dress

The good thing is bucket hats suit every type of casual dress regardless of its fittings.

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