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Bringing Back the Bucket Hat

From fishermen to rappers, bucket hats have become a staple accessory for many individuals. This uniquely shaped hat style was invented with durability and practically in mind, as they were originally made to be worn by fishermen and farmers who spend most of their time out under the sun and near the water. As time went on, hat designers adapted the style as a ladies’ fashion item to suit the popular “mod” subculture that had started to emerge during the mid-1900’s.

 

Controversially Chic

Fast forward to the 80’s (a time where hip-hop and rap music saw a rise in popularity), and bucket hats have made their way into the wardrobes of all the cool kids on the blocks. Yet, despite hip-hop community’s support and endorsements, these hats struggled to obtain mainstream appeal and were largely ridiculed by the fashion community.

Prada Re-Nylon Bucket Hat in Cameo Beige / Nomberry

Dior Oblique Large Brim Bucket Hat / Nomberry

 

Bucket hats only finally started to make their runway debut during the last decade, when designers decided to milk the controversy surrounding this hat style and made “fishermen chic” a prevailing trend. Today, various luxury designer brands have incorporated this accessory into their collections, including Prada and Dior. Pop culture celebrities such as Rihanna, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish, and even Meryl Streep have hopped on the bucket hat train and have been seen sporting funky and unique pieces while they’re out and about.

 

References and Citations

http://www.irishculturalsociety.com/essaysandmisc/careofairishat.html

https://web.archive.org/web/20150103214529/http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/01/hat-week-brief-history-of-20thc-hats_12.html

https://www.80sfashion.org/bucket-hats/