Whether you love it or you hate it, the bucket hat is one of those iconic pieces that just keeps coming back for more. If you’re sitting there filled with dreaded visions of your early 2000 bucket hat phase, wondering why to God we’re professing the bucket hat the go-to of the style savvy elite you wouldn’t be the only one. Here at Idle HQ, when we found out that bucket hats are back we were a little apprehensive to say the least.
Nevertheless, the bucket hat has been doing the rounds for a few years now at festivals and on the UK music scene. Before that British pop made it cool, and before that hip hop made it even cooler.
The Birth of the Bucket Hat
The bucket hat, otherwise known as the fisherman hat, was originally deigned in Ireland during the early 1900. Made of a raw woolen tweed blend, the first bucket hats were worn by fishermen and farmers, the material being waterproof, to protect them from the elements.
The bucket hat experienced a resurgance in popularity during the 1980 sitting atop the heads of hip hop greats like LL Cool J and Run DMC. Following that, the bucket hat was dragged into the 1990, in the midst of its heyday, where it took the UK’s acid-house raves by storm, whilst Brit-pop bigwigs Oasis and The Stone Roses adopted the iconic head wear.
Today, the bucket hat has been donned by some of hip hops biggest names; Earl Sweatshirt and Rick Ross are both fans and the bucket hat is cropping up increasingly on the fields of British festivals. By hook or by crook, the firmly staking it’s place as the go-to hat for the 21st century modern man.
Don’t fret, we’re not expecting you to emulate the late 1990 rave brigade look here. Some of you might have been there the first time and believe us when we say, it wasn’t pretty then. Team with jeans, joggers or pin rolled chinos on the bottom match a simple t-shirt or sweatshirt on top. Try color matching the hat with another piece you’re wearing like the bottoms for example, and use the top half of your outfit to break the color up for a balanced and tasteful look. The ultimate way to modestly style your bucket hat we think.
Believe it or not, you can incorporate the bucket hat into your smarter looks as well as casual day wear. Perhaps not for street.
The classic way to wear this iconic piece of head wear is to opt for a street inspired look. When you’re wearing a bucket hat as part of a street look there really are no rules. Forget all the rules about modest colors and simple pieces. Opt for interesting prints and colors, and why not incorporate an element of sports. If the bucket hat is the statement piece of your outfit, really go for it and make it stand out; you don’t even have to match it with anything you’re wearing. The leash really is off here but, to make it look its best, we’d still suggest matching the color with something else you’re wearing, maybe try this with your joggers.