Since its my job to Wikipedia things, here are some facts about the common bucket hat. You can trace back the origins of the bucket hat to Ireland, where fishermen and farmers wore the soft cotton hat to protect themselves to the rain and sun. Apparently, eyelets found on the sides are supposed to aid in ventilation. Sean Connery looked badass in one as Indiana Jones’ dad. Unbeknownst to me, the bucket hat is also referred to as a giggle hat in Australia. I tried to google “giggle hat”, but all I found was this.
Gilligan doing something right.
What Wikipedia doesn’t tell you is that the bucket hat can be as stylish as it is functional. It’s been steadily rising in the menswear lexicon for the past few seasons now but it still warrants a closer look as it’s not something that everyone can pull off. Just like all other hats, there are certain face shapes that won’t go well with the bucket hat but it’s always worth trying out. If you do find that it’s floppish quality does suit you, you’re in luck because I’ve gathered some of my favourite versions that are ready to buy.
Clockwise (from top):
1. J.Press fisherman’s khaki bucket – The original colourway from the prep outfitter. via J.Press
2. Aubin & Wills ravenscar navy hat – Simple detail with the leather tab on the brim. via Aubin & Wills
3. Penfield baker yellow waxed cotton hat – Apart from the cheery yellow colour, the button pocket set it apart. via Penfield
4. Norse Projects charter flower cap – Features a soft artistic floral print that I can see working well with chambrays and cargos. via Norse Projects
5. Tantum bucket hat – The hawaiian Liberty print brings a certain streetwear cred to the proceedings. via Norse Store
6. Barbour reversible sports cap – Turn it inside out for stealth camo mode. via Barbour