The bucket hat was originally conceived in the early 20th century. Initially, its invention did not take into account aesthetics. It was purely used for Irish farmers and fishermen to wear it for keeping out the rain because its large and downwardly-sloping brim made it the best choice for them. In addition, it can be folded at any time and put into the pocket, which is also a major attraction.
In the climax of the fashion movement of the 1960s, the bucket hat has changed from a functional piece to a fashionable one. Its style abandoned traditional cotton, tweed and stiff fabric that responded to the spirit of that era. In the 1980s, the hip-hop world saw the great potential in bucket hats, or, in other words, the bucket hat brought the rapper into the world of headwear. Many singers/rappers used this style on album covers and music videos. Unlike other types of hats, such as beanies, fedora hats, berets, or Greek fisherman hats, the bucket hats have not reached the level of mainstream attraction at that time. In any case, the bucket hat was abandoned and ridiculed by the fashion set after the 1990s.
Ten years later, Rihanna’s best friend, Melissa Forde, launched M$ X WT for the opening ceremony, a brand that focuses on bucket hats. Rihanna was certainly to be a model for the hats. Even so, people’s attitude towards the bucket hat has not really changed. Until the spring and summer of 2018, a large number of designers decided to launch the controversial bucket hat as if they had discussed it in advance.
More than a century since the development of the bucket hat, its style has become more and more diverse. It is no longer just a functional hat but has become a fashion item that is pursued by the hipsters for cutting-edge, trendy, and vanward item. This means that the bucket hat has become a symbol of beauty and fashion. Its style changes with the development of history, it still has a variety of differences.
The style of the bucket hat has evolved into a variety of ways, and its differences mainly exist in its look, shape, colour, size and material which are made. These differences may determine how you wear. The bucket hat can be generally divided into a shallow narrow-brim hat and a shallow wide-brim one, among which the shallow and narrow-brim bucket hat is the most popular one among young people. It is suitable for most facial forms and can be worn as an everyday outfit. In terms of style, your summer casual clothing can be easily matched with it, especially for street sports style. In addition, the soft and comfortable bucket hat is very convenient to carry, so that it is very suitable for outdoor activities or seaside holiday. The shallow and wide-brim bucket hat offers better sun protection. It is suitable for outdoor wear. Young people who like retro style can also use this hat.
The development of bucket hats will not stop here. We don’t know what the future bucket hat will be, but we do know that the pace of fashion development will never stop. Technology and culture will continue to lead the progress of fashion in the future.