When it comes to the latest trends and styles, people always have a lot to say, which creates a stereotype. For example, gold chains have been a staple for gangsters, and red lipsticks are for evening wear, and seeing them out of these places would seem a bit weird.
One fashion staple that has been linked to either rappers or fishers are making a comeback this year: the bucket hat.
What Is A Bucket Hat?
A bucket hat is a headgear with a full, downward-sloping brim. Imagine the “safari hat” that tourists wear when travelling, which looks almost similar to a bucket hat.
Well, it was not meant to be a fashion item initially. It was invented as protection from the rain for fishers and farmers. Later on, in the 1940s, it was remodelled with an extended olive drab cotton fabric near the back to protect troops up until the Vietnam War in the 1970s.
When Did It Become A Fashion Item?
Around the 1960s, more and more individuals started seeing the potential of the bucket hat as a fashion item. They started tweaking the materials used for the caps, with cotton, or stiff fabrics. Then by the 1980s, it dominated the hip-hop community.
Rappers began wearing it on the covers of their albums, music videos, and during public appearances. The first known rapper to wear it consistently is Big Bank Hank of Sugar Hill Gang on a TV show called Soap Factory. Soon, LL Cool J followed suit in 1985, and then Jay-Z in 2000.
Although, sometime in the 1990s, the bucket hat lost its flame. It was dissed, mocked, and completely set-aside up until 2005, when Prada sold a different variation of it. Then, in 2015, Rihanna modelled a few of Melissa Forde’s bucket hats in M$$XWT line.
Why Is It Becoming A Hot Item Again?
Well, aside from pop icon Rihanna wearing them again, Marc Jacobs sent it back to the runway on the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion strut. And since more brands are offering bucket hats in various colors and styles, it now doubles as protection against sunlight, and a fashion item.
According to the research, buckets have a certain je ne sais quoi — a quality that makes it indescribably stand out. It makes standing out of the crowd easier without exerting too much effort. Since there are a lot of styles and colors available, it is easier to pick one that would compliment any outfit.
How Can It Be Worn?
That’s the thing with any bucket hat; anyone can go crazy styling it. Match a solid colored outfit with a plain bucket hat, or a crazy colored hat with everyday old jeans and no one would judge you.
However, if you plan on using it as a protection, here is a quick guide in choosing the bucket hat’s material:
- Warm temperature- cotton
- Cold temperature- denim
- Outdoor activities- nylon
Of course, like what is indicated above, most bucket bags work best for any style or outfit.