The Revival of the Bucket Hat

The Revival of the Bucket Hat

A large number of styles and trends being made popular across the world in the last few years have taken a large inspiration from the designers of the past. From vintage shorts seen in the 80’s to century old corsets, 2021 has taken a large chunk of its inspiration from styles of the past.

In today’s blog we’ll be going over the revival of the bucket hat, and how you can stylishly add it to your wardrobe. 

When Did Bucket Hats Start Popping Up?

Originally worn by farmers and fishermen called a fisherman's hat, these became a practical headwear solution in early 20th century Ireland.

From its humble beginnings the bucket hat has been worn by a range of celebrities and stylists through the ages. Its first styling into popular culture started during the 80’s and 90’s by hip hop and R&B artists like the unforgettable Missy Elliot. This early appearance gave this item its instant fame. 

It was re-imagined in the 90’s with the animal print trend of the early 90’s. Becoming a staple accessory for men, as our streets became more focused on western street styles. 

It’s transformation into the early 2000’s saw a unisex style, which worked in line with the social acceptance of gender fluidity and androgynous styles in fashion. It became a laid back style that was used in the many layered outfits worn by all our favourite Y2K celebrities. 

Bucket hats in 2021 are taking on a mix between the eye-catching early 00’s designs while mixing in some influence from the sleek finish seen in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Becoming a staple accessory for any outfit, coming in a large range of materials, fabrics and patterns bucket hats have been seen on the likes of Billie Eilish, Rihanna and Megan Thee Stallion, just to name a slim few with countless others jumping on the trend and adding some vintage accessories to their outfits. 

How to Style Your Bucket Hat?

Bucket hats have an easy-going aura about them, they can be styled well with anything and go well with every face shape and size, although they are best styled with casual or chic streetwear, they are flexible and can be matched with a wide range of pieces.

Mix and Match

If you want to create a style much like what was worn in the early ‘00’s (which is coming back with a passion at the moment) you may want to use your bucket hat to explore that outfit layering and clashing. Pattern or colour clashing has become a super popular style in the past years that was influenced by Y2K styles. There are lots of fuzzy and bright patterned bucket hats out there so grab one that catches your eye and chuck it into your next outfit. The key here is to either use contrasting colours or materials to match it look effortless but still super stylish. 


A simple and effective way to match your bucket hat with your outfit id to match the colour or materials used within your outfit. For example, if you're at the beach with a pattern pair of board shorts or bikini match the colours, textures or patterns with your set. It’ll create an effortless look for those summer beach days. If you want to create a day outfit with this same idea just match your bucket hat with your cardigan or create a whole monochromatic outfit with a bucket hat to match.

Bucket hats have become such a favoured accessory in the last few months due to its fusion of relaxed comfort and more formal styles, which we’re all crying out for to face post-pandemic life. If you want to find a vintage bucket hat to add in your wardrobe visit our website today.