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The Ever Trending Bucket Hat And What Is It?


You might think you have no idea what a Bucket Hat is, but believe me, you have seen this popular style for more years than you can probably count. It has been worn by celebrities to Irish fishermen from the early 1900's up to, and including, today's fashions. This easy maintenance, simple little hat has served as everything from quirky to high fashion.

The Bucket Hat, also known as a fishing hat, was first introduced in 1900. It was made from a wool felt or tweed cloth that produced a lanolin that comes from unwashed raw wool, making them waterproof. These hats were first worn by Irish farmers and fisherman to protect them from rain. From that point on, these hats became internationally popular because they can be folded and placed into a coat pocket plus, due to fashion statements, can be worn with everything. They can be reshaped using steam from a kettle and cleaned with a damp sponge making their versatility and easy care a complete winner. 


This hat is extremely popular with glider pilots who need shading in the cockpits but can't wear hats with brims because they have to be able to see in all directions.


For any of you who grew up in the early 60's or watch reruns on television, the Bucket Hat was worn by Bob Denver (Gilligan) on Gilligan's Island and again its popularity took off. Without doubt the character of Gilligan put the Bucket Hat into the Hall of Fame. 


Airing February 8, 1974, the fictional character, JJ Evans (played by Jimmy Walker) in “Good Times”, often wore the Bucket Hat as well.


Until the 1970s, the Irish tweed version remained popular among professional men and some actors. Sean Connery donned a Bucket Hat, made from a tweed blend, for his character as Indiana Jones' father in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. 



The Bucket Hat of today was borrowed from a tropical hat of olive green cotton issued to the US Army during the Vietnam War. They are lightweight and were easily adopted for fishing and for protection from the sun. 


In the 1980s, its popularity spread throughout the rapper world and became a street fashion throughout the 90s. Rapper Schoolboy Q often donned a bucket hat as a creative statement. It's also believed that Hip Hop artist LL Cool J first popularized the hat into the Hip Hop culture in the 80's. Never has this hat hit the heights it climbed to in the 1980's, it seems everyone needed, wanted or for those looking for a unique appearance.  


The Bucket hat Around The World:

In Britain, its called a Reni Hat after drummer Reni (Alan Wren) of The Stone Roses.

In Australia, its called a Bucket Hat not to be confused with the Boonie or Giggle hat worn by gardeners.

In Israel, its called a Rafael Hat after a politician and former Chief of Staff of Israel Defense Forces who wore one.

In South Africa, its called an Ispoti which is popular among young urban blacks representing being streetwise.

 In Fashion:

 In the 1960s, these hats became a fashion statement along with the pillbox and cloche hats. Milliner Lilly Daché created a stiffer fabric to give the hat a "new wave" or Vogue look or appearance.

 Designer Louis Vuitton first introduced the hat in a matte leather for men in a 2013 fashion show. His original intent was to celebrate life on the sea and this hat hit the mark! 

 In an earlier version, the hat was donned by rapper Tyga in his video for “Still Got It” in May, this design is a throwback from the 1990s. That same month, sugar bear Rick Ross wore a crisp Polo Bucket for the “Ashes to Ashes” video, elaborating the song's beach-side atmosphere. 


The Bucket Hat is a casual style of head-wear designed for both men and women. Mostly created in cotton, nylon or canvas and used during the summer months. The hat is exceptionally popular for protecting the wearer's face, head and neck from sunburn. 

The basic crown is anywhere from 3.5 to 5 inches with a 2 inch brim. Even with some tweaking between various manufacturers, the shape has remained the same after all these years. In some cases, the warm weather versions have two or more grommets (or meshing) for ventilation at the crown. 

 The Bucket Hat does not seem to have a specific place of origin because so many different countries have all adopted this style of hat.   If there were one, it would most likely be Ireland. 

 The popularity of the Bucket Hat seems to grow and then fade away only to regain popularity again.  It's non-gender style that is simple maintenance and easy to stow away will probably keep this hat in fashion for many years to come.  It works with all fashion statements without being overbearing and depending on the material, can be worn with just about anything.