When someone wears a bucket hat you can usually assume they’re an OG: an original gangster or an original Gilligan. They’re either looking fly or fly fishing. LL Cool J, for example, made the felt Kangool hat cool and now Schoolboy Q and Earl Sweatshirt have followed suit.
But there are some female OGs that have yet to be recognized for their place in the Bucket Hat Hall of Fame: authors Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and Joyce Carol Oates. They were spitting sentences and wearing bucket hats before LL Cool J was even born.
I used to be on the dishing end of bucket hat disses — they’re asking for it with these polarizing cultural associations. But now that I know that some of my favorite female authors rock them, I’m on board. Bucket hats are the best. Here’s why:
1. They protect your entire head and neck from the sun
2. They can double as a cereal bowl, frisbee, burrito wrap, barf bag etc.
3. Most importantly, bucket hats fit heads of all shapes and sizes. Is your head shaped like a basket ball? Perfect. Got big curly hair? No problem.
On the actual fashion front, Burberry just paraded brightly-colored bucket hats down the Menswear Spring 2015 runway, Acne showed a fishermen’s variety for Resort 2015, Max Mara did a fisherman/fedora hybrid, and Balenciaga showed fringy versions for Resort 2014.
Leandra and Amelia are not fully onboard despite this official PowerPoint presentation, so naturally, we defer to you. What do you think: is the bucket hat back?
— Emilia Petrarca