Bucket Hats: Yes or No?

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

  • Lyric

    There’s a little old man at my gym who literally just only practices punching and kicking and he ALWAYS wears a bucket hat. He rocks it. Me… growing out the pixie… may look more like an unfortunate 10 year old from 2002.

  • Those skater dudes on the Lower East Side are so cool with their bucket hats. It’s like a tribe symbol.

  • And they’re definitely back with the kids at my school: lots o’ guys wear them on the weekends or at school on fridays. And girlfriends of the hypebeasts are semi-forced into wearing them, too.

    • Quinn Halman

      My brother has one ugh I’m really not on board with the trend

      • Tara Edie

        I’m not either, I feel like they’re a bit too dorky. I think the only time if wear one is it I were in Nantucket sailing with Ralph Lauren on a yacht. Pass.


    • Kristen

      Yeah, a lot of the druggies love wearing them!! I am not one and they look terrible on me, but I love it on other people

      • I’m a druggie, I’ll admit. I like caffeinated tea. I have a penchant for drinking black tea several times a day. But I must say I haven’t yet hopped on the Bucket Hat bandwagon.

      • Oh and I take a sample of nearly every multivitamin when I go to a health food store. Not good for tha system, I’m sure.

  • lavieenliz

    love a good bucket hat


  • warmleatherette

    Wore them all through the 90’s. Makes me wanna go to a rave with my size XXXL bell bottoms and listen to the Happy Mondays. Nah….

  • TheRanta

    My heart loves hats; my head hates them. I can’t even work one of those ridiculous wool-hat-in-the-summer situations that all the foolish hipster girls wear. Small head. Big face. Hat cursed.

  • Wore one throughout the 90’s…to the point where my nickname was officially Gilligan (as in Gilligan’s Island) to friends and family. Not sure if I could rock one now…

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    They bring back memories from when I was 6 years old and I was wearing nothing but my nike denim bucket hat. So it’s a big no from me 🙂


  • It’s the ultimate statement of cool. If you can get away with a bucket hat, really, you can get away with anything, can’t you…

  • ee_by_cc

    I generally stay away from any hats except for beanies because I have an unusually large noggin that doesn’t fit into most standard size ladies hats. That being said, I may be able to squeeze my cranium into a bucket.


  • In SA this style is associated with a dance style and the street culture that evolved around it: Pantsula. It’s having an urban moment again, but the look here is completely different. At the same time, I remember a time when MK & Ash were wearing these in their movies. How fashion manages to do the same thing a thousand different ways over and over again boggles my mind. 🙂

  • Dancingcheektocheek

    The bucket hat is front and left of center!

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  • Rey Abadi

    Absolutely YES


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  • Christina Quinn

    Honestly, I have this really obnoxious pink and green one that I haven’t had the heart to donate after all these years…so if the answer is a yes then I’m going to be rocking the s*%t out of it at the beach this summer, haters be damned.

    • Emilia Petrarca

      Haters gonna hate!

  • Kristen

    My sister had the coolest reversible one (because what’s a good hat that you can’t wear inside out?) that she lost, then found again, and now nobody fits it anymore…

  • Anna

    YES. Fisherman grandpa chiiiiic!

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  • Zoe

    Bucket hats were really big among certain guys at my school in about 2012 – they wore them with their uniform and even had some made with the school crest on them so they could be ‘regulation’.. it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

  • Kelly’s Gross-o

    Nope, uh uh…If Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Snoop all look this stupid, us street-credless mere mortals don’t stand a chance.

  • Trendy

    I will definitely be hopping on the bucket hat train after this article!

  • SneakrGod

    . i tried to look like school boy q but fail . i found nice bucket hats on this site deadstockapp.com . those are the only bucket hats that are really nice

  • Sam

    Old post, but I’d like to be more diplomatic in my answer and say “no thank you…?” I think they’re a hard pass for me but am open to the possibility of being wrong.