Apr
30
2014
By
for Valet.
Style Risk

The Bucket Hat

This summer might be the season when you finally take some of the classic sartorial gambles on board. Sweatpants? Easy. Birkenstocks? Done. How about a bucket hat? Yeah you heard us right. Now, before your mind races back to reruns of Gilligan's Island, take a step back. The bucket hat began as a shield from the most perilous of sea storms, as Irish fishermen needed a functional facial rain guard. With modern-day interpretations that extend beyond the Irish coast and onto the heads of '90s rap icons (and even a few stylish influencers), it's no surprise that a bucket hat may be the summertime risk that even the meekest among us can embrace. Functionally, it's as simple as a hat you can stash away into your back pocket for rain or shine. But with multiple fabrics available in the floppy-brimmed style, it can be more versatile than it seems at first glance. Bucket hats may have a place in your granddad's tackle box, but that doesn't mean it can't have a place in your day-to-day rotation as well.

Obey,
$36

 

Neighborhood, $100

 
 

Stampd, $110

 

Vans, $34

 
 

Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, $97

 

Norse Projects, $84

 
 

Patagonia, $39

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    A bucket by any other name: In Australia, this hat is referred to as a "giggle hat." In South Africa, it's called an "ispoti," while in the UK it's occasionally known as a "Reni Hat."
 

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