Vintage: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring – Don’t Forget Your Bucket Hat!

March 31, 2014 • Magazine, Vintage


With spring officially gracing our doorstep, rain is on its way! Now that the deep chill of this past winter has dissipated, we’ll be seeing a lot more moisture in the air and hopefully a little sun. The age old saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’ has pretty much held true in past years, so make sure when you cover up for those showers not to forget your head! This time around let’s pay tribute to the bucket hat. The bucket hat style has been used to protect the head, face and neck from the elements, all while looking pretty darn good. Its style is created using an average crown and a downward sloping brim that usually measures about 2” (this can vary depending on the style and maker). Traditional styles are typically made from a heavy or waxed cotton, canvas or denim. However, now you can find the bucket hat in leather, suede, silks and satins and just about any other fabric on the market.

The bucket hat is said to have origins in Ireland where this hat style was worn initially by fisherman and farmers for protection against the sun while they were out on the boats and in the fields. This style was quickly picked up by the English elite as a fashion piece and was adapted for less rigorous activities – like walking. This was eventually picked up by the Irish too just for style and leisure, which is why it has also been called the ‘Irish Walking Hat’.  Other stories say the bucket hat was also worn by Israeli Defense Force troops back in the 1940s. Funny enough this style never really went away once it was adopted by the masses. It picked up some major steam in the 80s and 90s when the hip hop and rap artists of that era wore them as a major fashion trend.

Whether you decide to wear the bucket hat for style or function, make sure you get the right fit for you. You don’t want it to look too small or too big on your head. The good thing is they come in every size so you shouldn’t have too difficult a time finding the perfect feel and look. Get one to go with your favorite rain coat or rain boots or one that pairs with your classic Burberry trench coat. Now the perfect time to pull it out of the closet and retire that wool coat!

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4. Kate spade New York Lemon Print Canvas Bucket Hat, $88

5. Barbour® Reversible Tartan Hat, $37

6. Ralph Lauren LAUREN Cotton Bucket Hat, $38

– Carmen Turner

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