Bucket hats were one of the hottest accessories back in the ’80s and ’90s. Countless rappers during that era, including LL Cool J, Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash, and Missy Elliott, could be seen rocking bucket hats on the reg. Continuing well into the noughties, the bucket hat got outings from the likes of Ludacris, T.I., and Rick Ross.
While the headpiece’s popularity eventually dipped, it seems like the bucket hat has been making a comeback as of late. At the forefront of the bucket hat game, Kangol has been linking up with streetwear brands such as Stüssy, Patta, and HBA for its big return.
Bucket hats have also recently been spotted on the heads of several rappers (apart from the usual ScHoolboy Q), as well as industry insiders and influencers. Tyler, The Creator, A$AP Ferg and Lil Yatchy are all pledging allegiance to the revival, while fashion’s in-the-know figureheads such as Andrew Harper — A-COLD-WALL*’s Business Director — and style influencers such as Gully Guy Leo and PAQ‘s Elias Riadi are proud bucket hat wearers.
Aside from the iconic Kangol iterations, the hats have featured in a number of recent collections, even gracing the lines of luxury fashion houses such as Prada and Fendi. Love or hate the retro revival, the piece seems to be the latest in a long line of trends from the past to make a comeback this season, second only to the resurgence of reflective sports sunglasses.
This being the case, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite bucket hats, from streetwear classics to luxe offerings. From Kangol, we’ve highlighted revamped designs which bring previous favorites into the modern world while remaining true to the brand’s roots. Meanwhile, streetwear labels Stüssy and WOOD WOOD have been killing the bucket hat game, with simple, logo-embroidered designs from the former and in-your-face options like an all-over printed hat from the latter.
And to really highlight the bucket hat’s comeback, we’ve selected some higher-end bucket hats from the big fashion houses. Both Gucci and Fendi have designed bold all-over print logo bucket hats, while Prada has come through with subtler looks in black and yellow (the same hat recently spotted on Ferg), both sporting the brand’s iconic triangle logo patch.
Scroll down to take a closer look at our selection.