Jay-Z in a bucket hat is how I feel I look when I wear one, when in actual fact I look more like an extra from the 2000 classic Kevin & Perry Go Large.
It’s the same with most things I buy, to be honest. As someone who strongly claims to be uninfluenced by influencers, the amount of gear I cop after seeing it on various celebs in some lame attempt to take parts of their look and make them my own is quite frankly laughable.
In reality, I’m actually a part of the problem.
That being said (it’s happening again), the way Jay-Z navigates his way around a bucket hat is really whetting my lips right now.
The rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and all round cool guy, stole the show at Michael Rubin’s July 4th party last month sporting a crisp white bucket hat, and was spotted donning a tie-dye look by Paper Plane the month before.
The East Hampton bucket hat he wore on #Baecation last September sold out completely after it was given Jay-Z's approval, and is even on Grailed now for $700.
His latest lesson in how to wear a bucket hat came this week when he was seen leaving his New York-based Roc Nation HQ wearing a tasty greeny-yellow number.
The bucket hat has kinda become Jay-Z’s “thing” in recent years, kind of like what the plaster on the cheek was for Nelly, or what terribly bad sunglasses are for Pitbull.
Personally, I’ve always been a little wary of bucket hats. As a British male, it’s easy to get pushed into a deep and dark Oasis corner, or to be thought of as a bucket hat-wearing plastic chair-throwing football hooligan, so I’ve naturally swerved.
But if Jay-Z continues to deliver tutorials on how to wear a bucket hat properly, it's probably a sign that it's time for a revisit the garment the near future. In which case, you can consider me influenced.