Like dad sneakers or tiny sunglasses, bucket hats incite a lot of opinions. On one side, you have your fearless friends who dive right in. On the other side are the wary fashionistas thinking, "It's a cool style, but I could never wear that." (I was in the latter group.) It seemed so dad-ish, or so I thought. Then one day, while on vacation, I completely forgot my straw hat and as a last resort to avoid a sunburn on my head, I slipped my boyfriend's blue bucket hat (with a fish print) on.
Now, his wasn't the stylish ones you saw on the runways (sorry, babe), so I was slightly embarrassed because I was in a full on "dad has gone fishing" look. But, I don't know when—maybe it was after a few selfies and a piña colada—I started loving the bucket hat on me. It kept my head cool, it was slightly oversized for a comfortable fit, and I actually looked cute with it on in photos. I was reluctant to give the bucket hat back when the sun went down, which gave my BF, who has sworn by this style for years, the ultimate satisfaction. Since I couldn't keep stealing his, I went on a search for my own. Ahead, I found 12 cute options to start. Whether you're that fearless fashionista or the apprehensive bucket hat shopper, the versatile selections below will convince you to buy one for 2020. And yes, you 100 percent can rock it.
If you love wearing linen for summer, a linen bucket hat is a must buy. This breathable hat channels '90s style and is reversible so you can go from the windowpane print to a solid canvas style.
Your fedora has been your go-to the past few seasons, so try something new like a raffia bucket hat. It provides the same shade and coolness for your precious locks without lacking any of the style. This hat is also packable, so you never have to worry about it losing its shape in your suitcase or bag.
This bucket hat looks like it's made of denim, but is actually a woven piece with a patchwork design. If you're not too fond of intense colors, the cool blue tones in this chapeau will suit your color palette.
This basic black bucket hat from Off-White is the best way to dip your feet into the style while still feeling like yourself. It's not crazy or outrageously loud in prints and colors, so the accessory will pair seamlessly with whatever outfits you have planned.
This zebra print hat speaks to the fierceness that's inside all of us. As soon as you have this on, there's nothing you can't conquer in a day. It goes well with everything, from a plain slip dress to a simple top.
Like black, a canvas white bucket hat is just as versatile when it comes to matching with your daily outfits. This one from Nike has a retro vibe and is reversible so you get a two-for-one deal.
You can't expect me to talk about bucket hats without including a floral one for the warm weather. This one is made in Italy from a coated canvas that features the brand's signature floral design and fashion house logo. The ivory leather trim will help this hat maintain its shape for seasons to come.
I hope you're not sick of the tie-dye trend yet because, hello, here's an amazing tie-dye bucket hat. The watercolor hues remind me of a very abstract painting (Monet perhaps?) that gives off cool and happy vibes. The hat itself is made from cotton with an extra wide brim to shield your eyes from harsh rays.
You want your bucket hat to have some sort of versatile pattern. Enter stripes. This one from Hat Attack comes in all neutral shades, so you can easily work it into any look depending on the occasion. You can wear this fishing with your father at the lake or with a white summer dress to happy hour with the girls.
This bucket hat features vibrant blooms that has us dreaming of tropical escapes. Even if you can't travel far this summer, the hat is still a great piece to wear to the park or around your neighborhood. Chin straps, with logo lettering, prevents the hat from being whisked away by the wind.
Come fall/winter, swap your summery bucket hats for this furry one. The pistachio-colored accessory is handmade in Emma Brewin's London studio, giving it that personal touch.
If you're a fan of Henri Matisse or minimalist art, you'll love this face print bucket hat. The abstract design feels artsy, but not overly pretentious. Plus, even if you're not an art enthusiast, you can still enjoy rocking the print.
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