As a 90s kid, the bucket hat wasn’t top of my list of style comebacks from the decade.
But despite my reservations, the bucket hat has grown on me – and it looks like a lot of brands agree.
They used to be a summer essential, but now they’re a must-have accessory for all seasons. Go into any shop on the high street, and you’re bound to find a huge variety.
But how did this 90s hat go from gauche to trendy? Wherever you go it seems there’s someone sporting a bucket hat, and it’s the same when you scroll through Instagram.
The charming hat has been seen on many stars like Billie Eilish, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Blackpink’s Lisa (but honestly, the list is endless).
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Are bucket hats in style in 2023?
Yes, and bucket hats have come a long way to finally receive the love it deserves.
Made popular by fishermen in the early 20th century, the bucket hat came into the fashion scene as early as the 1960s but quickly fell out of fashion. Between the 80s and the 90s, the bucket hat came back thanks to hip-hop.
Rappers like LL Cool J and Rakim showed that the hat isn’t just for sunny days or fishing trips, it was a hat all the cool kids were wearing. It was going strong for a while in the early 2000s but was soon overshadowed by other micro-trends of the 2010s.
Fast forward to 2021, when Rihanna was pictured in New York wearing a Prada nylon bucket hat in seafoam green. A domino effect happened, and the next thing we knew, nearly every celebrity and model was seen wearing a bucket hat for any and every occasion.
Whether or not you like bucket hats, you can’t deny the impact it’s having right now. Unlike 10 years ago, the bucket hat now comes in different colourways and fabrics, so you can find one that suits your style.
What are the hat trends in 2023?
If you still don’t like bucket hats, it’s okay. Not every trending accessory is meant for everyone and we all have our own preferences.
Hats are definitely having their moment this year, you can expect other retro styles to make an appearance, like fedora hats, which were prominently featured in many collections during Fashion Week.
Baker boy, bowler, and enlarged crochet hats are also expected to become popular this year.
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