Traditionally, bucket hats were worn by fisherman and farmers. With a 360 degree brim, the bucket hat protects your eyes and ears from the harsh rays of the sun – a bucket a day keeps the doctor away!
In the late 1980’s, bucket hats became mainstream – thanks to the rap community. Sugar Hill Gang’s Big Bank Hank had the honor of being the first rapper to wear a bucket hat in a rap music video, which happened to be the first rap video. Run DMC wore Kangol bucket hats from time to time, but no rapper adopted the fuzzy Kangol and made it as mainstream as LL Cool J. Every now and then he switched it up with a canvas version, but his endorsement of the bucket hat took the Kangol logo from dope accessory to a must-have piece.
Earlier in the year the stages at the SXSW music festival were littered with bucket hats of all shapes, sizes and colors!
These functional, yet fashionable statement hats have been seen on the likes of Rihanna, Diddy, Heidi Klum, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lamar Odom.
It’s refreshing to see bucket hats make a comeback. It may or may not be your style, but it’s a nice little break from the snapback and fitted ball caps we’re use to seeing.