Bucket Hats are Cool Again!
Bucket hats have been around for centuries, but they weren't always the fashion statement they are today. From their functional beginnings as a tool to protect against the elements, to their current status as a staple of streetwear and rap culture, bucket hats have gone through quite a transformation over the years.
Let’s explore the history of the bucket hat, from its functional roots in the early 19th century all the way up to its current place in 2023 fashion trends. We'll look at how it has changed in form and function over time, and how different musicians and rappers have helped shape its modern image. So, grab your favorite bucket hat and let's take a look back at where it all began!
According to a very popular claim, the bucket hat is an ancestor of the kaffiyeh, a traditional Arab head scarf. This claim originates from when German soldiers wearing this type of hat adopted it as part of their uniform during World War I. The first documented use for the term 'bucket hat' in England comes from 1838, but documentation ends at that point so it is difficult to know how long they were around before that. In origin and function, this style was quite similar to what we call a bucket hat today- a large rounded brimmed straw or cloth hat worn by men and women for outdoor activities such as farming or gardening. As a style, bucket hats have traditionally been associated with working class men who need to keep their heads dry and cool in the fields. The large brim of the hat shields the wearer from direct sunlight, keeping them warm in winter while cooling them off in summer. It was at some point that bucket hats became popularized by sporting associations- many players of sports such as tennis and golf wear this style because it provides protection from UV rays during outdoor competitions. With more people wearing bucket hats on a daily basis, it became accepted as a fashionable style for both men and women.
Who knew a simple, humble hat could make such a lasting impact? Ever since the 1980s, when rappers such as LL Cool J and RUN-DMC made the bucket hat cool, it has become a staple in fashion history. From streetwear to high-end designer labels, the bucket hat has proven it can stand the test of time.
Today, bucket hats are making a comeback. Fashion designers and streetwear brands are showing more styles of bucket hats. with assorted colors, prints, and designs. Due to the popularity of bucket hats, they are now being included in fashion magazines and worn on runways.
Tropical Vibes is excited to launch our first ever line of bucket hats. Ours hats are breathable, moisture wicking and best of all, reversible. Our tropically inspired patterns allow you to show off your style while keeping you cool and comfortable.
Here’s to humble beginnings of our new fav hat!