The classic bucket hat is also known as an Irish country hat. It features a flattish or slightly rounded crown and a sloping, wider brim. They were originally made of cotton fabrics such as canvas, and of wool or tweed (the lanolin in the sheep’s wool made them waterproof). They became popular for country life and outdoor sports such as fishing or hiking.
In the 1960s the bucket hat became part of the mainstream, introduced through the mod fashion movement. These styles were typically made of stiffer fabrics and the silhouettes became larger to accommodate the bouffant hairstyles of the day.
The softer and more pliable Irish tweed hats were still worn by men through the 1970s. Rappers adopted the style in the 1980s and the popularity continued as street fashion through the 1990s. Bucket hats are still being worn today for fashion shows, and at concerts and festivals, both by men and women.
Written by TheSpectrum