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 fell into that latter group. I witnessed every designer, from 3.1 Phillip Lim to Fenty x Puma, sending bucket hat creations down the runways, but I wasn’t completely sure that I myself could ever rock one. It seemed so dad-ish, and truth be told, I generally don’t have a head for hats. (That’s why all my winter jackets have a built-in hood.)
Then one day, while on vacation, I completely forgot my one straw hat, which I have just out of sheer necessity. 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 and I’m now a proud owner of this pink one from ASOS.
However, the story doesn’t end there. I desperately want another one for my collection and found 12 cute options for this season. Whether you’re that fearless fashionista or the apprehensive bucket hat shopper, the versatile selections below will convince you to buy one for summer. And yes, you 100 percent can rock it.
This basic black bucket hat from Re/Done is the best way to dip your feet into the trend 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.
When it’s too hot to wear jeans, get your denim fix with this pintucked brim hat. The light-blue wash goes well with the whites and creams in your wardrobe though I wouldn’t be obsessed to styling this with a floral pink maxi dress too. Dear skinnies, you’ve been replaced this season.
When you feel like showing off your streetwear side, this Fendi-logo covered piece is the way to go. On days you want something simpler, flip this hat inside out to the red side. The two-for-one deal (kind of) justifies the $550 price tag. Okay, fine, I know it’s a stretch. But, it is Fendi.
Like black, a canvas white bucket hat is just as appropriate for getting in on the trend. This one from Madewell is a no-fuss piece with that ’90s skater vibe. You can pair it with everything, from utilitarian denim overalls to a bikini for summer.
Your fedora has been your go-to the past few seasons, so try something new like a straw bucket hat. It provides the same shade and coolness for your precious locks without lacking any of the style. This piece in particular has a slim bucket silhouette and is made of woven paper straws for an eco-friendly touch.
You want your bucket hat to have some sort of versatile pattern. Enter stripes. This one from Rag & Bone 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.
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 lightweight cotton with a brim that’s both flat and wide in order to shield your eyes from harsh rays.
Just in case your hat slips a little past the eyes, you can still see thanks to the PVC material. It’s very fashun of Eric Javits to combine PVC with the bucket hat mania for the ultimate super trend. Wear this with any outfit and you’ll earn some instant street style points.
This reversible leopard 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. But, if you’re feeling slightly less than enthused about life one morning, flip this hat to the plain black side. Embrace the best of both worlds.
You can’t expect me to talk about bucket hats without including a floral one for the warm weather. Continuing on the train of reversible styles, this one too has the same qualities. Though, I suggest you show off the floral side as much as you can before those winter vibes settle back into our lives. Shudders, the horror.
Looking for a denim bucket hat with slightly more pizazz? Scoop up this version between Understated Leather and Free People. The patchwork design gives people something to look at while the color’s still versatile enough to wear with your summer dresses.