Bucket hats are the most sought-after headwear style this autumn

Traditionally, during autumn and winter we see the year-on-year return of the beanie, to such a point that the fashion industry has remastered the classic accessory time and time again.

However, this year a new style is taking over and it’s one that you’ll recognise as it’s been an up and coming trend, especially during the summer months; the bucket hat.

According to Lyst, since the start of November searches for “fluffy” hats have increased by 25% and bucket hats remain the most sought-after style, with popular search terms including “shearling” and “faux fur” rising 57% month-on-month.

The bucket hat hit 2020 with vigour and it’s taken a long time for this accessory to make its comeback. Originally conceived in the early 1900s, the bucket hat was never designed to be used as a fashion accessory but was purely functional, worn by Irish farmers and fishermen to protect them from the rain.

It wasn’t until the 60s that the bucket hat was transformed into a fashion accessory, with styles made from cotton or tweed. Fast forward to the 80s, where the hip-hop community saw potential in bucket hats, with many music artists embracing the style in music videos and on album covers.

The first bucket hat-wearing rapper was widely said to be Big Bank Hank of Sugar Hill Gang, who wore one during a 1979 performance of “Rapper’s Delight” on the TV show Soap Factory.


However, despite being popular among the rapping community bucket hats never went mainstream, and were even mocked by the fashion community by the early 2000s.

Luxury designers attempted to bring the style to the forefront over the years but none were successful – until now.

Over the last two years, the bucket hat has finally made its comeback, making appearances during Fashion Weeks in 2018 and 2019, as well as being endorsed by celebrities and influencers.

Now fashion brands all over the world, luxury to high-street are jumping on the bucket hat bandwagon and coming out with their own styles of the popular piece of headwear. This trend has taken years to make it to the top, and it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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