8 bucket hats that will look great this summer

Bucket hats that will look great this summer

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Bucket hats were popularized by rappers in the 1980s and continued their reign well into the following decade before taking a backseat to other more fresh, current styles around the turn of the century. But everything old is new again someday, and the return of the bucket hat has been hitting hard the past couple of years.

For those of us who lived and dressed through their last wave of popularity, the bucket hat can be divisive. It's awkward if you get the wrong fit, sometimes looks out of place in the context of the full outfit, and, sadly, some folks aren't wearing the hat so much as the hat is wearing them.

We think you stand a chance at looking great in one, though, and thus assembled this list to help you find your perfect bucket hat in 2022. Keep reading to find your new favorite head-topper for this summer.

Floral Bucket Hat

Teddy Fresh

Floral Bucket Hat

Get an ultra-youthful, summery treat for your head with this adorable floral bucket hat from one of our new favorite brands, Teddy Fresh. True to their name, the tome-topper comes with a cute bear patch right there up front, and you can choose between two sizes to best fit your noggin'. The cotton canvas is preferable to a thicker fabric for us, as it allows you to flip up the brim and shape the hat in a more flattering shape as needed.

Teddy Fresh
$40

Vinyl Croc Fisherman Bucket Hat in Black

ASOS DESIGN

Vinyl Croc Fisherman Bucket Hat in Black

One simple rule we think applies to everything sartorial is the following: Everything clothing item or accessory looks better in black vinyl, and that applies doubly to the bucket hat. It's unisex, easy to match to daytime and evening outfits, and you'll be perfectly on-trend considering we just got a new Matrix movie a few months ago!

ASOS DESIGN
$20

Direct Sun Bucket Hat

Billabong

Direct Sun Bucket Hat

The oversized bucket hat is perfect for anyone who feels like they're wearing an awkward head condom or look like a thumb when they slide on a standard-issue bucket. This floppy version is not only flattering, it also offers more sun protection so grab one now while it's on sale and stay safe from harsh rays at the beach this summer.

Billabong
$39.95 $24.99

UV Protection Bucket Hat

Uniqlo

UV Protection Bucket Hat

Neutral, gender-neutral, and it protects you from harmful UV rays? There's no reason to sleep on this great basic from Uniqlo.

Uniqlo
$24.90

Bermuda Bucket Hat

Kangol

Bermuda Bucket Hat

You really can't make a list about bucket hats without recommending an OG like this Kangol. The fit is iconic, the look works on nearly everyone, and you'll be paying homage to the originators of the style like LL Cool J who made it look cool way back when.

Kangol
$70

Rich Mnisi Bucket Hat

Adidas

Rich Mnisi Bucket Hat

Another old-school classic to consider is this reversible animal print beauty created by Adidas in collaboration with South African designer Rich Mnisi. It's even partially constructed with sustainable materials and very affordable, so you get it all in one: designer style, name-brand recognition, and eco-conscious fabric that won't leave you with a guilty conscience.

Adidas
$35

Undercover Bucket Hat

Nixon

Undercover Bucket Hat

Black and white graphic, glitchy prints are very in style for 2022, so combine it with the bucket hat trend to let others know you're paying attention and dressing to impress this year.

Nixon
$34

Reversible Madras Bucket Hat

Polo Ralph Lauren

Reversible Madras Bucket Hat

This one won't be for everyone, but we actually enjoy the overly preppy, almost insultingly bright plaid of this Ralph Lauren Polo bucket hat. Wear on your next trip to the Hamptons, or just to the pool if that's more your speed.

Polo Ralph Lauren
$79.50
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