If you’re not high on the snapback, the humble bucket hat may be a good choice for you . The bucket hat – also named fisherman’s hat – was introduced about 1900,originally being crafted from wool or tweed and worn by Irish farmers for protection while they are ploughing the fields,thus , giving them a nickname ‘Irish walking hats’.
And then, during the Vietnam War, US soldiers wore cotton versions of the bucket hat and – much like contemporary staples such as chinos and the bomber jacket – the style was appropriated for civilian use following the conflict as they became popular among the peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and later, the dance music movement of the 1990s.
Fast-forward to 2015 and they are trending again, after making a controversial return to fashion’s collective consciousness last spring or summer. Like the snap-back, they combine well with street-wear pieces such as printed vests and skater-fit tees, as well as casual warm-weather staples such as short-sleeved shirts and board shorts.
However,the bucket hat is summer-specific, so remember to pack this one away once the sun starts to fade come September.“No one wants to see a bucket hat in winter,”says Adam Walker, Managing Editor of The Male Stylist. “It looks a tad tragic.”
Because of the wide range of designs and sizes in the current market, snap-backs work with most face shapes, although those with short or round faces should be careful due to its wide front brim, which can make it appear smaller or wider than it is. Our advice would be to take some time to try on and experiment with a number of styles before purchasing.
A good quality cotton or wool hat in a color you like will be a safe investment. While many snap-backs now include contrast stitch panels, default to your own personal taste when browsing. If in doubt, go for subtle details and muted shades rather than punchy prints or bold hues.
“Don’t buy a style not just because it’s current trend. In fact, you should try a few on and look for versatile designs,which will work with your existing wardrobe,” says Adam Walker.
On the other hand, the bucket hat is perfectly suited for a long and round face shape, providing a shortening and balancing effect thanks to the angled downward facing brim.