History of Timeless Bucket Hats

Bucket hats have been popular among golfers, soldiers, workers and B-boys. What is the secret of its popular? Such headpieces could be found almost everywhere if you look into details, such as on some celebrities’ Instagram account, in private collaboration, in recorded documentary. They varied in materials, printed patterns, logos, colours and even prices. A round, soft, downward-sloping brim is both fashionable and universal. It could be used everywhere if you will.

The transaction of Asos has risen by 343% in one year. One orange bucket hat printed with smiley face is the most popular one among thousands of items on the site. Since the 1970s, another bucket hat giant -- Kangol has started producing bucket hats. Sales of its washed buckets increased to 339%, compared with transactions in 2018. Besides, bucket hats have presented on catwalks of some fashion shows like those of Dior, Craig Green, Prada and Burberry. As a patron saint of bucket hats, Rihanna has worn different hats in various occasions.

Such headcovers are not an assortment of hats being invented recently. They absorb essence from inhospitable weather to soldiers and pop culture. A British milliner Stephan Jones argues that they could be dated back to ancient times. When one look back to the 14th century, an epitome of bucket hats could be discovered. Such headpieces were used to protect one’s hair while the wide brim was used to protect one’s face.

The sou’wester is a variant of the recent bucket hat, featuring longer brim on the back. Sometimes, such bucket hats are made from water-proof fabric and are worn by fishermen around the Cape Cod. A famous author also says sou’westers were fashionable choices for people in the 1920s. One military-version bucket hats have been immortalized by Col Henry Blake in a TV series. Those bucket hats have been worn by US soldiers in Vietnam. A famous author Timothy Godbold wrote in his book that farmers worn wool or tweed bucket hats in the 20th-century Ireland. It was the high lanolin content that farmers in Ireland worn such hats to prevent water. Besides, washable wool bucket hats could be stored in pockets easily.

In the beginning, such bucket hats were not fashioned choices to most people, regardless their popularity among a wider public. In the 1960s, the bucket hat was a symbol of unfortunate American castaways. Such conditions have been changed when golfers pick it up as alternatives to flat caps. In the late 1970s, such hats were popular among B-boy and girl in the Bronx. A related historian or consultant of an exhibition -- Respect: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom argues that those hats become a symbol of cultural practitioner or devotee. Some believes that wearing bucket hats are a kind of symbol of subversion.

In general, style changing of a community’s made up is one part of colourful living in cities. I believe that such hats signify disorder of the current conditions.



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