Get Buckets…and no I’m not talking about basketball!
A trend from the 80’s has been revived and brought back to our closets. The Bucket Hat was originally created in the 1900’s and was predominantly worn by fisherman and farmers. It helped protect them from the sun and rain. Soon after, this hat was adopted in to fashion by the Mod subculture movement in the 1960’s. These people were located throughout Great Britain and were popular for their creativity in fashion and music. Their ideal of fashion was so popular that they were able to influence fashion in other countries. The Bucket Hat became a part of the uniform for the U.S. army during the Vietnam War.
I have previously mentioned how black culture is so good at taking pieces and making it our own. This is EXACTLY what happened in the 1980’s. This was truly one of the greatest eras for rap music and their idea of fashion. Rappers such as LL Cool J, Run D.M.C., and many more were seen in magazines and on television with this specific style hat on. It was a part of their entire persona and it made them stand out from others. The Kangol brand and its creator were around for years before the rap era came along, but I do think this specific era gave this brand their clout. Many rappers often chose the Kangol brand because of their “Graham Smith for Kangol” collection. It was specifically designed to provide that luxurious look, but also be affordable. Affordability is something that was and still is very important in Black culture. We want to look good, but sometimes the money isn’t there, so brands like Kangol make it easy for us to stay on trend.
Here it is 2020 and the Bucket Hat has returned to the runway and has become popular amongst our generation. Many clothing brands are offering their version of the Bucket Hat and I have been impressed with the creativity. Many colors, patterns, and even textures are available and it makes it so easy to compliment your outfit. In the 80’s, Bucket Hats were mainly worn by men, but now it looks as though this trend is being taken over by women. We have easily made this piece versatile. Not only can it be worn in its classic sporty form, but it also can be worn in an elegant fashion.
Fashion has always repeated itself and I am wondering how long this trend will be a part of our wardrobes. Either way, this piece is something you may want to keep in your closet for as long as possible because you never know when The Bucket Hat trend will show it’s face again.
By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Open Campus Parsons School of Design