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What item of clothing unites Gilligan, hipsters, and gonzo journalists? Only the timeless bucket hat.

Christine Bobbish, Matt Bean, Hugh Garvey, and Jasmin Perez  – August 18, 2020

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The bucket hat doesn’t put on airs. It simply perches there on your head–protective, enveloping, casual but functional—a statement for our times. It is the hat of the Work-From-Home dad. The mother who takes long walks on the socially distanced beach, darting off the path and behind a hedgerow to avoid a squad of longboarding bros, sans masks. It is the topper of choice for thrifting millennials, who scour Depop for dad-core style. Beloved by sailors and beekeepers; by potters and by Bill Murray in his tour de force performance in Caddyshack; by addled scribe laureate Hunter S. Thompson; and by so many more. And this summer, by us. Here are some of our very favorites.

Old Pal Provisions Bucket Hat

Old Pal Provisions Bucket Hat

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The Iconoclast. This is a hat that proclaims to the world, in case it would not otherwise be obvious, that “I am a free thinker. I will not be hemmed in by your restrictive ideals of headwear.” Also, when viewed closely by the scold who is likely too close to you in line at the pharmacy or perhaps trying to make the most of an open-air farmers market, it says “I might eat an edible once in a while.” It is a bucket hat that colors outside the lines, and it says the same about the wearer. Get out there and live a little—starting with this hat. MB

Old Pal Provisions Bucket Hat, $35
   

Houdini Gone Fishing Hat

Houdini Gone Fishing Hat

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Smooth Operator. This hat is silky smooth, and won’t cook your dome like some synthetic head gear. It’s breathable, sustainable, packable, really—it’s all of the -ables. But we love it most because of the silky smooth feel. It’s like tucking your crown into a cashmere embrace. Only instead of cashmere it’s post-consumer recycled plastics and other stuff. —MB

Houdini Gone Fishing Hat, $70
   

T1 Bucket Hat from Tilley

Lasts a Lifetime. For over 30 years Tilley has been making bucket hats in all shapes and sizes so you know when they finally update their launch product, it’s going to be worth the wait. While it’s pricier than most, you’re getting a lot for your money: It’s made of cotton duck fabric, with wind ties, stylish brass grommets, a sweat wicking liner, a lifetime warranty, and a secret stash compartment—all while preserving the original’s classic shape. —HG

T1 Bucket Hat, $80
   

Janessa Leone Felix Packable Hat

Style Maker. Raffia makes everything 100x more stylish—and this bucket hat by Janessa Leone is no exception. The effortless, durable material and foldable design are meant for traveling with you wherever you go—whether in your suitcase, purse, or beach bag. —JP

Felix Packable Hat, $195
   

Rag & Bone Ellis Bucket Hat

Rag & Bone Ellis Bucket Hat

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The Subtle Exhibitionist. If there was ever a moment to put your head in the (Monet) clouds, it’s with this 100% cotton classic. Rag & Bone’s new Oasis tie-dyed denim wash is museum-worthy. It’s not a hat you want to store crushed in the bottom of your bag though. But one you want to keep on display at your entryway for sightline appreciation. —CB

Ellis Bucket Hat, $94
   

Patagonia Stand Up Sun Hat

Patagonia Stand Up Sun Hat

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Marriage Material. High five to the hat designer here for creating a structured yet soft-wave wider brim on this reversible. No flopping in front of your eyes. Just the perfect frame. And with a UPF 50+ rating this hat has your back. The 100% organic cotton gets softer with age which means you can look forward to growing old together. —CB

Stand Up Sun Hat, $55
   

Athleta Baja Bucket Cap

Athleta Baja Bucket Cap

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The Cheerful Bucket. If you’re meeting up with friends on the by-and-by, wear this easy-to-spot bucket, especially if it’s waterside. It’s water-resistant and packs into itself with a hidden, interior pocket so no more flyaway buh-byes while you take a plunge. And as late summer heats up in certain spots, the breathable nylon feels cooler. Continue the cool down with some ice cream and if a little triple chocolate scoop makes it onto your hat, this one doesn’t mind a machine wash. The removable chin straps mean no more hand on head, one-arming your way through life when the breeze picks up. So you can eat with one hand, drink with the other. Cheers to this cheerful bucket. —CB

Baja Bucket Cap, $42
   

Lululemon Both Ways Bucket Hat

Lululemon Both Ways Bucket Hat

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Keep It Coming Camo. We never tire of takes on camo. Still, we love that we can reverse this lightweight, quick-drying bucket to a solid.  It’s designed for those on the move, meaning you can head to the shed, grab your longboard, and carve with it on until sundown.  —CB

Both Ways Bucket Hat, $48
   

Faithfull the Brand Bettina Bucket

Faithfull the Brand Bettina Bucket

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Sitting Pretty. Quietly rebel against heat and humidity with this 70s-inspired floral linen. Add a pair of wooden sunglasses from Capital Eyewear or any of our favorite frames and relax with a read or take a self-guided garden tour. Just make sure your mask doesn’t clash.  —CB

Bettina Bucket, $89
   

Duluth Trading No Bug Bucket Hat

Duluth Trading No Bug Bucket Hat

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Stay in the Zone. We’ve seen the Instagram posts by campers, gardeners, and fishing enthusiasts taking big hits from mosquitoes. Sure, you can buy a head net. But this no-bugs bucket’s mesh veil is hidden in the brim so you won’t ever forget your net. It won’t allow you to! And it cinches. Let’s face it, mosquitoes don’t need ample room to make their way to your face. Sweat pouring into your eyes is another distraction we can’t have. The Dry-Fit moisture wicking sweatband allows you to move forward on hot days. So you can work hard, play hard, no problem.  —CB

No Bug Bucket Hat, $50
   

Acne Studios Bucket Hat

Acne Studios Bucket Hat

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Street Style. Sometimes we need a stylist to step in and show us the way. We love what Moda Operandi did here pairing Acne Studios’ bucket with a jumpsuit. Time to exit the beach and hit the street. —CB

Acne Studios Bucket Hat, $150
   

Anthropologie Cotton Crusher Hat

Anthropologie Cotton Crusher Hat

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Alt Classic Maximus. This lightweight, breathable cotton hat is constructed for packability so you’re not limited to safekeeping it in an oversized straw bag. Its inner drawstring means you can adjust the fit however you see fit. And with a UPF 50 rating, you can feel safer under the sun while sipping your herbal tonic or mint julep. Just don’t forget your sunglasses. But if you do, the wider brim allows for surreptitious gazes. So if you want to remain a mystery we have you covered. —CB

Cotton Crusher Hat, $36
   

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