Bucket hat

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Line drawing of a bucket-shaped hat showing ventilation eyelets.

A bucket hat (also known as a fisherman's hat or crusher hat) is a headwear design with a wide and downwards sloping brim. Typically, the hat is made from heavy-duty cotton fabric such as denim or canvas, with two metal eyelets placed on each side of the hat for ventilation.

It was first adopted as a high fashion item in the 1960s, and with subsequent revivals in both street fashion and on the catwalk.


The hat originated as a practical item for use in sports and as sun protection.[1]

The bucket hat is said to have been introduced around 1900.[2] Some sources claim it is Irish in origin.[citation needed] It was quickly adopted internationally for country pursuits as, when folded, it could fit inside a coat pocket.[citation needed] In the 1960s, it was widely seen in the TV series Gilligan's Island.[2]

Barbra Streisand – shown here with Elliott Gould and son Jason Gould – wearing a fashionable oversized bucket hat in 1967

Fashion accessory[edit]

In the 1960s, the bucket hat was adapted as a fashion item, in common with the pillbox bakerboy and cloche styles, suiting the fashion for more bouffant hair.[3] Milliners such as Lilly Daché created designs in felt or other stiffer fabrics to capture the 'mod' look.[4]

The hat became popular with rappers in the 1980s and remained part of street fashion into the 1990s. More recently, it has re-emerged as a fashion catwalk item after being sported by celebrities such as Rihanna.[5]

Regional names and variations[edit]

  • In Australia, this hat is referred to as a "Bucket Hat" and not a "Giggle Hat" contrary to popular belief. Giggle hat can be used to refer to a "Boonie Hat" which is commonly worn by the Australian army or gardeners.
  • In Israel, it is known as a "Rafael hat"; as Rafael Eitan, an Israeli general, politician, and former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces used to wear one. A similar type of hat called a tembel hat is dubbed the national hat of Israel as it was worn by Israeli Halutzim to protect from sun burn.
  • In Sweden, it is known as a "Beppehatt" or "Beppemössa", since Beppe Wolgers, a Swedish author and artist, used to wear it and made it popular in the 1970s.
  • In South Africa, it is known as an "ispoti" and is very popular with urban black youth, representing being streetwise without copying foreign hip-hop trends.
  • In Russia, the hat is called "panamka" (панамка).
  • In Tanzania, it is very popular among elders, especially among the Iraqw people.
  • In the UK., this style of hat is occasionally known as a "Reni Hat" after The Stone Roses drummer "Reni" (Alan Wren), who was easily identified by his bucket hat.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Bucket hats are favored by glider pilots, who require shade in their cockpits but cannot wear wide-brimmed hats because they must be able to see in all directions
  • The fictional character, JJ Evans in Good Times, often wore a bucket hat in episodes.
  • The fictional character Kisuke Urahara from Bleach often wears an iconic green and white bucket hat, along with a pair of sandals, that has given him the nickname

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hat Shapers Hat Dictionary". hatshapers.com. Hat Shapers. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Stalder, Erika (2008). Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing. San Francisco, CA: Orange Avenue Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 0979017343. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "{Hat Week} A Brief History of 20th Century Hats (part 2)". http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk. Tuppencehapenny. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Marcus, Jonathan D. (8 March 2013). "Fashionable Display at Boca Museum". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Cartner-Morley, Jess; Elan, Priya (15 July 2014). "Bucket hats: what's the appeal". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of bucket hat at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Bucket hats at Wikimedia Commons