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Why Have Fun Bucket Hats Gotten So Popular?

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Ah, the bucket hat. Is there anything more stylish, comfortable on your skull, super functional, and nostalgic?

If you’re getting hardcore 90s and early 2000s vibes from just hearing the words “bucket hat”, then you might be wondering…

Are Bucket Hats Still in Style in 2022?

The answer: Heck YES they are!

If you look at today's pop culture, you’ll quickly notice that both plain and unique bucket hats are worn by tons, and we do mean tons, of celebrities.

From Brad Pitt, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, and Seth Rogen, to Rihanna, Addison Rae, Billie Eilish, and Oprah Winfrey, fun bucket hats are worn by everyone and anyone.

Seriously. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, or the color of your skin, the bucket hat remains trendy. And they’ve only continued to gain popularity since before the 90s.

But why? What is it about wearing a cool bucket hat that suddenly makes you feel stylish, confident, and comfortable in your own skin?

Well, we need to dive into the history of the bucket hat to answer that question…

Bucket Hat History

Truth be told, hat styles and hat fashion are always changing. But there’s only a handful of hats that truly stand the test of time. And the bucket hat is one of them.

Pop quiz: When did the bucket hat first make its debut on the big screen?

If you answered, “Gilligan’s Island”, you’re right!

While you might associate trendy bucket hats with the 90s and early 2000s, the cool bucket hat you see today was first displayed on the big screen way back in the mid-1960s.

That’s right, good ol’ Gilligan made the bucket hat cool to wear.

Of course, if you go back to watch the comedy series today, you might not notice anything crazy or unique about his bucket hat. The style alone was what made the bucket hat unique.

However, today a bucket hat can be crazy and stylish. Some of them are brightly colored and designed with cool patterns, designs, and graphics, while other bucket hats are made of shaggy fake fur and other strange materials.  

That said, even before Gilligan, a bucket hat was worn by many people, especially men.

You see, the men's summer bucket hat was first known as the fishing hat or the fisherman’s hat.

Now, we’re not entirely sure when the bucket hat was first invented. But it’s said that these fisherman’s hats, or bucket hats, were invented around the 1900s.

What we do know is that they were first made out of wool and designed with a downward brim that provided sun protection.

They were primarily worn by men who worked outside. But they quickly became a stylish accessory for men who wanted to spend the day fishing or doing other outdoor activities besides working. Because of this, a bucket hat was seen as more of a functional accessory.

In the 1940s, bucket hats were worn by soldiers in the Israeli Military forces. They found that the downward wide brim helped shield their eyes and face from the scorching sun. It also kept their head cool and dry.

Fast forward to the 1960s, and there’s Gilligan, the man who first debuted the bucket hat on screen.

In the 1970s, the dark comedy series “M*A*S*H” also sported the bucket hat, but it did so in a more colorful way. It was a patterned bucket hat, decked out with various fishing lures and other fishing accessories.

The bucket hat was even seen in the series “Good Times” by the famous “DYN-O-MITE” Jimmie Walker. 

In 1979, we then saw the Sugar Hill Gang jumping on the bucket hat soul train in their “Rapper’s Delight” live performance.

But what really set off the bucket hat trend was the one and only LL Cool J.

In 1983, LL Cool J transformed the way his generation and the generations after him looked at bucket hats.

When people saw someone wearing a bucket hat, they associated it with confidence, self-assurance, and not giving a flying you-know-what about the thoughts of strangers.

This is why, from the 1980s through the beginning of the 2000s, rappers like LL Cool J, members of Run-DMC, and many others were all sporting various styles of colorful bucket hat options.

Soon, stores were selling out of cool bucket hats for guys everywhere.

Even ladies were wanting in on the bucket hat action. And that alone opened up a whole new market of bucket hat options with cool designs and unique, one-of-a-kind graphics that nobody else had.

Today in this new era, you can find tons of women's and men’s bucket hats online. Granted, the bucket hat collection today offers a larger variety of styles, designs, colors, and patterns compared to the 90s and early 2000s.

But let’s be honest… Even today, not all bucket hats are made with high-quality material. Not to mention, very few of these hats have cool designs or unique patterns and colors on them.

And therein lies the issue with people wondering if the bucket hat is still in style today.

You see, it seems the crazier the bucket hat is, the cooler you are for wearing it.

This is why owning a fun/crazy bucket hat is a must-have for your wardrobe collection.

So you might be asking…

Where Can I Buy Fun Bucket Hats?

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You can find bucket hats just about anywhere these days. Seriously. A customer can walk into their local retail store and probably find at least one bucket hat for sale hanging on a rack.

But the hat brand you find probably won't have the designs or personality you’re looking for.  That’s why a bucket hat is usually ordered online.

You see, the most well-made and affordable bucket hats aren’t found in your local retail stores.

If you are on the search for a unique novelty bucket hat that truly stands out and enhances your overall outfit, then there’s only one place to shop for the best bucket hats: Kaftko.

Our hats are truly one-of-a-kind. Honestly, you won’t find a more unique collection of bucket hats like ours…

From orchid designs and green tiger/zebra print to our trippy glitch-designed patterns.

Here at Kaftko, we take the time to carefully craft accessories with the finest quality materials. We do this so that your bucket hat will last for years and years to come.

All of our trippy bucket hats are made with 100% cotton twill. They’re designed to keep you stylish and cool at the same time.

They offer a very comfortable and structured fit that offers protection from those harmful UV rays.

But the best aspect of our hats is that they can be paired and matched without other accessories and clothing apparel.

This brings us to our most commonly asked question…

How Do You Style Fun Bucket Hats?

Most bucket hats are fairly easy to style with any outfit. This is especially true when it comes to our novelty bucket hat options.

But if you’ve never worn a bucket hat before, don't worry. We’re here to help guide you in your new bucket hat fashion journey.

For example, our Orchids Bucket Hat offers various colors that you can highlight with your shirt, jacket, or shorts.

You can easily experiment with any of the colors found in our Orchid Bucket Hat, or you can take your outfit to the next level and pair it with our matching Orchid crew socks, shorts, and Kamp shirt. This makes for an awesome spring or summertime look.

But we’ve also seen our orchid bucket hat worn in the fall and the winter.

Since our Orchid Bucket Hat has a black undertone, it makes it much easier to match with other outfits.

Our Glitch Bucket Hat also offers an array of colors. It has more of a white undertone to it, so it will pair nicely with jeans and a plain white t-shirt.

But again, if you want to step up your fashion style, pair our Glitch Bucket Hat with our matching Glitch accessories and apparel.

The same goes for our Lucky Tiger patterned Bucket Hat. The green and white stripes look great when combined with a black shirt or jacket. If you opt for matching it with our other Lucky Tiger print clothing items, you can stand out among the crowd.

Now, one of the things we noticed about a bucket hat is that they look great with both tight clothing and oversized clothing pieces.

Pairing one of our bucket hats with an oversized cardigan or even Kimono can level out your overall look.

And despite what you might think, a bucket hat isn't only designed for summertime use.

They’re also very practical for those colder months. Pairing our Orchid Bucket Hat with a sweater and pair of long pants can round out your winter or fall look.

Bottom line…

Everyone Needs A Fun Bucket Hat From Kaftko

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There are so many ways a bucket hat can enhance your outfit. It can keep you looking casual, make your style edgier, offer a unique but elegant look, or offer a very playful nostalgic 90s/2000s vibe to your overall get-up.

That’s the beauty of cool bucket hats: They can be worn with swimwear, dresses, beach cover-ups, athletic clothes, lounge wear, jeans, shorts, jackets, and more.

You honestly can’t go wrong with a fun bucket hat. This is why we invite you to browse our awesome and very unique bucket hat collection.

And while you're at it, check out our other unique and oh-so-comfy clothing apparel and accessories. 

We believe that anyone and everyone should feel the freedom to wear whatever they want, however they want to wear it.

So whatever your style, just know that there’s a unique bucket hat just for you!