With the rise of '90s fashion trends, the chances are high that your favorite influencer or celebrity has been spotted in a bucket hat recently. And you've probably landed on this page because you're interested in jumping on the bandwagon, too. Bucket hats are trending, yes, but they're not just a fluff piece; they're also a functional accessory, as they can shield us from the elements either by shading our face from the sun or keeping our head warm in low temps.
With that said, looking for the best bucket hat can be a challenge in a saturated market. To save you some time, we’ve sifted through the noise and made an organized list based on color, fabric, price, size range, and more.
Keep reading for the best bucket hats, plus some advice on how to wear them from stylist Leena Alsulaiman.
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Leena Alsulaiman is a creative mentor, strategist, stylist, and style coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Best Overall: Girlfriend Collective 50/50 Bucket Hat
Embrace the trend while helping protect the environment with a simple bucket hat. With this design, Girlfriend Collective says it conserved over 100 gallons of water and reduced carbon emissions and energy. Plus, the cotton with which it was made was grown without chemical pesticides or insecticides, so it's safe for you and the environment all-around. And yet, what makes this hat deserving of the top spot on our list has just as much to do with its wide color selection, attainable price point, and size inclusivity (it's available in two sizes for the best odds of a comfortable fit).
Material: 50% Texloop RCOT primo recycled cotton, 50% organic cotton | Size Range: XS/S, M/L | Colors: White, Agave, Black, Banana +more
Best Faux Leather: Stand Studio Vida Bucket Hat
Stand Studio's modern bucket hat is made from faux leather and offers a polished, high-fashion look in a pinch. For under $200, it’s less expensive than real leather, so you can get the same look without the heftier price tag.
Material: 90% polyurethane, 10% TPU | Size Range: S, M | Colors: Bright Green, Black, Sand
Best Budget: Top Band Reversible Bucket Hat
High-quality bucket hats don’t have to be expensive. This style comes in many cool prints and materials, including a tie-dye pattern that's so cute for brunch with the besties or a last-minute trip to the beach. It's also reversible for added versatility and value.
Material: 100% cotton | Size Range: One size | Colors: Tie Dye Pink, Tie Dye Orange, Corduroy Navy, Corduroy Khaki, Camo Black +more
Best Sustainable: Abacaxi x SVNR Puno Hat
Crochet is the new tie-dye, as it's appeared on everything from cropped tops to bikinis this summer. But what makes this style even more covetable is its sustainable factor. The collaboration item is hand-crocheted in Peru from a surplus 100-percent tangüis (native Peruvian) cotton, then hand-beaded in Brooklyn.
Material: 100% cotton | Size Range: One size | Colors: Mango, Coral, Jamun
Best Short-Brimmed: Madewell Short-Brimmed Bucket Hat
For a classic bucket hat, opt for this lightweight short-brimmed one, which you can wear with your favorite athleisure outfit or to the beach for an effortlessly playful look. Its neutral color will pair well with basically anything in your summer closet.
Material: 100% cotton | Size Range: S/M, M/L | Colors: Vintage Parchment
Best for Sunblocking: Lululemon Wide Brim Bucket Hat With Strap
Just like you use sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage, you can keep your head and hair protected with this wide-brimmed bucket hat. Its strap ensures it stays put on your head and the longer brim in the back is for extra protection from the sun's harsh rays. It even features an inner sweatband to absorb any moisture on those hot days ahead.
Material: 88% recycled nylon, 12% elastane; 82% nylon, 18% Lycra® elastane sweatband | Size Range: XS/S, M/L | Colors: White Opal, Black, Pastel Blue
Best Designer: Jacquemus Le Bob Frescu Bucket Hat
For those all about pink, this bright neon-hued bucket hat by Jacquemus is the way to go. Lean into the Barbiecore aesthetic and pair it with your favorite all-pink outfit or, if you're more of a minimalist, wear it with a solid black and white 'fit for a pop of color. For those who aren't into pink but love the design, it comes in two neutral colors as well.
Material: 74% polyamide, 26% cotton | Size Range: 56, 58, 60 (centimeters) | Colors: Pink, Beige, Navy
Best on Amazon: Chok.Lids Everyday Cotton Style Bucket Hat
With over 9,000 positive ratings, this best-selling bucket hat is likely worth your while. It has UPF 50+ sun protection, comes in a plethora of color options, and will cost you less than $15.
Material: 100% cotton | Size Range: One size | Colors: Apple Candy, Army Green, Black, Black Denim, Blue Jean, French Rose +more
Best Size Range: The North Face Cypress Bucket Hat
Compared to other brands with a "one size fits most" approach to fit, The North Face has a wider range (S/M to L/XL). Plus, it's made with a built-in sweatband to keep you cool all day long.
Material: 97% polyester, 3% spandex | Size Range: S-XL | Colors: Goblin Blue, Gravel, TNF Black
Best Faux Fur: LITA By Ciara Heart Faux Fur Bucket Hat
This retro-looking faux fur bucket hat from LITA By Ciara will add dimension and texture to your fall or winter looks. It's available in three neutral colors for easy outfit matching potential.
Material: 100% polyester | Size Range: One size | Colors: English Rose, Milk, Black
Best Animal Print: Loeffler Randall Ivy Leopard-Print Nylon Bucket Hat
Show your wild side with this leopard print bucket hat that can add an element of playfulness to a monochrome outfit as well as it can complete a head-to-toe leopard print 'fit for the ultimate Y2K throwback.
Material: 100% polyester | Size Range: One size | Colors: Leopard
Best Striped: Rebecca Taylor Striped Bucket Hat
Material: 99% cotton, 1% spandex | Size Range: One size | Colors: Yard Dye Stripe Ivory Combo
Best for Hiking: Sunday Afternoons Ultra Storm Bucket Hat
On your next mountain adventure, opt for this waterproof, moisture-wicking, and sun-protecting bucket hat. It also features a chin strap to keep it securely on your head in the face of wind or more high-impact movement so you won't be fumbling around with it.
Material: 78% nylon, 22% polyester | Size Range: L | Colors: Plum/Taupe, Shadow, Taupe
What to Look For in a Bucket Hat
If you know you have a larger- or smaller-than-average head size, it's important to check the retailer's size chart and compare it to your own measurements. (We answer how to measure the circumference of your head in the FAQs section, below). Some hats come in multiple sizes, so look for these options versus bucket hats that are only offered in one size, which are made for an average-size head.
The brim width of a bucket hat not only determines the style but the amount of sun protection, too. If you burn easily, look for wider brims that will cover more of your face and neck than any shorter one will.
"[One] perk of bucket hats is their flexible design, including the vintage, distressed look, which allows for various materials. This compatibility with many fabrics means that manufacturers can create bucket hats out of whatever textured materials are trending," says Alsulaiman, who points to crocheted and distressed materials as the current go-to's.
What is a bucket hat?
You might already know what a bucket hat looks like, but what is it in layman's terms? Here’s how Alsulaiman describes them: “A soft hat with a narrow, downward-sloping brim that got its name from the fact that it looks like an upside-down bucket. It has become more popular in the last few years, especially with streetwear.”
How do I style a bucket hat?
The best part about fashion is that how you want to style a piece is up to you. “If you are dipping your toes into the trend, [one] way to go with bucket hats is a solid color or denim," Alsulaiman suggests. More adventurous folk can play with textures and materials as well.
How do I measure my head for a hat?
To figure out how to measure yourself for a hat, you need to determine your head's circumference. “Use a sewing measuring tape or a string and wrap it around your head [making sure it's] above your ears and across your eyebrows," Alsulaiman says. "Then, stick your finger under the tape so there is a little room." The number where the two sides meet is the head circumference.
Why Trust Byrdie
Casey Clark is a Byrdie contributor and has written about fashion for other publications like StyleCaster, Reviewed, and BuzzFeed. Staying up to date with the latest trends, she’s on the pulse of fashion for everyone and aims to make knowledge about the industry more digestible and easy to understand.
Erika Reals is the Associate Fashion Editor, Commerce at Byrdie. She has more than three years of experience in the commerce space and four in the fashion industry. A recent adopter of the bucket hat trend, she has already hoarded a small collection and wants to buy more from this list, come her next payday.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough Black-owned and/or Black-founded bucket hat brands to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will evaluate the product ASAP.