8 Bucket-Hat Outfit Ideas to Try This Spring
As a big proponent of bucket hats, I generally throw mine on when I'm stepping out for a walk or embarking on a day trip to the beach. But with the resurgence of the '90s trend — popularized by Megan Fox, who owns a multitude of furry styles; Selena Gomez and Nicola Peltz Beckham, who wore coordinating versions; and Rihanna, who tends toward designer logos — entire outfits are being constructed around the bucket hat.
The casual silhouette has been updated with many different details throughout the past few seasons, including crochet finishes; shearling and corduroy textures; wide, exaggerated brims; and retro prints, from tie-dye to pop-art graphics. Affordable labels like Faithfull the Brand, Em on Holiday, and Frankies Bikinis have even been launching matching two- and three-piece sets, where either a minidress and bucket hat or bikini, sarong, and bucket hat are splashed with the same pattern, for those who prefer to go the monochrome route.
Of course, bucket hats also come in handy from a functional perspective and can easily replace your go-to cozy beanie or sherpa hoodie on a cooler day, especially if you're opting for a warmer fabric that covers your ears. When it comes to athleisure, it can be challenging to coordinate your sweats with anything other than a baseball cap, but sport brands like Adidas, Alo Yoga, and Nike make a case for the bucket hat instead, churning out iterations that would look good with leggings, high socks, and trainers.
Whether you plan to use your bucket hat for a trend-driven street style moment or grocery shopping ahead of your next workout class, there's an outfit combination for you to try ahead. Scroll through for some easy bucket-hat ideas that don't require a ton of overthinking, then shop some of our favorite ones on the market right now.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat + Cargo Skirt
Showcase a full '90s 'fit from head to toe when you team your bucket hat with a cropped polo, a versatile cargo skirt, and Timberland boots.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat + Graphic T-Shirt
Try layering a favorite live-in graphic tee over a long-sleeved shirt in a contrasting shade to channel the early aughts. With the addition of a furry bucket hat, another favorite trend from the ages, you'll feel Cher Horowitz-approved.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat + Button-Down
Easy, breezy, lightweight spring and summer separates plus a denim bucket hat strike the tropical-getaway tone, even if you're just chilling in the house. This makes for one of the most accessible resort-wear combinations.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat Matching Set
Invest in a fully suited set that comes with an accompanying hat — this lime one is from Faithfull the Brand.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat + Mules
Go for a splashy, psychedelic hat with an artsy print, and team it with a sporty, minimalist sandal. What comes in between can be anything from a swimsuit to denim on denim.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat + Babydoll
Mix and match your color palette with spring's finest hues — start at the top with a kelly-green bucket hat, and work your way down to incorporate more pastels, like yellow, pink, and blue.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat + Lounge Set
Cap off your athleisure set, consisting of tapered sweats and a sports bra, with your bucket hat for running quick errands — functional sneakers and shoulder bag included.
Bucket-Hat Outfits: Bucket Hat + Bikini Top
Mix and match a bikini top with a quirky print, such a polka dots, with a bold, saturated tie-dye hat. The clashing patterns feel slightly retro and are best completed with a simple bikini bottom or sarong.
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Faithfull the Brand Crochet Bucket Hat Yellow Tones ($48, originally $79)
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Ganni Black & Beige Leopard Bucket Hat ($36, originally $95)