Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Those damn bucket hats — they’re so hot right now! I know it. You know it. Mugatu knows it. Everyone knows it. But that doesn’t mean they’re up your alley. This week we’ve compiled a list of some of the best bucket hats out. No two are alike, so don’t feel guilty if you have the urge to add multiple to your collection.
1) De Bonne Facture: Bob Hat
De Bonne Facture’s Bob Hat is one of the most classically styled bucket hats out there, and while it’s a bit pricey, you get what you pay for. Constructed from water resistant, 100% cotton Ventile from Switzerland and made in France, this hat will keep your neck free of sunburn this summer and look great doing it.
2) Engineered Garments: Bucket Hat
Like everything they do, Engineered Garments Bucket Hats are a bit on the unique side, made in a squared-off profile with two different fabrics. Those features might not be enough to land them in the coveted Plus One spot, but they’re definitely enough to set them apart from the competition. Each hat is made in New York from 100% cotton ensuring that they’re comfortable, breathable, and durable.
Available for $145 at End.
3) Freemans Sporting Club: Denim Bucket Hat
If you thought we’d put together a list of bucket hats without one made from denim, then you might be on the wrong site. Freemans Sporting Club’s Denim Bucket Hat is made in the classic, boxy style that we all know and love, but from a deep indigo denim that gives it a bit more character. While it’s certainly not the most traditional bucket hat out there, it will definitely serve you well, especially if you can’t stand the thought of not wearing denim for a day.
Available for $45 at Mr. Porter.
4) Corridor: Waxed Summer Bucket Hat
Waxed canvas is one of my favorite materials for water resistance; sure, it doesn’t offer as much resistance as synthetic materials, but it looks great, gets a nice patina, and works well enough for me. That’s why it’s so great to see Corridor embracing the material for their Waxed Summer Bucket Hat. Made from a 6.25oz. waxed canvas, this hat has a host of great features: like stiffening stitches around the brim, interior lining for comfort, and so much more.
Available for $65 at Corridor.
5) Papa Nui: Beach Master Bucket Cap
Bucket hats aren’t for everyone and neither is camo, but it’s hard to argue against how attractive Papa Nui’s Beach Master Bucket Cap is. Made with reinforced panels and lots of structural stitches to give it heft, this hat will keep you dry when you need to but will hold up to being tossed around, stuffed in your pocket, or whatever else you can throw at it.
Available for $100 from Self Edge.
Plus One – Blue Blue Japan: Kagazome Metro Hat
Blue Blue Japan’s Kagazome Metro Hat is quite out there compared to the other hats on this list. Made from 100% nylon that has been indigo-dyed using the Kagazome technique, the coloring on each of these hats is unique. Each is lined with a polyester mesh lining, and the panels reinforced with herringbone backing. While the style might not be for everyone, the materials and construction will ensure this hat is here to last.
Available for $132 at Blue Owl.