Bucket Hats Are Here to Stay, So Here's How to Actually Wear Them

Confession: One of the things I relish the most is when a friend slides into my DMS asking for an outfit idea, or a shopping pick. Being the designated stylist of the friend group is fun, but at times, I find even I can get into a fashion rut. After all, how can you actually pull off bucket hats, or fall’s biggest trends without a little guidance? And no one quite guides, or inspires me quite like Who What Wear readers. Whether it’s dress outfit ideas or simple makeup looksy’all never fail to serve up a look.

Given this fact, I figured I’d scour our Instagram hashtag, #whowhatwearing, in search of fresh bucket hat outfit ideas. Bucket hats are by no means a new trend (they have dominated our feeds all summer), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t an accessory that could use some styling inspiration. And what better way to embrace the trend, than with a little help from our friends? Keep reading for all the various ways to wear bucket hats and to shop the key pieces to create the look for yourself.

WHO: Sarah Kretzu 

WHAT: Zulu & Zephyr Corduroy Hat ($90), Corduroy Bikini Top ($90), and Corduroy Classic Brief ($90); Cuyana earrings

WEAR: Swimsuit and a bucket hat. 

It may be fall, but that doesn’t mean your socially distanced days outside need to be over. In fact, if you slip off to the water nearby don’t forget to pair your favorite suit with a bucket hat.

Pair with a swimsuit from Lea the Label.

WHO: Sara Flaaen

WHAT: H&M Sweater, Nelly Pants

WEAR: Groutfit (head to toe grey look) with a bucket hat

Bucket hats aren’t just for those summer days. In fact, we implore you to copyreader Sara Flaaen and wear your hat well into the winter. Just pair it with a head-to-toe sweater groutfit and you’ll be cozy and chic for the coming months.

Want a sweater like Flaaen’s? Check out this H&M Fine-Knit Sweater ($30).

WHO: Allison Ho

WHAT: Dissh cardigan and bucket hat; Fendi shoulder bag. 

WEAR: Matching cardigan and bucket hat with white cargo pants. 

Another simple outfit idea that can include your favorite bucket hat, is by pairing it with a matching cardigan (like Allison Ho). Just be sure to pick the color that suits you best.

Pair with the color-matching Aritzia bucket hat ($28).

WHO: Div Ravindran 

WHAT: Topshop Gingham Bucket Hat ($8); Frankie Shop Eva Cotton-Jersey Tank ($75); Dr. Martens

WEAR: Padded black T-shirt, combat boots, and a gingham bucket hat

Maybe it’s just us, but we’re very much a fan of this grunge-inspired look. We love when an outfit nails multiple trends, and this bucket outfit idea from Div Ravindran does just that. Pairing a gingham hat with the popular padded T-shirt and combat boots is the grudge meets polished look we bever knew we needed to copy.

WHO: Aniyah Morinia 

WHAT: White top and jeans; Burberry Bucket Hat ($320); sunglasses

WEAR: Monochrome look, except for the bucket hat

There’s no better way to show off your favorite printed bucket hat than by pairing it with a monochrome ensemble. Whether you opt for nude, black, or go bold like Aniyah Morinia in an all-white look, your bucket hat outfit will be sure to stun.

On a budget? Try this plaid bucket hat from River Island ($27).

WHO: Cindy

WHAT: ATS the Label set and hat; Protea shoes

WEAR: Matching set or boilersuit with sandals and a bucket hat

The best thing about bucket hats (other than the fact they’re great for bad hair days) is that they come in so many different variations and can be styled in so many various ways. If you’re not sure where to start, look for Cindy for inspiration and opt for an earth-toned bucket hat paired with a simple boilersuit. We promise this is a no-fail way to wear your new hat.

Already have a bucket hat? Try these perfect nude sandals from Sarah Flint ($385).

WHO: Nnenna Echem  

WHAT: Emma Brewin Pistachio Bucket Hat ($374); Gina Tricot top; Baum und Pferdgarten Charlene Sweater ($199); Lustrous Jewellery pearl necklace

WEAR: Sweater-vest, exaggerated collar button up, pearls, and a fuzzy bucket hat. 

It doesn’t get any funner or more fashionable than Nnenna Echem’s bucket hat outfit. The fuzzy hat? The sweater vest? The exaggerated collar? Perfection. And the great thing about this outfit is that you can re-create it at home.

Pair it with Ganni’s Ruffle-Trimmed Cotton-Poplin Blouse ($160).

WHO: Kristina Pittam 

WHAT: Nakd Sweater Dress ($48) and Bucket hat ($23)

WEAR: Nude button-up with a matching bucket hat and gold hoops

The surefire way to pull off a bucket hat outfit? Just take a cue from Kristina Pittam and opt for a head-to-toe nude look. You won’t regret it.

WHO: Rachel Nosco 

WHAT: I Dream for You Jumper ($189); Lack of Color Bucket Hat ($100)

WEAR: Oversize sweatshirt, slide sandals, bucket hat

Bucket-hat outfits aren’t just trendy—they’re the epitome of functional and fashionable. Don’t believe us? Look no further than this outfit from Rachel Nosco. Whether you’re at home or rolling out of bed for a quick run to your bodega, throwing on your go-to oversize sweatshirt with a colorful bucket hat and slides is a look you can count on.

Need a new sweatshirt? How about Universal Standard’s Lauren Core Sweatshirt ($85).

WHO: Matilde Mantini

WHAT: Dior Saddle Bag ($3,350)

WEAR: Blazer, bra top, Capri shorts, and bucket hat

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Bra tops are here to stay. And what better way to celebrate our intimates gets the limelight they deserve than pairing them with the other trend that’s here to stay? Bucket hats. If the look is too risqué for your taste, try throwing on a blazer and a Capri short like Matilde Mantini for a more daylight-friendly look.

Pair this with Topshop’s Black Vinyl Bucket Hat ($14).

WHO: Tiffany Wang

WHAT: Claude Top and Matching Pants; Avenue the Label Bucket Hat ($85); Chanel Sandals

WEAR: Matching set outfit, sandals, and bucket hat

Want the comfort of being in a bralette, without showing the whole world? Look no further than Tiffany Wang’s matching set with a bucket hat. This is a look you’ll want to bookmark for when you want to be cozy but still need to be Zoom-appropriate.

Looking for a similar sandal? We’d recommend Puma’s Future Rider Sandals ($65).

WHO: Zeynab

WHAT: Chanel Bucket Hat; Urban Outfitters Turtleneck Sweater ($39); Levi;s jeans

WEAR: Turtleneck, jeans, and a bucket hat

We’d like to introduce you to the simplest bucket hat outfit idea that you probably already own: this look from Who What Wear reader Zeynab. Pull out your trusty turtleneck and jeans, and then throw on the bucket hat, and voilà!

Need new jeans? May we suggest these Levi Ribcage Jeans ($98)?

WHO: Jamilla Strand 

WHAT: Prada Bucket Hat ($450); Misspap bomber jacket

WEAR: Bomber jacket, bra top, jeans, and a bucket hat

Not ready to bust out your turtlenecks? How about you copy Jamilla Strand and pair the crop top you’ve been wearing all summer with a bomber jacket and bucket hat for a fall-ready outfit that you won’t overheat in?

Pair this with ASOS’s Black Bomber Jacket ($56).

WHO: Max

WHAT: Majorelle Ven Top ($104); Holiday The Label Kokomo Pants ($225); Source Unknown Vegan Leather Bag ($72); Gucci Rubber Logo Platform Slide Sandal ($320)

WEAR: Off-the-shoulder top, statement pants, a statement bucket hat, and platform sandals

The great thing about bucket hats is that they’re meant to make a statement. We suggest like reader Max, you go bold with your bucket hat outfit, and mix-and-match your patterns for an outfit idea like no other.

Can’t do animal-print denim? How about a bucket hat from Loeffler Randall ($60)?

WHO: Amaka Hamelijnck

WHAT: Nakd Balloon Sleeve Short Knitted Cardigan ($42), and bucket hat

WEAR: Bucket hat with matching oversize cardigan, tank, and briefs

You’ve made it this far, and you’re probably thinking—these ideas are cute, but I have nowhere to go. But we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to go out in order to be able to put on your bucket hat. Just look to Amaka Hamelijnck as proof. Throw on your briefs, a halter tank, a cardigan, and your bucket hat for a cozy at-home fit that’s still chic.

WHO: Angelina Hazel 

WHAT: Adidas Bucket Hat ($30); Humble Flex Eclectic Shades ($8); Boohoo Nylon Buckle Strap Shoulder Bag ($15)

WEAR: Crop top, high-waisted denim, chains, ’90s shoulder bag, and a bucket hat

If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate bucket hats into your go-to weekend ensembles, look no further than Angelina for inspiration. Just pair your trusty shoulder bag, crop top, and favorite pair of jeans with your new hat for the perfect off-duty look.

This would look great with Kangol’s Wool Blend Bucket Hat ($70).

WHO: Uzi. 

WHAT: ASOS faux-fur roll back bucket hat ($23); Nasty Gal sunglasses. 

WEAR: Leather coat, white top, black jeans, oversize sunglasses, and a fuzzy bucket hat

No matter your budget, another way to make your bucket hat outfit look luxe is by playing with textures. We’d suggest looking to reader uzi for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to mix faux leather with faux fur, or luxe pieces with affordable pieces. Just try to keep them in the same color family so that you can pull this look off with ease.

This bucket hat would look so good with this Leith leather trench coat ($149).

WHO: Lois Opoku

WHAT: Baum und Pferdgarten bucket hat ($119) and coat ($419)

WEAR: Matching coat and bucket hat

We live for a matching moment—and it’s even better when the moment includes a bucket hat. No matter if you opt for a matching plaid coat and bucket hat like Lois Opoku, or pick a solid color this is an outfit combination that works for any style, any time, and just about anywhere. 

And there’s a matching Staud Bucket Hat ($125)? Perfection. 

WHO: Haydy 

WHAT: H&M Blazer and Bucket hat

WEAR: Bucket hat with matching blazer

Not to be a broken record here, but matching your bucket hat to match other parts of your outfits is too cute not to try. And reader Haydy’s matching blazer and bucket hat outfit idea is further proof this is a look that’s super easy to incorporate into any wardrobe. All you have to do is find a hat that matches your favorite outerwear.

Pair with Mango’s Snake Print Blazer ($99).

WHO: Caroline Hu.

WHAT: Storets Bucket Hat ($29), Celine Tulip-Hem Crop Jacket ($90), Celine Two-Way Pants ($80)

WEAR: Bucket hat with a cutout or lace up-detailed piece

Sure there are a lot of trends we say are big—but if you’ve scrolled through Instagram enough at some point you’ve probably recognized the rise in pieces with cutouts or lace-up details. And these trends will continue to be popular—so what better way to embrace the trend, than pairing it with a bucket hat. Whether you choose to opt for a look that includes both cutouts and lace-up details like Caroline Hu, or just pick one statement piece; this a look that is sure to be on-trend this season.

Not a fan of lace-up pieces? What about these Zara cutout pants ($70)?

WHO: Gemma Katrina

WHAT: Topshop Sweater and PU Flare pants ($68)

WEAR: Animal print bucket hat, a colorful sweater, leather pants, and a coat

If you’re not a fan of matching your outerwear or layers, then let Gemma Katrina’s be your muse, and don’t be afraid to mix it up. Just be sure to pick a bucket hat that makes a statement when styling your look.

Love Katrina’s purple sweater? Shop a similar version from Who What Wear ($30).

WHO: Caroline Ripa

WHAT: Faithful the Brand Jamais Top ($139) and Bucket Hat ($89)

WEAR: Oversize bucket hat, puff-sleeve crop top, linen pants

While we may be excited to break out our fall and winter wardrobes, some parts of the world are still feeling the summer heat. So if you happen to live in a place where it’s still too warm to break out the knitwear, you can look to Caroline Ripa’s bucket hat outfit as inspiration.

Pair with Faithfull the Brand’s Frederikke Sun Hat ($89). 

WHO: Olivia Natalie.

WHAT: Charlotte Simone jacket and bucket hat

WEAR: Shearling bucket hat with a matching coat

When it gets colder you don’t have to ditch your bucket hat—in fact, you like Olivia Natalie can use it to keep you warm by opting for a hat with faux shearling to match your coat. It’s not only cozy, but it’s chic.

WHO: Alice Festiova 

WHAT: Zfinspire Cardigan

WEAR: Oversize cardigan, knee-high boots, and a bucket hat

Somewhere in-between not too hot, not too cold weather? Why not opt for pairing your bucket hat with an oversize cardigan and your knee-high boots like Alice Festiova? It’s a look perfect for transitional weather. 

Need knee-high boots? What about these from Sam Edleman ($200).

WHO: Emily Aaron 

WHAT: Stussy Bucket Hat ($50); Verge Girl Knit Top ($65); Who What Wear Cargo Pants ($28); Dr. Marten Flatform Chunky Boots ($180)

WEAR: Bucket hat, knit top, and cargo pants

You don’t have to limit yourself to pairing your bucket hat with just denim or dresses; in fact, if you’re in need of another bucket hat outfit idea look to Emily Aaron for inspiration. Pair your favorite knit cardigan with cargo pants for a unique way to style your go-to bucket hat.

Pair with Puma’s cargo wide-leg pants ($32).

WHO: Michella Choi 

WHAT: Prada Bucket Hat ($450); Missoma London Chain Necklace ($361); J Brand Jeans; Louis Vuitton Shoulder Bag

WEAR: All-black outfit with chains and a white bucket hat

You’ve made it this far, and we wanted to remind you that to recreate your very own bucket hat outfit idea you don’t necessarily need to buy a ton of new pieces—you can work with what you got. Case in point: Michella Choi’s outfit. Pull out your favorite black jeans, top, and a bucket hat to recreate this look—there’s no need to splurge. But if you do want to, we recommend adding a statement necklace or shoulder bag to make this outfit idea feel like your very own.

Need a shoulder bag? We love this black crocodile one from JW Pei ($40). 

WHO: Lien 

WHAT: Misbhv Blazer; Maison Margiela Tabi Split-Toe Leather Boots ($980) 

WEAR: Oversize blazer dress, ankle boots, and a bucket hat

What’s great about bucket hats is they really can be styled with just about anything—from oversize blazer dresses (like Lien’s look above) to pair with jeans, this is a staple that has endless iterations, and various ways to be worn. Bucket hats, therefore, are here to stay—and we’re not mad about it.

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