The Weekly Journal | Environment
By Yenia Hernandez Fonseca - March 3, 2022
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK:
BUCKET HATS ARE STILL TRENDING IN 2022
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes
Surely, you’ve noticed that bucket hats are everywhere. You probably spotted at least three bucket hats on your way to the coffee shop this morning. Nowadays, bucket hats come in tie-dye prints, in neons, with logos or without, with price tags ranging from $10 or up to $400 a piece… you name it!
Their popularity has gone up and down for years, but the recent ‘90s revival cemented the bucket hat’s vibrant status. In fact, this style favorite got claimed by our Gen Z counterparts. Details from a Google report show that among the top trending nostalgic fashion searches, such as “Y2K” and “mom jeans,” “bucket hats” reigned supreme with Gen Z-ers in 2021. After the longest time under the fashion spotlight, one cannot help but wonder, when will the bucket trend fade?
To counter those thoughts, here are four reasons why the bucket hat is going nowhere in 2022.
The bucket hat’s laid back appeal has been favored by Irish fishermen, B-boys, and teen It-girls alike. The bucket has proven to elevate anyone’s look, no matter how casual or put-together someone dresses. Today, there’s a market for a myriad of styles, colors and materials, from the classic cutting edge nylon fabric, to the brightly hued furry ones we’ve seen walking down the runway. There’s a bucket hat for every taste.
If you want to add a pop of color to your outfit, choose one with a statement print such as tie dye, palm leafs, or an all-over logo motif. If you’re trying to dip your toes into the Matrix trend, look no further than a tried and trusted solid black bucket hat. Its clean polished lines and soft rounded shape will add that “Born In The North” flair, only those of us actually born in the North carry by nature. IYKYK.
Whether you work from home full time or just occasionally, taking a break from the hustle is as important as checking off all the boxes in your to-do list. It barely crosses our minds, but one of the pros of working from home relies heavily on our power to balance work time and break time. Read that again. It’ll take a hefty dose of time management and a healthy amount of self discipline to get things done, but in the end, you’ll have the power to unplug from energy-draining tasks.
Before they became the ipso facto frat party accessory, bucket hats served for only practical purposes. Designed with a longer brim at the back, and made in waterproof fabric, bucket hats were worn by Irish fishermen working off the coast of Cape Cod. In the 1900s, farmers wore wool or tweed versions to protect themselves from the rain.
It may not look warm out there, but soon the time will come in which a steamy aura will surround our bodies throughout the entire day. Frizzy hair and stubborn flyaway hairs will flutter around women’s heads and balding men will complain about the burning sensation on their heads. Rain or sunshine, the days ahead ask for a structured, water repellent hat with a narrow, downward-sloping brim to combat the elements of nature.
Thankfully, it’s the year 2022, and we have bucket hats to spare. Plus, bucket hats’ utilitarian roots are an added bonus. Buckets are lightweight and can be folded and stored with ease. They won’t take any space in that crowded bag of yours.
3. Cultural Icon
Spanning a hundred years of universal sartorial changes and cultural shifts, the bucket hat was co-opted in fashion by the mod movement of the ‘60s. But, fast forward to the booming ‘70s era, the bucket hat became a symbol of personal identity among the young B-boys and girls of The Bronx.
Naturally, subcultures use fashion as a powerful symbol of identity and belonging, and sometimes as a tool of disruption of the status quo. Hip-hop artists adopted designer brands in their wardrobe and names like Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren became synonymous to urban fashion. With the steady rise of hip-hop culture, the bucket set off its global cultural appeal in the ‘80s and by the ‘90s, the hat was already a staple among Brit pop fans.
Long associated with music scenes, the bucket hat has adopted new terrain in the festival world. Musical acts and devoted fans can be seen donning its distinctive, wide sloping brim, championed by megastars like Beyonce, Billie Eilish, and the Biebs.
Hailey Bieber Rocks an eccentric multicolored sweater, bucket hat & Jordan 1’s as she steps out for lunch in NYC.
4. Pure Nostalgia
There are few accessories as inherently nostalgic as the bucket hat. Many of us ‘90s babies can attest to its infantile shape, its easy going flair, and overall fun look. Our moms probably loved its reusable-slash-washable capabilities, especially after we spent the entire day out playing in the mud. Bucket hats take us back to easier times: our trip to Cancun with mom and dad back in ‘93, 5th grade summer camp in Vancouver, or our 12th time going to Canada’s Wonderland.
Some of you are probably thinking of classic nineties movies, while others are still wondering if they’ll look good in a bucket hat now that they’re finally grown into their heads. Surprisingly enough, bucket hats look great on everyone so take a chance at this classic downward beauty already – if anything, you can always fold it up and save it for its next comeback.
Such strong associative properties with a scent build a protective bubble around you. Lighting a candle is a very good idea to set the tone of a moment. There’s a plethora of scents out there and ultimately, the one you choose will depend on your personal taste. If you’re looking for a refreshing scent, go for notes such as orange, citrus, eucalyptus, or pine. If you’re looking to alleviate the pressure, opt for sandalwood, rosewood, or jasmine.
Even in the midst of this chaos, we can find balance through different rituals of self-care.