The streetwear hat includes many types of accessories well known in the world of streetwear. We can notably talk about the bucket hat, which was just like the white t-shirt, taken from the military past of the Marines, or the cap which is straight from baseball.
On this page, we are going to talk about all these different types of hats that exist in today's fashion culture and how they came to the forefront as they are today unlike other types of hats that have been completely left behind.
Streetwear Bucket Hat
From the beginning, men have worn things on their heads. Whether it's a hat or a hat, each has its own specific purpose. Among the most famous headwear, bucket hat has managed to take its place. But not everything is done in the blink of an eye.
Bucket hat appeared in the early 20th century. This makes it a fairly new fashion accessory if we compare it to other products we wear on our heads. It is called "bucket hat" in English, and you will understand when you translate it into "bucket hat". Bucket hat was originally created around 1900 by Irish farmers and fishermen. In the beginning, this object was used to keep out the rain. This is possible due to its special shape. A bucket hat is a round hat with a wide brim that slopes down. It is easy to understand that this is very practical as the rain falls overhead until it runs down the sides and then falls to the ground from the edge. The trail of water droplets does not touch the wearer. Therefore, it is fully protected. In addition, the fisherman's hat has another name, which is "fisherman's hat".
Originally, bucket hats were made of wool felt. But this accessory is also made from tweed, the same material used in the garment. The bucket hat is made to highlight its waterproof aspect. The Irish in the early 20th century used the wool fat of live animals to create a material called lanolin. So this manufacturing secret makes it possible to have a waterproof cap. Therefore, fishermen can wear bucket hats for long fishing parties.
The sleigh developed shortly after its invention in Ireland. The hat was exported to many countries, starting with the British neighbours and even Australia in 1917. The English language is quite convenient as it allows bucket hat to expand rapidly in all English-speaking countries, led by the United States. Internationally, everyone agrees: it is a very good accessory. The main attraction is that it fits in a coat pocket. It can also be easily cleaned with a simple sponge.
The evolution of the bucket hat in the society
What makes bucket hat special is its military use. Of course, this is not the first hat used by the army, it is older than that. But seeing bucket hat's special shape and its wide sides are largely reminiscent of the look of a fisherman, which may surprise some soldiers with their style.
At the time of conception, this round hat was not intended to become popular. So it is not really aesthetic, but very practical. In the 1930s, World War II broke out, causing many deaths.
With the liberation of Europe in 1945, people saw American soldiers wearing this bucket hat. During this time, they earned the nickname Roberts on the battlefield. Liberation finally triggered its current French name. We use the abbreviation of Robert bucket hat, which gives the name of the hat.
A short bracket to evoke changes in names between different parts of the world. The languages of the world are so rich that bucket hat has different nicknames everywhere. In Bulgaria, this kind of hat is called "idiotka", which simply means "idiot hat". Could it be a remnant of the Cold War, when the country was under the communist bloc?
bucket hat is called "bøllehat" in Denmark, which means "troublemaker's hat". This story is about a small group of criminals in Bøllemosen of Jægersborg Dyrehave. Every Sunday, these young people dance in the restaurant and steal the ladies’ hats. They will wear bucket hat heads. In Argentina, it is called "sombrero piluso", and in the United Kingdom, it is usually called "reni hat", referring to the drummer of the world famous Rolling Stones Alan Wren, known as Reni. But in the end, there is nothing better than old bucket hat, right?
The history and relationship between the sled and the army did not end there. It was accompanied by American soldiers during the Second World War, especially during the Vietnam War. Add a piece of olive green cotton to protect the necks of soldiers in battle. From the 1950s to the 1970s, the US Army equipped its soldiers with bucket hats, which corresponds exactly to the Vietnam War.
Today, the soldier's helmet has nothing to do with bucket hat, which is normal. However, we can see its impact because the neck protection is still there. In addition, in order to evacuate rainwater under unfavorable fighting conditions, the raised edges are obviously related to bucket hat. This hat is great and was originally used by fishermen.
Please note that it is now used by glider pilots. They really need this accessory to protect themselves from the sun while maintaining good visibility. The sun visor of the hat is too much an eye-catcher.
How did the Bucket Hat became fashion?
In the 1960s, the sled experienced its first evolution. Previously used as protection, it comes in stylish form for an elegant look. Back then, round hats were first used by women (as a form of revenge for theft by Danish women).
Then the bucket hat assimilates with other hats such as the turret or baker and bell styles. It also goes hand in hand with the fashion for bouncy hair. Designers at the time, like Lilly Daché, made models out of felt. This is exactly the look of the mod that appeared in London in those years. Until the 1970s, the old Irish tweed fabric was still popular with professional men.
A few years have passed, but interest in bucket hat hasn't waned. It even increased. 1980 would be bucket hat's golden age. The Kangol brand will keep hats up-to-date especially by creating new products. Models using new materials appeared: terry cloth, velvet and even wigs. It hit the bullseye right away and people loved it.
The bucket hat was also a good representative of the style adopted in New York at the time. The entire hip-hop community saw the hat's potential. It's even been said that bucket hat introduced the rapper into the headband. In the 1980s, there were many album covers and music videos in which artists proudly featured bucket hat. Break dancers, also known as B-Boys, also use it.
The first bucket hat to appear on the head of a member of the streetwear movement is credited to Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang. He wore it during a performance of "The Rapper's Delight" on the TV show "The Soap Factory" in 1979. It was widely distributed in the 1980s as it was also the first recorded music video. Once again, you notice that the bucket hat is well placed.
Soon, fashion accessories became a phenomenon. The Run-DMC organization also popularized it in 1984. Its members never go out without a bucket hat (kind of like Maitre Gims never goes out with glasses). In 1985, LL Cool J's red Kangol bucket hat was a must.
In the 1990s, the explosion of streetwear and rap fashion made the bucket hat even more popular. For example, we noticed the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. But this hat can also grow in other ways.
The Bucket Hat in the Popular Culture
Fashion is created by artists we see and appreciate. Clothes will come and go according to trends and designer creations. Some actors made bucket hat popular.
In 1973, Al Pacino (Al Pacino) was wearing it for starring in the movie "Serpico" (Serpico). If this is not his first appearance in a movie theater, then a famous actor is also wearing it for the first time. In the 1989 movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", the character of Sean Connery also wore bucket hat very beautifully. Another international-level actor, Johnny Depp, will wear it in the 1998 movie "Las Palano". Johnny Depp wearing a bucket hat
Unfortunately, in the 2000s, bucket hat did not seduce as much as before. It was gradually abandoned in the shade. Because yes, bucket hat hasn't completely disappeared. This hat still exists, but it is no longer popular with the French. Some models did not promote the task. This is the case with Cochonou bucket hat in the Tour de France. Like other fashion accessories, bucket hat is now considered obsolete. You must know that it has something to do with the image of a French countryman.
The recent return of the bucket hat
But fashion and trend, it is an endless loop, constantly repeating. Recently, bucket hat came back. From 2013 to 2014, the accessory returned with the normcore movement. This includes immersing in simple clothes popular with parents and grandparents to create a unique style. For example, we choose clothing for sports and outdoor activities. Combine this movement with bucket hat as part of it with the large space recently occupied by streetwear, and you have the birth of a unique style.
On the street, you will notice the young man wearing a bucket hat on his head. Designers and large fashion companies caught it immediately. International artists like Rihanna can even see bucket hat. Then came the explosive growth of demand. Create parts and models of specific materials. There is now a winter version with warmer materials or a more casual look, suitable for festivals and summer vacations. From now on, everything is possible, the play of color.
The Streetwer Cap
It is believed that such hats began to be worn on a regular basis in the early 19th century. It is associated with many work uniforms of the time: such as railway workers and laborers. That's why this accessory was a symbol of the working class at the time. It is worn by train conductors, drivers and newspaper clerks when they go out. Still have to wait for it to land in style.
The hat is made of tweed, a soft wool fabric. For example, Sherlock Holmes' hat (you know the detective character) is made of very neat beige tweed. So, if we take into account the upper limit of the military branch, traditionally associated with the professional world. The French National Police have been using flat caps since 1984.
But this headgear is also called the Irish hat. Then it was called gavroche, which is the symbol of Paris Titi. In case you didn't know, this expression refers to Parisian kids from working-class backgrounds. The term Poulbot cap is also used to refer to gavroche, referring to the Parisian Titis represented in Francisque Poulbot's illustrations. In England, Germany and even Belgium, the hat became a sign of recognition for schoolchildren, especially students.
Characterized by a short visor like a crescent and a slightly domed shape, the gavroche was born in both Europe and North America at the end of the 19th century. You see, the fact that it arrived in the United States will play a decisive role in the history of the hat. In the United States, gavroche is associated with young newsboys. It is also worn by the working class as it is associated with a symbol of resistance.
It was with the craze for a particular sport that hats were finally on everyone's head. Baseball in the 1930s was the gateway to fashion.
Where does the Streetwear Cap come from?
Its dome visor and Major League Baseball team logo are easy to identify. From 1910 to 1930, Babe Ruth was considered the greatest baseball player of all time. In fact, it is an indispensable part of today's baseball player equipment. In the beginning, players are free to choose the equipment they want to wear on their heads. One of the reasons for this is to protect them from the sun when they have to catch the ball.
The style of the baseball cap comes from the one worn by Holmes. The first models of the sport were made of wool with leather sun visors.
In 1901, a logo appeared on the hat for the first time. The Detroit Tigers embroidered an orange tiger on the front of the hat. Today, fans of this sport pride themselves on wearing the colors of the team they support. In 1903, the sun visor was more firmly attached to the model. This was expanded in the hats developed in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1934, New Era, one of today's most popular brands, provided products for the Cleveland Indians.
The crown is the top part of the accessory and adopted a higher styling in the 1940s. The shape of the crown has not changed since the 1950s, but the way it is used and viewed is now different.
Ten years later, the agricultural community realized the advertising potential of hats, just as the baseball team put their logo on the front. Advertising caps, also known as truck drivers, will be a huge success in 1970 and 1980.
Its development is getting bigger and bigger, it can become popular without more accessories, and occupy a place in the wardrobe. Television and movies in the 1980s will certainly mark the transformation of hats from accessories worn at work and a symbol of the working class to fashion essentials. Stars such as Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Tom Selleck in Magnum or the famous Mac Gyver have all played a role in the transformation of the hat. In terms of women, the French idol at the time, Brigitte Bardot, dressed very well.
How to wear a Streetwear Cap
Who says an invasion of fashion has to be an invasion of streetwear. You'll notice that hats can't resist street fashion trends, especially hip-hop trends. The turning point for hats in the 1980s was similar to that of rap, including artists such as Dr. Dre and later Tupac. As for baseball, we find New Era in a good position again.
There are several types of street hats:
The fitted cap
The baseball cap is installed. These are models expressed in size. The fit we understand today corresponds to the 5950 model of the new era brand.
It is specifically designed for the MLB baseball team. In 1978, it was the flagship hat of the American brand: the flat top hat, adjusted to half a centimeter. The baseball cap designed for baseball in 1954 will leave the sports world and join the fashion world. This hat was quite a revolutionary product at the time, with a higher degree of comfort. This type of product is designed for those who like to customize in order to wear something that fits their head size.
The Snapback Cap
In terms of evolution, this type of hat makes sense. It has a plastic snap that can be removed on the back to adjust the tightness of the lid as needed. This one features a flat visor. It is this model that will be used strongly by the rap and hip-hop worlds. It has also found its place in the streetwear world.
The Strapback cap
This street hood is very similar to the previous snapback model. However, there are major differences between the two. Instead of having a snap on the back that you can clip on to adjust the size of the hat, it's a different element that allows for adjustment. It's a watch strap, usually leather, sometimes scratches.
The Docker Cap
Hats without visors are a rather special type. It's also called the dock cap for the simple reason that it doesn't have a visor. This headgear is again from the working class.
Dockworkers, or stevedores in French, are port workers who load and unload ships. You can imagine a Breton worker working on a cold boat, admiring the presence of a little hat of wind and humidity. Thanks to this example, we better understand the connection to the hood.
Hats without visors would then leave the port, generally reaching the working class in the 1950s. Anglo-American rock and punk bands like Mike Nesmith of The Monkeys would adopt the look in the 1960s and eventually popularize it. Then it finds itself in the hands of teenagers, but never leaves our heads.
Dock hats feature a wide brim and a small round cap. We noticed the flip side of it, because working hours bring heat to marine workers. Skateboarders and hip-hop groups also grabbed it. This makes this type of hat an essential accessory. Awake or in several modes, it's now fully back on the scene.
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