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Bucket Hats are where it's at... Get Festival Ready


When I think of festivals there is one thing that stands out in my mind. Other than the extraordinary vibes, mosh pits, and portaloo toilets (yuck). I really just see a field of bucket hats. Bucket hats are the quintessential attire for festivals. When you are at a festival it is like looking through a sea of bucket hats, each bobbing up and down to the beat. With a huge variety of styles and colours available I completely understand the craze. Of course, as a stockist of summer hats we just had to jump on the trend. Why are these hats so popular? And, what bucket hats are available at UNDERU today?

Bucket Hats 101

"A bucket hat (variations of which include the fisherman's hat, Irish country hat and session hat) is a hat with a narrow, downward-sloping brim. Typically, the hat is made from heavy-duty cotton fabric such as denim or canvas, or heavy wool such as tweed, sometimes with metal eyelets placed on the crown of the hat for ventilation." - Wiki

A bucket hat is available in a plethora of designs, colours, and materials. Just by searching the web for a minute I found one made out of an IKEA bag. So, why are these so popular?
Festivals are often in the absolute peak of Summer. Therefore, the hot Summer rays are beaming down creating a tonne of heat. Festivals tend to run over an entire weekend. Whether you are brave enough to do the whole weekend or just a day, having your head exposed to the sun for that length of time is almost guaranteed to give you a headache, a burnt scalp, or even worse, a hefty migrain. So, instead of having to find shade to cool down, simply wearing a bucket hat will save the day (and your head). The brim of a bucket hat comes down enough to shade your face and neck, protecting you from the sun's strong rays. This keeps you nice and cool while preventing sun burn.

What about baseball caps?

As with any Summer hat, ventilation is key. Without letting the heat escape your hat will be acting as a winter hat which is the opposite of what you want. In fact, a hat with no ventilation may even feel worse than having no hat at all. So, on a bucket hat you will find ventilation eyelets. Or, it’s fabrication will offer natural breathability. Our premium bucket hats here at UNDERU will definitely keep you cool.
What makes a bucket hat more desirable than a baseball cap? Generally, I think it is down to preference. The baseball cap is a great option to keep your face shaded and head protected from the sun. And, they come in a great range of colours and designs. But, the main difference is the shape. Also, the base of your neck won’t be shaded. Bucket hats have really just become a natural right of passage at a festival but if you are a ride or die baseball cap fan you'll find some great options here at UNDERU.

A few of our newest bucket hats that are festival ready.

Paul Smith bucket hat
PAUL SMITH PS Zebra Stripe Bucket Hat, Navy
Code: 24233

Amazing men's bucket hat in navy. This Paul Smith hat is Crafted from a cotton twill and is set off with a Paul Smith signature embroidered multicolour zebra logo to the front. Embroidered grommets and a PS logo tag at the back. Part of our Paul Smith Caps High Spring Summer 2023 Collection.

Great festival Bucket hat option. Karl Lagerfeld.
KARL LAGERFELD Ikonik Logo Reversible Bucket Hat, Black
Code: 24013-OneSize

2 in 1, a perfect festival choice. Impressive reversible bucket hat from Karl Lagerfeld in black and white, featuring a striking Ikonik sunglasses logo on the black side, and script logo on the white. Seamed bill and breathable fabrication. Part of our men's hats and caps range for Spring Summer 2023.

Men's Bucket hat example, Lyle & Scott.
LYLE & SCOTT Cotton Twill Bucket Hat, True Black
Code: 22158-OneSize

A more affordable choice and a classic you can't go wrong with. This casual bucket hat, in black, is crafted from washed cotton chino twill, accented with the signature golden eagle logo badge stitched to the front centre. Part of our Lyle & Scott Hats collection.

So, what are your thoughts on the almighty bucket hat? Would you go to a festival without one?

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