10 best bucket hats UK 2023 – including New Balance, Nike and Uniqlo | The Sun
IF YOU'RE after a versatile, stylish alternative to the baseball cap, the bucket hat might be for you.
Originally designed for outdoor pursuits, and with a large brim that protects the wearer’s eyes from the sun, or rain, the bucket hat might just be the accessory you didn’t know you needed. There are a number of different choices available though, all with subtle differences, making choosing the right one surprisingly difficult. From which fabric to go for to deciding on the right colour, as well as suggestions for the best bucket hats around, here’s all you need to know.
What to look out for
When it comes to purchasing your own bucket hat, pay attention to the fabric. Every brand has its preference, and the fabric can drastically change the overall look and feel of each piece. For something easy and adaptable, look to cotton bucket hats. This is the same kind of soft, flexible fabric that’s often used for baseball caps and is easily distinguishable by its subtle twill.
For a more technical look, look to outdoor focussed brands and opt for a nylon or polyester blend. Usually waterproof and crease-resistant, these fibres are perfect for bucket hats suited to hiking, or for times when you want to stay dry in bad weather.
Bucket hats are an easy way to add a bit of colour to your look. Available in all manner of shades and patterns, try a statement red or yellow bucket hat and keep the rest of your look neutral. This will allow the bucket hat to take centre stage and act as the focal piece of your look. Alternatively, go tonal with a dark navy or black bucket hat and match it with similarly dark jeans, tees and knits.
Best bucket hats at a glance
Best overall: New Balance Unisex Lightweight Bucket Hat
Best zipped hat: Columbia Trek Bucket Hat
Best breathable style: Uniqlo Linen Blend Bucket Hat
Best sporty look: Jordan Jumpman Bucket Hat
Best cotton style: Lyle & Scott Pure Cotton Bucket Hat
New Balance Unisex Lightweight Bucket Hat
(AD) New Balance Unisex Lightweight Bucket Hat, £20 – buy here
Simple and easy to wear, it’s difficult to go wrong with this bucket hat. Made from soft navy cotton and finished with a subtle white logo, it’s New Balance at its minimal best. If you’re new to bucket hats or you want to experiment with the style, this could be the one. It’s the kind of hat you could throw on at a moment’s notice and chances are it would complement whatever else you’re wearing. Try it with a pair of dark blue jeans, an olive green hoodie and your favourite pair of trainers.
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