Invented in the 1900s as a purely functional hat worn by Irish farmers, the bucket hat was probably never meant to be a fashion item. The wide, downward-sloping brim kept the rain off and its softness meant it could be rolled to fit into a pocket and easily washed. Lightweight and durable, this hat moved from the heads of soldiers in WWII and Vietnam straight into civilian use for sports like fishing and hiking. Perhaps best remembered on the head of Gilligan from Gilligan’s Island, this utilitarian headwear remained pretty firmly out of the fashion limelight until now. This hat has become extremely popular in recent years both among hikers and hipsters as a 90s nostalgia item. Whether it’s in military style drab or bright colors and prints straight from the runway, bucket hats are your go-to choice for comfy, packable summer wear. Quality brands like Adams, Dorfman Pacific, Kooringal, and Stetson have you covered with selections that will last for seasons to come.