A bucket hat is not just a fashion statement for the faint of heart. If you wear it right, you will be considered one of the coolest men at Glastonbury; if you wear it wrong, you might look like someone’s estranged uncle out on a duck hunt – there is not in-between.

The key is to be creative in what you pair it with. Summer clothing are obviously a bucket hat’s best buddy (wherein a bucket had with a winter coat would not look good at all). Aim for simplicity – this sorry of headwear is a statement piece, therefore the rest of your clothing should not compete for attention with it. For a more laid-back, festival-ready look, go with a simple shirt, canvas trainers, and chino shorts. When the weather becomes cooler, mix things up with joggers and a track jacket. If you want to keep things simple, start with a basic, block-color hat, but if you do not mind making a statement, try a few other patterns to go with it.

A bucket hat is one of the few items on this planet that can be defined as having strong links to both acid house music and fly fishing. The 360-degree-brimmed retro item is better defined as the Marmite in the world of hat, living in a kind of sartorial quantum state in which it is always in style while also being dangerously uncool, depending on who is wearing it sometimes.

This notion is reinforced by the fact that fashion journalists roll up their sleeves every year around the same time and start writing stories about how “the bucket hat is back.” While the yearly onslaught may not reveal anything new about the Britpop mainstay, it does make one thing perfectly clear: the bucket hat statement is never going away anytime soon.

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