Have you see all the latest buzz about how all the hip and current people are wearing bucket hats.
This made me chuckle – because it made me realise how cool my family was on our camping and fishing holidays when I was a kid. We wore bucket hats – in orange – a very hip colour at the time.
I just thought we were being practical – with greater sun protection!
Also, I had one with a zip compartment in the top.
The bucket hat was often popular with fisherman – and I fondly remember the hat on fly fisherman Henry Blake in MASH!
Even as a kid, I thought this hat was so symbolic. He was in the military – yet his hat showed colour and variety and an interest in more peaceful pursuits.
When I did my defence correspondent training, our army instructors taught us how to use our hats as oven mitts when cooking our C-rations! Oh – the practicality.
My favourite bucket hats were in terry towelling. You could also use them as a mini towel – to wipe the sea spray from your face!
I’ll have to dig out some I collected on my travels!
The only problem is bucket hats tend to blow away in the wind. That’s why you need the chin cord/strap to keep them anchored on your head!
I have a great surfing bucket hat from a trip to Western Australia – good brim for sun protection AND a chin cord to stop it blowing away.
What do you think about the bucket hat? Fashionable or ugly?
What memories do you have of bucket hats?
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Below is a link to an article that inspired this post.
So – a toast to the practical and again fashionable bucket hat!
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