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Once seen as simply a fisherman’s hat used to protect from sun and other elements, the bucket hat is back, and ready to make a new statement.

“Bucket hats are one of the few hats that pack and travel well. You don’t have to worry about crushing them and ruining their shape,” explains Tamara Rappa, editor in chief of fashion site Story + Rain. And they’re “often inexpensive, so they provide a look for less.”

When selecting a bucket hat, Rappa advises, first and foremost, you want one with “crushability,” as she puts it. “The beauty of the bucket hat is that it’s a classic that can withstand constant folding and carrying while also being able to work with a multitude of outfits.” Rappa recommends starting with the style in its most basic state: “You can never go wrong with a cotton bucket hat in a solid color, preferably in a neutral. Buy three in an array of neutrals to easily stash in a few of your bags, just like your lip balm or your wallet.”

Christen Maxwell, a Paris-based handbag and accessories designer, is also a fan of the bucket hat for folks of all ages. Maxwell wore her “fair share of floral printed bucket hats” as a child of the ’90s, and is “loving seeing them back with huge oversize brims.” She’s even introduced her infant daughter to the style for her first summer.

When styling your bucket hat, Rappa says, if it’s a simple cotton or twill option, keep it in the casual family. “Wear with jeans and a tee, a breezy linen dress and sneakers or sandals, slouchy lightweight pants with a boatneck top, or go sporty by pairing it with athleisure.” If you’re elevating it to a satin fabric or a chic print, “pair with dresses and heels or a lightweight, unstructured summer suit.”

Below, we rounded up some of our favorite bucket hats for women, men and even babies.

Women’s bucket hats

UO Washed Bucket Hat ($19; urbanoutfitters.com)

UO Washed Bucket Hat
Urban Outfitters
UO Washed Bucket Hat

Rappa’s budget neutral of choice: simple, in washed cotton, priced so you can get one in multiple colors.

Adidas Originals Denim Bucket Hat ($30; urbanoutfitters.com)

Adidas Originals Denim Bucket Hat
Urban Outfitters
Adidas Originals Denim Bucket Hat

A sporty take — and the author’s family’s summer go-to.

Madewell Bucket Fishing Hat ($19.99, originally $32; madewell.com)

Madewell Bucket Fishing Hat
Madewell
Madewell Bucket Fishing Hat

There’s an adorable zip pocket in this one that will come in handy for stashing little unexpected things.

Asos Design Broderie Fisherman Bucket Hat ($20; asos.com)

Asos Design Broderie Fisherman Bucket Hat
Asos
Asos Design Broderie Fisherman Bucket Hat

Maxwell likes this eyelet one that “can carry you from beach to BBQ and packs a lot of detail for the price.”

A&F x The Trevor Project Gender-Neutral Pride Bucket Hat ($30; abercrombie.com)

A&F x The Trevor Project Gender-Neutral Pride Bucket Hat
Abercrombie
A&F x The Trevor Project Gender-Neutral Pride Bucket Hat

With this Pride hat, Abercrombie donates $200,000 to The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ+ youth.

Mashiaoyi Unisex Print Reversible Bucket Hat ($13.89; amazon.com)

Mashiaoyi Unisex Print Reversible Bucket Hat
Mashiaoyi Unisex Print Reversible Bucket Hat

This one comes in this cherry print, among loads of others, and is utterly affordable.

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Crusher ($55; shopbop.com)

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Crusher
Shopbop
Hat Attack Washed Cotton Crusher

“With a wider brim, this injects the classic bucket with a little more style,” says Rappa. “It’s a perfect stark black staple.”

Reversible Canvas Bucket Hat ($45, originally $78; draperjames.com)

Reversible Canvas Bucket Hat
Draper James
Reversible Canvas Bucket Hat

Garden party? Horse races? Picnic in the park with friends? This one’s in line with all of that.

J.Crew Wide-Brim Bucket Hat With UV Coating ($49.50; jcrew.com)

J.Crew Wide-Brim Bucket Hat With UV Coating
JCrew
J.Crew Wide-Brim Bucket Hat With UV Coating

“I’d wear this one for a Saturday morning farmers market and iced coffee run,” says Maxwell.

Breeze Reversible Bucket Cap ($48; athleta.com)

Breeze Reversible Bucket Cap
Athleta
Breeze Reversible Bucket Cap

Reversible, so you double the wearability, and the adjustable ties keep it secure.

Lola Hats No Man’s Land Bucket Hat ($200; shopbop.com)

Lola Hats No Man's Land Bucket Hat
Shopbop
Lola Hats No Man's Land Bucket Hat

“A go-to for timeless straw hats,” Maxwell loves Lola Hats’ “classic but modern take on a colorblocked hat. This one defies trends and will be a keeper year after year.”

Women’s H2Off Rain Bucket Hat ($44.95; llbean.com)

Women's H2Off Rain Bucket Hat
L.L.Bean
Women's H2Off Rain Bucket Hat

Specifically fashioned to resist rain — and cute to boot.

Isabel Marant Denji Wool-Blend Bucket Hat ($345; neimanmarcus.com)

Isabel Marant Denji Wool-Blend Bucket Hat
Neiman Marcus
Isabel Marant Denji Wool-Blend Bucket Hat

“If designer accessories are your thing and you rock a fashion-forward look, now’s the time to look for the logo’d bucket hat,” Rappa says.

Gucci Gg Supreme Denim Wide-Brim Hat ($650.00; editorialist.com)

Gucci Gg Supreme Denim Wide-Brim Hat
Editorialist
Gucci Gg Supreme Denim Wide-Brim Hat

This one’s a “super splurge in denim with a wide retro brim — great for summer in the city or an aperitivo along the water,” Maxwell says.

Men’s bucket hats

CM Solid Bucket Hat ($59.50; clubmonaco.com)

CM Solid Bucket Hat
Club Monaco
CM Solid Bucket Hat

A men’s hat that comes in three perfect neutrals, and can work for everyone.

Asos Design Bucket Hat in Washed Black ($10.40, originally $17.50; asos.com)

Asos Design Bucket Hat in Washed Black
Asos
Asos Design Bucket Hat in Washed Black

A simple option that’s perfect for the beach or the lake. Plus, it’s available in a wide variety of colors, such as sage green and mushroom.

Mushroom Icon Bucket Hat ($24; urbanoutfitters.com)

Mushroom Icon Bucket Hat
Urban Outfitters
Mushroom Icon Bucket Hat

For an earthy kind of guy.

Orlebar Brown Blantyre Piping Bucket Hat ($115; saksfifthavenue.com)

Orlebar Brown Blantyre Piping Bucket Hat
Saks Fifth Avenue
Orlebar Brown Blantyre Piping Bucket Hat

We love the preppy primary-color piping.

Baby bucket hats

Baby Eyelet Bucket Hat ($17, originally $24.95; gap.com)

Baby Eyelet Bucket Hat
Gap
Baby Eyelet Bucket Hat

Consider this your kid’s new summer staple.

Pureborn Cotton Baby Bucket Sun Hat for Infant Boys or Girls (starting at $6.99; amazon.com)

Pureborn Cotton Baby Bucket Sun Hat for Infant Boys or Girls
Amazon
Pureborn Cotton Baby Bucket Sun Hat for Infant Boys or Girls

Available in prints like elephants, bumblebees and whales, the hat is made of breathable cotton and is machine-washable.

Baby Girl Scalloped Hat ($29; jacadi.com)

Baby Girl Scalloped Hat
Jacadi
Baby Girl Scalloped Hat

A soft take on the silhouette, this is Maxwell’s new baby daughter’s first bucket hat.