This one is going to have you lot split down the middle, and to be honest it’s even torn me. Wind back two years and I’d of told you to shove your bucket hat somewhere the sun doesn’t shine, - crude but honest… Now, I’m having a Marmite moment and going through a love/hate relationship with the highly controvertial accessory.
I recently saw a photograph of my all time favourite blogger Lucy Williams rocking a black Prada bucket hat, and since then I’ve been having huge debates with myself on whether or not I should take a risk and try to pull one off. I bit the bullet and popped in to H&M (not quite Prada) where I found a small section of the hat in question. I instantly reached for a classic black one (because what would Lucy do), which would obviously go with more, but what with me being me I just had to grab the leopard print version instead.
At first I wasn’t sure and I knew my boyfriend/photographer would rinse me to the high heavens for purchasing such a thing. But what do you know, he wasn’t that insulted by it when I pulled it out the bag! That’s one person won over at least. Since shooting these images and seeing them back, I’m also a big fan. I do feel like my love for Devon Lee Carlson is rubbing off on me though, and that’s probably what brought me over to the dark side. But hey, she looks good in anything including her vast collection of hats so that helps. Me, not so much. I can’t pull off everything, but I do love to try new things and who new bucket hats would eventually be one of them?!
As it’s a bit of a nineties accessory, I kept it in theme with my vintage USA sweater and blue denim jeans, while keeping it true to my style with white booties.
What are your thoughts on bucket hats? I think I’m a convert and I’ve honestly shocked myself. Two years ago when I was living in Bristol I’d see them on everyone, streetwear was so huge in the city. People would wear tracksuits and bum-bags to clubs and no one would blink an eye, it was just the way Bristol did fashion. I was still in my ‘I’ll only ever dress like Keith Richards’ phase then, I hadn’t opened my mind to anything else like I have now. Here we are now in 2019 with bum-bags no longer being seen on just ravers or by your dad on a family holiday, they’re gracing the streets of NYFW and being seen more across the UK. They’re going to be huge this S/S, so I don’t think I’ll be the only convert here…
C.O.W VINTAGE SWEATER / TOPSHOP JEANS / PRIMARK BOOTS / VINTAGE BOOTS / H&M HAT - SHOT BY THE UNIDENTIFIED ROCKER