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Best bucket hats for women: classic, wide-brimmed and reversible styles

Retro-style bucket hats are the coverup of choice this year. Here’s where to find your new favourite hat.

By Roanna Day | Last updated Aug 10, 2022

Woman in bucket hat

There’s a lot to love about this summer’s hat of choice, the bucket hat. The retro fashion classic is a really great way to stay safe in the sun too as the full brim casts shade over your whole face. 

A bucket hat is also a smart choice for holidays abroad as it packs easily into your suitcase, much simpler than trying to squeeze a large straw hat into your case. 

We love the range of colours, prints and fabrics bucket hats are available in. There are boho-style bucket hats in elegant raffia, or classic 90s designs in cotton.

Thanks to their casual design bucket hats are easy to style too. They’ll work effortlessly with your summer dresses and your favourite boyfriend jeans. Now, all you need to do is decide which colour to go for. 

Here are the best bucket hats to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall bucket hat: Topshop Pink Bucket Hat

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Price: £16 | Buy now from ASOS

We love the pastel pink shade of this bucket hat from Topshop. The pale hue is easy to wear, flattering and will work beautifully with your summer wardrobe. 

As well as being pretty in pink, this bucket hat has a more contemporary feel than some of the darker shades. Handy if you want to avoid feeling like you really are back in the 90s!

With a flat top and narrow brim, this hat is a classic example of a bucket hat shape. Its nylon fabric will wear well and hold onto its pink hue for years to come. 

Pros

  • Gorgeous pink colour
  • Affordable price point

Cons

  • Only available in one size

2. Best budget bucket hat: Cotiny 3 Pack Bucket Hat

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Price: £12.98 for a pack of three | Buy now from Amazon

If you plan on spending the summer outside, adventuring in sunshine or dining alfresco whenever you can, then this bucket hat multipack is a savvy buy. 

With a range of colours to choose between, you can make sure you’ve got a hat to match every outfit with this stylish three-pack from Cotiny. 

Each of these bucket hats is made from 100% cotton too, perfect for everyday wear. 

Pros

  • Three-pack
  • A choice of colours

Cons

  • Smaller brim than some designs

3. Best beige bucket hat: Cos Nylon Bucket Hat

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Price: £29 | Buy now from Cos

“Cos have quite a few at the moment on their website and I really like them.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user Procrastaton)

“IMHO what you want is a bucket-style hat, with a bit of a brim for shade but not a huge, floppy brim. Cream is a great colour as it goes with everything, likewise any neutral beige or khaki colour.” (Hat style recommended by Mumsnet user MrsBunHat

If you’re looking for style and substance, this Cos bucket hat is for you. 

The bucket hat has been designed with care, balancing a nod to retro style with a contemporary Scandi-inspired minimalist look. 

It has also been made with recycled nylon and lined with organic cotton, so you can score some green points while keeping cool.

We love the cool and wearable beige colour. Try wearing yours with a navy linen tunic for the ultimate off-duty summer style. 

Pros

  • Made from sustainable fabrics 
  • Stylish beige colour

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than competitors

4. Best wide-brimmed bucket hat: Comhats Bucket Hat

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Price: From £9.99 | Buy now from Amazon

"I love this one. I bought a collapsible sun hat from Amazon a few years ago and it was really nice. If I can't find it I'll buy this." (Suggested by Mumsnet user GettingStuffed)

Comhats had the brilliant idea to design their bucket hat to be foldable. We love how their wide brim, bucket-style hat easily folds up so you can slip it into your handbag or suitcase. 

This hat has a wider brim than some bucket hats, making it perfect for shading your face and keeping safe in the sun. We also love the pretty touch of an added bow to the side of the hat. 

The hat is available in two sizes and also comes with a detachable chin strap. 

Pros

  • Foldable design
  • Two sizes available

Cons

  • Less of a classic bucket style

5. Best reversible bucket hat: Keho Womens Reversible Bucket Hat

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Price: £10.29 | Buy now from Amazon

This versatile bucket hat by Keho is reversible. One side features a statement nod to noughties style with an embroidered daisy design, while the other is a solid block colour. 

Made from 100% cotton, this breathable hat will keep you cool in summer. Reviews praised the comfortable and cooling mesh lining on the hat too. 

There’s a wide range of colours and designs to choose from, though we’re partial to the yellow daisy design. 

Pros

  • Reversible 
  • 100% cotton

Cons

  • Only available in one size

6. Best bucket hat for outdoor activities: Furtalk Bucket Hat

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Price: £17.99 | Buy now from Amazon

A bucket hat is the perfect choice for an adventure-filled summer. Whether you’re planning mountainous hikes or hoping to explore endless coastal paths, the Furtalk bucket hat is the perfect companion. 

This hat is made from breathable cotton and comes with a sweatband to help keep you cool on hot days. There’s also an adjustable velcro chin strap so you can secure the bucket hat during windy conditions. 

You can choose between two sizes when ordering this bucket hat, helping you to find the perfect fit. 

Pros

  • Available in two sizes
  • Chin strap 

Cons

  • Outdoors style might not be everyone’s choice

7. Best festival bucket hat: Kangol Stripe Lahinch Bucket Hat

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Price: From £40 | Buy now from Amazon

This stripe bucket hat from Kangol is the ultimate choice for retro style. 

The 90s classic is back with this hat’s bold, colourful stripe and Kangol branding. Exactly like the bucket hats that were everywhere back in the noughties, this hat is available in a wide range of colours. 

We’re torn between the beige and green or black and white styles, but both make the perfect finishing touch to your casual wardrobe this summer. 

Pros

  • Retro style
  • Available in a range of colours

Cons

  • More expensive than some options 

8. Best sustainable bucket hat: Pangia Bucket Hat

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Price: £70 | Buy now from Selfridges

This bucket hat is a brilliant buy for the sustainably minded out there. Made by Pangia, this gorgeous hat is crafted to a high standard, has a wide brim and is made with organic cotton. 

The hat is in a stylish off-white which will work well with your summer wardrobe. There’s a statement text detail to the back too, adding a fun twist to this classic design. 

As well as being sustainably made, this hat does good in another way too: Pangia will donate 1% of sales to charities supporting endangered bee species around the world. So you can look good in a new summer hat and be doing good while you’re at it. 

Pros

  • Sustainably made 
  • Purchase supports environment charities

Cons

  • Hand wash only
  • Pricey

9. Best designer bucket hat: Toast Maison N.H. Paris Raffia Hat

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Price: £120 | Buy now from Toast

“Toast usually do a good range of interesting hats.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user ToManderleyAgain)

If you’re looking for something a bit different but still versatile and elegant, try the raffia bucket hat by Toast. 

The raffia fabric is not only practical for staying cool in the summer heat, but it’s on trend this summer too. 

We love the softer, more relaxed shape of this bucket hat. Not only does it make the style easy to wear, it makes it into a timeless shape that you can wear for years to come. 

Pros

  • Cool raffia fabric
  • Elegant soft shape 

Cons

  • Investment buy price tag

Are bucket hats in style in 2022?

After rising to icon status in the nineties and early noughties, bucket hats are back with aplomb. This retro classic is loved for its casual style and is as on-trend now as it was when we were all converting CDs to minidiscs! 

What makes a good bucket hat?

There’s a huge range of bucket hats on the market. Which one you buy comes down to which design you fall in love with, but it’s worth looking out for the classic bucket hat shape which includes a full brim. 

How do you pick a bucket hat? 

Here are three considerations to make before you start shopping for your new summer hat: 

  • Colour: Which colour will you get the most wear out of? Bucket hats are available in everything from classic back to jazzy animal print. Think about which colour will work best with your wardrobe and go for that.
  • Fabric: If you want reliable UV protection then opt for a thick cotton. If you’re going for style alone, consider a breathable linen or crochet style. 
  • Care: If you’re the adventurous type whose hat is likely to get grubby then choose a style that’s easy to machine wash

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