Trend Report: Bucket Hats

Bucket hats have been back on the scene for a while and they don’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. All of the major fashion houses are involved with the trend but the brand that really brought these back into the limelight for me was Prada with their nylon version which is available in an amazing colour selection. Bucket hats can be a bit of a marmite fashion accessory though – you’ll either love them or hate them and they haven’t always had the best reputation. Unlike other types of headwear like beanies, fedoras, or berets, buckets have struggled to reach the same level of mainstream appeal. But as the high end designers continue to push this style, the more they are becoming acceptable and even coveted items.

A step back in time..

The bucket hat originated in the 1900s and were typically made from wool or tweed, worn by Irish fishermen and farmers as protection from the rain. It’s has had several comebacks since then and whether they bring back memories of Kevin and Perry, the 60s mods, the 90s rave culture or from the hip hop scene, the bucket hat is once again the accessory piece to be seen in.

Revival..

Prada tried to bring the trend back in 2005 but it never quite took off. Moving forward into Spring/Summer 2018, Chanel featured bucket hats on the runway and they also appeared again in Dior’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection. Since then, Prada has had a huge success with bucket hats and the trend has branched out with various other designers including them in their accessory collections.

The catwalk presence along with the huge popularity on Instagram has also helped to kick start everyone’s interest again. Celebs such as Rhianna and Billie Eilish and many more have been wearing these countless times also adding to the appeal of the bucket hat being back in fashion and the style to be seen in.

A trend or a new classic?

So what is it about the bucket hat that has everyone excited again? It could be because they are not age restrictive – anyone from teenagers to the more mature fashionista can look stylish wearing one. They also go with literally everything and are so easy to wear. A basic relaxed shirt and jeans combo paired with a bucket hat can easily top off the look, or added with loungewear for a casual street style vibe. They are now available in so many colours, prints and textures, that adding a bucket hat to an outfit can really polish the whole look.

The last 2 years of lockdowns has seen fashion moving into a more relaxed style which will also play a part in the popularity of these hats.

I’ve been wearing my black Prada bucket hat with colourful prints and oversized sweaters, with casual loungewear and a pair of air force 1 or Nike Jordan sneakers. Because it’s in a classic black colourway, it’s perfect to add to any outfit, whereas with a patterned version you might be slightly more restricted in what you pair it with. I definitely want to invest in more colours, as well as into other designer brands and have fun styling them. In particular, I’m loving the selection at Dior and Fendi with their classic logo prints. A fully colour co-ordinated look would also be amazing and something I want to try out for a full matching colour aesthetic.

Shop some of my favourite bucket hats..

What are your thoughts on the resurgence of the bucket hat?

Links to previously written trend reports are Here or Here

The Christian Dior exhibition at the V&A Museum

The V&A Museum has done it again, hosting the most popular fashion exhibition so far this year. I was really excited to attend this weekend to the now sold out exhibition, titled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams and I think it’s probably one of the best that I have been to so far!

The V&A museum previously featured the famous Alexander McQueen exhibition as well as the history of Balenciaga which were both fabulous, so I knew that the latest Dior show was going to be a really spectacular event. It definitely didn’t disappoint!

A walk through fashion history..

The Christian Dior exhibition looked at the history of the designer and his work from 1947 to the present day and how he became one of the most influential designers of all time. It also featured the works of the other designers that have lead the global fashion house such as John Galliano who’s runway shows were always so amazing when he was with the house of Dior.

Dressing like royalty..

There were a lot more rooms than I expected, each beautifully decorated in traditional Dior style. We started out with his earliest pieces including the dresses that he made for royalty such as Princess Margaret. This led us into a room which had elegant white columns and regal styles. The walls in this room were made to look like ornate wooden panelling and in a a mini ball room setting. It was like stepping back in time with the voluminous dresses, tiny nipped in waists, gorgeous silks and exaggerated ruffles.

Themed Rooms..

Each room had it’s own theme. We walked through a stunning garden inspired room where the ceiling was covered in hanging lilac flowers which were all intricately cut out of paper. The dress styles fit perfectly with this flower garden theme and were printed and embellished with the prettiest blooms.

Another room featured purely white designs which showed the technical shapes of the garments. These were showing how dress would be finally produced before the final materials and details were added. It was amazing to see the level of detail and the skill that goes into making a Dior outfit.

Another room showcased outfits that had all been inspired by travel and different cultures, from Egyptian sphinx, to Mexican ruffled dresses, to Indian and Japanese influenced pieces. We then moved into a long hall of accessories which I loved, being a handbag and shoe fanatic!

There was an interesting section which displayed the perfume bottles that had been designed throughout the years. Beauty being another part of the Dior brand.

The final wonder room..

The final room we walked into was just out of this world. They really saved the best until last. This room housed the most amazing couture pieces from huge gowns, to styles that have been worn on the red carpet and even the outfits worn in the Dior perfume adverts. In the centre of the room was a circular plinth and the ceiling above it kept changing. One minute it was beautiful renaissance style art work, the next minute it turned into a sky with shooting stars and constellations. The whole room darkened around us and the walls sparkled while soothing sounds were being played into the room. It was such a magical experience and it was a bit like being in a sensory room.

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Overall thoughts..

Literally every room was a new and exciting treat to walk into and it was such a fantastic exhibition. I cannot recommend this show enough and if you have been lucky to secure a ticket you will love it like I did. The final room was sensational and my favourite part to walk around.

Let me know your thoughts if you have been!

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