There’s a high chance that most of you reading this won’t have worn a bucket hat since the ’90s. Although it was the headwear of choice for many at the time, the streetwear staple faded out of rotation at the turn of the century. Maybe you haven’t given it a second thought, or maybe you’ve been pining for its return – regardless of your feelings towards the item, it is now well and truly back. Because when Dior releases a new iteration, you just know it’s going to be everywhere.
Known for its statement bags, elegant separates and drool-worthy couture, I’ll admit that seeing an email titled “Dior Presents The Bucket Hat” took me somewhat by surprise. You know those feelings I was just talking about? It’s safe to say that mine err on the side of strong dislike when it comes to bucket hats, so needless to say I was very intrigued as to how Dior had approached their design.
According to the brand, the hat is a “poetic tribute to Stephen Jones [the brand’s milliner] and to the Teddy Girls, one of the inspirations behind Maria Grazia Chiuri’s F/W19 collection.” The reversible head toppers (which range in price from CAD$870-$1600) come in a mix of patterns, including check and tartan, and some also feature the iconic Dior Oblique canvas. Finished with mini veils and a wide brim, the design is undeniably feminine, imbued with a on-brand sense of elegance.
The piece has already been a street style hit, too, with the likes of Camila Coelho, Romee Strijd and perennial cool-girl Jennifer Lawrence all having been spotted sporting the hat.
With fall in full swing and my wardrobe in desperate need of some elevated headwear for the season ahead, this is the piece I certainly wasn’t looking for, and didn’t know I needed, but definitely do. Colour me converted.