15 of the Best Buckets Hats to Buy Right Now

Hunter S. Thompson was a lot of things to a lot of people, but right now he’s……2020’s most improbable style hero? If you’ve been active on certain corners of the internet lately, chances are you’ve noticed more than a few pictures of the Godfather of Gonzo—or, at least, s of him as immortalized on the big screen by real-life pal Johnny Depp—making the rounds. You’ve also probably thought to yourself, Huh, this motherfucker looks cool as all hell. (You’d be right, by the way. Well spotted.)

A large part of Thompson’s appeal as a resurgent style icon lies in his completely balls-to-the-wall approach to getting dressed. The man did not shy away from, well, anything. He embraced clothing with a gusto you’d think he mostly would’ve reserved for his (legendary, if somewhat apocryphal) drug intake and, like, the parts of the day he spent furiously plunking away at his typewriter.

So let me clue you in on a little secret: It’s all in the hat. Take a long, hard look at the many, many photos of the dude posted online. The guy rarely went anywhere without his signature accessory. His preferred style, and the one Depp made iconic in his portrayal of the writer? That’s right, baby. The trusty bucket. See, a couple of weeks back I broke down in detail the different types of hats you should be looking to invest in right now. And if you want to make like Hunter S. this summer, the easiest way to borrow some of his specific brand of debauched swagger is by copping a bucket hat, throwing it on daily, and then forgetting about it entirely. (And maybe pairing it with the perfect set of retro shades.)

Fuck being a genre-defining, once-in-a-generation writer, bro. I’m out here trying to have my likeness posted to the ‘gram for posterity by dudes who’ll caption the with a lone gas pump icon and then get all testy when someone calls them out in the comments for thinking I was Jack Nicholson just last week. Them’s the breaks, kid.

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UV Protection Sports Hat

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$19.90

Because even Hunter S. himself wasn’t impervious to the sun’s powerful rays. 

Tie-Dye Bucket Hat

Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com

$24.00

The best way to embrace a trend you’re on the fence about? (Like, say, tie dye?) Take it slow by starting with an accessory. (Like, say, this one here.) 

Bucket Hat

Champion urbanoutfitters.com

$29.00

The bucket hat you should bring with you everywhere you go this summer, even if it’s only to the bodega down the street.

Washed Bucket Hat

Nike urbanoutfitters.com

$32.00

But if you live and die by The Swoosh, rest assured it’s got you covered too.  

Class V Brimmer Hat

The North Face thenorthface.com

$105.00

A last-minute outdoor expedition is no excuse to slack off style-wise. Remember the ABFs of dressing, folks. Always. Be. Flexing. 

Wavefarer Bucket Hat

Patagonia urbanoutfitters.com

$39.00

Patagonia know’s what good. Real men wear pink. 

Madras Cotton & Linen Bucket Hat

Noah nordstrom.com

$48.00

Real men wear madras, too. 

Loft Bucket Hat

Polo Ralph Lauren urbanoutfitters.com

$49.50

A crinkled, chambray-like style ready-made for summer from the master of cheery, timeless Americana. 

Mesh Bucket Hat

Corridor urbanoutfitters.com

$65.00

Corridor’s breathable mesh inserts help keep your noggin cool all day long. 

Striped Rebucket Hat

Daily Paper dailypaperclothing.com

€72.00

The most tasteful take on red, white, and blue I’ve seen in a minute comes straight out of Amsterdam. 

Snap Pocket Bucket Hat

A-Cold-Wall* endclothing.com

$105.00

Stamped with the official ACW mission statement, the only seal of approval you should ever need. 

CTNBM Pocket Bucket Hat

Heron Preston saksfifthavenue.com

$175.00

A little bit of orange goes a looong way. 

Paula’s Ibiza Tie-Dyed Bucket Hat

Loewe mrporter.com

$390.00

Like someone ran over to your favorite bucket hat, splattered paint all across the top, and then promptly handed it back to you all the better for it. 

Logo-Print Bucket Hat

Off-White farfetch.com

$430.00

Off-White? More like “Keep your grubby fingers off my hat,” am I right?! 

Logo-Plaque Bucket Hat

Prada farfetch.com

$450.00

Made out of the type of nylon that helped make Prada a global powerhouse—and a fashion industry lodestar—in the first place. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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