If you’re not a fan of putting sunscreen on your face, then you should consider wearing a hat. There are all sorts of hats to choose from, including baseball caps with wide brims, but if you want 360° protection against the sun, you’ll need to size your head for a bucket hat.
A medium-size bucket hat will have a top diameter of around 6 inches, a circumference of 22 inches, a crown height of 5 inches, and a brim width of 2 to 5 inches. The exact measurements will vary between manufacturers.
Now, you might not be familiar with all of these measurement terms, but that’s not a problem. In this guide, I’ll help you figure out the dimensions of a bucket hat, as well as how to measure your head for the right bucket hat size.
What Is a Bucket Hat?
Bucket hats go by various names. Some of the more widely used names include fisherman’s hat and session hat, but they all refer to the same hat style. A bucket hat is a type of that that has a downward-sloping brim. The brim, unlike in baseball caps, stretches along the circumference of the hat, providing shade to your forehead and neck at the same time.
Legend has it that bucket hats first came into existence in the 1900s. They were designed to protect fishermen and laborers from the harsh heat of the sun’s rays, allowing them to work outdoors for longer. At first, they weren’t designed with aesthetics in mind, but as the years went by, bucket hats found their way into everyday life and even formal events like weddings.
The 1960s saw a rise in popularity of the bucket hat among women. It became somewhat of a fashion item to help conceal the mops women back then called hair. 2 decades later, hip-hop adopted the bucket hat, and to this very day, it remains a popular accessory among rappers.
What Sizes Do Bucket Hats Come in?
Like most hats, bucket hats are available in multiple sizes. The exact measurements may vary slightly between manufacturers, but in general, you can find these sizes in these general dimensions.
|Size/Age Group||Hat Size||Head Circumference|
|0-3 mo.||16-1/8 in.|
|3-6 mo.||17 in.|
|6-12 mo.||18-3/4 in.|
|1-2 yr.||18-7/8 in.|
There are some similarities between the cowboy hat sizes and those of the bucket hat that you might like to check out.
How to Measure a Bucket Hat
If you plan on making your own bucket hat, you should first figure out how to size your head. To make a bucket hat, there are 4 important measurements you need to record—top diameter, circumference, crown height, and brim width. Below, I’ll explain what they are and how to get their measurements.
The top diameter of a hat refers to the domed portion on the very top of your head. A snug-fitting bucket hat will hug your head and not have any air pockets.
To measure the top diameter, take a tape measure roll and measure along the domed section of your head. If you have slight bumps on the sides of your head, roughly 5 inches above your ears, you can use them as guides.
The circumference is the widest section of your head. When measuring a bucket hat, or any hat for that matter, you should have the hat be at least a few fractions of an inch wider than the widest point of your head for maximum comfort.
To get this measurement, take the tape measure and measure the distance around your head starting 3 inches above your eyebrows.
The crown height refers to the distance between the bucket hat’s brim and the top of your head. You can adjust the crown height to whatever you want, depending on how far down you want the bucket hat to rest.
Starting from the 3-inch mark above your eyebrows, use the tape measure roll and record its distance from the center of the top of your head.
The width of the brim will determine how much of the sun’s harsh beams the bucket hat will block. You can make the brim as wide or as short as you want.
Most bucket hats will have a brim width of between 2.5 and 5 inches.
- When measuring a bucket hat, there are a few unofficial rules you should follow.
- Add a few inches to the circumference of the bucket hat. That way, the hat won’t squeeze your head while wearing it.
- Add a strap if you’re going to use it for fishing or other outdoor activities. If a gust of wind catches the brim, your bucket hat is just as good as gone.
- Match it with the rest of your outfit. That means choosing a neutral color (white, gray, black, etc.) that fits your wardrobe. If you have a loud wardrobe, feel free to use loud colors for your bucket hat.
What Is the Purpose of a Bucket Hat?
Back in the day, bucket hats were worn to keep the elements out of the wearer’s eyes. Most often, people would wear them to keep rainwater from dripping into their eyes and blurring their vision.
Today, bucket hats are used for both practicality and aesthetics. Even luxury brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton have gotten into the bucket hat game. This is hardly surprising, seeing as how celebrities like Rihanna and Bella Hadid sport them when going out in public.
Why Are Bucket Hats So Popular?
It’s hard to pinpoint to the exact time when bucket hats become a fashion piece, though some fashion historians have traced their rise in popularity back to the 1960s. There used to be a time when bucket hats were out of fashion, especially if you weren’t a part of the hip-hop community, but today, practically everyone and their grandmothers wear bucket hats.
Why do you ask? Well, there’s one simple reason for that—because it looks good on everyone. You won’t stick out like a sore thumb if you have an irregularly shaped head or a certain hairstyle when wearing a bucket hat. In fact, because they hide so much of our heads, it might even make you feel more confident about your look if you’re self-conscious about the shape of your noggin.