Need a cool summer accessory but don’t know where to find it? The time-honored bucket hat is the one you want. It’s perfect for those long days at the beach because it provides shade and instantly upgrades any outfit.
Before you run out and buy one, though, I wonder if you’ve ever had trouble tracking down the perfect size. Don’t worry; finding the ideal bucket hat size is a rite of passage. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about bucket hat sizes.
What Is a Bucket Hat?
The bucket hat is the grooviest headgear ever to grace the fashion scene. This stylish chapeau is known for its low profile, downward-sloping brim, and cylindrical crown, making it the perfect head accessory for those who want to look effortlessly hip. Originally made for outdoor activities like fishing, this iconic hat has been rocked by fashion icons, hip-hop artists, and even pop culture icons like Gilligan from Gilligan’s Island.
Bucket hats come in all kinds of materials and designs, from classic cotton to trendy tie-dye. Whether you want to hide a bad hair day or just look fly, this versatile hat has got you covered. And with its lightweight and breathable construction, you can wear it all year round without getting sweaty. So, the next time you’re looking for a head-turning accessory, grab a bucket hat and let your style shine!
Bucket Hat Sizes
Before you explore the wild and wacky world of bucket hats, there’s one crucial thing you need to know: size matters! Finding the right fit for your bucket hat is key to looking like a boss and avoiding any fashion mishaps.
Think of it this way: a poorly fitting bucket hat can make you look like a lost tourist or a confused angler. It can slip down over your eyes, flop around in the wind, or even give you an unwanted mushroom top.
But one of the first things you should know is that not all bucket hat makers follow the same size standard. So, make sure you reach out to the seller and ask for a bucket hat size chart before hitting the BUY NOW button.
That said, you can consult this general size chart to find the perfect bucket hat for your noggin.
|Size||Head Circumference||Crown Height||Brim Width|
|Kids||20 in. / 50.8 cm||3.1 in. / 8.0 cm||2.0 in. / 5.0 cm|
|M||23 in. / 58.4 cm||3.3 in. / 8.5 cm||2.6 in. / 6.5 cm|
|L||24 in. / 61 cm||3.5 in. / 9.0 cm||2.8 in. / 7.0 cm|
|XL||25 in. / 63.5 cm||4 in. / 10.2 cm||3 in. / 7.6 cm|
How to Size Your Head for a Bucket Hat
Knowing what sizes bucket hats are available in is only half the battle. To figure out which size slips around your head like a glove, you first need to know how large your head is, in the first place!
But before I explain the self-measuring process, let’s go over a few important terms.
This refers to the distance around the widest portion of your head. This space will typically be around your eyebrows and the top tips of your ears.
This is the distance between the hat’s base, or where the brim and crown meet, and the highest spot on your head perpendicularly. So, it doesn’t take into account the slope from the top of your forehead to the tip of your head.
This is the distance between the base of the hat—i.e., where the crown and brim meet—and the edge of the brim. You can make it as short or as long as you want. Brim width isn’t as important of measurement as the previous 2 unless you plan on purchasing or making a bucket hat designed specifically to block the sun from your eyes.
How to Measure Your Head
Before we begin, let’s make sure we have all tools and supplies on hand. For this, you’ll need the following:
- Tape measure
- Pen or pencil
- Piece of paper
- A second pair of hands (optional but highly recommended)
- A mirror (if no one else can help you)
Got them all? Good, let’s begin.
- Take the tape measure and wrap it around the widest part of your head, making sure the tape measure is snug but not too tight. You should be able to slip your pinky between the tape measure and your head. Record this figure as the head circumference.
- Take the tape measure and place one end between the head circumference line and stretch it straight up to the top of your head. Find where the top of your head aligns with the tape measure and record the figure as the crown height.
- Guesstimate how long you want the brim to be. From the size chart above, brim width typically ranges from 2 to 3 inches, but you’re free to make it as long or as short as you wish. Please note that longer brims will flap in the wind. Record the figure as the brim width.
How Should a Bucket Hat Fit?
There are absolutely no rules concerning how snug or how loose the bucket hat should fit around your cranium. That said, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind if you don’t want to look too goofy while wearing one.
First, the hat shouldn’t restrict blood flow to your brain. There should be around ¼ to ½ of an inch of slack in order to fit comfortably.
Secondly, decide whether or not wearing a bucket hat is even the right choice. Bucket hats typically have straps to keep them secure on your head, but if you plan on doing intensely physical activities, such as running or jumping, then a bucket hat may not be the right choice. Unless it fits tightly around your head, which breaks the first “rule” of wearing a bucket hat, then it’ll most likely whip off your head.