Yes, You Can Wear a Bucket Hat with Your Fall Outfits. Here’s How

In yet another piece of nostalgia-related news, bucket hats are back. And while we might associate this quirky style with Run DMC, LL Cool J and fishermen, cool-girl fashion lines like Ganni and Faithfull The Brand are proving this topper has majorly chic appeal, too. Oh, and did we mention Rihanna is a fan? Here are six fabulous and on-trend outfit ideas, all featuring bucket hats.

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Start Easy With Fall Staples

The combination of straight-leg jeans, brown ankle boots and a white tee is the ultimate base for testing any and all fall fashion trends. Keep things super easy and casual with a basic cream or denim hat and a jacket in complementary tones.

Get the look: The Hat Depot hat ($10); The North Face jacket ($149); Everlane turtleneck ($28); AGoldE jeans ($178); BP. boots ($66)

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Ground Playful Prints With Classic Pieces

Wearing colorful and patterned hats is just as easy as sporting a basic one, we promise. You can even pair them with brightly-colored fall dresses or vibrant blouses, so long as you add in at least one totally classic wardrobe staple like a trench coat, leather moto jacket or non-distressed blue-wash jeans.

Get the look: Brixton hat ($28); Tularosa trench coat ($228); Faithfull The Brand dress ($180)

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Try Head-to-toe Black

You know how the saying goes: when in doubt, wear black. It’s timeless, elegant, flattering and can even manage to make a semi dorky trend like the bucket hat look supremely chic. Because this type of hat has a substantial brim, stick to clothing that fits closer to the body for a bit of balance (unlike a winter beanie, for example, which looks great with oversize coats and billowy sweaters).

Get the look: CHoKoLids hat ($10); A.L.C. top ($175); Vince pants ($295); Marc Fisher boots ($100)

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Or Shades Of White

Winter whites, creams and vanillas always feel elevated, especially if you add a luxe print like gray snakeskin into the mix. The same proportion rules apply to white as they did to black ensembles, so opt for pencil skirts and longline jackets over A-line cuts or puffers.

Get the look: Madewell hat ($30); Topshop jacket ($75); A.P.C. sweater ($370); ASOS skirt ($45); Sam Edelman boots ($300)

woman wearing a brown leather bucket hat
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Go Fancy With Patent Leather

Just as a pair of straight-leg linen pants will always look more casual than the exact same pair done in leather, so too is the case for bucket hats. Wear a patent leather style in rich brown with everything from plaid dresses to chunky knits and jeans for an elevated fall look.

Get the look: Ganni hat ($80); NUDE sweater ($251); Kitri skirt ($105); Halogen boots ($70)

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Tone Down A Power Suit

Sleek suits are trending once again. And while we know the idea of wearing a power suit might be a bit intimidating (especially outside the boardroom), accessorizing with super-laid-back pieces like sporty white sneakers, a simple turtleneck and, of course, a bucket hat can make these two-piece stunners feel all the more wearable.

Get the look: Brixton hat ($54); Moon River blazer ($138) and pants ($85); Free People turtleneck ($30); Adidas sneakers ($130)

Abby Hepworth


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