Why Bucket Hats and Bikinis Are Summer’s Best Combination


Need a UV-protecting hat to go with your summer bikini but feel the larger-than-life, eagle-wingspan-size Jacquemus straw hat isn’t your speed? Try a bucket hat. The versatile, crushable piece protects 360 degrees, is chock-full of tomboy flair, and is easily portable. It’s the perfect foil for the sexiness of a bikini, too: Look to the May 2000 issue of Vogue where Naomi Campbell sunbathed in a black bandeau two-piece with a zebra-striped topper. Two years later, in the December 2002 issue, model Carmen Kass sported an orange bikini (complete with a very noughties denim mini!) with a white bucket hat while on the beach.

Want to get the flirty-quirky look? One way to put a cheeky spin on the outfit is to match your bucket hat to your bikini, as in a full leopard-print getup courtesy of Ganni. To add some edge to an all-white Solid & Striped bikini, try an Alexander Wang bucket hat scrawled with playful logos inspired by New York City storefronts. Or, for an even groovier option, a tie-dye bucket hat complete with an under-the-chin drawstring will take any two-piece to the next level.

Here, shop the best bucket hat and bikini combinations for summer.


 Ganni Avalon Swimwear bikini, $160,  ganni.com ; Ganni Fabre cotton hat, $70,  ganni.com

Ganni Avalon Swimwear bikini, $160, ganni.com; Ganni Fabre cotton hat, $70, ganni.com


 LHD x Erès bikini top, $190,  lhd.us ; LHD x Erès bikini bottom, $190,  lhd.us ; LHD the Stone Crab hat, $45,  lhd.us

LHD x Erès bikini top, $190, lhd.us; LHD x Erès bikini bottom, $190, lhd.us; LHD the Stone Crab hat, $45, lhd.us


 Hunza G Gloria embellished seersucker bandeau bikini, $180,  net-a-porter.com ; Tory Burch floral patchwork bucket hat, $158,  toryburch.com

Hunza G Gloria embellished seersucker bandeau bikini, $180, net-a-porter.com; Tory Burch floral patchwork bucket hat, $158, toryburch.com


 Solid & Striped the Venice top, $88,  solidandstriped.com ; Solid & Striped the Venice Botton, $88,  solidandstriped.com ; Alexander Wang souvenir bucket hat, $75,  alexanderwang.com

Solid & Striped the Venice top, $88, solidandstriped.com; Solid & Striped the Venice Botton, $88, solidandstriped.com; Alexander Wang souvenir bucket hat, $75, alexanderwang.com