Originally worn for protection in Ireland by fisherman and farmers this casual and comfortable hat universal today. Also known as a fishing hat, this soft floppy hat worn by men and women alike has a wide downward sloping brim. Probably the most famous example of the bucket hat is the hat worn by Gilligan from the television show Gilligan’s Island. In the 1980’s, these hats gain popularity with the introduction of Rap music into pop culture. Prominent music icons such as the members of Run DMC and LL Cool J wore these hats regularly. Today these hats are popular with urbanites and country dwellers alike. They come in a number of fabrics including oilskin, cotton, terrycloth, frugora, and linen.