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Fedora vs. Trilby

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Exact difference(s) in men's fedora hats and men's trilby hats, please.
post #2 of 25
There's quite a bit of history behind the terms but nowadays most people will see a trilby as a hat with a more stingy brim. Most hats I see that are categorized as a fedora usually has a 2" or larger brim, but like I said, that isn't really what defines the names.
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
That's the image I have, too - fedora wider brim and a little more graceful, maybe. Trilby a little more stiff looking (not literally). I think there are official definitions that a very good hatter might use, though.
post #4 of 25
The Fedora is worn by reddit-loving geeks. The Trilby by hipsters from 2008?
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
I wrote to Bates Hatters, in London, thru Facebook.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
No response from Bates. For shame. If they're too busy perhaps the mascot cat can respond, at least....
post #7 of 25
Aside from the aforementioned brim width I think of a trilby as less formal and a bit more sloppy and softer. Sometimes called a 'slouch hat'?

I see a trilby in brown as worn by an older gent with a tweed sports jacket covered by a Barbour jacket on a drizzly day at an English race course.

I see a fedora in black, midnight blue or gray worn with a lounge sut and tie but not sure by whom and where in this day and age, outside of the TCM channel!
post #8 of 25

Trilby below: Note the brim, because that's where the biggest difference is. Most people visualize a trilby when they say/hear fedora.

 

 

Fedora below:

 

 

 

Note the brim is upturned all the way around.

post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
I see some differences of opinion, here.... (as usual). I looked in a huge very old Webster's dictionary and did not find trilby even listed.
Roetzel seems to imply in his "gentleman" books that a trilby is more casual and yes - great for the races.
How about "fedora" generally an American term and "trilby" British? As we all know "fedora" comes from a character in an American play.
post #10 of 25
Adding to the above, a Trilby will be offered in a far wider range of materials than a fedora. A Trilby is a casual hat. No matter the hat, make certain it suits both you and your facial shape. Not every man looks good in a Trilby. They are better suited to smaller or slim men with wiry builds.
post #11 of 25
You should do a search on The Fedora Lounge. They have quite a few threads on this subject which pretty much beats the subject to death. You'll find your answer there. To long to re-post here.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Singlemalt View Post

Trilby below: Note the brim, because that's where the biggest difference is. Most people visualize a trilby when they say/hear fedora.



Fedora below:




Note the brim is upturned all the way around.

I would not call that a fedora if you turn the brim down all around you have a Trilby like Sean Connery wears/wore.

Fedora is American

Trilby is English

This was one of the overall consensus at the Fedora Lounge.
post #13 of 25
Those two hats are to hats what the leisure suit is to suits.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by peach View Post

Those two hats are to hats what the leisure suit is to suits.

Well said! The stingy brim hat chosen to represent the fedora above sure doesn't look like what I'd call a fedora.
post #15 of 25

The same difference as trousers and slacks...

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