Fedora vs. Trilby

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  1. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    Exact difference(s) in men's fedora hats and men's trilby hats, please.
     
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    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.
     
  3. Lafont

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    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.
     
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    The Fedora is worn by reddit-loving geeks. The Trilby by hipsters from 2008?
     
  5. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    I wrote to Bates Hatters, in London, thru Facebook.
     
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    No response from Bates. For shame. If they're too busy perhaps the mascot cat can respond, at least....
     
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    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!
     
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    Trilby below: Note the brim, because that's where the biggest difference is. Most people visualize a trilby when they say/hear fedora.

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    Fedora below:

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    Note the brim is upturned all the way around.
     
  9. Lafont

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Those two hats are to hats what the leisure suit is to suits.
     
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    Well said! The stingy brim hat chosen to represent the fedora above sure doesn't look like what I'd call a fedora.
     
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    The same difference as trousers and slacks...
     
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