Friday, May 29, 2009

Hat Glossary: Trilby vs. Fedora

I know not a day goes by when you don't ask yourself: What's the difference between a Trilby and a Fedora?

 It's what keeps you up at night, right? I knew it!

But be prepared to sleep well tonight.

Long and short of it is this: a Trilby is a type of a Fedora.

Wikipedia told me so.

Think of the Trilby / Fedora relationship like the whole a square is a rectangle thing.

You with me?

Perhaps the reason I don't know these things is because hats are not the required wardrobe staple as they once were. Whatever the reason, I wanted to share with you what I've surmised from my "research" on the web:
  • The difference is the brim!
OK. Quiz time.  Who is wearing a trilby and who is wearing a fedora?

Our lovely models, Jessica, Frank and Indy:

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Did you guess Trilby, Trilby, Fedora? Nice work! You're right: Fedoras = wider brims.

Trilby's brim is most commonly tipped up in the back have a shorter overall brim and shorter crown.  Additionally folks in the UK use the term Trilby to describe Fedoras.

Even though any image search for Trilby or Fedora on the internets shows that everyone seems to share the same confusion:Tomato, tomahhto.  So I'll just stick with the simple equation: short brim=Trilby, wide brim=Fedora and anything in the murky middle will just be a Trildora...?  Eh whatever.  Just wear more things on your head.