Taking inspiration from my post on Justin Timberlake a couple of days ago, I’m going to delve into some history about trilby hats. They’re incredibly versatile because they can be worn by both men and women without either sex looking a bit odd.
Trilbies are quite a popular style of hat, but did you know that they actually get their name from a play? George du Maurier (Daphne du Maurier’s grandfather) wrote a novel called Trilby, which was the name of his main character. This was then adapted for the stage, and part of the costume was this hat.
It became known as the trilby as a tribute to the character, and many fans of the novel and play donned the hat to show their affiliation with it.
The trilby has often been confused for a fedora because they do have similar styles, but as you can see here fedoras have much wider brims which are often more of an oval shape, rather than the circular trilby.
Despite their popularity with men and women, trilbies weren’t really marketed for women until the 1980s, when they appeared again after a short lapse. They were advertised as part of retro fashion, and have enjoyed a steady demand since.
They’re particularly in favour with male celebrities: Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Colin Farrell have been known to don the stylish hat on various occasions, and it’s therefore one of the more mainstream types of hat available.