Thursday, March 11, 2010
Ladies & Gentlemen , doff your hats : why the Trilby remains a symbol of easy style.
The name Trilby was apparently derived from the play based on George du Maurier's 1894 gothic novel by the same name. A hat of this type was first worn in the London production of the play, by the actress playing the lead part ( of Trilby O' Ferrall, the novel's heroine) and came to be known as the Trilby.
The sleek shape with it's deeply indented crown , pinched front and narrow brim was an instant hit. Sometimes the brim is sharply upturned at the back.
A Fedora could be considered an American Trilby, with a slightly wider brim.
The Trilby became really big in the 1920s as a casual , men's sporting hat to be worn outdoors to the races, later it replaced the more formal bowlers and homburgs as a hat to be worn with suits. Women still wore them but not as much as the men !
It remained one of the most popular hats till the 1960s , when hats stopped being considered a staple in a man's wardrobe. This Hat has also been associated with Jews, British Police Inspectors and Jazz musicians.
Trilbys were usually made of rabbit hair felt and later wool or tweed, but these days both the trilby and the fedora are available in a wide range of colors and materials that make them suitable for both summer and winter wear. My personal favorite would be a Grey or Beige felt Trilby, with maybe, just a self colored narrow ribbon and a smallish bow! So Chic .
Not as popular as before , even today the Trilby makes its presence felt, as movie stars and celebrities from Micheal Jackson to Agenyss Deyn, Victoria Beckham and Justin Timberlake, and many others, have all worn it to make a statement in starry charisma .
Whatever the history, the fact is that the Trilby is now considered unisex ,undeniably stylish and a little bit romantic. Above all, its a true classic.
Get a Trilby and add that dash of panache to your everyday outfits, that little bit of zaniness that sets apart a truly stylish dresser.
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