The Fedora / Trilby is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides.
It was invented in the mid-1920s. The word comes from the title of an 1882 play by Sardou, “Fedora”, the heroine of which wore this style hat.
Any hat that resembles the soft felt version is also usually referred to as a fedora hat, including straw, leather, and twill. Similar hats with a Teardrop or C Crown (with an indentation for the head in the top of the crown) are also called fedoras. It is usually worn by men, but ladies versions can also be found.
Fedora hats can be found in nearly any color, but black, grey, and brown are the most popular colors. In many classic Hollywood movies of the 1940s and 1950s, actors often wore a fedora, particularly when playing reporters, detectives, gangsters, or other tough guy roles.
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