The trilby is trendy. Chances are if you see a star on TV wearing a hat on the red carpet, it's a trilby. Often mistaken for its close cousin the fedora, the Trilby differs from the Fedora in several ways. It has a much narrower brim. The front of the brim is turned down and the back is turned sharply up. This is not the case fedora. The crown is deeply creased on the side and sports a tear drop indentation.
Like the Fedora, the Trilby takes its name from a novel by George du Maurier and a play of the same name. It also was originally a woman's hat before being co-opted by the men. It first gained popularity when it replaced the Fedora as the men's hat of choice in the late 1960's. Narrower ties and lapels, as well as lower ceiling automobiles, made the Fedora both unstylish and impractical. In stepped the Trilby.
Like all hats, it faded in popularity in the 1970's as more attention was paid to hairstyle rather than head coverings. It surged back into the limelight in the 2000's as it became the hat of choice of several popular musicians and actors. The trilby is no longer confined to the neutral color palette. Now it features a wide variety of bands and logos. Today no man's wardrobe is complete without a Trilby.
Famous people that wear the Trilby are:
Jason Mraz (musician)
Justin Timberlake (musician actor)
Brad Pitt (actor)
Sean Connery (Actor)
Inspector Clouseau (Pink Panther)
Lindsey Lohan (actress)
Everyone is wearing a Trilby these days. It's the "in" hat and as such is wildly manufactured. You are more likely to be able to find a good Trilby hat for a reasonable price than any other. Still the quality of material will determine the price. You can buy a simple cotton or hardened felt trilby for as little as five dollars, or you can go for a more expensive hat made from rabbit fur. The price range for this hat can be from $10-$200. Quality milliners who produce Trilbies are: Stetson, Kangol, Ben Sherman, and Bailey.