A trilby hat is similar to a fedora hat but has a narrower brim which angles downwards at the front, turning up at the back. Often worn at horse races, the name is taken from the 1894 novel by George du Maurier when the hat was worn in a play. The hat can be created in many different materials including wool but was originally created in rabbit hair felt.

The Trilby became a very popular accessory in the 1960s for men, declining in the 1970s. It returned to fashion in the 1980s though becoming a fashion item for both men and women despite it being traditionally worn by men.

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Written by Hollyann Prince

Hollyann Prince, graduating in International Fashion Business at Nottingham Trent University next year, currently writing the Silhouette & Looks and Accessories section of the Dictionary for Catwalk Yourself. A lover of fashion history and everything unique.

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