Fedora (hat)

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A fedora, which in this case has been pinched at the front and being worn pushed back on the head, with the front of the brim bent down over the eyes.
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A fedora, which in this case has been pinched at the front and being worn pushed back on the head, with the front of the brim bent down over the eyes.

The fedora is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Any hat that resembles the soft felt version is also usually called a fedora, including straw and twill ones. Similar hats with a C-crown (with an indentation for the head in the top of the crown) are occasionally called fedoras. It is usually worn by men, but ladies' versions can also be found.

The popularity of the fedora has resulted in being able to purchase one in nearly any style. Fedoras can be found in nearly any color imaginable, but black, grey, and brown are the most popular and universal.

In Europe a fedora is also called a trilby. They typically have a shorter, "stingy" brim and the back of the brim is distinctively more sharply upturned as a result.

The word comes from the title of a 1882 play by Victorien Sardou, Fédora, whose heroine wore this style of hat.

Famous uses

The fedora was worn mostly in the early part of the twentienth century within urban industrialized settings as a stylish way to protect from the wind and weather while being compact enough to deal with the newer technologies such as the automobile. It is often associated with Prohibition-era mafia and tops off most zoot suits.

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