Fedora - hat style and it's history

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Fedora - hat style and it's history

Fedora is a hat that made out of felt material, usually, wool or fur felt. This hat style has a wide brim, a crown that is indented and pitched, and trimmed with ribbon. 

It can be made in any color but common colors are black, gray, dark brown and tan. This hat style has its story as a female hat. In 1982 French author Victorien Sardou presented a play "Fedora" and the main actress wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The hat was soon a popular fashion for women, especially for women’s rights activists. Hat has been named after that play. 

In 1924 Prince Edward of Britain started wearing them and the fedora was adopted by men and gradually replaced bowlers, flat caps and top hats. This hat style was primarily worn in urban areas and been used as protection from bad weather as well as for aesthetic reasons.  In the first decade of the 20th century, black fedoras have been also adopted by Orthodox Jews as they wore them as a part of their daily wear. Many Orthodox Jews wear fedoras nowadays. Fedora with a narrower brim, called trilby, was also popular.

The elevation of the fedora’s popularity falls in the mid-1920s this is why it is often associated with Prohibition and gangsters. In the 1940s and 1950s, films promoted fedora hats even more and its reputation lasted till the late 1950s when informal clothing became more widespread. Its popularity returned in the mid-1970s and then again in the 1980s and in the 2000s.

Fedora and trilby hats were so fashionable because of their style as well as of their practicality. They don’t obscure the view during driving the car and are not as big as top hats so they could be worn in public transport. They could also be stored by folding and won't lose its shape.