The Fedora hat first appeared in late 1880s and was worn as a symbol of wealth. In the 1940s, gangster and detective movies featured men wearing fedoras, and the hat took on a different meaning. The Fashion catwalks are embracing the fedora for women's wear but would you wear one? How can we make them more feminine?

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Love the fedora. What a classic cut! And it's amazing how this style was created for a male, but now suited for male and female.

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Very classy and neat Renee. That would be a good seller.

For race day a few longer feathers coming out from under bow and over the crown. The tiger feathers in Black & Hot pink would make it stand out in the crowd!!

If you pop a small piece of velcro under bow and on base of feathers so they can wear on race day and remove to wear as a tailored Fedora next time. Enjoy your Fedora.

Love this!

Elaine, I was just questioning whether velcro would hold well enough to make interchangeable hat adornments.  I love using big flowers etc on hats, but also find that sometimes people just don't feel comfortable with all the fuss. (Here people don't wear hats, People think I am the crazy hat lady.) I was thinking I might be able to make fedoras that are tailored with the option to add the fuss of flowers and feathers as non hat wearing individuals become more accustomed to having a hat on their heads.  I am determined to bring hat wearing back to mainstream USA.  I just need to figure out how. :)  Thanks for answering my unasked question!

I thought when Aretha Franklin wore that boffo hat during the last inauguration there might be a surge in hat wearing.  Maybe Ann or Michelle (whoever it may be) will wear a fedora to the next inauguration!  

Bridget, It is not a crazy idea. I know a milliner who did this as a good selling point.The main thing is there has to be something else on the attachable flower that is a filler eg soft feathers or rouched fabric or loops that will disguise the velcro as it will need an amount of velcro so when the lady tilts her head weight of flower does not cause it to fall off=embarrassed customer= lost customer for future.

Trial and error is the test.  Option of hat pin to secure and add vintage look is another thought.Then you would make a feather trim also maybe with bow made from left over hat band ribbon or fabric

When you sell hat have base product cost and option of one or both trims. Let us know how you go.

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I love fedoras. My Grandfather wore one every day. I think they look equally great on women and men. You can't beat a classic and they were all over the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2012. I've done a few blog posts on them (see links below).

http://aoifekirwanmillinery.com/2012/03/18/all-wrapped-up-at-af-van...

http://aoifekirwanmillinery.com/2012/03/08/giorgio-armani-heres-loo...

http://aoifekirwanmillinery.com/2012/03/30/all-about-the-fedora-at-...

Love fedoras on men.  My father wore a fedora every day of his working life.  (when he was working outside, i.e. in the garden, he wore a  black beret).  I don't think I saw him outside without a hat - ever.  I'm a bit annoyed when people confuse fedoras with trilbys.  Fedoras are much classier and seen these days as a bit romantic I think (last scene in Casablanca).  Trilbys are more casual - I noticed in the UK they're still worn by butchers!

I've got the panama capeline for a summer fedora for myself, but haven't got the block yet!

I agree about the whole not knowing the difference, Greer, but I tend to tag everything Fedora/Trilby, because so many don't know the difference.

You are correct Bridget they do not know the difference - if it helps sales thats good!! An easy way to recognize the difference is related to Trilby name, TRI meaning 3.

On the top of a Trilby are 3 angles like a triangle on the top where as a traditional Fedora has a gutter through middle with dimples on each side @ front as seen in Greer's dads pic - what a dignified Gentleman in his Fedora,  Greer!! 

Thanks Elaine - he was a gentleman!  In the meantime, I'll try and do my best to educate the public about the proper use of hat names.  Can I use your description on my FB page?

Also, I always thought a pillbox was a straight sided circle/oval, but keep seeing what I believe to be berets, or buttons, i.e. sides curved outwards, described as pillboxes.   Any advice on that?

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