I can honestly say that I am now well-represented in the hat department. In addition to several flat and newsboy caps of varying thicknesses, my trusty fedora, a Panama, boater and even a pith helmet for when the heat really strikes(!) I am now the proud owner of a couple of trilbies.
They are quite a disparate pair of hats, but none the worse for it. In fact it's an interesting illustration of how varying in style a hat can be and yet still be called a trilby.
|Jaxon Hats Downer trilby from Village Hats, £7.95 from £14.95|
The first is an inexpensive little delight (£6.76, if you're asking, but that was half price and with a discount) from my favourite on-line hatters - Village Hats. I can't say it enough times; their range is extensive and quite reasonably priced and they are usually my first port of call when I am in the market for a new titfer.
|Image courtesy of Dr. Macro|
I've ordered a resizing headband from Village Hats to hopefully take care of the excess space (the over-the-ears look never suits!) but sadly this particular item of headgear is no longer available. That amazing half-price with discount offer was simply because it was old stock.
***UPDATE***A few more examples of the Jaxon Downer trilby have just become available, in Extra Large only. Get 'em while you can!
|The "Kempton" trilby from Hornets, £25 (plus p+p)|
Although I said that Village Hats' choice was wide, their more traditional trilbies are just outside my price range at the moment (and tend to come with a feather stuck in the side of them; I personally don't much care for that look and while it may well be removable I'd rather not have to find out). My back-up in such scenarios is Hornets of Kensington. Theirs might be a smaller selection but it is still kind to the wallet. Their "Epsom" trilby is a very acceptable £25. Once again I seem to have snapped up the last of a line though, as it has since been replaced with the similar "Kempton".
Now I really am covered (literally!) for all situations and styles. Hopefully in the coming year I'll have a few chances to really give my new purchases a whirl, in the meantime my bonce will continue to be stylishly protected from the elements.