According to Halacha, are Fedoras considered Lo Yilbash for a woman to wear? Or no, even though they are often worn by males, are they not considered men’s apparel that women are by halacha prohibited from wearing?

  • I believe a beret would be more appropriate for a woman to wear. Fedoras are mostly worn by men Apr 18 at 5:25
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    Noteworthy: According to wikipedia, fedoras originally gained popularity as a woman's accessory, before they became popular for men.
    – chortkov2
    Apr 18 at 6:41
  • @chortkov2 - more than that, the hat first appeared in a play called Fédora where Sarah Bernhardt playing Princess Fédora Romazoff wore a soft felt hat and started the fashion.
    – Henry
    Apr 18 at 17:26
  • @chortkov2 Not relevant nowadays though
    – N.T.
    Apr 21 at 11:55

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As long as the garment is worn by women generally that they sell it in the women's section of a department store, it is not a problem of lo silbash.

The exact guideline (based on Darkei Teshuva 182, 13) is more along the lines of, if you would see her wearing this item, would your immediate reaction be "she's wearing a man's garment!" or not?

The fact that certain items are sold only in men's stores or vice versa does not really affect this halacha.

Therefore, even if she would wear a men's fedora, if there is no noticeable difference that the average person would notice and think she's wearing a man's garment, it's permitted.

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    Is that link to your website?
    – Double AA
    Apr 18 at 13:14
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  • When do women ever wear fedoras? It is a man's garment.
    – N.T.
    Apr 21 at 11:54

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