The difference between style and fashion is quality.
What do you call a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up or let down? It is a called a Ushanka hat.
I got my hands on a vintage black Ushanka a few weeks ago and fell in love with the practical yet fashionable design. If it is mild, flaps up – if you are experiencing colder temperatures like we are in Ottawa, ON right now, you wear them down.
I had always seen these hats sported on television, mainly in movies with soldiers. It definitely is the trooper “tuque” of choice and a staple in the winter uniforms of the military.
Speaking of television I have all of two channels at home and stumbled across a recent special on Canadians and Russians and what they each think of old man winter. Interestingly enough not one Russian man I saw during the entire show that was filmed wore his ear flaps down – even in frigid temperatures. In Russia (and maybe elsewhere in the world) it is not considered manly or masculine to wear the flaps down.
If you are into hats and looking for one of these to add to your collection it can also be called a Shapka, Aviator hat or Trapper hat.
Be sure to look at the tag to see if it is made of real fur or not. In more recent years since these have become popular faux fur has been used more frequently when making these hats.
You can find these on eBay for between $25-$400. The range has everything to do with authenticity.
I personally gravitate towards the Soviet Russian Ushanka boasting a badge.
Keep warm and cozy in one of these ear-flap hats today!
I wanted to bring this look to you before fall approaches so you have all the things you need to recreate it on yourself…to suit your taste.
The femuline style derived in the 1930’s by the talented Marlene Dietrich (Marie Magdalene Dietrich) a German actress and singer. Back then the perfect suit was all about the cut and fabric – I think it still is to this very day.
I came across this sleek style myself while watching the flick Annie Hall with Diane Keaton and Woody Allen a few months back. Diane wore this look effortlessly in the 1977 flick. The next day I went out an bought two ties in the men’s section at The Bay. The Bay has a great selection of skinny ties [by the way] that any girl can work into her wardrobe.
Don’t worry gents there is a post coming soon for you as well -it will be on what I think is the next big thing in men’s fashion – I have some ideas on what will be revived from the past. In the meantime check out my previous post, Men’s Vintage Clothing – Styling and Shopping List.
Wild Wednesday presents: An interesting perspective I got wind of today that is applicable to the everyday buying selections we make.
I was waiting for my Korean take-out to be ready this evening when I overheard a conversation about clothing and style.
“You seem to like fashion a lot, you always wear things differently than other people, have you thought of becoming a designer?”
“It’s all about the clothing and convenience.” He went on to say how he wears things that work for him from both a practical use and fashion conscious point of view. His sentence (quoted above) really struck a chord with me. I felt like I just indulged in all the food for thought I needed for the day.
Funny how sometimes the things you hear in passing make you recall why you fancy antiques and vintage objects, especially when it comes to fashion. They explode effortless beauty and usually serve a distinct purpose.
If we apply this perspective to the olden days things we choose to buy there is definitely some value. Takeaway of the day for me is…
If you buy something don’t forget it’s purpose in your home or on your body. Make sure it is suitable to you and your level of comfort. Think about how functional it is and if you are an out of the box thinker, contemplate all the ways you can repurpose it.
Time to start making more room for captivating and convenient things in my life.