Sometimes it is hard to know where to start when choosing a fur hat. So we have created a quick guide to help you out.
The biggest drawback with most hats is their incomplete coverage; the lower part of the ears is left bare, as are the cheeks and chin.
A Ushanka (from “ushi” or “ears” in Russian) solves this problem by adding two flexible ear flaps, one on each side, with a string or leather tie that can connect them either beneath the chin or on top of the hat.
Here is what you should know about a Ushanka:
- It usually has a round, flat top
- It is a traditional Russian hat known for its ear flaps
- It is designed to handle the cold Russian winters so it is very warm
- The outside of the hat can either be just fur trimmed (front and ear flaps) or full fur (the whole exterior furred)
- The interior is lined with satin or other materials but also can also be furred
- Most come without a brim but some styles can include a small visor that keeps the forehead warm and shades the tops of the eyes
- There are three ways to wear it; with the ear flaps down and untied, with the flaps down but tied or with ear flaps tied up on top of your head
- The tie will be either a string or a buckle at the bottom of the ear flaps, or press studs as in most of our hats
Aviator hats look like Ushankas but are slightly different. As the name implies, Aviator hats were used by pilots in open cockpits to keep their ears and heads warm. Even as the cockpits of planes became closed, their popularity continued through WWII, up until the time that jets necessitated the use of a helmet.
Here is what you should know about Aviator hats:
- A very popular hat and one of the most casual looks
- Usually has more of a rounded top made of segments that meet in the middle
- Has a fur trim on the front and side flaps but generally the lining is satin or quilted
- The exterior is usually never full furred, and is usually made of leather or other materials
- An Aviator hat will normally have a buckle strap at the bottom, allowing you to securely wear the ear flaps up or down
Trapper hats are a sort of hybrid between the Aviator hat and the Ushanka. They combine the style of the former with the furriness of the latter. They are considered more casual than the military-derived Ushanka.
Most of our fur hats are either Ushanka or Trapper hats.
Here is what you should know about Trapper hats:
- More casual than a Ushanka
- The top is made of one piece of material running from front to back
- Has a fur trim on the front and side flaps
- Generally the lining is satin or quilted
- The exterior can be made of leather or other materials and can be fully furred
- A Trapper hat will normally have a ties or studs on a strap at the bottom, allowing you to securely wear the ear flaps up or down
A beanie hat is essentially the same shape as a regular wool cap, that is, a head-hugging brimless hat. All of our beanie hats are full fur and are lined, so are much warmer than a regular wool beanie. Some of our fur beanies also come with a brim for extra style.
The pom-pom hat, as the name implies, is a standard beanie-style hat with a pom-pom attached. All of our pom-pom hats are full fur. The pom-pom is also detachable and interchangeable (we also sell a selection of separate pom-poms).
A kepi is a light military cap with a peak of leather or cloth and sometimes a chinstrap of leather or cord. The kepi originated during Algerian war in the nineteenth century but was then was named a casquette or bonnet de la police à visière.
Flat wool caps with a short brim are a go-anywhere style. For the winter months, they can be worn in thicker wool or any type of fur.
These are basically indistinguishable from the fall/spring styles, apart from the thickness, and are great for someone who wants to look stylish during a short trip outside. In the bitter cold, however, the lack of ear, cheek, or neck protection makes them an insufficient source of warmth for any real length of time.
These are, in general, your best option when you need to look dressy in the winter. They can come with or without protective ear warmers and modern designs are really quite discreet, you can tuck the flaps up when necessary, for example.