The ushanka is one of Russia’s greatest media icons, and an item that I tend to crush on from time to time. If you were with me last winter then you might remember that I wrote two posts about the ear flap hat : Wearing Ushankas With Attitude and Ushankas Are Just Made For Winter Street Style. This year I thought I’d revive the ushanka because 1). Fun, chic, and cute looks can be made with them. e.g. Just imagine sipping on hot chocolate in a chalet somewhere while wearing one. 2). If you’re like me who can’t pull off beanies or tuques well this may be an option for you. And 3). Both Babushkas and Russian mothers agree that it’s important to keep your head warm so you won’t get meningitis, and whats better than an ushanka at keeping your head warm? (Russians take keeping your head warm seriously)
Well Matryoshka’s sometimes you need to have the right attitude when you take it upon yourself to wear something bold. The Ushanka (bombber hat, shapka) is that very accessory that can get you quizzical looks from passers by- if it’s unusual or uncommon to see where you live. Now you must know by now I have an obsession with this shapka-ushanka, I even have a previous post on the subject (ushanka’s are just made for winter street style.).
She stills herself, hearing the faint canter of a horse in the distance; a sound that appears to grow louder with her own rhythmic heart beat, now thundering away in her chest. She’s confident her heroic (and trust me Matryoshka’s in this tale the hero’s dashingly handsome) Bogatyr has come to save her from a life with a brutish Slavic rogue.
Winter is fun it’s the only time of year when you can pull out your ski bunny outfits, and take off to a cute little cottage in some mountainous region. (Don’t skimp on that hot chocolate either, Whip Cream it up!! ). The winter season is also the only time of year when you can visit your local Christmas markets for the holiday festivity filled fun.
Anyway Matryoshka’s todays post is about street style in Kiev during the winter. Kiev is a
Who could resist this well known Russian winter staple? Ushanka’s- Shapka’s are perfect for adding sophistication to winter wardrobes, + a bit of extra fun! Here are some (women & men) street style looks that have been spiced up by the wearer adding an Ushanka. + also included the
wrong Faux Pas way to wear one.