I love hats. Whether wearing them for ceremonies, safety, religious reasons, because you just don’t want to brush your hair, I love them all. We initially started wearing hats for protection against weather, and fur hats are extra special. And have been for a very, VERY long time.
The Beaver Fur Hat was *THE* Hat, from around 1550 until 1850, as gentlemen wanted fine hats. The felted beaver fur was and is great as it holds its shape over excessive wear and exposure to the elements. A most famous example is the stovepipe hat worn by Abraham Lincoln.
Another famous style of fur hat is the “Trapper’s Hat”. Also known as an Ushanka, which literally translated from Russian means ‘ear flap hat’, which dates back to the 17th century. Although it wasn’t until the 19th century that strings were added to the earflaps of these functional fur hats.
If there is one style of fur hat that is distinctive, it would certainly be The Ambassador. Although it originated in the former Soviet Union over 70 years ago, it is definitely many a gentlemen’s favorite. Sometimes referred to as a “pie” or “ship” hat, this particular style of fur hat has been worn by numerous notable figures, from Winston Churchill to Mikhail Gorbachev.
Newsboy caps have been around for over 100 years. Forget about the common ones made with wool or linen. One made of fur, like Persian lamb or even mink fur, would look great on anyone!
A favorite with ladies are fox fur hats. I have one, and it’s by far my favorite. It’s a great option for many women, not only because it’s flattering regardless of your face shape, but because fox fur hats provide excellent warmth without being too heavy. If you want to look fantastic without getting frostbite, then search no further than fox fur for a winter hat.
What’s your favorite hat, fur or otherwise?