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Look forward to the cold just so you can wear your Ushanka!

An ushanka (in Russian, literally meaning "ear hat"), also called, aviator's hat, trooper hat or trapper's hat, is a Russian fur hat with ear flaps, which can be tied up to the crown of the hat, or tied at the chin to protect the ears, jaw and lower chin from the cold. The thick dense fur also offers some protection against blunt impacts to the head when it's slippery outside.

Hats with flexible earflaps made of fur have been worn by people in Russia, Germany and Scandinavia for centuries. Such hats also were used by ancient Scythians and various nomads of the Central Asia, as well as by the peoples living in the Arctic region.

However, the standard modern-type ushanka with a perfectly round hat crown became massively used only in the 20th century, in Russia.

The ushanka became a symbol and media icon of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. Photographs of U.S. President Gerald Ford wearing the hat during a 1974 visit to the Soviet Union were seen as a possible sign of détente. In 1991, with the fall of the Soviet Union came the first wave of commercially imported Russian winter hats into the United States and other Western countries.

Russian Ushankas are completely winter-ready, just waiting for the time when you're preparing to go outside to shovel that snow off your driveway or enjoy a walk in the mountains. And when you are planning a trip somewhere REALLY cold and windy an ushanka is the best solution. It stays on your head, no matter how hard the wind blows (bonus point)! To add to your enjoyment, you will surely have TOTAL strangers approach you and saying, "Now THAT is an awesome hat!"

An ushanka hat is more than just a stylish piece of winter wardrobe – its versatility is legendary, as there are numerous different combination of wearing this warm and cozy hat, based on the specific weather conditions.

You can wear it with ears fixed on the top of the head - this is the classical look!
You can wear it with ears unfolded. It's a cute and casual look!
You can wear it with ears folded back. It's extra neck protection and it's easier to get on and off.
You can tie the ear flaps at the chin. Your cheeks will rest on soft fur.

Ushanka has been time-tested over centuries of use by countless numbers of people – people with strong wills, people with powerful personalities, and people with tremendous drive to keep going forward, no matter what. No cold, wind, or snow could break through the ushanka’s defenses.

The Russian ushanka hats are constantly gaining in popularity and now, even fashion designers are starting to include these special Russian hats in their new collections! Many celebrities, including Madonna, Lily Allen, and Alexandra Richards, are adopting this great head wear!

Nowadays, ushankas come in a great variety of colors and with the help of a sparkling brooch you can add that final touch that will complete your winter look. Try matching or contrasting the brooch color with the color of your eyes or your Russian hat for that extra touch of glamour!

Edited by Mikhail Kholodov