Most people would think that Canadian’s have it down pat when it comes to winter dressing, and I would agree on some aspects. Living in a tundra obviously lends itself some amazing layering skills. And we definitely know how to dress for the cold weather in a casual sense. But one country has us beat when it comes to fancy winter wear. Russia. Those Russians know how to bring the heat. Literally with all their fur, and figuratively with all their style.
Let’s start with the fur. Russians LOVE their fur. Fur hats, fur coats, fur boots, fur undies? I’m positive Putin wears fur undies. Basically they want to embody any type of furry animal in the winter; which serves as both practical in that it is warm as fuck, and fashionable because it is fancy as fuck. And while most of Russia is still going strong with real fur, there are a million and one faux fur options out there to please all the animal lovers out there.
Now let’s move on to the bling. Metallic, gaudy and dated; this is what I think of when I think of classy Russian women. And I love it! I realize that there are a slew of fashionable Russian ladies out there who are dominating street style at all the major fashion weeks. However, I choose to associate Russian style with the 1990’s, when the country had finally opened up to the rest of the world and allowed some god awful fashion through its borders. Queue the tracksuits and gold lame dresses.
And finally let’s not forget the famous Russian Ballerinas. Russian Ballet has dominated the Ballet scene for years and is there anything more beautiful than a ballerina? Bring on the tights and short hemlines is what I am getting at.
Add all of this up and you have a pretty great recipe for a stylish and practical winter uniform. Now where is the vodka?
French Connection Coat (similar here), J Crew turtleneck (similar here), Zara dress (similar here), Granville Island Hat Co. faux fur hat (similar here), Rag and Bone shoes, thrifted necklace (similar here)
Photos by Kayla Browne from NEAT