Fur hats at Bergdorf’s…in which I pretend to be Anna Karenina

When you think of a fur hat what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s Anna Karenina. A fur hat equals romance in a snowy white blizzard. Call me crazy, it’s just the first thing that comes to mind. So when I found myself in Bergdorf Goodman last week I went a little wild when I spotted an entire rack of furry hats. I’m not usually one for trying on “hair wreckers” in store but something in me stirred and I posed with everything from beaver to coyote fur on my head (and before you go mental calling me out on cruelty to animal, please read my piece on buying fur and how I ALWAYS research where my fur is sourced before I purchase).

As I tried on hat after hat, I got to thinking about how you wear such extravagant accessories. Sure they are all functional in that they keep your head extremely warm. But, these pieces are also absolute attention grabbers. Think about the last person you saw wearing a fur hat on the street. Most likely it was either a woman over the age of 70 or a person we now call a “fashionista.” Basically fur hats are not for the spiritless amongst us in the fashion world. If you are going to wear one of these pieces you have to do so with a bit of pep in your step. Confidence is an essential accessory to a fur hat. 

So did I walk away with one in a Bergdorf’s bag. The sad answer to that question is “no.” Unfortunately my favourite hat came with a price tag of $4,550. A bit steep for me at the present time. However, my fingers are swiftly working away online to find a fashionable equivalent. I can’t guarantee I have what it takes to make this look work but I’m going to give it my best shot… watch out world, fashion goose in furry hat coming through!


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