Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Tuque

Tuque: (tūk, tyūkn. French Canadian word signifying a knitted woolen cap

I am proud that Canada proclaims itself as a bilingual country of French and English. Being bilingual not only offers a glimpse into other cultures, but opens up your world and point of view to whole other level. Reducing stereotypes and prejudices, often facilitating the ease of learning other languages, and traveling to far off countries, being bilingual is something we should all strive for. Sadly, the majority of people in Saskatchewan cannot speak both languages which is a disgrace to our culture and our bilingual reputation - but this is a whole other topic which I won't get into right now!!).

Although I am one of those poor people who cannot speak French, I do have an appreciation for the language and one day I would love to learn to speak it. For now, one of my favorite French -Canadian words is tuque. Adapted from the French (France) word toque meaning a hat that knocked against the back of your shoulders because it had a long droopy end. Today, the word tuque is widely used throughout Canada referring to a woolen hat that keeps you warm on those cold, snowy, winter days. 

As a Canadian, I think that tuques can be one of our very best accessories in the winter. Since tuques are readily available and relatively cheap, you can have a wide selection of tuques to pair with your other winter gear. And since my winter coat was a bit over budget, I think it will be the only winter coat I am getting this year. However, by changing up the style of tuque, you can change the entire look of the coat, making super versatile and fun. So, here are a few pics of my new coat with three different tuques!!

The Bobble Toque

The Nautical Sailor Tuque

The Faux Fur Cossack Hat (definitely my favorite right now)

Black Tuque: ???
White Tuque: Joe Fresh
Russian Faux Fur Hat: H & M
Coat: Filippa K
Boots: Madewell

Hugs and Kisses,


  1. Thanks for my bit of French culture for the day! I'll be using that word left and right now... haha

    I can see why the Russian hat is your fave! Way chic and looks great on you!



  2. oh my.the snow looks so beautiful..but cold! brrr..
    you look beautiful in these shots..
    my favorite is the faux fur one as well..def. looks like it will keep you warm.

  3. Oui, mois aussi Je suis fier que nous soyons un pays bilingue! Oh Canada!

    My favourite of the three is definitely the fauz-fur hat! That reminds me, I need to stock up on my tuques!


  4. Such a great post! Love the faux fur toque!


  5. Those hats are all awesome! "Tuque" is a much cooler word than "beanie," which is what we call them here in California. I think I've heard of some people in Colorado calling them "tuques"--maybe the hockey influence? Anyway, you're right that it really does change the whole vibe of the outfit! I tend to think of winter hats in quite practical terms, but thinking of them as a bona fide accessory instead is a great idea.

    And I've got to confess... my hair isn't naturally red! So no need for jealousy. The way I see it, it's probably better this way because I have brown (and therefore visible) eyelashes and eyebrows :P


  6. I love the fur hat! you look so cute in it, and your coat is beautiful.

    I'm definitely going to be out fur hat hunting now...

    Chic on the Cheap

  7. the snow looks sooo pretty! my little one inch is melting away :( you look super cute here, I'm in love with your fur hat!

    xoxo following!

  8. Oooooh, CUTE! Snowpictures... I love it! Looks really great!

    From Munich With Love

    Angie -> http://munichstylelover.blogspot.com

  9. Never heard the word Tuque, but I love it!

  10. Gorgeous!! lovely pictures..And love ur coat...

  11. These photos are so gorgeous!! You look incredibly chic, like out of a magazine :)

  12. i looove tuques :) :) switzerland has 4 languages!

  13. Happy to follow you!!! And, yes, I love boots...can never have enough!

  14. Nice pictures...S


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