Fur was – and still is – all over the runways. fashionable people such as you and i are rushing to thrift stores, vintage shops, and ebay to find The Coat. The Perfect Coat. The Coat You Can Wear With Anything And Look Fabulously, Effortlessly Chic In.
needless to say, easier said than done.
there are so many variables… color, faux vs. bona fide, length, pattern… how to choose?
fur coats are usually quite versatile, sort of a universally accepted (for the most part) staple. dress them up or down, wear them with skirts or jeans, dresses or leggings… anything goes. however, if you’re planning to wear it mostly with a specific style, you should think a little more carefully about your options.
color/pattern/pelt: quite simple, really… white, white/silver, grey, black, leopard print, tiger print. go by which color you think will looks best with your hair. [i have brown hair, so I went with a silver/grey/white combination; brown wouldn’t go well]. pelt is how the fur is sewn together; it can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. (mine is diagonal).
faux vs. real: a personal opinion. I went faux, but I am eying a mink pillbox hat…
length: again, really a personal preference & what you’re going to wear it with. I wear heels practically all the time and i’m (sort of) short, so I went with mid-thigh. other lengths are generally hip, knee, and floor. (only get a floor-length coat if you’re really daring!)
the public opinion on fur anything – hats, vests, and especially coats – seems to be highly divided… I, for one, have encountered mostly the “ohmyGOD what IS she wearing?” reaction… although people around where I live aren’t very open to anything non-Abercrombie. (Yes, I am stuck in my own personal hell.) It’s lucky I don’t particularly care, because I know I’m better dressed than them. 🙂
Definitely chic. (and WARM, which is a must for me, in Michigan).
Betsey Johnson, Fall 2008
Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall 2008