A Guide to Real and Faux Fur
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Last winter saw an interesting and unexpected trend in the world of women’s fashion. Fur, which has long been a topic of debate and controversy, has made a big comeback on the runways and red carpets of fashion events around the world. Whether this is just a hot trend or fur is really back for good, there will certainly be many more women sporting the furry look once the weather gets cold this year.
The look of fur immediately suggests class and elegance. It has long been a status symbol for high-society, once reserved for celebrities and socialites, but now fur is quickly taking hold with fashionistas of a more traditional class. One reason for this is the affordability and accessibility of faux fur, but even many budget-conscious ladies are now making the investment in real fur coats.
Many women are more than satisfied to stick with fur of the synthetic variety. Whether it is a matter of money or morals, faux fur is still a popular option for coats, jackets, vests, and accessories.
While there are many clear differences between faux and real fur, the most obvious contrasts are in how each feels to the touch. Real fur has an ultra-soft feeling and falls in a sleek, smooth line when you run your fingers through it. Faux fur is generally rougher and coarser. Whereas many types of real fur feels like petting a cat, faux fur will feel more like rubbing a stuffed animal.
Perhaps the most meaningful difference is in the price. Faux fur items are easily manufactured and are commonly affordable to just about anyone. Real fur coats and garments, on the other hand, can cost multiple thousands of dollars each. The sheer cost difference is the immediate deal breaker for some, but many others feel that the quality, durability, and softness of real fur make it worth the investment.
Types of Fur
According to one expert from Foxandklaff.com, there are over 30 types of animal fur that have made popular garments over the last century. The type of fur from which a garment is made will make a huge difference in everything from price and durability to softness and color. Choosing which type of fur is the best for your coat will obviously be a matter of choice, and you may want different furs for different garments.
Mink is perhaps the most popular fur for modern coats. The guard hairs (the visible top layer) of mink are soft, lightweight, and lustrous, and the underfur is shorter and denser. Mink coats have a shiny, wet look and are often reserved for special occasions and formal events.
Chinchilla and rabbit fur are very similar to mink, but they will each have a different color and slightly different properties. Chinchilla is shorter and darker, whereas rabbit is softer and lighter in color. They are both normally more affordable materials than mink as well.
Fox and lynx fur are popular varieties that are creamier in color. While you can find full-length coats in either type of fur, both are more commonly found in trimmings and fur accessories. Raccoon is also similar to fox fur, but it is slightly darker.
Find Your Style
You can find a suitable type, style, and color of both real and faux fur for every look and occasion. If you are new to fur, you should feel and try on different types in person before making a purchase. This is especially the case with real fur coats, since they are a significant investment. Either way, you should be able to find the right style that enables you to stand out from the crows like a celebrity or socialite.