During the sparkle of Old Hollywood, fur was a must have among the rich, famous, and beautiful. Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor wrapped themselves in fur coats as a status symbol of their unbridled femininity and class.
In the following years, fur grew less popular due to protests and more causal trends in fashion.
But there has been a shift in the last few years. Fur is making a comeback across all markets. The International Fur Trade Federation reports that global fur sales have more than doubled from $15.6 billion in 2011 to $35.8 billion in 2013. Retail sales aren't the only proof of resurgence in fur. Runways from New York to Paris are bringing fur back. In 2015, 73% of the designers showing in New York, London, Milan, and Paris presented fur in their fall and winter collections.
If you are looking to add a touch of elegance and high-fashion to your wardrobe, consider purchasing a real fur coat. A genuine fur coat can last years with proper care, and there are fur restyle options available should you want to do something different with your fur down the road. Another fur benefit includes unbeatable warmth; you will be the envy of all your friends and co-workers as you warmly brave the approaching winter chill. Read on to see our top suggestions for buying a fur coat:
Know Your Types of Furs
There are dozens of types of furs out there, but we're going to focus on the top choices:
Mink - Mink is one of the most popular and recognizable furs globally. It makes up around 70% of all fur sales. This fur is a favorite because it's plush, elegant, and lightweight. Mink coats can range from less than $1,000 to well over $10,000.
Sable - Sable is one of the rarest types of fur. With its silver, sleek hairs, sable feels even silkier than mink. Warm, but incredibly light, a simple jacket can start around $15K.
Chinchilla - Chinchilla is one of the softest furs available and naturally comes in a stunning blue-gray hue. While extremely soft, chinchilla has the highest hair density across all furs, making it extremely warm. Chinchilla can start in the low thousands for some pieces, but top off at over six figures.
There are attractive fur options to fit all price ranges. Shop around for your fur, looking online and visiting stores in person. Think about how you will wear your fur. Is this for special occasions or do you plan to wear it for every day? Don't feel like your fur is limited to one type of event or venue.
More women and men are opting to wear fur for day-to-day.
Know How to Shop
Like you would any new dress or pair of pants, try on your fur coat. If you are shopping online, ask for additional pictures from the seller in different types of light, indoor and outdoor. Since fur can be a large investment, make sure it complements your skin and hair color.
Furs have evolved drastically from the days of old Hollywood movies. Yes, there are still the classic, full-length coats in hues of brown and black. But dyed furs are a now a popular choice in everything from jackets to capelets.
Think about why you want to buy a fur. Are you looking to make an impactful fashion statement? If so, explore colorful options and modern design. Do you want a more classic piece that will stand the test of time? Opt for a more conventional style.
Know How to Care and Maintain
Once you have browsed your fur buying options and purchased your coat, it is time make a fur maintenance plan. Real fur must be cared for properly or permanent damage can take place. Fur should be professionally cleaned and glazed at least once a year to remove unwanted dirt and odor particles. Fur glazing protects the hair and helps lock in their natural oils. In the off-season, fur should be properly stored. The humidity and temperature inconsistencies in most homes are damaging so fur owners should find licensed furrier storage. Lastly, fur should be properly insured in case of accidents or theft.