Moral oppositions aside, no one can deny that faux fur is one of the most luxe ways to keep warm and stay stylish during these frigid winter months. Despite its appeal however, real fur isn’t necessarily the most ethical option, particularly for those of us who happen to love our animal friends. As luck would have it, the faux fur trend is on the rise again, because brands understand our desire to wear fur for the aesthetic appeal, and many have created a variety of fashionable options that succeed in keeping wardrobes chic without the added guilt factor.
The first versions of synthetic fur were, unfortunately, matted and sticky, and not very attractive. Thankfully, with today’s technology, it has become difficult to differentiate faux from real – regardless of if it is worn on a coat, a hat, shoes, or even a handbag. Renowned fur designer Adrienne Landau, who created the faux fur line A by Adrienne Landau says “We can do knitted fur, printed fur, almost everything that we do in the real. With all the new technology, you can do the unexpected and nobody will realize that it’s faux.”
While there may be a plethora of fake options out there, it is imperative to have the right kind of faux fur in your wardrobe in order to pull it off. No one wants to look like a Muppet, or be called out for a terrible fake. So, what’s the best test when faux fur shopping? Feel your purchase up (literally!). Synthetic fur should be soft, but not so mushy that it is overly delicate. Even after being touched, the fur should easily mold back into its original pattern. Landau explains, “My faux fur has a great sheen, luster, density, coloration.” And yours should, too.
Learn how to choose the right faux fur for your wardrobe with these stylish options:
For a luxe alternative to leather or suede, try a faux fur handbag. While unexpected, they are perfect to tote your belongings in the blustery winter months.
While we weren’t exactly musically impressed when Flo Rida sang about boots with the fur, he did draw attention to a chic sartorial trend. Faux fur-lined boots are ideal when the weather is so cold you can barely feel your toes. Apres-ski, anyone?
You can never have too much hair on your head. Actually, maybe you can, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try out a synthetic fur headband or hat. If you aren’t totally sure about the idea of embracing an entire jacket, this is a great way to ease into the trend.
Patterned synthetic fur is having a moment, and your outerwear is a great place to implement this trend. If your outfit is in desperate need of a bit of whimsy, reach for a fun, patterned faux fur topper.
Of course, there are plenty of classic faux fur options as well. These choices are anything but basic, and even the most standard pieces will have you feeling like a million bucks.
Topshop Faux Fur Gilet Vest ($125)
Courreges Faux Fur and Stretch Wool Pullover ($1626)
Dennis Basso Platinum Collection Faux Fur Chubby Coat ($168)
Michael Michael Kors Detachable Faux-Fur Collar Coat ($783)
Laundry by Shelli Segal Two Tone Faux Fur Walking Coat ($228)
-Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. Find her on Twitter at @chs_psu