For those new to the world of fur, you might feel as if your fur selections are limited by certain unwritten “rules” that must be followed. This idea usually comes from a history of seeing fur as a certain type of garment–perhaps the long, flowing mink coat shown on red carpets, or the stole you admired in your grandmother’s closet. But the truth is that fur is highly versatile, and can be worn in a number of ways and for a variety of occasions. And if you limit yourself to what you consider “rule-following” or traditional approaches to fur, you are likely to miss out on a number of wonderful fur options well-suited for a wide variety of occasions. Before you purchase a fur, consider these three fur fashion taboos you should break in order to help you best incorporate fur into your wardrobe to complement your existing style and to allow you to get the most wear from your purchase.
- Fur Should Only Be Worn with Formalwear
This is one of the most common misconceptions about fur. The confused belief that fur should be reserved for formal occasions makes sense, but is ultimately an untrue and unnecessary restriction. While fur does add glamor and sophistication to any ensemble, and while it does look incredible with fur dresses and gowns, there are a number of fur items which look just as great when paired with jeans as they do with a cocktail dress.
For example, take a look at this Brown Plucked Horizontal Mink and Chinchilla Fur Jacket, shown here with a pair of jeans and boots. While the jacket is incredibly soft and luxurious, it does not require a formal occasion in order to take it out of the closet. The simple, clean lines and subtle pattern make it a great choice for everything from an evening at the opera to a trip to the grocery store.
Keep in mind that while fur does not require a formal occasion, the longer-length coats and jackets will be better suited to dressier clothing. Most mid-length and ¾ coats, as well as vests and other accessories, of course, can be paired with more casual attire.
- Fur Should Not Be Worn Indoors
While fur is often associated with outerwear, there are also a number of ways to wear fur indoors as part of your underlying outfit. Take a look at this Black Horizontal Mink Pullover with Side Zipper, shown here with a long-sleeved top, jeans, and matching boots. It is a great way to get the softness and sophistication of fur without limiting yourself to a coat or jacket.
Another way to wear fur indoors is with a vest. This Blackglama Mink Fur Vest can give you added warmth when you need it, but its look is versatile enough to give it life outside of outerwear. Pair it with jeans as shown, or over a cotton dress or jumpsuit to give your fall or spring fashion a new breath of life. Vests are a wonderful fashion staple, and they come in a number of lengths, colors, and styles to suit every fur preference.
- Fur Cannot Be Subtle
It is true that fur can be an incredible statement piece, especially with more eye-catching selections such as lynx. But a fur item does not have to be the most noticeable apparel in your wardrobe, given the wide variety of subtle fur choices available.
For outerwear, you can incorporate fur into a hood or cuffs for an understated look which will keep you feeling warm and looking great. This Strella Navy Quilted Apres-Ski Coat with Finn Raccoon Fur Trim shows you how you can wear fur on your coat without it being the central focus. It is the perfect combination of beauty and durability, as its quilted, waterproof shell will keep you warm on the slopes, while the fur-trim hood exudes sophistication.
For a more streamlined look, consider this Black Apres Ski Coat With Fox Fur Trim. It has a shaped fit, and the fox fur trim on the hood, sleeves, and hem is all detachable. The coat is even machine-washable, making for a great combination of luxury and wearability.