Wearing vintage fur is becoming increasingly popular at the moment. Recycling an old fur coat is not only environmentally friendly, it’s a great way of preserving these beautiful pieces of fashion history.
I’m very much opposed to the modern fur industry, and while I can appreciate the beauty of vintage fur I don’t personally feel comfortable wearing real fur even when it is vintage.
I have no issue with other people wearing it though, and I can’t ignore the lure of wearing fur (even if my fur is faux!). After all the animals that the pelts came from have been dead for many many decades and it seems a shame to destroy them for the sake of it. Even PETA (the animal rights company) don’t have an issue with vintage fur, and donate unwanted fur coats to the homeless to help them keep warm on the streets at night!
If you follow me on Facebook you might have heard that I’ve started writing as a vintage fashion expert for Answers.com. My most recent article is all about the different types of vintage fur and how to identify them. It features everything from mink, to fox to the restricted furs which are now illegal to sell (even if they are vintage in some cases).
I hope it’ll be useful if you’re looking to find out more about vintage fur before you buy that vintage fur coat. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything useful out!
What do you think about the issue of vintage fur? Do you wear it? I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this?
Charlotte Wright Lapaglia
I love vintage. I have a vintage fox stole I would love to wear sometime when I go to a period costume party, but fear someone would destroy my property. I don’t know how old the stole is. Don’t know if you can determine the age of a fur without a lable. Thank you for your research and articles. Charlotte Wright-Lapaglia