More Fur Fun

By Karen Parr-Moody


Fur has been worn throughout history, and it is no surprise that it is popular today. However, there are more choices now: Many wearers still enjoy vintage furs, but others are equally satisfied with high quality faux furs.


Furs were never as popular as in the affluent West at the turn of the century, when Victorians and Edwardians used fur in a multitude of ways. Then, as the silent movies and then “talkies” of the silver screen made the scene, any leading lady worth her marquee name was wrapped in a generous swath of fur.


The faux fur in the photo, right, is a lined number with a lovely stripe pattern in the fur (S-104). At a mere $80, marked down from $95, it is a great bargain.









Fur capes have turned into the fashion statement of the season. Of course, they come into vogue every few years, and no wonder: They're highly versatile. The cape from West Germany, in the photo at left, is trimmed in a faux leopard fur ($80; S-104). What a fun item to wear with black leggings and an oversized white blouse. It would be equally stylish with jeans.









Fur is certainly a key to warmth, and the thicker, the better. The thick blue fox fur in the photo, right, ($225; B-113), is the most popular type of fox fur available today.  













During the last century a full-length mink, such as the one in the photo, left, rose to become a status symbol among women, particularly among those in society ($395). The Duchess of Windsor had one, naturally, but she favored a full-length sable due to its lighter weight. Jackie Kennedy was often seen on the arm of her husband Jack wearing a full-length mink. And her cousin, Edie Bouvier Beale, was famous for the one she wore in the documentary film “Grey Gardens.”


Those who wear fur, whether fake or real, know that it keeps them incredibly warm – more so than other fabrics. But as much as they are practical, furs endure because of their incredible impact as a fashion symbol. They marry the best of both worlds in one garment.

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