While it’s all dandy thinking of the fashionable and visual appeal of fur coats, gilets and boots, we also need to think to ourselves: would we really like to be killed for our skin for others to wear? Your answer is undoubtedly going to be no.
Fur is a controversial element that contributes to the fashion industry of today and equally of many years ago. Wearing fashionable fur pieces was all the rage in the 70’s and 80’s and icons such as Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have followed on with the trend. Even this year, Rihanna stepped out wearing a huge white fur coat in New York proving that part of the fashion world is still reluctant to part with real fur.
Equally, we have seen influential figures such as Khloe Kardashian and Charlize Theron speak out against the torture and murder of animals just for fashion’s sake.
Made In Chelsea cast member, Lucy Watson recently spoke out against the use of fur in a new campaign.
In a statement, she said: “I have always been disgusted by people’s acceptance of fur as a fashion statement, in particular as there is so much information now showing how appallingly cruel the methods of acquiring it are. My statement with PETA outlines what I think is a simple choice; I’d rather wear nothing at all than wear fur.”
PETA (People for the Ethical treatment of Animals) has targeted retailers such as Topshop, Forever21, J.Crew against selling fur and has successfully gained recognition and achievement. They ask, why wear fur when there is a substitute that remains just as stylish and does not bring harm to any animal and is subsequently a fraction of the price?
Why is faux fur better than real fur?
Faux fur simply means ‘fake fur’, it does not bring harm to any animal. In the battle for faux fur to become recognised as the more fashionable option as opposed to real fur, the main selling point is that when wearing iconic fur pieces it is ensured that no animals have been hurt in the process.
It is also better than real fur because it looks the same with shoppers never knowing the difference otherwise. The only slight characteristic change of faux fur is the feel – a more synthetic touch.
Subsequently there is often a considerable price difference between real fur and faux fur. Coats, jackets, gilets and boots by renowned retailers are marketed between £15-£150; whereas real fur can be almost 4 times this price.
Faux fur can be found in a lot of High Street stores for affordable prices. Retailers such as Miss Selfridge, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Topshop and ASOS now all stock coats, jackets, gilets and boots that are harm-free to animals.
Styling faux fur
The trick with styling most faux fur pieces is to let the item be the statement of your outfit – and keep the rest of your look quite understated.
1) Faux Fur Animal Print Coat, £89, Topshop.
This bold animal print coat from Topshop speaks volumes and will certainly be the focus of any look. With a piece like this it’s important to centre everything else around about it. Some dark-wash skinny jeans, a white vest and some chic black heels would pair well with this coat.
2) Black Coated Faux Fur Lined Boots, £15, River Island.
These fur-lined boots from River Island are far less obnoxious; therefore you can easily get away with dressing them up. Some daring print leggings might be a good choice, with a cosy white knitted jumper.
3)Faux Fur Gilet, £38.50, available at ASOS.com
Again, this faux fur piece is going to stand as your main outfit element. You can’t go wrong with grunging up a piece like this so don’t be shy to try some faux leather trousers, some cut-out boots and a band t-shirt.