Faux Fur: A Style Guide


Sam Cheng

A stylish New Yorker sports a faux fur coat in Washington Square Park.

Thomas Chou, Beauty and Style Editor

Debate it all you want, but fur has long been the fashion statement to end all fashion statements. Chic, timeless and polished, the iconic styling of furs has been on trend for decades. However, in recent years, negative light has been shed on the fur industry — exposing issues such as unnecessary cruelty and force inflicted upon animals, along with the observable patterns of near extinction in species like spotted cats, fur seals and sea minks. But, if you simply can’t resist the look, there is always the ethical and economical alternative of faux fur. Here are some tips on how to rock the look.

If you are looking for a show-stopping way to style your faux fur: drape. A longer, fur coat draped over the shoulders with your arms not in the armholes can give the outfit an effortless vibe, which will balance out the luxe look of the fur. Perfect for a night out, a draped faux fur coat will have your style in that perfect in-between zone — when you want to look like you tried, but not like you tried too hard.

If a faux fur coat is not within your fashion comfort zone, perhaps try a piece that is lined instead. A hidden pop of fur from the inside of your jacket or your hood can give your look a sense of refinement, while keeping you warm and toasty on the inside when you are all zipped up. Faux fur detailing is an incredibly easy way to pull a casual look together, and keep you from looking too sloppy or disheveled.

For a cozy look, opt for muted-tone, shag faux fur, instead of imitation exotic prints. Shaggy faux fur is one of the most casual and low key ways to experiment with styling fur, and will keep you looking stylish without turning you into Cruella De Vil. One of the biggest trends to watch for this year, shaggy faux fur has been seen on models stomping the runway for fashion houses like Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Fendi as well.

If you have been looking to break out that glamorous faux fur you have hanging in your closet or you are thinking about buying a new, faux fur piece, try these tips next time to keep the look new and fresh. With a huge range of styling techniques to try, a faux fur can easily become one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

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