• Thu, Nov 19 2009

Faux Fur For Fall

Where do you stand on the issue of faux fur? 

I was reading a column the other day where the author frowned on any use of faux fur. She felt that looking like you were wearing animal fur of any sort – even fake – was unsettling. I will admit that I am not a fan of certain types of faux fur.  I can’t explain exactly why, but wearing anything that is supposed to look like pony fur, for example, feels wrong to me personally. (Ponies? What’s next?  Faux puppy skin? Ick.).

Vegan, but not necessarily eco-friendly, faux fur is traditionally made from materials like acryllic or polyester.  At this point, I’d say the greenest way to go faux is to shop vintage. I’ll keep my eye out for more options to share in the future.  (If you know of eco-friendly faux fur choices, please share them with me!!) 

Here are a few cute vintage items that will add a warm, welcome boost to any cold weather blahs you may be experiencing.

Faux Fur coat Green Violet Vintage Michelle

60s Fabulous Faux Fur Coat
Found at Green Violet Vintage, Etsy

Made of Lynx-look faux fur, this coat is lined with gold brocade and features a fancy, full-cut collar. It’s made by Russel Taylor and available in small, medium, and large. It’s noted as being in excellent condition.

Vintage Ungaro Faux Leopard skirt Michelle

Vintage Emanuel Ungaro Leopard Print Mini
Found at Stelma Designs

Gorgeous couture mini in excellent vintage condition. What a fun piece to add to your wardrobe at only $40. Wow. It’s a size 8/42 petite.  Great choice to build a New Year’s Eve outfit around.

Take a look at Etsy and see what else you can find. I used “Faux Fur“, then “Vintage” as the keywords for my search.

Image credits: Green Violet Vintage and Stelma Designs at Etsy

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  • http://www.auntiepupule.com/blog/soos.php Soos

    Hmmm, those are a bit over the top for HNL! I do have a sweater with leopard collar and cuffs I’m going to pull out to wear in this newly windy, finally season-changed weather!

  • http://www.stelmadesigns.etsy.com StelmaDesigns

    Great little article! Thanks for featuring the skirt from my shop! You can’t deny that faux fur seems to always be in style and I agree vintage is the way to go as the quality will often times be much higher, even in a non designer brand, than what is available today. Etsy has some fabulous vintage sellers so I recommend checking often to find great pieces at really great prices!

  • http://www.splendicity.com Michelle Smith

    Soos, what is HNL? When I got the idea for the story, I was hoping to find something that was new, but not harmful to the environment (clothing or shoes trimmed in faux fur, like the sweater you mentioned), but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.

    I looked at Etsy, because I love the resale stuff that I’ve seen there. I’m sure that they have less “over the top” items offered at times, but I liked those two pieces. They wouldn’t work for my life – I’m a work at home mom, but it’s fun to daydream about extravagant pieces sometimes.

  • Michelle Smith

    I thought that skirt looked fun! You had some lovely things in your shop. I do my best to feature Etsy shops in my posts.

  • http://www.auntiepupule.com/blog/soos.php Soos

    Michelle, I live in Honolulu – HNL – Hawaii. While we are currently enjoying 35 mph gusts – cup-of-hot-tea-next-to-the-laptop weather – it is, in fact 77 degrees at 9:30 pm.

    Teenagers are wearing Uggs and sweater hoodies, but it is in no way cool enough for that. Not when midday temps are 85 degrees. It never gets much cooler that 60 a few times a year. And that is at night!

    So my at home uniform 250 days a year is shorts and tank top. Otherwise, I dress for the weather when stepping out to work. Skirts, blouses, slacks, a lightweight blazer or jacket and a scarf or throw. A little animal print goes a long way, so that collar or scarf is it for me.

    The best thing about living in HNL is I rarely need to wear hose or shoes – and I HATE wearing those. I wear sandals, bare legs and maybe tanner. Still, this cooler weather has me thinking about pulling out those booties and socks to wear with slacks…

  • http://www.splendicity.com Michelle Smith

    Ooh, now I get it. :) I was thinking, “Is this some sort of ‘green’ term that I should know.” Ha!! Yes, I definitely think you should skip the faux Lynx coat.