Faux Fur: Yay or Nay?

Michael KorsI went shopping today and saw a most disturbing development:


Yes, fur is back in style -- specifically, fur vests -- but there are two problems.

1. Most women can't afford real fur.

2. Our society has developed a "conscience" about fur and many women are consequently afraid to wear it.

Enter faux fur.

I was certain that by now, designers would have come up with a more realistic faux fur than the stuff that lined our puffy jacket hoods back in the early '80s.

And when I touched the faux fur in the department stores today ...




Let's just say that it was not good.

ExpressI was disturbed to find that faux fur, even ones offered by nicer brands, still has the feel of a stuffed animal's hide. Like this (Minus the) Fur Embellished Vest (Express, $98). It looked great from a distance, but up close? Hello, Teddy Ruxpin!

I've always believed that if you're going to do fur, it should be the real thing. If you're not comfortable with that, just leave this trend alone.

Unfortunately, I don't make the fashion rules, so expect to see plenty of hideous faux fur coming your way this fall.

So what do you think of the new faux fur vests out there?

Yay or nay?

Images via Michael Kors and Express


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