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Real Fur Coats Should Be Okay to Wear (As Long As They're Vintage)

by Michele Zipp on December 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

vintage furI wear fur. Well I have fur coats and I used to wear them a lot more than I do now. I have four of them. All vintage. The one I'm wearing in this photo I purchased for $40. It's the warmest coat I own, but I don't wear it that much because it's feels showy, maybe too glamorous. And if I wore it to pick up my kids from preschool it would feel as if I was wearing a ball gown with a tiara.  Sure the tiara would be a hit with the kids, but would the dead rabbit annoy some of the other parents? Do I need to sew a button on it that says "It's okay. It's vintage."

Because I do feel that makes it okay. The animal has long been dead -- we're talking gone for 30 or 40 years -- and the coats are just floating around in vintage stores and Etsy shops waiting to keep someone really warm in the winter. Wearing a vintage fur coat is just like recycling. It's eco-friendly in it's own way.

So why do I find it so hard to wear for the everyday?

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Maybe I worry that since I'm a mom now, the act of picking up my kids -- up and down and up and down -- would just make my fur coat shed causing a trail of dead bunny rabbit hairs all over the place? Would it be weird to be in a fur coat and pushing my kid on a swing at the park? Just as odd as say, wearing heels at the playground. I've done that. I can do this, too.

What is stopping me from wearing my fur? Maybe it's because I don't live in NYC anymore and I'm upstate in a crunchy town? Then I saw Pam. Her daughter is in class with my twins. Pam always looks gorgeous even when just coming from a run. I can't even run so the fact that she can and still look that good is incredible in my book. There she was in a faux fur coat picking her child up from school. Instantly glamorous without overdoing it. Perfect.

faux fur coat

The look of real fur versus fake fur is essentially the same. No stigma attached to the fake one though, and no chance of shedding. But the style, the way it's plush and cozy and warm and fancy, is there.

Pam's faux fur has given me the courage to wear my real fur. My vintage real fur. Or shall I just start calling it my eco-fur coat.

Do you wear vintage fur? Do you think it's okay to wear fur?


Images via Michele Zipp

Filed Under: vintage, clothes


  • elle7777


    December 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I don't think buying fur second hand makes it morally superior.

  • power...


    December 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    i agree still shouldnt wear fur but id rather wear vintage its not stimulating the fur coat market

  • PRIMA487


    December 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM
    I have no love for rodents so I don't have a problem with them being a coat. I am a little baffled by your its vintage rant however. Like Elle said it isn't morally superior. You either wear fur or you don't.
  • bpster


    December 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    You have two sides to pick from you're either for or against..........which one is it?

  • ruby_...


    December 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
    I'll wear fur if I damn well please. PETA, and anyone else who doesn't like it can kiss my ass.
  • Flori...


    December 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Well, as log as I have your permission...Seeing as how that's all I've been waiting for...

  • OKgirl


    December 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM
    No fur for me- doesn't matter if its vintage. Just doesn't feel right
  • Maias...


    December 28, 2012 at 1:10 AM
    If I want to than I will... Whatever.
  • Miche...


    December 28, 2012 at 1:15 AM
    I get her stance. By wearing vintage fur she isn't supporting the industry that currently harms animals. I know some freegans who will only eat meat if they find it on their dumpster runs because if they aren't buying it, then they aren't financially supporting the industry or creating the demand for the product.
  • SLMit...


    December 28, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    I do not wear fur, leather, or wool.  Of course, I do not wear faux fur either, because I just feel silly in it for some reason.  Like a big puff  I have what are apparently very convincing faux leather boots though, because I like the look. 

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