The Faux And The Fabulous

Faux fur coats and jackets are more popular than ever, and the quality is better too. Details at une femme d'un certain age.Faux fur has really come into its own in recent years. I’ve been cheered to see so many of the big designers making the switch to faux fur in their collections. (Michael Kors was the latest.) I’ve been impressed with the improvement in softness and quality too. From subtle and elegant to downright Muppet-tastic, there’s something out there for every budget and taste.

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Faux Fur Outerwear

Theory Clairene faux fur jacket in Ivory. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve tried on this jacket on a couple of times and love the feel of it. (Very soft!) While it’s pricey, it’s also currently 40% off, a pretty substantial savings.

Aqua leopard print faux fur coat. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love a good leopard print. This coat is a bit more budget-friendly, and sports a not-too-in-your-face print.

Emerson Fry faux fur coat. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This coat reminds me of the one that the Carrie Bradshaw character wore in Sex and the City.

Faux ostrich jacket from Fabulous Furs. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

One brand that’s been putting out great quality faux for many years is Fabulous Furs. Here’s a fun faux Ostrich jacket.

Fabulous Furs cape with sable faux fur trim. Details at une femme d'un certain age.And this cape is an elegant option.

Barbour jacket with faux fur trimmed hood. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If keeping the elements at bay is a priority, here’s a practical and understated option from Barbour. (Yes, that’s faux trim around the hood.)

But I have to admit, some of the more colorful styles have piqued my interest…

Michael Kors dusty pink faux fur coat. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Like this dusty pink number.

1.State plus size blue faux fur jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Or this pretty slate blue jacket (Plus size).

Vince Camuto faux fur jacket in Port color. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I like the wine color and shaggy texture on this one…

Mango green check faux fur coat. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

For those whose motto is “go bold or go home,” color AND pattern!

Avec les filles Teddy toggle coat. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This budget-friendly toggle teddy coat has fun with texture.

For those who are working with a limited budget, or don’t want to make a big investment, check out some of the options on ThredUp.

I don’t save my faux fur for special occasions…see how I wore it to walk the dogs HERE

And Accessories…

If you who prefer faux fur in smaller doses, there are some great accessories options this season.

J.Crew striped mules with faux fur lining. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Like slippers, but you can wear them outside the house!

J.Crew grean ribbed beanie hat with faux fur pom-pom. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Who doesn’t love a beanie with a pom-pom? (Lots of other colors, too!)

Charlotte Simone blue faux fur scarf. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s a cheeky scarf in shades of blue. This brand (Charlotte Simone) uses environmentally ethical faux fur.

More Fabulous Faux…

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15 Comments

  1. November 15, 2018 / 12:32 am

    I don’t like the idea of killing animals for fashion but I recently heard a podcast (99% Invisible’s “Articles of Interest” miniseries on fashion, the episode from Oct. 9 on jeans) that pointed out that all the stretch in jeans comes from fibers made of plastic, which either degrade into toxins or sit for many times our lifetimes in landfills. Fake fur is the same–it’s made of plastic fibers like polyester and nylon, and it introduces a different kind of cruelty on animals. I hadn’t thought about this at all. At all. It seemed like fake was the good choice.
    I have a coat with fake fur cuffs and collar; it’s years old and I’ll keep wearing it (it doesn’t get much use in the climate where I now live). But I am very conflicted now about new items. All these coats are so cute (and that cape! Gorgeous!). Fur–real or fake–feels good and is warm. What to do?

    • Susan B
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:44 am

      Yes, most synthetic fibers including nylon and polyester in clothing have a negative environmental impact. My answer to that is to be discriminating, keep and wear what you buy, rather than wearing for a season and then tossing.

      • SuD
        November 16, 2018 / 6:10 am

        I guess Carolina Herrera is trying to capitalize on that because they are heavy on the advertisements for real fur, claiming purchases are on the rise because it’s more friendly to the environment.

        • Kris
          December 16, 2018 / 7:02 am

          But not to animals!

  2. November 15, 2018 / 4:45 am

    the only thing I hate about living in Florida is that I will never need a fake fur coat!

    • Rondi
      November 15, 2018 / 6:38 am

      I live in Florida also. Maybe one of the faux fur accessories would be fun?

  3. Ainsivalavie
    November 15, 2018 / 4:55 am

    There is an argument for the real thing when it is sourced ethically and that is road kill. Sounds bizarre but the coyote ruff on my parka is exactly that! You see this on trim ( cuffs and ruffs) real fur has an insulating effect that fake fur cannot achieve. I live in a climate famous for its cold winters ( way below [metric]zero winters) so I value warmth. I wouldn’t look for a new fur coat but would consider recycled fur as an option…the discussion continues…and most of us carry or wear animal based leather which doesn’t fall from the skies. So I guess you go full fake or go home…

  4. Eileen
    November 15, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Fake fur is getting better, but , I am not sure I want to encourage too much synthetic production. It is valuable in some items to strengthen the natural fiber, and being allergic to natural rubber, I am glad it’s in sport shoes and elastic. I love natural fibers, I hope they stay around, they function well.

  5. Rondi
    November 15, 2018 / 6:34 am

    I love the faux fur items! Fun. Thanks for so many choices and price ranges. I remember having a couple of faux fur coats many MANY years ago so its not a totally new concept. I guess everyone must make their own choices about real fur. I remember stroking my mother’s mink coat when I was a child. But I cannot justify it now and she would not wear it now either. Personally I think there is a big difference between slaughtering an animal only for its fur and using the leather (for shoes and bags) from an animal that has already been slaughtered for the meat. I certainly respect that not everyone will agree with me. But if we can at least reduce animal cruelty such as testing makeup on animals and trapping wild creatures to steal their fur (that they are still using) then that’s a good thing.

  6. Rondi
    November 15, 2018 / 6:39 am

    I live in Florida also. Maybe one of the faux fur accessories would be fun?

    • Rondi
      November 15, 2018 / 6:41 am

      Whoops! Posted twice.

  7. Meg
    November 15, 2018 / 6:44 am

    I love Fabulous Fur’s options and they make some bang on can’t-tell-it’s-not-real minks and sables. I have a long classic ( think the old Blackglamma mink coats) one and love to wear it. It’s light weight and very warm. Plus I never have to think about the cold storage thing in summer.
    The colorful ones sure look fun, but every time I slip one on in the store, I can’t help but think I look like a sad woman in her fuzzy bathrobe heading out to get the paper. Maybe for a younger girl it would be pretty though. I stick with the ones that are in natural colors. I have a fake trim on my winter parka and it stood me well on a recent wet and cold and windy trip to Iceland. Something about the furry trim that keeps the water from dripping off the hood into your face.

  8. P T
    November 15, 2018 / 6:49 am

    I have, and wear, a combination of all: real and fake coats, jackets, and trim. Love them all.

  9. Ann in Missouri
    November 15, 2018 / 10:23 am

    This morning down here in the Ozarks we’re covered in an early snow. This afternoon I’ll be wearing my faux mink jacket with 501s and boots.

    For those concerned about plastics and other slow-degrading materials in clothing, I hope you’re shopping in second-hand and vintage clothing boutiques. Those stores have beautiful pieces that are also great bargains! My favorite resale clothing boutique in the Missouri Ozarks is The Review Shoppe in Springfield, Missouri. Great clothing, great people!

  10. Heidi Lindner
    November 16, 2018 / 11:46 am

    A suggestion for Taste of France, vintage fur(old.like 60’s and older) is always an option,both real and faux. It’s a way to help less things go into the landfil. It can be had quite cheaply,says the girl with too many fur coats who live in Los Angeles. Also the quality of construction is often much better than modern stuff.

    Heidi L. in LA

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