The Top 10 Most Fashionable Furs and Styles
The Top 10 Fashion Furs and How They Have Been Styled Over the Years
Shopping for an exquisite fur coat for the fall and winter season? Or maybe a statement fur hat, scarf or handbag? Well you are in luck! You have come to the perfect place for all of your fall and winter fur necessities. Rosendorf Evans Furs in Washington DC is the capital area’s largest exclusive furrier and offers everything from full length mink and fox fur coats and elegant beaver fur trims to stylish rabbit fur hats and handbags.
Before you jump right in and pick something that stands out to you, it’s important to do your research on the different types of furs so you know what type is right for you and for the occasion. This guide brings you real life style tips from both vintage and modern perspectives by showing how celebrities have styled these different furs over the decades. Get ready to soak in the facts and be inspired by the styles of the decades.
Before we get into the fur classification, let’s familiarize ourselves with the basic fur terminology. Knowing these fur terms will help you to better understand how the furs are made, why they are detailed in a certain way, and why they are priced the way they are. You will discover that very small details play a huge part in the popularity and market demand for the different types of furs.
Guard Hairs – the visible top layer of fur consisting of long, straight, and sometimes coarse shafts of hair that stick out through the underfur and protect it from outside elements.
Underfur – the bottom layer, consisting of insulating hairs that tend to be shorter, curlier, and denser than guard hairs.
Pile –the direction of the hair growth.
Pelt – the literal skin of the animal and the phrase used to describe the number of animals needed to create one fur garment.
Sheen – the soft luster or shine on the outer fur surface.
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Mink is the most popular fur sold worldwide and American Mink is actually considered the world’s favorite fur. Mink fur is soft, plush, lightweight, and durable. Mink is perfect for both formal and casual styles, but is most commonly worn as elegant eveningwear.
In the 50s, screen icon Marilyn Monroe styled her mink fur as an elegant evening piece. She smiled wearing her cashmere toned mink stole after her performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in 1956. The high popularity of mink fur is still evident. Take notes from supermodel Gigi Hadid who was caught on camera mixing a full length black Fenty + Puma mink coat and athletic leggings on the streets of New York in 2016. Mixing luxury with comfort is not always a simple task, but Gigi knows what’s up. Can you say plush goddess?
Rex rabbit fur developed in France about 100 year ago. It is known for its beauty and versatility, and it is surprisingly affordable. Rabbit fur is extremely silky and soft textured and is warm yet lightweight. Rabbit fur is produced so it can be styled many different ways. It can easily be dyed and altered to create a more unique look or it can be made to resemble more expensive furs.
Hollywood beauty icon and screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor wore a rabbit fur hood in the back of a car in a still from the 1963 film, “The VIP’s.” Later on, in 2014, supermodel Kate Moss wore a black and white striped Marc Jacobs rabbit fur coat as a celebrity favorite piece for Who What Wear editors’ blog.
Fox fur is popular for its luxurious full-furred statement pieces and known for its wide range of unusual natural colorings, including silver, red, white, gray, and mixtures of these. The fur is fluffy, full bodied, long haired and plush in detail, however rather lightweight. Fox fur is great to buy if you are looking for high fashion embellishments like trim, cuffs, wraps, hats, and headbands. Like rabbit fur, fox fur can also be dyed in a variety of colors to support unique styles and statements.
In 1964, Tania Mallet modeled for John French wearing a Saga blue full-length fox fur coat by Maxwell Croft. Fast forward about a half century to the days of Taylor Swift , who wore a full-length bright pink fox fur coat by FurHugo in New York City in June 2016.
Beaver is your go to for unbeatable warmth and durability. Beaver fur is made in two forms, natural or sheared. The natural, long haired beaver fur has bold semi-coarse guard hairs, and both forms flaunt a unique lustrous sheen. The natural brown fur is often dyed in darker brown tones to be worn with other neutral tones while the sheared fur is often dyed in various playful colors to mix and match with different styles.
Posing in the back of a 1950s convertible, Simone D’Alliencourt wore a coat of beaver fur in a photo by F.C. Gundlach. Long live that 50s glamour! Similarly, in 2014 Jennifer Lopez grabbed dinner at Cecconi’s restaurant wearing a Rick Owens beaver fur classic biker leather jacket paired with black and white plaid pants just before getting into a taxi cab. Fashion’s been riding through every decade in classic beaver fur styles. And the trend keeps on moving.
Warm and elegant, beautiful coloring, and ideal for trims, raccoon fur is an absolute luxurious high fashion item. It is lofty, dense, soft and fluffy with long silvery tipped guard hairs. Raccoon furs make stunning collars and tuxedo trims. This trendy fur is meant to dress up a look. Wear it for fancy elegant occasions or to dress up a more casual look.
In the 1920s, raccoon fur was a huge fashion hit for men. A popular photo from the Gentleman’s Gazette showcases a full length raccoon fur coat to complete a matching 1920s suit and tie outfit. In 2013, Jennifer Lawrence reunited with Bradley Cooper on the set of “American Hustle” wearing a gorgeous full length raccoon fur coat paired with a shimmery white evening gown. The fur trend may have migrated from men to women over the years; however some men still got it. Keep your eyes peeled ladies!
Chinchilla fur is the softest and thickest fur available on the market. It is rather rare and for this reason, more expensive. It requires a lot of care but is in high demand because of its warmth and softness. Even though chinchilla is super dense, it is also lightweight. Chinchilla fur is silky to the touch and features gorgeously appealing guard hairs that appear in slivery grey, slate blue and white patterns. Chinchilla fur is mainly purchased for warmth and high quality, but it can be styled in a variety of ways ranging formal to casual.
Louise Dahl Wolfe photographed Ivy Nicholson in a luxurious Empress chinchilla full length Maximilian evening coat in the December 1958 issue of vogue. The image of Ivy was captured as she was admiring a mirrored image of herself. It was indeed very Vogue-esk. In 2016, Rihanna was spotted strutting into a night club in New York City’s West Village wearing a chinchilla fur wrap. Go ahead and give chinchilla fur a go at the night club or on the red carpet.
Lynx fur is known for its dramatic presentation and coloration. Lynx fur is very unique in color and pattern in that it is a variety of natural tones that vary from beige-white to gold to medium and dark browns and the pattern is normally clustered and spotted. It is luxurious to the touch and known to be among the softest of the furs topping coyote and fox fur in softness. Wear it any time you want to make a dramatic statement or stand out in a crowd.
Lynx fur has been a fashion staple throughout the decades. In 1941, a British Empire fur fashion show at the Dorchester Hotel in London featured almost every variety of fur; however lynx was a dramatic standout piece. A few years down the road and lynx fur is still the hottest trend among fashion’s biggest stars. In February of 2016, the in-demand fashion model, Kendall Jenner attended the Kendall + Kylie launch in New York City wearing a lynx fur coat, gray dress and tan lace up sandals from the Kendall + Kylie collection.
Known for its appearance, coyote is more affordable than other furs and the coyote fur’s beautiful highlights are a signature feature. The fur showcases natural hues of gray-brown, yellow-gray or off-white depending on origin. Due to its extreme warmth and density, coyote furs are widely used for coats, hats, blankets, and duvets. It is also a nice embellishment fur for trimming on coats, hoods and collars.
This famous 1980s photograph pictures a man and woman posing in two floor length coyote fur coats. The young man on the left wears a Conrad Bell coyote fur for Birger Christensen. Her coyote fur by Grosvenor Canada was paired with a gorgeous Black Ralph Lauren dress. Fast forward to Paris fashion week in 2015 to see Kendall Jenner slip on a luxurious coyote fur number as she makes a big exit from the Chanel runway show.
Lamb fur, commonly referred to as sheepskin or wool, is one of the more affordable furs with high-fashion appeal. Lamb fur is heavy weight and exceptionally warm. Mongolian and Tibetan are the two most popular types of lamb fur that are well known for their long and curly furs. These two furs are gaining popularity in the fashion world because of their luxe volume and affordability. Lamb fur adds lots of personality to any look making it a fur that is meant to be heavily styled. It has been seen a lot in more casual looks but is also made to be worn formally.
In the 1980 western film, “Tom Horn,” Steve McQueen was captured horseback in a still from the movie wearing a sheepskin jacket much like the one we saw on Rihanna Fenty as she left Nobu Restaurant in 2014. Rihanna was wearing a Fendi reversible sheepskin fur coat paired with Timberland Premium boots and a leather baseball cap giving the classic 80’s western look a modern sporty touch.
Sable fur is one of the rarest and most expensive furs on the market. There are two different types of sable fur, Russian and Canadian. Russian sable is commonly brown with a slight silver sheen, and Canadian sable comes in gold and amber tones. Russian sable furs are long haired and lightweight as a main reason for its high price. Canadian sable is only slightly less expensive but just as luxurious. Sable furs are commonly worn as formal attire because of their flashy and trendy aesthetic.
Sable has been a fancy fashion item over the years. In the 70s, a natural Canadian golden sable coat was featured in an ad for Christie Brothers Furs. In 2002, Natalie Portman arrived at the VH1 Vogue Fashion awards wearing a lovely full length Canadian sable coat over her stunning red carpet dress. Sable is exquisite and flashy. It is sure to dress up any look.
All 10 types of furs are unique in different ways. Most can be dressed up or dressed down. And all of them will add a huge dramatic staple piece to any outfit. To learn more about pricing in regards to quality of these furs, follow the link below to the 9 types of fur you need to know about by Yudofsky Fur and Leather. Now that you have the proper knowledge of the most popular furs you are ready to begin your shopping. A quote from Terry Christe states, “furs should be bought with the head, not the heart. And quality and craftsmanship are key.” But remember that once you pick out your perfect fur piece, it should always be worn from the heart.
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