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6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

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When it comes to winter we instantly think of cashmere socks and blankets and snuggling up in front of the fireplace wearing sumptuous fabrics and faux furs. Fur has always been a popular choice for the cooler months, and here’s how to get the look –minus the cruelty– this winter:

A faux fur vest

Throw one of these bad boys on over your favourite work outfit to ensure you stay warm even when the boss is saving pennies by keeping the thermostat at 67 degrees. You can opt for a plush faux fur option or a ‘hairy’ design – a great alternative to the traditional faux fur designs.

6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

A faux fur bag

A faux fur bag is an unconventional but stylish design, although probably not the best choice for your everyday bag, as faux fur can get really dirty, really fast. However, it’s a great way of introducing a little faux fur into your winter wardrobe, and it feels nice to hold when you’re out and about. A faux fur handbag feels like you’ve brought a kitten out with you to the bar, and acts as a comforting distraction when that creepy guy starts chatting you up. You can even make your own via this tutorial from The Stripe.

6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

A faux fur collar cape

Capes have been big news this year and they don’t look to be going anywhere this winter. You should definitely choose a style that features a faux fur collar –it will make up for your arms being out in the cold more than usual and help the cape work as a winter coat instead of an Autumn cover up.

6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

Faux fur boot cuffs

Now, don’t panic and have flashbacks to Snooki from Jersey Shore circa 2011 when you hear the words faux fur and boot cuffs together — fashion has come a long way since then. The market is full of heeled boots featuring cute fur cuffs that should keep those calves toasty, while introducing a hot look to your winter wardrobe.

6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

Faux fur headgear

Headbands, Cossack hats and fur-trimmed beanies are all great ways of wearing faux fur this winter without going all out with a huge faux-fur coat. Leopard print is resurging again this season as a print and looks great as a complement to an all-black outfit while out shopping on Madison Ave or dashing to Starbucks on your lunch break.

6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

Pom poms

Fluffy pom poms are big news this season and it’s a trend many big designers have jumped on. Clip yours onto your handbag or keys to carry around with you this winter. You can also pick up cute pom pom shoe clips in a variety of colors and mix-and-match them with your various shoes and bags.

6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

The bottom line

When it comes to wearing fur this winter, always ensure you are donning the cruelty free kind. Amazingly, when samples from retailers including Sean John, Rocawear, Neiman Marcus, Kohl’s, Baby Phat, Macy’s, Burlington Coat Factory and JC Penny — and even the haute couture labels like Calvin Klein, Max Mara and Michael Kors — were sent to labs, it was discovered that almost all of the “faux” fur was actually REAL fur from dogs (yes, DOGS), rabbits, and raccoons. These are animals that were raised or trapped and kept in horrifying conditions.

So make time to check that the fur you are buying is completely faux (here’s how), and if you’re not 100% sure that it is, don’t buy it (or return it to the online store where you bought it — and tell them why). Stay away from “faux” fur made in China (or Asia in general), as their laws surrounding animal welfare and labelling are, well, pretty much non-existent.

6 Hot Ways to Wear Faux Fur

The bottom line is that clothing is often produced overseas as a cheap, but not ethically sound, practice. Clearly, animal welfare is not a top priority in places where minimum wage is a fraction of that in North America, and where workers’ rights are seemingly non-existent.

“The images that we have seen in China are truly chilling — animals literally skinned alive for a product where we have an alternative this day in age,” said Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society. “I think what we have found is that the industry at the design level and retail level just isn’t paying attention, they are asleep at the wheel,” Pacelle said.

It’s interesting to note that in a world filled with more vegans than ever and celebrities endorsing a kinder, animal-free lifestyle, that fur is still a big thing, even if it is the faux kind. Supposedly “sustainable” and “cruelty-free fur” (which, in my opinion, doesn’t really exist) options are apparently out there, with farms that claim to use ethical standards. But why do these still need to exist when there are so many good faux options available? I always try to choose wisely –and kindly– when considering wearing faux fur for the upcoming season.

A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

44 Comments

  1. facesofonypr

    I love fake fur! I’ve always been partial to the retro cardigans but the trendy vests are growing on me too. Thanks for the great tips!

  2. One more! The fur keychain you can add to your purse! I had these since a few years ago.. and it’s kind of fun during winter seasons 😉

  3. There’s such beautifully well made faux fur not made with animals, there’s really not a need for any real fur.
    I thought the US content label law already requires to indicate animal furs used, even plucked…

  4. Jenny Garett

    It is indeed the season of giving and also the season of wearing faux furs. I’m obsessed with wearing fur. I love to touch them and i love the way they feel. I have pets in my house and will never do something that will hurt them. There are a lot of of lovely faux fur options out there and it is important to always be cautious when buying fax fur.

  5. Leslie Williams

    This is a fun trend. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Emily Wentz

    Hi Hilary, I’ve grown to like the faux fur vests but am not sure if it would suit my body type. I’m probably an apple shape and wonder if it would make me look bigger… I also have a good size chest. Would you suggest skipping this one for someone with my body type?

  7. Pamela Sanabria

    They all look so real!!! How do you tell faux fur from real fur?

  8. Delilah Peyton

    Really love these gorgeous faux fur accessories! Earlier I saw an article about real fur making a come back. I hope that’s not true!

  9. Kaitlyn Barrett

    I’ve literally just purchased faux fur earmufs! Now a vest wouldn’t be bad. Thanks for the great ideas. 🙂

  10. Camila Hilhorst

    I love these! 🙂 Can you please name some vegan brands that have online stores?

  11. Helena Stevens

    Faux fur can glam up an outfit instantly! 🙂

  12. Olivia Peterson

    I love wearing faux fur textures! Super cosy and stylish!

  13. Grace Stirling

    I’m not a big fan of faux furs but those are really stylish! wearing of faux fur made from animals is kinda creepy.

  14. Andrea Mitchell

    I’m in love with that cape and those boots! Would look amazing together x

  15. Sydney Nowak

    Love it, seems like a journey to the 60s! 🙂

  16. Shannon Bradley

    Really great looks, j’adore!

  17. Molly Twain

    I love the combo of furcoat and sunglasses. Fake fur that is – of course!

  18. Sabrina Wellington

    That vest would look lush wish pastel pink faux leather skirt!

  19. Melissa Princeton

    I have big love for faux fur! Even tough I’m always cold, I love winter. Layering up with warm and fuzzy pieces is the best!

  20. Susanna Milton

    I’m a big fan of faux fur headgear. 🙂

  21. Kimberley Foulkes

    Somebody in the industry tell me, because I never worked with fur or faux fur. I ready somewhere recently that the label “faux fur” can still be animal hair, it just won’t be certain kinds of fur. Like, “faux fur” could be dog. I swear I’ve seen some trim on coats labeled “faux fur” that look an awful lot like German Shepherd. That would make me terribly sad.

  22. Matilda PARKER

    Love these! Also a big fan of Emma Robert’s faux fur coat in Scream Queens.

  23. Felicia Stewart

    I’m scared of wearing faux fur cause I fear that people may think it’s real, and judge me wrong.

  24. Anna Kaplan

    Faux fur all the way! I can’t believe there are still people who wear real fur. That should be illegal!

  25. Betty O'Leary

    Trendy, stylish and affordable 🙂

  26. Cassi Braun

    There are plenty of faux options that look every bit as bold as the real thing.

  27. Julia MacLean

    These look so much fancier than real fur 🙂

  28. Lena Dzeko

    These are so GLAMOROUS!

  29. Celine Carter

    Faux fur costs less and is definitely eco friendly!

  30. Faux fur and faux leather are better for animals, human health, and the environment. And they are also luxurious, warm, and stylish. I’ll never wear real fur or leather again.

  31. Franny Pimms

    Thanks to faux fur, animals no longer need to be beaten, electrocuted and skinned alive for their hair. Now who doesn’t want to support that while looking fabulous?

  32. Love that animal-friendly faux fur is being featured on Urbanette.com 🙂

  33. Lana Urie

    Faux fur is fierce! Real fur is just… rotten. Hope to see more people stop wearing real fur and switch to faux!

  34. Christina Norelli

    I read an article on DailyMail that claims fake fur is even worse than real fur, but I don’t believe it one bit!

  35. Monica CONOVER

    Is faux fur as warm as the real deal?

  36. Lin Del Rey

    New York’s winter climate is perfect for the faux fur clothing and accessories. 🙂

  37. Marina Henderson

    OH MY GOD! That vest is gorgeous!

  38. Elin Hanks

    Pricey items, however totally worth it! 🙂

  39. Ultra cute stuff! Thanks! I can’t wait to rock a faux fur coat!

  40. Debbie Jones

    I’m an animal lover, and I have been since I was a child. But I love wearing fur—vests, hats, coats, jackets, bags, everything. I love the way they feel, but I also love how I feel when I wear them. So you can imagine the difficulty I have experienced throughout life. However, I can proudly say I have NEVER worn real fur. Never will either.

  41. Super Chic ideas! thank you!

  42. It's unbelievable how hard it is to really know what you're buying and make completely informed choices. If even the designers aren't aware what their products are made out of, how are we supposed to make the choices we want?

  43. WHAT? why would people do this. Keep faux fur fake!I also have a dog and I can't imagine anyone skinning her alive to put her hair on a coat or jacket. This is really sad. Companies need to start testing their products in general to avoid things like this.

  44. Hannah Mayers

    This is very upsetting. Coming from a person who is a dog lover and has two of her own, what the would considers faux fur is actually the fur from poor innocent dogs. FAUX Fur should be fake and made in a factor from different fibers. This animal cruelty needs to stop

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