The Detachable Fur Collar: A Trendy New Accessory for Winter 2012

When I was traveling in Japan this fall, I noticed that detachable fur collars had replaced scarves as the go-to neck warming accessory for winter outfits. Before this point, I had only come across fur collars at antique fairs and vintage clothing shops, so this development struck me as highly interesting!

After trying on a couple collars I found in stores, I was hooked. They're so warm, plus they're also smaller and more simple than most scarves (which, while fun, often dangle inconveniently and get caught).

I'm also surprised by the effect that fur collars have on dresses and coats. Because they look like collars and not scarves, one could easily think that they're a part of a garment and not an accessory, so getting a couple of cool collars could be an interesting way to add versatility and extra warmth to existing coats, jackets, and dresses without going out and buying entirely new clothes.

Detchable fur collars in Harakuju
Detchable fur collars in Harakuju

Concernes About Fur

One reason why I didn't buy any fur collars while in Tokyo is that most of the collars I came across were made with real fur, and I'm a bit hesitant to go out and buy real fur (especially at the current dollar-yen exchange rate). That said, there are a ton of faux fur collars to be found online, so if you're a vegetarian, a money-saver, or just trying to avoid real fur in your wardrobe, these make for a good option.

If you like the feel of real fur but don't want to go out and buy a new one, vintage is a happy medium to go with. After all, someone already bought the collar, so you're not exactly supporting the fur industry with your purchase. Concience: clear!

Accessorizing Tips

The best garments to wear fur collars with are:

  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Dresses

I did, however, see detachable fur collars paired with a couple sweaters when I was out strolling the streets of Tokyo. If you do pair a fur collar with a dress, blouse, or sweater, I recommend going with a lighter color and a thinner design.

Thicker brown collars tend to look better when paired with bulkier, sturdy coats and jackets. Many jackets actually come with detachable fur collars (case in point with the jackets showcased to the right), so if you don't feel like buying these accessories a la carte, you can always use detachable collars that come with jackets as accessories for other coats and dresses.

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My grandmother had a bunch of detachable fur collars, which makes me wonder how many of us already have these accessories on hand and can just take them out for a spin in their renewed fashionable glory!

Do you own a couple vintage (or new) fur collars? Do you wear them? Have you been getting more compliments on them lately, or do you think their renewed popularity will be limited to Japan? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

Hi,Simone,this is an interesting and new topic for me.I think that for our country like India, there is no need for this, since we always live in hot climate. Anyway thanks for you for sharing a new idea. Very interesting!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I've never bought real fur and just can't/won't. There is not much you can do about leather shoes ,of course. If I lived in climate that was year-round winter I might buy vintage fur (eg. Alaska or North West Territories) but as I don't, even vintage fur doesn't work for me. I just pile on the wool.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I can remember my mum and my grandma having fur collars, they use to be so fasionable, if we have a cold winter like last year I might just be getting one!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

We can trust Japan to set the trend--they're always 2 steps ahead. I don't have fur anything but I can imagine how warm it can be. Thanks for sharing.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

Hahaa, good point raakachi! I don't think I'd be wearing a lot of fur collars in India. Thanks for stopping by!

Wool is pretty awesome, FloraBreenRobison. Though there are a lot of great faux fur options out there, too!

Don't you love how vintage styles make a comeback every now and then, Movie Master? I hope you keep warm and cozy this winter!

They really are, anglnwu! Thanks for reading!


4 years ago

Where can I get one for a cheap amount?


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Good question! I recommend eBay or Etsy :D


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allelsematters 4 years ago from Philippines

My friend and I made a detachable collar for our online shop but we did not make a fur collar since snow doesn't exist in our country and it's always hot in here.Anyways we paired our simple detachable collar with a vintage dress and it looked good on it. It's so hard for us to make it since we don't know how to do sew it in a machine and just hand sew it and it takes us like 6 hours to finish it, you can just imagine our stressful faces when we made it. Here is the picture of our detachable collar with the vintage dress http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=11841298830...

great hub by the way! :)


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Very cool, allelsematters! Thanks!

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