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Three Tips on How to Choose a Quality Fur Coat

Updated on November 16, 2016

With fall arriving, you may be thinking about ways to stay warm and still look fashionable. A genuine fur coat is a luxury but also represents a serious investment. Before you go out and make this purchase, you should do a little research on what type of coat will best suit your needs. You should also find a reputable furrier that can help you find a flattering style and answer any questions you may have.

Are you thinking about buying a fur coat for fall but don't know where to start? Check out our three tips to help you get started:

1) Learn About Different Types of Fur

There are many types of furs available to match your tastes and budget.
There are many types of furs available to match your tastes and budget.

With dozens of furs to choose from, it can feel a little overwhelming at first on where to start. A good place to begin is to think about why you want to invest in fur. If you're in the market for a trendy style, think about dyed furs to make a statement. If you see yourself wearing your fur every fall and winter, think about a more traditional piece. Keep in mind professional fur salons can restyle your fur look in the future if you ever get tired of the silhouette.

It’s also a good idea to read up on some fur lingo:

Guard hair - Visible layer of fur that is long and straight, the exterior hairs

Underfur - Second layer of fur that insulates the coat

Now that you have a general idea of what style you are looking for, you can begin thinking about the type of fur.

Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Mink
  • Rabbit
  • Fox
  • Chinchilla
  • Lamb

Fur coats made from Mink or Chinchilla tend to be more expensive while Rabbit or Lamb tend to be more affordable. However, these are general rules. It’s important to shop around in person and online for the best fur prices.

2) Think About How You Will Wear Your Fur Coat

Do you plan on wearing your fur everyday or reserve it for formal occasions? If you choose the latter, go with a full-length coat that will complement your little black dress and heels. Your formal fur should fit well, but be roomy enough to move around comfortably. The bottom should drape along your body naturally. Color is an essential factor as well. Find a fur hue that goes well with your skin tone. A coat in the wrong hue can wash you out or overwhelm your frame.

If you're interested in wearing fur causally, consider a shorter coat or go for a fur jacket instead. Fur jackets can be worn around town or while running errands with a cute pair of boots or ballet flats.

There are other fur options too. Fur-lined garments, shearling, or even leather are attractive items for autumn fashion. Some furriers can even add fur to a coat or jacket you already own.

Maybe an entire fur coat or jacket may seem like too much at first. This is perfectly normal; many women first go with an accessory for their first fur purchase. Fur vests are especially trendy this year since they can be dressed up for an evening event or dressed down with jeans and a sweater for the weekend.

Other fur accessories include gloves, scarves, and hats to instantly add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. If you can think it, there’s probably a fur accessory for it.

3) Find a Trustworthy Furrier

The most important final step in making any fur purchase is finding a reputable furrier to do business with. While you can buy fur from large department stores, you will most likely miss out on the expertise and hands-on knowledge a professional furrier provides. Research online and find reviews to help guide you in your search. Asking questions directly to your perspective furrier is an easy way to tell if they are customer-oriented. Since this can be a large purchase, you should feel comfortable with the business.

Buying fur for fall is an exciting experience. Take your time while doing your research and don't be afraid to talk to several fur businesses to find your perfect fur coat.

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