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We’ve already talked about how texture has been very dominant this Autumn Winter, with trends in leather and tweed. Other textures showing in the shops are fur and feathers. Obviously it isn’t very ethical to wear real fur, unless you are happy to wear it when it’s a by-product of the food industry. Whatever your thoughts are on the subject, the cost of real fur means fake fur has to be a valid alternative. Still, when you look around the High Street, there are some sorry states of affairs out there. Why on earth would you want to wear cheap acrylic fur, where you can practically hear the static crackling as you hold the garment out to look at it? Many lovely items have been spoilt by this lack of attention to detail, and it can really drag the overall appearance of the garment down. My top tips for buying fake fur…

  1. Is it nice and soft and fluffy?
  2. Look for fur where you are getting a variety of lengths to the fibres, so it looks like there is a soft downy layer underneath the longer guard hairs.
  3. The longer fake fur hairs may be striped or not all the same colour, and that makes it look more natural.
  4. Leopard skin can never look real, so you have more of a tendency  to look like Pat Butcher……Step away from!!!

There are actually some lovely items available, but I have to say that one of my pet hates are parka jackets, found in all the high street shops, with fur trims that look like drowned cats.

Instead, here are some my ideas for full fur coats:

dotty P fake fur coat coast fur coat

  1. Cream longer length fur coat. Dorothy Perkins. Reduced from £69 to £62 (30% off a lot of items) It feels really nice and soft even though it is a mixture of acrylic and polyester. Dry Clean only. They are running out of sizes though. This style will hide wider hips, and the collar will broaden shoulders.
  2. Alfine fur coat. Coast. £125. A fabulous little short jacket, nice and soft, which will look great with party dresses, leather skirts and flared or skinny jeans. Great if you have long skinny legs, but it may make bust look big if you are well endowed.

monsoon swing coat karen millen fur jackets

If you just fancy a hint of fur, then the two above could be for you.

  1. Elena swing coat. Monsoon. £99. An empire line swing coat which will fit apple shaped bodies, as well as virtually every other body shape (petite, skinny etc). Dry clean only with detachable fake fur collar. They are running out of the pink on-line, so check in store. But it does come in black too.
  2. Glamorous neutral parka. Karen Millen. £195. The body of the jacket is polyester modacrylic. It has a quilted lining and detachable collar and it is washable.

If you still want to steer away from fake fur, then you can always accessorise, but be careful that these don’t look even cheaper. Some of the fur fur hats around look terrible!

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  1. Cosy fake fur scarf. Marks and Spencers. £25 Polester and acrylic and modacrylic. 2 colours are available,  but one may look more artificial than the other, so do check before you buy!

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