How to Make the Most Out of Your Fur Piece for the Fall & Winter
With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to layer up and prepare for those colder months. Bundling up in animal fur isn’t just reserved for your grandma, the rich and famous and Justin Bieber, anyone can own and rock them. And even though owning real fur is of a particular taste, it can be a quick and simple layering piece that should not be forgotten about.
Both real and faux fur items are growing in popularity and many people from all walks of life are wearing them. If you currently own a real piece of fur or are interested in making an investment piece, don’t believe the stereotype that you will only be able to wear it to special occasions and extravagant events.
Nowadays many people are wearing their fur pieces more often and making them a part of their everyday wardrobe.
Styling Your Piece for the Fall & Winter
There are many great ideas for wearing and styling your fur for those colder months. Since fur garments are typically big and bulky, it can be a nice idea to offset the size of the fur by wearing it draped across your shoulders with a form fitting or A-line dress. Style your fur coat and dress with some over the knee boots or thigh high socks and you’ve got a look that is warm and yet stylish for the fall.
Fur vests are also an easy and versatile piece that you can use to incorporate your personal style. Since vests automatically cut off at the shoulders, you can use this extra “prime real estate” space to bring in more of your personal taste. You can wear your fur vest open or closed and tie in a funky or solid color long-sleeved shirt underneath. Many people like to pair fur vests with a solid color, plaid or chambray shirt, but how you style your fur is completely up to you. Elevate your look with some sleek dark wash skinny jeans and heels or dress it down with some skinny jeans and tall riding boots. An added bonus with fur vests is adding a belt and cinching it at the waist. Doing this will keep the look sleek, chic and put together, especially if your vest is oversized.
Color is always welcomed in the fashion world and can really be capitalized on during this time of year. You can incorporate color into your wardrobe during the fall, but you can also take advantage of it during the winter. Since it is usually colder in the winter, you’ll need to bundle all the way up. Look into purchasing fur pieces with color. Solid colored coats, vests, hats, and fur trimmed items can really add personality and fun to your look. Look for navy blues, forest greens and royal purples and use them as statement pieces this year!
Accessories are some of the easiest ways to dress up any outfit and styling accessories with animal fur can be a real treat! Some fun accessories to pair with your fur garment this upcoming fall and winter are statement scarves and gloves. Not only are these ways to accent on your personal style, but they are also quite functional as well.
With any great investment piece comes maintenance and your fur shouldn’t be any different. To preserve the longevity of use of your natural fur there are some steps you should consider taking.
Since we are currently entering into these colder months, it’s time to bring out those effortlessly stylish and extremely warm fur pieces. So what can you do now to care for these everyday accessory pieces to prevent them from being worn and torn with continued use?
Well for starters, be sure to hang your fur coat or fur garment on a sturdy, broad hanger, and if you can find a padded one as well, then that is even better! Using a quality hanger will help keep your piece of real fur from losing its shape and this is particularly beneficial if you’ve had your piece custom made or fitted.
Real fur can be particularly susceptible to certain elements. Natural fur generally thrives in colder weather, but can be damaged around water, oils, heat and other things that we interact with on a daily basis.
Try to avoid direct contact of hairspray, perfume or even makeup to your piece of fur. Perfume and hairspray contain alcohol and will dry the hide out (the foundation of your garment), so be wary with use. If oils are given the chance to penetrate your fur garment it can cause unpleasant odors that are pretty difficult and sometimes impossible to get out.
When wearing makeup, consider styling your fur garment with a fashionable scarf. Not only will this give the effect that you spent a lot of time coordinating your outfit, but it can also stop and prevent any transfer of makeup to your fur piece.
If you prefer to wear jewelry or brooches with your piece of fur, be sure to take them off immediately after use. Some furriers might tell you to avoiding clipping jewelry onto your fur, but for those of you who want capitalize on your fashion sense and like wearing jewelry, be mindful about how you handle your fur. Jewelry, when not promptly removed, can over time start to mat your fur and wearing shoulder bags with your fur garment will have the same effect on your fur.
Matting your fur can be a frustrating thing and will definitely show and bring premature aging to your fur garment. So if you must sit with your fur piece on, consider this. If at all possible, remove your fur coat first. If that is not an option, then consider how you sit, either periodically alternate positions so you aren’t sitting on one side too long or move the coat up some so that you aren’t actually sitting on it. It’s also beneficial to note that matting over time can lead to bald spots on your special piece of animal fur and that is very undesirable. If you are able to remove your fur coat when you sit, you can also use it as a blanket. You’ll be warm and still chic and cold people around you will be envious.
After use for the day, it’s important to note where you store your real fur garment, especially if you would rather keep the piece in your own home. For those that would like to keep their fur stored at home, make sure to hang it on that broad, sturdy hanger and do not hang your piece in a plastic garment bag. If at all possible consider using a cloth travel bag or give it enough room in your closet to breathe sans a garment bag. Plastic garment bags can stifle the life out of your precious fur piece and your special animal fur piece needs air and circulation so that it won’t dry out and crack.
How to Clean Your Fur
It’s important to note that fur should be cleaned at least once a year, but if you’d like you can be a bit more frequent about it. You may be thinking, “I don’t use my fur piece that much, I’ll be fine.” Although this may be true, it’s not recommended by expert furriers. Any real piece of animal fur, whether actively worn or not is still susceptible to oils, dust and odors and a routine check up on your fur can be a valuable decision.
It’s almost inevitable, this time of year that you will have to interact with the elements while wearing your favorite piece of animal fur. Being caught in the rain or snow can leave you hesitant about wearing your special piece of animal fur, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
If you happen to get caught in light snowfall or light rain drizzle, then you may be able to save your fur garment on your own. All you’re going to need is yourself and a well ventilated room. You’ll first need to shake out any excess water leftover and hang the garment up on that sturdy, padded hanger in a well-ventilated room. And although it’s tempting, do not put direct heat on your fur. When you garment is fully air-dried all you’ll need to do after is shake to fluff the piece back out.
There may be other days that you aren’t so lucky to avoid heavy snow or rain and you may end up soaked while wearing your fur piece. This is when a home remedy is no good and is ill advised. When your fur piece gets soaked, it’s imperative to bring it to a professional furrier. It will be a detrimental decision to opt for the dry cleaners or even your own drying machine. Professional furriers have the proper tools to save and restore your beautiful piece.
How to Find the Right Furrier
It’s important to find the right professional to take care of your prized piece of animal fur, whether that is just for a routine check up or storing it for the warmer months. So when you’re shopping around for the right furrier for you, keep these tips in mind. Not all furriers are created equal.
When looking into finding the right furrier for you, make sure you are looking for a full service shop. Furriers at a full service shop should have expert knowledge and should be skilled on all the basics of being a furrier. That being said, your furrier should also be experienced and should know more than just how to clean animal fur. The perfect furrier for you should also be a wizard at sewing, cutting and classifying furs. Having a trusted and experienced furrier on call will be beneficial for you over the years as you get more and more use out of your special fur garment. Your furrier can also help you make decisions for future investment pieces and can also give you ideas on how to restyle your fur, if you’d like.
Like any true investment piece it’s good to shop around and do your research. What are their online ratings, what have other customers been saying about their work, etc. Did you know you can get insurance for lost or damaged fur? Some places offer insurance coverage in the event of something happening. These will be useful questions to ask and could save you a lot of time, money and potential headaches in the future.
Storage for the Warmer Months
Once the winter season starts to wrap up and it’s time to put your prized piece away into storage, it’s important to think about how you are going to store it. First and foremost, animal fur will only suffer in heat. Like we mentioned earlier, heat on fur can cause it to dry out and if you plan on wearing your animal fur for many winters to come, then keep it away from heat.
If you prefer to store your fur piece at home, keep these tips in mind. The same goes for storing your fur garment at home during the warmer months as it does during the colder months. Do not store your fur in a plastic bag, but rather cloth garment bags are more desirable. Fur garments need proper regulated temperature, with the suggested storage temperature being 45 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 percent humidity.
Also keep your fur out of humid places like the basement or in a cedar closet or chest and beware of mothballs. Mothballs are another no-no and will damage your fur. Instead, you’re going to want to keep your fur piece in a cool, dark and ventilated closet with plenty of space. Do not cram it into a closet; make room for it, so that it can breathe.
Most furriers will tell you that you should store your animal fur with a professional. Opting for a professional storage facility can save your peace of mind. Not only will you not have to worry about your fur getting the proper ventilation that it needs, but these professionals have storage vaults and the proper tools to monitor your fur piece.
So if you are currently on the fence about purchasing a quality fur piece that will last you for many years to come, don’t be nervous. Remember it is alright to start small with smaller pieces and cheaper items and eventually you can build upon and expand your collection. If you already own a prized piece of animal fur, make sure you are doing what you can to maintain it, but now is the time to make the most out of your fur garment!