How to Incorporate Fur Accessories Into Your Summer Wardrobe
Fur is a timeless and, dare we say, weather-less accessory. Whether its fur-lined stilettos for an evening soiree, a mink shawl for a brisk night on the yacht, or a hooded fox fur vest for the club, never let the weatherman prevent you from rocking a wild and fluffy outfit embellishment.
When fur is not being used as outerwear reinforcement, it can really shine as the soft, natural, and luxurious ornamental fabric it really is. However, before you don yourself in an ankle-length muskrat parka in the middle of July, familiarize yourself with the rules of wearing fur in temperate climates.
While fur can be incredibly sexy, it also brings the genuine heat. To avoid a fashion faux pas, ensure that fur pieces don’t come in direct contact with your skin. When in doubt, think in terms of removable layers. Capelets, pill box hats, and collars with temperature-regulating silk liners are great. Pom poms and trims that are stitched to the outer layer of a garment are an excellent choice too. You can even purchase fur-covered phone cases for an extra nifty way to flaunt this season’s most exhilarating fabric. The best part is, all of these accessories make for a stunning entrance, but can be set aside during dinners and dancing escapades. This means you can rock your cool fur pieces and savor the warm weather all at the same time.
Remember, there will always be stuffy fashion-nazis who sneer at the thought of wearing fur without a backdrop of snow and ice. Need we remind them of how many times Marilyn Monroe was seen around Hollywood wearing mink collars? Perhaps it would be better to rekindle the image of Rihanna’s furry pastel spring essentials or the luxurious red fur coat she was seen wearing at the end of last summer. As Miuccia Prada once said, “Fashion is instant language.” For us, fur is an exotic, sensual voice with stories to tell.
It’s conceivable that Tina Craig’s snobby tips on seasonal bag rotation are preventing you from rocking a fur handbag in the summer. However, furry clutches, totes, and cross-body bags are more versatile than you would think. In fact, they add a glamorous touch to any outfit without coming in direct contact with your skin. Of course, canvas, leather, and fabric bags can also be temporarily spruced up with a small fur charm in a complimenting color.
Strappy fur backpacks are another playful way to add fur accessories to your summer wardrobe. As a matter of fact, we see no better way to dress up a utilitarian piece than by blanketing it in a rich, textured material, such as mink or rabbit. What’s great is that such a versatile piece of opulence can be paired with everything from gym clothes and jean shorts to summer dresses and glamorous evening attire.
There is nothing sexier than a fur-trimmed heel. This year, even fuzzy slides and slippers are making it onto the runway. The truth is that soft, textured footwear accents can be playful, glamorous, and hip all at the same time. It’s no wonder we’re seeing everyone from Gigi Hadid to Wiz Khalifa rocking hair-lined contemporary loafers.
While bygone fashion rules call for bright, intense color palettes for summer, natural tones definitely compliment this year’s popping Crayola color trend. What’s more, the resurfacing of 1980s fads tells us a neon pink or green mink accent would be a good call too. In fact, even Kylie Jenner has been seen loafing around in a pair of Pepto-Bismol pink fur-covered sandals.
We don’t know about you, but there’s nothing very stoic about a fur hat. In fact, we like to think fashionistas and their beaus have moved beyond the trappings of Daniel Boone-esque coonskin caps (though Usher doesn’t seem to agree). Aviators, pillboxes, and Ushankas all have their place in contemporary summer fashion. Of course, pom pom topped baseball caps are having their moment in the sun too.
Fur Shrugs, Stoles, and Boleros
Some occasions call for extra outfit pizzazz. In such cases, there is no better way to dress up a little black dress or elegant evening gown that tossing on an over the shoulder fur statement piece. As a matter of fact, such a piece can even come in handy when the day’s heat wears off.
Fur left to slouch just below the breastbone draws attention to the smooth lines of the body. What’s more, it cannot help but exude an overwhelming sense of grandeur and sophistication. The only problem is you’d be selling yourself short if you didn’t pair it the proper icing. No wonder Siberian fur traders called their pelts Russia’s soft gold.
We know we’re stretching it with this one, but hear us out. Fur coats have been popping up left and right in designers’ spring and summer collections for years. Likewise, loads of models and celebrities have been spotted wearing fur jackets as temperatures spiral.
You know what? We love it. Fur is a powerful material. It’s something reserved for the lionhearted, rule-breaking, vogue mortals living amongst us. It is the single material that screams, “CARPE DIEM!” So if wearing a fur coat during the summer time is on your list of things to do, don’t let us stand in your way.
How to Properly Pair Fur with a Summer Outfit
There are countless ways to pair fur accessories with summer outfits, but we’ll offer you a few straightforward, safe starting points. First, you can rarely go wrong with a fur accent and a little black (or white, for that matter) dress. While natural colors are always safe, try modernizing your look with deep green, blues, reds, and purples. Bold colors are trending and pair excellently with a soft texture. Fur is also an excellent match for distressed jeans, basic t-shirts, and track pants. The juxtaposition of manmade and natural materials create a signature look. Additionally, it’s a fabulous way to dress up a casual piece.
Faux fur has always had its place in the fashion market, but is riddled with plastics and chemicals and is only deemed wearable for a short time period. What’s more, even the most advanced faux furs lack the quality and texture of genuine animal hair. This season, embrace the real thing and you’ll please your skin and the environment. Keep in mind that you can always reinvent an outdated piece to meet your currents needs. That means that cute beaver crossover that looks sick in the club could one day be a teddy bear for your baby and vice versa.
Tips for Staying Cool in Fur
Before you balk at the idea of wearing fur in the summer, consider this: To make a real fashion statement you need to break the “rules”. The truth is that you’ll never climb the style totem without veering off course. Then again, you’re never going to set any trends when looking miserable and sweaty.
To keep your fur accessory from casting a powerful heat spell over you, choose a short knit piece with a breathable liner. Save your grandmother’s full-length fur jacket for Coachella. Instead, stick to eye-popping accent pieces that don’t clutter your outfit. It’s the ultimate luxe layer, but should be used in moderation as the mercury in the atmosphere rises.
Caring for Your Fur
Are you dying to accessorize your summer wardrobe with a stunning new piece of fur but are afraid you’ll destroy it? Like most organic materials, properly maintained fur lasts longer and looks better. To ensure all your trimmings look as good as the day you bought them, store them in a cool, dry place and drape it over a broad hanger so that it can maintain its shape. What’s more, take it to a professional furrier to have it cleaned annually. There, they will condition it, restore its natural oils, and remove grime from previous seasons.
If you’ve had a bit of a rough night, your fur may also need to be repaired. Take the garment to a fur store, where a professional furrier can dissect the issue and restore it to its original glory. If there are no fur stores near you, you may need to find a fur shop online. In this case, ensure the establishment is trustworthy and reputable by reading reviews and getting a second opinion.
Reinvent Your Furs
While there is no shortage of summer fur accessories on the market, sometimes the most awe-inspiring pieces are actually fashioned from antiquated fur coats and stoles. If you or someone you know has recently inherited a grandparent’s musty fur collection, now would be the time to talk with a fur tailor about fur restyling.
Fur is a timeless fabric, but sometimes a new shape or contemporary flair can make a vintage article far more accessible. Fur restyling is also a great way to refurbish otherwise obsolete materials. Whether you’re transforming a family heirloom or reinventing a thrift store find, working with a fur tailor can be a fun way to delve deep into the creative process.
Of course, restyling is also a great way to ensure you get the most use out of your fur clothing. For many people, winter is either a fraction of the year or completely nonexistent. While stepping into a fur store is exciting, restyled fur is far more sentimental and environmentally friendly.
Shopping for Fur Accessories
Did you find the perfect summer accessory at a fur shop online? Inquire about the quality of the pelt as well as its origin. Unfortunately, there are many retailers who sell faux fur to unknowing consumers. Since we cannot see, feel, or physically examine a product we purchase over the internet, finding a reputable retailer is especially important when it comes to purchasing fur.
If you purchase it in a brick and mortar store, you should delve into the texture, taper, and lining of the piece you’re interested in. Real fur is incredibly soft and tapered to a point. Likewise, there should be no evidence of threadwork upon parting the hairs. Finally, once you own the piece you can subject it to a burn test if you dare. In such case, a burnt hair sample should reveal a smell that is not unlike charred human hair, as opposed to a plastic or synthetic odor.
What to Ask Your Furrier
Fur doesn’t get all its hype from being affordable. In fact, even vintage pieces can be worth several hundred dollars. Discuss your budget with your furrier to find out which type of fur is right for you. If you have a specific style or texture in mind, a furrier can recommend specific pelts.
How Long Will Fur Last?
Like any quality fashion accessory, fur pieces come at a considerable cost. However, in a world that is increasingly overrun with fast fashion, fur has risen in popularity for its outstanding longevity. Most fur products can last from 20 to 30 years . However, softer furs (such as rabbit and chinchilla) tend to decay a bit faster. Of course, all this depends on the way you treat your fur and how often you have it serviced. When old fur becomes tired or damaged, it can almost always be reimagined into a smaller contemporary piece with the help of a professional. Therefore, fur tends to be one of the most time-tested fashion investments.
Are you feeling the fluff yet? Fur is a lavish, sexy material that can be incorporated into any wardrobe year-round. Summer drinks by the dock, a night of dancing, and wedding parties all good excuses to pull out that mink stole or Bordeaux-stained fur flats. If you’re looking to stand-out and strut what your momma gave you, there’s no better way than to accessorize with a classy piece fashioned from all natural materials. From pom pom key chains and furry iPhone cases to delicate rabbit hair crossovers and fluorescent capes, the sky is the limit with summer fur accessories.