Fur is luxurious and glamorous, but it can come with ethical concerns. Animal rights activists have long highlighted the issue of cruelty and fur, creating awareness about fur’s impact on animal welfare. Fortunately there is a range of fantastic animal-friendly fabrics available, including eco-fur and faux fur, which are just as beautiful as the real thing and cause no harm to our animal friends. What’s more, faux fur is very much in vogue. It’s been prominently showcased on the runways in recent years, and it still carries cachet among fashionistas and designers alike. Even better, the quality of faux fur is now comparable to that of real fur.
So what are some of the benefits of faux fur? It offers quite a bit of variety and flexibility, for starters. You can get it in solid colors, patchwork patterns, stripes, or even striking colorblock looks. And unlike with real animal fur, you can get eco-fur or faux fur in every color of the rainbow—including showstopper hues like hot pink and highlighter yellow. You could use it to dramatize your entire garment, or you could choose instead to leverage it as an accent, as seen with this striking faux fur coat from Giamba. You can also play with the texture of the fur, choosing a smooth and silky version for a luxe effect or going with a more wild, longhaired, or shaggy look that a rebellious soul might rock.
As for the types of garments that suit eco-fur or faux fur the best, outerwear is of course the obvious choice. Faux fur coats, jackets, and vests abound, particularly this time of year. But faux fur and eco-fur also appear in dresses and robes, and it they are also ideal for trimming and detailing certain areas of a piece (such as the lining or hood of a jacket, for example). They also show up in accessories such as purses, bags, hats, scarves, and gloves.
With eco-fur and faux fur, the sky really is the limit. They’re economical, versatile, beautiful, and can be used to create looks ranging anywhere from the glamorous floor-length fur coat we’ve admired on celebrities to the popular puffer jacket, graced with a cozy fur-lined hood, that we see out and about on the streets in winter. It’s a gorgeous and animal-friendly fabric that everyone can feel good about, and a great medium for designers to creatively express their vision.