Nearly 100 million Americans think buying
and wearing fur is “morally wrong,
what do you think?
Personally, I don’t have any objections either way, a sentiment you’ve heard me express before in the past. Granted, real fur isn’t for everyone and for those who have made the decision not to wear it, I most certainly respect that. By the same token, I firmly believe that they too, in turn, ought to respect the rights of those who choose real fur.
While no one bats an eyelid when animal rights activists vocalise their choices and opinions, I’ve always wondered why I’ve had to defend my decision to wear fur. Why the fear of disapprobation is (very often) enough to keep me and my coat from venturing out in public together. True, in Houston, temperatures don’t really dip all that low to justify putting on my coat, and answering
shitloads of questions about my choice of outerwear.
That said, there are days when a poor circulatory system means my fingers and toes are perpetually cold, and the only thing able to keep me warm and toasty is that real fur coat hanging in my front hall closet.
So what’s a shivering woman from the tropics to do?
Well, for this photo shoot, nothing much🙂 it was such a warm day when we shot these photos that even putting on this Jersey Poncho trimmed with Faux Fur was no mean feat in itself.
For colder days though (which is what we’re supposed to experience in Texas over the course of the next fortnight, yay), let’s talk vintage.
There are always going to be those who really dislike fur, and then there’s always going to be those in the middle, and then those who really, really, really like it. So for now, vintage fur is probably the eco-gentlest way to go about this conundrum.
After all, there are millions of coats in great condition from decades ago, often passed down from generation to generation. Clearly, throwing these furs away would be wasteful, to say the least. If the animal was killed for its pelt long before I was born, and rather than support what’s possibly unethical harvesting procedures, surely it’s only logical to maximise the product that resulted from its demise?
I’m curious. How do you feel about real fur versus fake fur? There’s so much controversy surrounding these two camps that I’m really quite keen to understand which side you’re on, and, even more so, why you’re on that side to begin with.
For the purposes of this joint post, we decided to go with the faux camp so without any further ado, tadah. Here we are. The Fab 40s ladies doing their fur thang🙂
Here’s Jane and her spiffy, ever so divine Gilet in the most majestic of blues. There’s something decidedly rockstar yet wearable in this get-up. Could it be those OTK boots?? Or the leather mini? I can’t quite decide.
How chic is Dawn Lucy in her glamping outfit?? I am SO hearting that fuzzy clutch which is literally begging to be hugged.
That glorious scarf-cum-collar thingy fits perfectly into Dixie’s rock n roll vibe, doesn’t it? As do those killer booties. I swear I need to raid the woman’s shoe closet.
Hey foxy Ann, you be looking fine in your fur. Fine, and fresh, and fierce. And so endeth Sheela’s attempts at being cool GRIN
For the final 2015 installment of The Fab 40s, we’re so pleased to have Beth of Style At A Certain Age. I’ve long been a great (if somewhat silent) admirer on Instagram, having immense respect for her deft hand in mixing print, texture and colour, often all in the one same garment. Beth has no fear of bright shades and bold patterns, and wears them with absolute panache. Here, she’s got that heritage-inspired look down pat with earthy hues, wear-everywhere Suede Boots and bright plaid button-down. And let’s not forget that deliciously creamy faux fur vest which easily adds a dose of opulence to any garment.
And, of course, me. In my ombré dress and faux fur-trimmed Jersey poncho. Lizardskin Clutch. With rings on my fingers and spikes on those ankle boots, and that Snakeskin cuff on the wrist.
The Fab 40s ladies (which is comprised of Ann, Dawn Lucy, Dixie, Jane and I) are closing 2015 on the softest of plush notes, relishing in the unapologetic parading our faux fur accoutrements. Since March, we’ve tackled everything from Marsala & Denim, Jumpsuits, Gingham, Lace, Leopard Print, Menswear Inspired, Fringe and Goth (for October, naturally), and gotten all dolled up last month in our Glam best.
For 2016, what would you like to see us wear?
Share your ideas and suggestions, please!!
We’d love to hear from you!
p/s photos by Eve
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