Fall is here and that means it is the season where I get berated constantly for wearing fur.
I’ve gotten used to it by now and it doesn’t really bother me too much. But I have started thinking about the topic on my own lately.
I am of course aware of the cruelties that animals are subjected to obtain their furs. It is awful. I will never buy new fur for that reason. And I’d kind of justified me wearing the furs that I do have by the fact that they are vintage and not new.
It makes sense, right? I mean it’s been around for sixty years! If it wasn’t on me it would be on someone else or thrown away I suppose. I also looked at it as a form of recycling.
As most people who know me know, almost all of my closet is second hand. I take pride in the fact that I can find clothes that I not only love, but are also second hand and not contributing to the mass overflow of new wasteful modern fashion. So I just figured, why would it be different for fur? It’s still vintage clothing that I am recycling.
But even I can’t deny that even with this defense, I’m still promoting the wearing of fur, which includes modern fur. And that is not really something I want to do.
If you know anything about me, you know that I love vintage fashion, especially the 40s and 50s. I grew up looking at vintage Vogues and lusting over the luxury and glamour held in its glossy pages. And part of that glamour and luxury was fur.
I’m not sure if it is because of these early memories that it has been ingrained in my brain to love fur, but I do. Not only is it warm but it is glamorous and makes me feel like I’m right back in that era of elegance and sophistication.
Now this might sound silly to some people, but I feel that when I wear my vintage furs, it’s more of an homage to that era. Since I’m wearing them with my other vintage pieces in a complete vintage style, I feel like I’m more just celebrating that beautiful vintage style and promoting wearing vintage fur.
My logic is, there is plenty of vintage fur left in the world to go around. Yes, the ways of obtaining animal fur isn’t ethical or just. We all pretty much recognize that now. But if there is already old furs still out in circulation, I don’t see the harm in enjoying them and the era that they remind us of, as long as we realize we can no longer be creating new furs.
There really just isn’t the need for it anymore, to be quite honest. Faux furs are becoming increasingly better in quality. So I’m sure there will come a day where people won’t be able to tell the difference between real and fake.
But I think what it really comes down to is that people are free to do whatever the heck they want to do. If someone chooses to wear new fur, fine. I may not agree with that, but it’s their choice. If you are willingly supporting a store or company that exploits foreign labor and has unethical treatment of its workers, that is also your choice.
I will never be offended if someone expresses their feelings to me about wearing fur. I understand completely where people are coming from, but it is my choice. Just like it’s their choice not to wear it.
No matter what you chose to wear, just stay classy my dears 🙂