What's your opinion? Is it okay to wear real fur that's vintage?

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
  • poll: Is it okay to wear a vintage fur?
    yes : (64 votes)
    71 %
    no : (25 votes)
    28 %
    other : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    370 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @cologirl:  I’m having the same struggle!  My FMIL gave me a gorgeous (I even feel a little guilty admitting how lovely it is!) full length mink that was FI’s grandmother’s.  FI adored his grandmother, so he would like me to have it cut down into a stole or short jacket to wear over my wedding gown in January.   However, I am just so anti-fur…when she first gave it to me, I thanked her, but was grimacing inside.  I don’t want to disappoint FI, but I just can’t bring myself to even bring the coat to the furrier to have it cut down.  You make a great point that it’s a used fur and I’m not contributing to the fur industry by buying a new one, but still…the guilt!!!  I’ll be curious to see what others post, though I hope the deeply anti-fur people don’t flame us! 

    Post # 4
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I would go for it!! Most people will assume it’s just faux fur and if it looks good with your dress why not? It’s better IMO because it’s vintage and not an animal that was used recently 

    Post # 5
    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Personally I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t be so much against just wearing an old fur, but I would be afraid of someone at the wedding “petting” it, loving it, then going and buying a new one and supporting the fur industry. That’s a toughy though.

    Good luck! 

    Post # 6
    107 posts
    Blushing bee

    I love fur. I’d never buy it new though.  I inherited a gorgeous mink bomber jacket that fit me like a glove but I was 18 and too shy to wear it in public and then I lost it in Katrina.  I’d kill to have that coat now I’d never take it off.  I wear leather shoes and carry leather bags.  I try to make these choices as responsibly/prudently as is feasible, which for me means buying mostly vintage/secondhand. I wouldn’t want some sadass McDonalds fur (or some shitty faux crap from a sweatshop for that matter) but beautiful vintage pieces are a whole different thing.

    Post # 7
    641 posts
    Busy bee

    Fur is natural, biodegradable, and a renewable resource.

    Plastic fur creates toxic petrochemicals in its production and can not rot back into nature.

    Honestly, I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I think fur is more ethically sound. 

    Post # 9
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @cologirl:  I would. It’s already there, it’s used and old. Better re-use those you actually find, than encouraging a market I’m not comfortable with either. I’m in the same situation as you. Looking for faux-fur for my vintage, winter wedding. But would not buy real fur, unless it was found in a thrift store or something. 

    Post # 10
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @Sazerac:  I have 2 furs (one vintage) and I also have a leather motorcycle jacket, leather boots, etc.

    I wonder, if you are ethically opposed to fur (as are many of the PP’s), do you also not wear leather shoes and carry leather bags?

    Post # 12
    1463 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have vintage fur from my grandma, fox and mink.  I won’t wear them based on principle; plus, I’d hate to be judged.  Just my 2 cents.

    Post # 13
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I have a fur wrap that was my great grandmother’s.  I wore it to my roaring 20s theme prom. It was made decades ago and there is no harm in wearing it.  I wouldn’t buy new fur. i would be curious to see the bio footprints of real fur and manufactured fur also- I’ve heard fake Christmas trees are much worse for the environment than real ones. 

    @Miss Leopard:  that’s a good point! I am guessing mthe of them. I have a friend who isn’t supposed to wear any leather for religious reasons. But they do and just leave it at home when they visit the traditional grandparents in India.  


    Post # 14
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I wouldn’t, because I want nothing to do with fur.

    Post # 15
    1590 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I admit that I’ve owned a leather bag or two but I really try not to. As for fur, yeah I just want nothing to do with it or encouraging others that it looks good. Plus my favors will likely be animal shelter donations.

    Post # 16
    641 posts
    Busy bee

    The environmental impact has a lot of factors. There’s fur that has been farmed vs fur that has been trapped or hunted (Or roadkill. You can find furriers usually more on the taxidermy side that specialize in that.) There is also the topic of using pelts from animals raised for meat (cows, rabbits, sheep) And then what is used to treat the fur. I think the best fur is produced with brain tanning (It’s exactly what it sounds like. Brain matter applied to the pelt) but the stuff you find that’s factory produced is very often treated with soda ash and battery acid for convenience. Bleaching and dying is a whole other ussue, but personally, I find natural fur to be the most attractive. I don’t own any dyed items.

    Just like making a choice with what meat to eat and what meat you should refuse, eat, or compromise on, people should evaluate and decide what fur they find acceptable and make an informed purchase.

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