WHAT WE'RE WEARING: (Faux) Furs
In Minnesota, you often have to choose between warmth, comfort, or style. Faux furs are one of the few trends that give you a shot at all three options.
After fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, it's pretty clear that this trend will be here for a while. Whether it's an all out faux fur coat or just some accessorizing touches, faux fur is a fun way to add a little character to a normally standard article of clothing.
There are many different types of items that faux fur can be found on: coats, vests, stoles, scarves, you name it and someone has probably added a bit of faux fur to the item. That being said, not all faux furs are created equal and there are a couple tips to keep in mind while searching for the perfect fur-alternative piece.
- Resilience: When checking the quality of a faux fur piece, test out how well the fibers can return to their original form. If the fibers stay in place instead of bouncing back, it's more likely to look fake, matted, and worn quickly. Good resilience is key to a realistic and quality faux fur.
- Softness: A common issue with lower-quality faux furs is that they can tend to be scratchy, which can be a big problem especially if it is a trim on a hood or scarf. Just make sure that the fibers used are soft and comfortable so you'll feel as cozy and comfortable as you look.
- Materials Used: The typical material used in faux fur is acrylic, but of course that comes in many different qualities. Some of the better acrylic options are tissavel and kanecaron.
Now that it's March, there's no telling whether we should be prepping for springtime or arming ourselves for another cold blast of winter weather. But after seeing the popularity of faux furs in recent fashion weeks, it's easy to see that this will be an ongoing trend into the fall/winter 2017 season. So be on the lookout for that perfect furry piece; even if you can't wear it right away, you'll be happy you have it this fall.