With temperatures quickly falling and the start of winter officially here, it’s time to invest in a real fur coat. Fur coats are the perfect way to fight the winter doldrums with warmth and style.
Fur comes in all shapes including classic vest to trendy phone cases. Sadly, there are individual sellers and businesses out there looking to prey upon people’s desire to wear real fur. Unless you’re buying from a certified furrier, fur can be portrayed as real when it is actually fake. This how-to guide will help you learn the differences between real and fake fur so you can make the most informed purchasing decision:
Feel the Fur
The texture of a coat isn’t the main giveaway on its realness, but it’s a good place to start. While different furs have their unique textures, they have certain features in common. Real fur naturally has a touch of oiliness; it’s not overly slick, but it’s still present. These natural oils preserve the hairs and give fur its luxurious feel. Without these oils, the coat will dry out and deteriorate quickly.
Real fur rests in the middle of two undesirable extremes. If you touch the fur and it feels too sticky, course, or rough on your hand, then there is a good chance it isn’t the real deal. Fake fur is made from plastics and chemicals. On the other extreme, these man-made compounds can also give fake fur an excessive soft feeling. While it can feel softer than real fur, it will not provide the true level of warmth and comfort.
A common test to see if the coat is real or fake is the burn test. To complete this test, remove a few pieces of the fur in question. On a flame-proof surface (like ceramic) hold a match or lighter to the hairs and let it burn. Real fur will burn normally and smell like burnt hair. Fake fur burns like melted plastic and will have a chemical odor.
Check for Labels and Brands
Look inside the garment to see if there is a label. If there is one, see what materials are listed. You should look for brand names since some companies only use real or synthetic furs. Keep in mind some companies have all real or all fake collections. If you have any doubts, do some research on the brand in question.
Many real furs come with pelt labels with information on where it originated. Fake furs will not have a legitimate pelt label since the fur was man-made and not from a furrier.
The price on the label is another factor to consider. If a coat claims to be real fur with a rock bottom price, stay away. This coat is probably fake. Real fur generally costs more.
Examine the Interior
A real fur coat will include a sewn lining. If you can, gently stick a sewing needle through the fur and lining. If it goes through quite easily, you may have a fake on your hands. A real fur coat should require more force or may not be able to go through at all. This is due to the proper lining and layers of fur.
Please be aware that with only a few bits of information, it can still be difficult to determine if the coat is real or fake. If you still have doubts, take it to a licensed furrier or fur expert.