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A luxurious fix for your cold weather wardrobe, a fur coat can certainly give your look an elegant edge. Go for a classic choice with a mid-length coat made of genuine fur, or make a statement with a leopard print coat made of faux fur.

Vintage fur coats especially suit those looking to express their style in a unique way. Look fabulous in a soft fur coat you can easily dress up or down to suit your style.

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About Fur Coats

The fur coat can trace its beginnings back to cavemen, who used fur pelts as a way of keeping themselves warm. However, in later years wearing a fur coat became a status symbol, and an indication of wealth. It was in the 1800s that fur became more and more popular amongst the elite classes. Different types of fur were used by different people, with ermine being almost exclusively used by the royal family. In the early 20th century, more affordable furs became available, meaning that a greater proportion of the population could afford a fur coat. Furs such as rabbit and squirrel were the lowest price, and moleskin was bought by those with a slightly higher level of wealth. The most expensive fur coats available were those made from ermine, fox, mink and sable. From the 1940s onwards the popularity of fur saw both rises and falls with the changing economic climate. Animal rights campaigners began to fight against the use of fur in the 1960s, highlighting how some fur farms treated animals, creating a negative feeling towards the use of fur in some consumers. The animal rights issue continued, with many countries discontinuing or cutting back on the use of fur in their garments. Many of the fur coats that can be bought are vintage, and were produced at a time when fur was still acceptable. Faux fur was originally introduced in 1929, and became a popular alternative fabric for coats with fewer ethical issues than genuine fur.