A Brief History of Early Fur Styles
We’re all familiar with the traditional images of vintage fur coats. You’ve likely seen countless versions of “typical” vintage fur fashion: expensive evening gowns and glittering jewelry, accented by an elegantly draped fur stole or coat. However, do you know of the other types of fur fashion that came before this era? Real fur accessories have been around since the beginning of humanity, which means there are millenia of innovative looks and trends. We’ll give you a rundown of some early forms of fur fashion.
You’ve likely seen fur muffs in old photos and fictional depictions of the early 20th century. If the term is unfamiliar to you, a fur muff is a round, tubular wrap. There are holes on both ends for the wearer to tuck their hands into. The muff first emerged in the 17th century, but enjoyed a resurgence the early 1900s. By this point, fur muffs were not only for keeping your hands warm, but also featured pockets where muff wearers could use to store small items and money.
The Rise of Fur Stoles
Fur stoles were another fur accessory to gain traction during the early 1900s. You’ll recognize fur stoles as shawl-like garments, meant to be wrapped around the shoulders and either tying off in a knot or clasped shut with a delicate brooch. By the late 1930s, the fur stole had been revamped into a lighter weight garment which was easier to wear and came in a larger variety of style options, from short to long to being made from different types of fur. In a similar vein, fur scarves also gained popularity around the same time, often in the form of pelt-like accessories with the tail, legs and head still attached.
Loose Raccoon Fur Coats
Before mink hit the scene in terms of popularity, one of the most popular types of real fur accessories was the raccoon fur coat. This piece of fur apparel enjoyed unisex popularity, and peaked during the ‘20s and ‘30s. Men wore them over their nicest suits, while women draped them over their finest dresses. Around this same point in time, the automobile was the newest travel innovation. Those who wanted to drive their cars around at every leisurely opportunity, a raccoon fur coat was the ideal accessory for a casual drive through the city or countryside. This was due largely to the design of early automobiles, which had no roofs, so drivers and passengers were vulnerable to the cold during the winter months. Due to their popularity, raccoon coats were pricey; more affordable options came in the form of wool and lynx fur.
We hope this article has educated you on the extravagant history of fur fashion (or even given you a bit of inspiration for fur styling in Dallas!) For more information on fur fashion, and the chance to sample our vast inventory, contact Morris Kaye and Sons in Dallas or our San Antonio location.