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Cheap and Chic: (Faux and Vintage) Fur Stoles


Fendi Ad Campaign Fall/Winter 2009-2010

Old Hollywood glamor never goes out of style and neither does the fur collar. While larger amounts of fur on jackets, boots, purses, vests may go in and out from time to time, the fur collar, or stole (more like a shawl or scarf) remains a classic and is always in style.

A quality vintage or faux fur accessory around the neck can do wonders for the look of a simple winter coat or blazer and add warmth, too!


As soon as I typed in “fur collars” on, I happily found faux and vintage collars and stoles were not as expensive as one might expect. Ranging from $10 to $100 (and higher), I was pleasantly surprised to see the “buy it now” button going for under $30 on many authentic vintage and faux fur stoles.

For those who are opposed to wearing the real thing, and I totally understand where you are coming from, which is why I stress the purchase of vintage fur if you HAVE to have the real thing. If you don’t want to wear real fur, there are wonderful faux fur options out there. Textile technology has come miles from where it use to be and wonderful faux fur can be purchased to achieve this classic look while still saving animals.

Faux Fur Options

Cheap and Chic: Fru Stole

Coat and Faux Fur: 1st Faux Fur: 2nd Faux Fur: 3rd Faux Fur: and the 4th Faux Fur:


One easy way to attach a lovely fur collar, real vintage or fake, is to sew a ribbon on each side and tie it in a bow like the black collar in the picture. (You may want to buy a leather needle for easier sewing.) If you have any questions on how to sew on a ribbon to fur, please feel free to ask!

Also when buying a vintage fur, remember to get it cleaned first from your local dry cleaners and ask about instructions on how to take care of your new investment to make it stand the test of time.

Your thoughts?

Do you think you’ll be adding a fur collar or stole to your winter wardrobe? Are you a fan of this look? Let us know with a comment.

Posted on on January 9, 2010 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , ,

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13 Responses to “Cheap and Chic: (Faux and Vintage) Fur Stoles”

  1. 1
    January 9th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I don’t think I’d wear this look myself just because I’m not keen on fur items; real or faux. I know a lot of people will have an opinion on wearing real fur but at least if it’s vintage the animal would have been dead by today anyway.

  2. 2
    January 9th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I can see the allur of these things, but I would never wear one.

  3. 3
    January 9th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I appreciate the recommendation to wear faux fur. I love the look of fur but can’t get myself to wear the real thing. I think fur stoles are fabulous! I would definitely wear it!

  4. 4
    January 9th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    great post! love it!

  5. 5
    January 9th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I appreciate the offering of faux and vintage furs rather than new fur (although I have no problem with real fur, for the most part, because at least it’s functional and warm, unlike, say, crocodile skin, which is just supposed to be aesthetically pleasing), but the production of faux fur is really environmentally damaging, and I think people should consider that before buying it in lieu of real fur. I mean, I understand if someone’s aversion to fur comes from the idea of killing an animal just for its fur, but at the same time, isn’t it a problem that so many people find the look of fur appealing in the first place?

  6. 6
    January 9th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Be careful. Not all faux fur is “faux”. Many companies in other countries use fur from dogs and sell it as faux fur because it’s cheaper to produce. Although I don’t have a problem with people making the choice to buy fur I think it’s disgusting that it is being sold to people who make the conscious decision to avoid it. So make sure you know what you’re getting if you are opposed to real fur.

  7. 7
    January 9th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hey Lindsey,

    Great first post. I’ve recently bought a brown faux fur stole, and I love it. It really keeps you warm and is a nice touch peaking out of a coat. I’m leaving for study abroad in Rome in a few days, and my boyfriend told me that thrift stores in Europe are crawling with real ones. (…and I am looking forward to finding some!) Although I think I would object to buying new, I love the history and elegance that comes with vintage.

  8. 8
    January 9th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I really don’t like fur- honestly, I feel like a dead animal is draped around me. Not my thing, but it’s good to know that ebay has some good resources!

  9. 9
    January 9th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Although this was a great, quick article as someone who has been thinking about buying a fur piece for awhile now, I would have appreciated some tips on how to style it. What holds me back sometimes from buying statement pieces like this is that I wouldn’t know how to work it into my wardrobe, for either everyday or special occasion wear. These types of tips are what I look forward to from the articles on this website.

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    January 10th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I don’t think I’ll be adding a fur stole to my winter wardrobe because the coat that I always wear already has one on it that came with the coat when I bought it. I’m not really a fan of this look unless the stole already is built into the coat or jacket because otherwise, when you buy your own you look like a throwback to the early 2000’s.

  11. 11
    January 10th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I bought a 50s suede coat with a mink collar for only $45 at a local antique store. Was in excellent condition and fitted my petite proportions exactly. Almost bougth the matching hat.

  12. 12
    January 19th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I’m with Luinae on this; how does one come to find dead animals attractive (because in reality that’s what it is)? It looks just as unappealing as a chimpanzee strutting around wearing a human scalp/wig.

  13. 13
    July 20th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Nothing wrong with wearing faux fur if its done well and does not look like a wet cat. I am against real stuff unless its old and this poor animal has died 30 years ago. One way or another it looks very lux wehn put together right and classy, specially with a camel winter coat. I watched the European Women and they taught me a thing or two how to look good. American’s? forget it, they are to plain and have no sense of fashion whatsoever, ONLY the upper ten thousand look good, the rest are slobs.

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