Do You Wear Fur? Would You?
One of the things I've noticed walking around wintery Paris is the relative abundance of young women wearing fur coats, quite unapologetically I might add. They look wonderful, and it's been such fun to see how they style a classic piece like a fur coat in a way that feels fresh.
As a proponent of a more sustainable relationship with fashion, I've always felt like I should have a firmer stance on fur but truthfully, I'm conflicted about it. I love the look of a fur coat and love the idea of owning something that I carefully invest in and take care of for years; something that will be relevant in my closet forever. At the same time, I care a lot about my personal impact on the planet, animals included. I own a short faux fur coat, and while I enjoy it, it always feels strangely inauthentic when I wear it. Like eating tofu chicken- if you're turned off from eating meat, what's the point in getting your tofu to taste like it? Not to mention, faux fur has its own environmental problems. Over time, and through personal experience, including many stints abstaining from fashion altogether (which were not effective), I've come to a place of educated moderation with these kinds of ethical issues. I try to have a sustainable relationship with everything I consume, but I don't believe in being imprisoned by principles in the pursuit of a perfectly sustainable relationship with fashion- there is no such thing. If I love something and I know that I'll take care of it for a long time, I buy it. I appreciate the nuance that exists at the heart of sustainable fashion. And I know there's no one-size-fits-all answer to any of the ethical questions we face as consumers.
Anyway, I've come close a few times to buying a second-hand fur coat, but something always stops me. Maybe it's that the whole thing is terribly unpleasant when you think of it (although, if we look into the supply chain of many of the things we own, whether silver or smartphones, we'll find realities- and costs, borne by humans, animals, and the planet- that would make us similarly uncomfortable). Maybe it's a question of what other people might assume about the values of people who wear fur:
Which brings me to the question: do you wear fur? Would you? Do you think such a thing as sustainable fur exists- whether in the form of vintage or second-hand, or in the form of wild fur harvested sustainably? Is faux fur a compelling alternative to you? Is there room for nuance here? Does it all come down to the spirit in which you wear it?