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Fur products are a luxurious clothing item similar to a Hermes handbag or exquisite jewelry from the house of Schiaparelli. If you buy a new fur coat this winter, you must find the perfect fur coat to suit your style. Fur coats are back in fashion and are available in a plethora of designs and colors. But the most important question still remains: which kind of fur to go for?

It’s the 21st century, and faux fur is in high demand. Faux fur is available in various colors and offers considerable warmth to the wearer. That said, traditional thick coats made from real fur hold a distinct vintage charm. It is important to learn the difference between faux fur and real fur before making a decision.

If you are confused about which kind of fur you should splurge your hard-earned money on, keep reading this guide to determine which of the most glossy and luxurious fur products would suit you best:

The Variety of Texture and High Quality of Real Fur

The most common difference between faux fur and real fur is the quality of the fur product. A real fur product makes for a timeless fashion statement. Faux fur lacks the textural diversity and high quality offered by real fur products. The actual price of a real fur coat mostly depends on the fur used for its manufacturing. There are a variety of expensive furs such as mink, sable, rabbit, chinchilla, otter, racoon, and more. Each kind of fur has a distinct texture and is unique to the touch.

A woman wearing a Silver Fox Fur 78 Fur Coat

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Types of Real Furs Available

Minks furs are rich real fur, smooth furs that can be easily identified due to their exquisite softness. Sable is similar to mink but feels silky to the touch and is considerably lighter in weight. Mink coats also give a glossy shine to the fur, which give them a spectacular appearance. Both mink and sable furs are extremely expensive, so these are often used in small quantities. Mink and sable fur are found in some hats, stoles, coat collars, and sleeve trims.

Woman wearing a Mahogany Mink Section Coat


Otter and racoon furs are thick and warm furs and have several layers of fur. These furs are not soft like mink or sable fur but offer an unmatched warmth in the harsh winter months. Racoon and otter furs are usually available in different shades of brown, black, and silver. Otter and racoon fur is typically used to make fur hats and thick fur coats.

Hooded Raccoon Fur Jacket

Hooded Raccoon Fur Jacket



Rabbit and fox fur is the most common type of fur used in fur clothing. They have a soft feel which can be used to make hats, coats, and even gloves. They can also be used in the trim for collars, hats, hems, and sleeves. With a much affordable price tag, fox and rabbit fur products are the best fur to purchase when working with a somewhat  limited budget.

Woman wearing a Dusty Rose Alpaca Coat with a Fox fur Trim


The Durability and Trendiness of Faux Fur

Faux fur may not look as luxurious as a real mink coat, but what it lacks in luster makes for it in terms of durability. People prefer faux fur due to its easy cleaning and care. A real fur coat may degrade over time if it is not properly taken care of. Moreover, it may also degrade due to excessive wear and incur additional costs for professional cleaning. That is not the case when you buy a faux fur luxury item. Faux fur is used to mimic the quality of real fur. Modern textile technology has significantly reduced the difference between faux fur and real fur, which is why luxury brands often sell faux fur at the same price as a real fur product. An amateur can easily mistake a faux mink coat to be the real deal if the faux fur has been produced with high-quality synthetics.

A woman wearing a faux fur leopard print coat

Types of Faux Fur Products Available

While real fur products are classified into types by the skins of the fur used, faux fur is divided into types by its length and softness. Faux fur can be designed to match the softness of real fur but can be easily dyed to match your choice of color. The softness of the fur depends on the synthetic products used for the manufacturing of faux fur products.

Long pile faux fur is the most common type of fur used for shaggy faux fur coats and faux fur stoles. They allow for a beautiful look in the evening and give the wearer a classy vintage 1920s look. Perfect for a fun night out or a fancy cocktail party, dark-colored long pile faux fur items would look fantastic with any dress.

A person wearing a long pile faux fur jacket


Medium pile faux fur offers much easier draping and has a considerably smaller length of fur. Faux furs are used for fur vests and utterly cozy coats for the winter months. Medium pile faux fur coats can be made with high-quality synthetics to imitate high-end mink fur coats. Medium pile faux fur, similarly to other types of faux fur, is available in funky and somber colors. No matter if you’re going to a themed birthday bash or the funeral of someone close, wearing medium pile faux fur will give you a sense of timeless elegance.

A woman wearing a faux fur pink and brown jacket


Short pile faux fur is the perfect choice of faux fur used for the trim of your fur coat, hats, gloves, or scarves. Short pile faux fur is smooth and malleable and can be easily used in several fur clothing products. Made with high-quality synthetic material, short pile faux fur can offer you a luxurious look and feel that is  amazingly close to real fur.

Wrapping Up!

Although real fur offers a variety of high-quality textures, faux fur provides customers with a wide variety of fur lengths, color, and designs. Now that you have learned about the difference between faux fur and real fur, you can choose the best fur option that suits your needs and preferences.