The Properties of Fur Coats

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The Properties of Fur Coats
A fur coat is a long-lasting garment that's suitable for very cold weather. (woman in fur coat image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

People have been wearing animal pelts since ancient times, and this tradition is borne out in the modern era by the availability of fur coats for women. These coats can be manufactured from the hides of animals such as beavers, muskrats and foxes, and a number of designs and colours are available. These coats are popular both for their physical characteristics (warmth) and for what they represent within society (success).

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Status and Expense

The fur coat has become a symbol of status and affluence in many countries around the world. This is perhaps due to the high price tag of this type of garment, which places it out of the reach for many consumers. Consequentially, owners of fur coats include the rich and famous; celebrities and socialites often wear these garments to public events. The fur used in the coat can affect the price of the item. According to the Fur Coat Info website, chinchilla is typically more expensive than average thanks to the amount of hide needed for each coat, while a muskrat coat is likely to cost less.

Update-Ready

Fur coats aren't limited to one style. As noted on the Women's Fur Coats website, fur coat owners can essentially recycle their garments by having them restyled by a professional in the field. This enables fashionable individuals, mindful of the latest trends when it comes to fur coats, to update their garments to reflect the latest look.

Versatility

A key characteristic of the fur coat is that it's a versatile garment; wearers can combine their coats with other types and styles of clothing to create a finished look. Fur coats can be worn on a number of different occasions and tend to be eternally in fashion. Over the years, fashion designers have increasingly expanded the breadth of fur coats available. You can even purchase a short-sleeved fur coat.

Warmth

Fur coats provide ample warmth for wearers. As a result, they're popular in countries across the world that have cold winters, such as those in Eastern Europe. The use of fur for the purpose of body insulation dates back to ancient days, when animal skins were worn to protect tribespeople against extremely cold conditions. Thanks to the isothermal nature of fur coats, they won't overheat wearers and make them feel uncomfortable, as noted on the Women's Fur Coats website.

Durability

Fur coats are very durable. If looked after correctly, they often last their owners a lifetime, or at least a good number of years without needing to be replaced. Sheepskin jackets, in particular, are especially durable, as noted on the Fur Coats Info website. Those in warmer climates who save their fur coats for the rare occasions when it's appropriate to wear them often pay to store them during the summer months at facilities with climate-controlled environments.

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