The 1960s saw tremendous changes in the world of fashion, as trends shifted toward youth. Fur, previously viewed as a luxury for older wealthy women, became a popular material used to express the styles of the day. Both short and long fur coats appeared in the collections of major designers.
According to an article from the Michigan State University animal science program, mink production reached an all-time high in 1968, when 6 million pelts were produced at domestic fur farms. The stole design went along with the loosening of sharp angles and form-fitting clothes during this period. The mink stole could be tossed over the shoulder, and gave a carefree impression that suited the younger postwar generation. Mink stoles came in a variety of colours, from rich chocolate brown to almost white.
Mod fur coats were heavy, boxy and luxurious pieces. They came in several fur types. Rabbit and fox fur were two of the most common styles. These coats had little form, which emphasised the lack of structure popular among baby boomers. Some were belted and looked similar to trench coats, which were popular at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s.
Coats with Fur Collars
Another way to wear fur in the '60s was as an accent or accessory. Many coats were made out of less expensive or lighter-weight materials but with a strip of fur around the collar, and sometimes also around the ends of the sleeves. These strips were often dyed to match the colour of the coat, so you could find them in bright colours such as blue and pink, as well as browns and blacks.
Unlike the tailored look of '50s fashion, '60s clothes often combined a simple cut with a bright or bold print. Flashy fur coats in leopard print, real and faux, grew in popularity. These coats came in waist-length and longer styles, sometimes with three-quarter-length sleeves.