The Faux Fur Gene

May 15, 2015

The joys of parenthood. Both my daughters have inherited the faux fur gene, as I call it. At least one has my sardine gene, but we won’t talk about that!

Coco is wearing a Gymboree faux fur and Lulu is wearing a faux fur from Gund.

    Growing up in Los Angeles, I always felt the climate too hot for me.

Here’s added proof that faux fur has always been my thing.

Throughout my years of thrifting, I discovered that I’m a magnet for fabulous faux furs! I’ll share what’s in my closet right now with you.

From vintage beauties to final sale at the Betsey Johnson outlet in Camarillo, CA, I have been carefully coveting and collecting faux furs.

No easy feat as I used to work in the San Fernando Valley where the temperatures would regularly soar into the teens, as in 113 degrees, etc.

It was with great joy that I finally got the chance to wear this floor-length Betsey Johnson leopard coat. I took my first plane flight, a transatlantic trip and went to London during an October and November visit. The things we do for fashion!

Tottenham Court Road for life.

Most everyone smiled at me as I traipsed around like a silly tourist. I lived in this coat because I was freezing without it!

I’ve had it for nearly 20 years. It was $100, so you could say I’ve gotten my money’s worth!

A more recent acquisition is this coat by Altuzarra for Target. It reminded me of monkey fur but I would never. I lamented on this coat for weeks and finally it went on sale for under $30!

This next entry is one I’ve had for several years, acquired at a St. Vincent De Paul in the Bay Area. New with tags from Urban Outfitters, it was marked $156 on their tag.

SVDP wanted $50, which was steep. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about this coat if I left it. You never know until you ask if it’s negotiable and I got it for $40!


I couldn’t resist this brown one at H&M a few seasons back. All I remember is $10 off, and t was under $60.

Super duper warm!

My favorite of all is my Betsey Johnson red monster fur. It’s club kid and cuddly all in one and makes every kid I’ve ever seen smile while I’m wearing it.

Right before I photographed this coat on Severine (my mannequin), the velvet hanger that was holding the coat BROKE. This jacket’s tough, too!

I’ve had this vintage Safari coat from Bullock’s (old school department store!) for eons. It’s been through hell and back and has some lining issues. However, it photographs beautifully and reminds me of a giraffe.

I can’t believe I found the belt!

Up next is a recent acquisition from a local thrift store. It’s another brown faux fur from H&M and was $2.98!

How could I resist!?

Another coat that’s been through hell and back over the years is this one. It got me through many nights of after-hours clubs back in the day.

It should probably be dry cleaned again.

This jacket was in the clearance section of Forever 21 in Portland in 2010. It was $14.99.

Don’t you just love the harlequin pattern?  It’s surprisingly versatile as I used to practice hula hooping tricks in it during the winter.

I’ll leave you with an amazingly thick coat that I wear as often as I can. It’s on the smaller of vintage sizing with a beautiful hood and cuffs. It makes everything fancier and keeps me warm!

 Show me your faux furs, please!




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