Trends & Style
Most women have a good idea if they look best in warm shades or cool ones. When choosing dyed furs like bright purples, forest greens and raging red, the usual rules apply. When choosing from the natural beauty of fur, however, the following are some general guidelines: Blondes are enhanced by brown or pastel mink, by lynx and exotic light shades of mink or fox. They would do well to avoid black mink (which can look harsh), plus silver fox, raccoon and chinchilla (too blue), unless you're a platinum blonde. Brunettes dazzle in black or mahogany mink, plus any red or blue shades (depending on your skin tone) of fox, mink or wild fur. And whatever you do, don't pick a fur the same color as your hair.
Furs definitely are made in large sizes. As with better fashions, however, many times classic fur coats are made roomy, so a size 12 fur often fits a woman with a size 16 dress. Therefore, sometimes a larger woman won't need to go to a specifically large-size coat if you wear a 16 or smaller. Again, just make sure it doesn't fit tight. Also keep in mind for larger sizes, almost never wear a long, full-fur coat made of a long-haired fur such as fox, lynx, raccoon or long-haired beaver. Opt for a sheared fur, leather or fabric coat trimmed with a dramatic long-haired fur collar. Tall & thin: You were made to wear furs. For evening, try a little sable or fox chubby that flies away from a slip of a sexy dress. For day, a long, belted fur robe will add curves to your figure.
The most basic rule, no matter what your body type, is never wear a full-fur garment that is too tight or too fitted to your figure.
Small Size: In searching for a long coat, find one that is cut specifically for a petite size. These are made proportionally for petite women with shorter arms and torsos, not just an abbreviated hemline. Often you can get away with regular-sized jackets or waist-cinching short coats, as long as they don't go below mid-thigh on you and the waist actually hits your waist.
Large Size: Believe it or not, it is easier to fit a fur for a woman with a fuller lower half, than it is to fit a woman with an ample bustline. Our furrier experience says that, when a heavy woman puts on a knee-length swing coat, she virtually disappears and looks like she could be a size eight. If this style works for you, go for it. But sometimes a clean, A-line short coat makes a more attractive silhouette.