Before You Toss That Old Fur Coat Out, Consider Restyling or Repurposing It Into a Brand New Creation!
Did you recently inherit a timeless family heirloom fur coat? Do you have an old beloved fur coat that just isn’t in style anymore and is collecting dust sitting in your closet or at your furrier with limited use and wear?
When it comes to real animal fur there are many uses for it. One of the main ideas that come to mind is as outerwear during the colder months, but have you ever thought of some other uses for your fur?
Before we get into some repurposed ways to give your fur a new life, it’s important to talk about how you can renew your fur if you think it’s a bit out of style.
One of the best ways to continue to get the most wear out of your animal fur is to restyle it into something new. Just like cutting a pair of old and tattered jeans into shorts, restyling your favorite fur piece works the same way!
Take a look around the internet, Pinterest especially, and you’re bound to get some great chic and inspirational ideas for your fur. Take these looks and use them as a basis for how you would like to restyle your own fur. This reference point will be very helpful and useful for your furrier when recreating a piece that is perfect for you and your personality.
Back in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s large and statement-making furs were all the rage, but as we’ve transitioned into the 21st century things have slightly changed. These old fur pieces can tend to be big, bulky and sometimes quite heavy. This was definitely a popular trend of the past and there is nothing wrong with still loving this style, but if you’re interested, you can always restyle your fur piece into a shorter garment.
One common, yet still effortlessly chic way to restyle your old fur coat is to turn it into a form-fitting vest. It may seem a bit counter-intuitive to remove the sleeves, but it will definitely help to renew and revive the look. If you have multiple fur coats, don’t frequently wear your fur coat, or live in a warmer climate area this could be a great option for you. Lining your fall wardrobe with a classic and timeless fur vest is a beautiful and eye-catching way to level up your fall outfits.
A different approach to restyling your fur coat or vest is to add a hood. There are some fur coats that come pre-made with hoods, but most coats seem to be missing this additional piece. Adding a hood will definitely serve multiple purposes. If you live in a colder environment, a hood is something that you will definitely need and if you don’t, a hood is still very stylish. Adding a hood to your coat adds an extra luxurious look and depending on the make, this can be quite a spectacular look with this extra fabric!
Another functional way to restyle your fur is to have it sheared. Typically people tend to get their mink coats sheared because this type of fur is quite popular and durable. Mink fur can last up to 50 years depending on how you take care of it! Mink fur is already soft, but shearing your mink down will make it even softer! Shearing can be a great option for any style of fur, especially for those who have bulky and heavy pieces. Shearing your coat will make it lighter and will be easier for you to maneuver around in. You can shear the whole coat or you can leave some length around the cuffs and neck to keep you warm, while also adding dimension to your coat!
Using your fur and restyling it by adding it to pieces that are not made of fur will give off an intriguing look to your other favorite winter coats and jackets. Nowadays many coats are trimmed with fur, faux fur to be exact, but these tend to look cheap and fake and are susceptible to being worn and torn over the years, but yours will still look luscious if you choose to add your real animal fur.
Did you know that you can line your non-fur coats and jackets with material from your old fur coats? Lining a jacket is a functional approach to restyling your old fur coat and continuing its use. You can also line other jackets with your fur, like a raincoat, bomber jacket or leather jacket!
Rugs, Blankets, Pillows, Oh My!
Before you decide to do away with wearing your old beloved fur coat, take it in to a furrier and see if there is any way you can salvage it, so that you can continue to get the most use out of your pelt. If by chance, it is completely beyond repair for frequent use you can always turn it into an everyday household item.
Nowadays, furriers and fur experts are very experienced in the art of crafting furs into new pieces and can help even turn your treasured fur into a furry blanket, rug or pillow. Depending on what you want and the size of the material you possess, you can get great alternative continued use out of your animal fur.
You are more than welcome to tackle these items as DIY projects or you can seek the help of an expert.
A real fur blanket is sure to keep you warm during those colder months, since it’s made of thick and durable animal fur. This blanket will look rather stylish draped on the back of a sofa or across the arm of a reading chair.
Pillows will also give off the same affect, but just be sure to use these pillows as decorative pillows. Just like regular pillows with continued use they can start to lose their shape and this could weaken the lifespan of your animal fur. So just be cautious how you use them.
Authentic animal fur rugs are a gorgeous accent to any home. Not only will your rug be a conversational piece among family, friends and guests, but it is bound to be warm beneath your feet. Like your fur pillow, consider placing this rug in a room that doesn’t get much traffic, like a study or a sitting room, to keep it from getting bald spots. For a special styling tip, fur rugs tend to look really nice accented by wooden floors!
Yes, indeed, you did read that right! You may be unaware, but there are many companies out there that specialize in turning an old and worn fur garment into a beloved teddy bear! These teddy bears are better known as heirloom teddy bears or memory bears.
It may seem a bit weird, but there is an industry for this and it is definitely a meaningful way to turn your prized fur coat into an item that can be passed along through generations.
This option is great if your fur coat is worn or dated. Fur coat teddy bears can be stored in a display case or you can give it to your grandkids as a sentimental gift… just make sure they are old enough to understand how special this teddy bear really is. You can turn your fur coat into multiple teddy bears- a great option if you have multiple grandchildren- and you even have the option of various sizes to choose from.
Ottomans and Footstools
Another use for your old fur coat in your home would be to repurpose your jacket into an ottoman or footstool. If you choose to add fur to these pieces, you’ll certainly have a unique piece that your neighbors probably won’t possess and they’ll be trying to keep up with you!
Fur in general gives off a sense of richness and luxury, so why not repurpose that vintage ottoman or average footstool with fur. Just like the rug, a fur ottoman or footstool will also be a conversational piece depending on where you place it.
You can put your up-cycled piece at the foot of the bed and use it on cold winter days while you’re putting your shoes on or angle it against a mirror for a chic look. If you would like to display this piece in a more communal space, you can also place it in a sitting room or study.
Cute Little Accessories
There seems to be a plethora of options when it comes to restyling and repurposing your old fur! So don’t be afraid to go out on a limb and try something new.
If you do restyle or repurpose your old fur and have leftover pieces of fur, consider turning this extra fur into a fun accessory!
Fur shawls, scarves and wraps are a beautiful and elegant way to stay warm during those colder months! The great thing about these accessory pieces is that you can use them to protect your neck during those brisk months or you can switch it up. Pair this with your favorite fall outfit by draping it across your neck and back and you’re good to go! These pieces will keep you warm during the winter, but not too hot during the fall!
When you think of a fur hand muff, you may get images of poised and classy women, and that is a common thought when seeing women wearing this accessory. If you have the means, think about turning pieces of your old fur garment into this eye-catching item. These are great accessories for any formal event!
Another great accessory idea is turning your pieces of fur into striking headbands, hats, collars, cuffs and ear muffs. If your fur coat or winter jacket is missing a hood, you need to make sure you keep your head and ears covered, especially if you live in a colder environment. This is where a fur headband, hat or ear muffs will come in handy. Looking like an Eskimo and wearing fur go hand-in-hand sometimes, this is a common connotation of fur sometimes, but don’t be hesitant when rocking this ensemble, because you’re bound to be both chic and functional at the same time!
Do you own leather gloves? Are they starting to lose their appeal? Give them a new life, by trimming these gloves with fur. Not only will these fur trimmed gloves keep your hand and wrists warm, but you’ll also look rather stylish wearing them!
Nowadays you may be seeing people attach little fur pompoms on their purses. Yup, you guessed it! You can turn pieces of your fur garment into cute little pompoms for your purse! You can make one or a few or you can even give them to a few close friends as gifts!
Fur clutches, handbags and crossbody bags are also quite popular and will compliment any outfit!
Circle of Life Recycling
For those of you who have been conflicted about the “morality” of fur coats, there is another option for your very worn or outdated fur. This is last on our list, but that doesn’t mean that we’re heartless, we would just prefer for your fur coat to continue to get regular human use.
If you’re scratching your head, not so sure of what I’m talking about, well the answer is recycling your old fur to help wildlife.
There are plenty of organizations that take old and used various fur pieces and use them for orphaned or lost animals. Your old fur coat is used to provide warmth to these animals and can act as a surrogate mother.
As you can see there are many common and uncommon uses for your old fur! If you’ve been letting that fur coat sit in the back of your closet or if a big fur hand-me-down coat is not your speed, consider recycling it into something else that compliments your taste or into something that is definitely meaningful to you!