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Dusting Off: Men Wearing Fur

  • Kempt Staff


At some point in the past, before there were terms like “polar vortex,” a man would rise on an exceedingly frigid day, survey the cold and forbidding landscape before him and then reach for the thickest wool pelt in his coat closet as he headed outdoors.

Wearing a fur coat was not only the best way to stay warm, it was the most elegant.

But somewhere along the line, possibly circa 1980, a man wearing a fur coat became an egregious affectation—no longer a simple matter of staying warm. And even more recently, it would seem that the tradition has fallen off almost entirely, even with older ladies and the less savory crowd it’s usually associated with. Perhaps that’s a good thing, because we’re making the case for a revival of gentlemen in fur coats. Especially with all of the puffy synthetic outerwear thick on the ground this time of year, we wouldn’t mind seeing a return to a more graceful way of staying warm.

And if the Princeton man above isn’t inspiration enough, we’ve got a few style icons wearing fur who’ll show you how it’s done...»

The Two Kinds of Fur Coat

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The internet is angry today, my friends.

This Band of Outsiders fur coat arrived at Oki-ni, and the tumblr crowd wasted no time in calling it out as ridiculous. But the speed and strength of the backlash—especially against a menswear sacred cow like Band of Outsiders—makes us think there’s a taboo at stake here.

Allow us to clear things up: There are two kinds of fur coats in the world. And unless you’re a rapper or a prizefighter, this is the wrong kind.

Allow us to explain…»