When you’re out hunting for the fur coat of your dreams, remember that there are two types: natural or real, and synthetic or faux. You should know that each type has their distinct advantages and disadvantages that may or may not play well for your skin and the climate in your area. Here are some tips on distinguishing real from faux fur:
The Federal Trade Commission has mandated all manufactured and imported fur coats or vests for distribution in the United States to have what’s called the Fur Label Authority tag. This tag details whether or not the fur is real or synthetic. This only applies, though, to fur that have been sold after 1951, so there is still a number of vintage coats, jackets and vests without it.
Look underneath the lining of your fur; find a spot where you could easily see inside, or at least feel the underside with your hands and open up the seam just enough to poke your finger inside. Fur made of real animal pelts should feel as smooth as leather and is often sewn together in strips or sections.
When buying online, and you have nothing but the pictures to use as a guide, don’t despair; you can still identify real from synthetic fur, as long as there are high quality pictures of the vest. Close-up pictures of synthetic fur often reveal signs like a scruffy appearance or an unnatural-seeming glossiness.