I would like to begin this post by apologizing for my absence over the last month or so. I know this is a common excuse, but I really have been incredibly busy with school and what not. So for that, I am genuinely sorry. Now, speaking of genuineness, it’s about that time of year. No, I am not referring to genuine appreciation during Thanksgiving or even genuine kindness and love during the holidays. I am, instead, talking about fur. Yes, fur. This particular material, I suppose we’d call it, has sparked much controversy over the years and continues to hit its zenith every year around this time. As the leaves continue to fall (in most of the United States) and the hot chocolates begin to be poured, the fur coats come into play. Of course there are a million (not actually) different kinds of fur and they come in different colors and styles, differing by the season, but what I want to discuss is the decision to buy real or to buy faux. Firstly, there’s the animal factor. Fur is, of course, made from the fur of animals such a rabbits, foxes, and mink. Thus, many animal rights activists, die-hard vegetarians, etc. are quick to criticize the wearing of fur. Next, it’s become pretty damn expensive! Nice fur nowadays can cost anywhere from $200 to $20,000, depending on the animal and mostly the designer. Now, for the advantages of fur! And yes, unfortunately they do need to be listed. “It’s fur” apparently does not qualify as an advantage. Anyways, my favorite thing about fur is the way that it brushes up against barren skin; the luscious feeling of the soft hairs touching your body. Wow, that sounds far too sexual, but in reality, it almost is. It just feels good. Of course, the physical impacts that it has are not the only things that make fur feel so good. Wearing fur gives a woman (or man) a certain liveliness and zest. One feels confident, almost unstoppable when coated in such a powerful material. Or at least, that’s what I find. Clearly, I am a proponent of the real deal, but that does not mean that I am not also for imitation furs. Faux furs are becoming more and more prominent in fashion, especially by those designers who take an animal-protecting stance. Even fashion houses like Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren are beginning to do so. And if you’re like me, in that you want the real thing but are also concerned about the welfare of animals, you can buy from designers that utilize fur farming, which essentially breed certain animals solely for their fur. Though, this technique, in recent years, has also been harshly discouraged with claims against the sanitariness of these facilities. I encourage you all to check out each option keeping in mind the advantages and disadvantages of each that I have just presented. Happy shopping!!