Maintain Women’s Fur Coats

Always hang your garment on a broad and padded hanger with an extended neck to ensure that it has the proper shaping while hanging. Never use a wire hanger with your coat. Never fold your item in a drawer or a trunk for storage. You could even look for a special hanger designed for fur coats.

Never cover your garment with plastic or any type of bag because fur needs to have fresh air circulating around it. If necessary, you can place your jacket in a woven cloth bag for a short time, but do not leave it in any type of enclosure for an extended period.

Do not place pins into the garment and keep anything sharp away from it to prevent damage and snags. When you wear your pelt, choose a handbag and not a shoulder bag, because the straps from a shoulder bag could wear the pelt over time.

Wear a scarf between your neck and the pelt to minimize matting that might occur from exposure to oils in your skin and products you may wear on your skin.

Never use chemicals near your garment. This includes hairspray, cologne, perfume, and other skin care products. The alcohol present in these products can damage women’s fur coats. It’s even risky to store the jacket in a cedar closet or chest because oils from the cedar can absorb into the pelt. Once embedded into the pelt, it can be impossible to remove. Eventually women’s fur coats can begin smelling rancid and foul.

Moisture on your garment is not a disaster. In fact, women’s fur coats handle rain and snow without issue. Simply shake off the excess moisture from the surface of the jacket and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated location. It’s not necessary to dry the surface with a hair dryer. In fact, applying heat to the surface may cause more damage. Run your hands through the pelt after it dries to smooth it out again.

When you know you will not be wearing your garment for an extended period, such as during the summer, take it to a furrier for professional storage. Hanging the jacket in a closet could damage it over time.

Have women’s fur coats cleaned at least once each year to keep them beautiful. Cleaning not only removes all traces of soiling, it also works to keep the surfaces conditioned. In addition, the furrier will examine all areas of the garment, checking for rips and other damage. If the furrier finds damage, have it fixed immediately so it does not become worse.

Keep Vintage Fur Coats Looking Pristine

Professional Cleaning

Vintage fur coats should always be cleaned by a professional. Yours will very likely be put in a container that is filled with a liquid cleaner and, surprisingly, either sawdust, walnut shells, or pumice. The container will then be tumbled repeatedly to remove any odors, oil smudges, or dirt. Next, a glaze will be applied that will help restore a soft texture and sheen. In some instances, a professional will need to perform other steps in order to restore color.

There are times, however, where you can’t always get to an expert, and your coat may get wet due to precipitation. If this happens, simply shake out the moisture and then hang the item in a place that is dry and cool. Don’t let any water sit because that could cause the item to smell like mildew.

Eliminating Odors

Speaking of smells, one way to get rid of unpleasant odors is by putting the item in a garment bag. Next, get a container with some coffee grounds and put it in the bag as well. When you close the bag, the coat will absorb the aroma of the grounds. Stir the container daily to see if the odor has gone away. If you still smell the coffee after taking the item out of the bag, let it hang outside until the smell is gone. You can then put it in your closet as you would normally.

Additional Tips

  • When vintage fur coats get wet, you should never try to rub water away or dab at moisture: the material could become matted, which could ruin its appearance.
  • Make sure you store your item in a large closet that offers good ventilation – don’t use a plastic bag unless you’re trying to get rid of an odor as mentioned earlier. You may want to consider having it stored by a professional, because the ideal conditions are 40 degrees and 55 percent humidity. An expert will also make sure the item is not damaged by moths or other insects.
  • Don’t try to dry the item using heat, and if you need to brush the material, simply run your fingers through it, as certain brushes can pull out strands of fur.

Fur Coats

Young ladies who are wearing vintage clothing today go for either the old Hollywood style or 80s inspired fashion. They’re bringing the neon styles from that decade into the modern day by wearing funky fur coats such as those dyed in bright colors. The ones that are being worn by the younger crowd are exotic sometimes, coming from Mongolian lamb or other more knotted, less traditional animals. Leather has never gone out of style with them, but they’re updating the trend by using leather trim on wools or knits and animal trim on leather jackets. The main goal seems to be to stick to traditional fashion by using timeless fabrics as a base but give them a modern look with new trim. Vintage fur coats are an excellent choice for ladies who may not be ready to purchase a full-length pelt but can afford this less expensive option and still get the quality they desire.

Whether purchasing vintage or new, outerwear should be looked upon as an investment. With so many options for fabrics and styles, it’s difficult to decide on a timeless piece that will suit the fashion trends as they come and go. The best way to choose a coat or jacket to last for years is to consider something that is stylish but can be changed in the future to incorporate elements that are in fashion at that time. For instance, if you choose a full-length wool coat, the collar can be taken off and updated with velvet, fur, or another color to make the coat look like new. Or if leather is your preference, you should go for something with less trim or buckles and add these later as they come back in style. It’s also important to protect your investment by storing your fur coats at a dealer or certified storage location.

No matter what the trends, women look forward to cold weather to sport their fashionable coats. Of all the pieces of their outfits, outerwear is a must for form as well as function. Staying warm and looking great can come together while following trends and keeping with tradition.