As a professional woman, have you ever looked at your work wardrobe and remained unimpressed by your span of black, gray, and beige options? Do you look with envy at women in business-casual careers that are less limited in their fashion choices? Women in leadership positions in male-dominated industries often feel that they have to dress a certain, monotone way in order to command the same respect as their male counterparts.
What are you wearing to work every day to make it clear that you’re the boss? Are you looking to add a different tone to your outfits without seeming like you’re trying too hard? Do you want to stand out from the sea of beige and gray?
Designer furs have been in fashion since the 18th century. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors used them for warmth, and our more recent ancestors used them to portray wealth, prestige, and femininity. They add a natural air of power, versatility, and confidence to any outfit and any person. According to Fashion in Time, “Fashion furs in dress remained a status symbol over the centuries as they denoted lineage, rank, class, and prosperity.”
In England in the 1920s, two out of three women on any street wore fur, either as an accessory or as a coat. Films often use fur to portray the decadence and romanticism of specific time periods. The film Anna Karenina showcases the protagonist in multiple outfits that include fur. The main character Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby also is seen wearing designer furs. Both characters look effortlessly elegant, and their vintage styles serve as an homage to the past. Since 2010, fur has been included in the collections of over 400 international fashion designers. It does not look like the popularity is decreasing anytime soon.
Designer furs come in an unlimited variety of prices, styles, textures, and colors. You can find them in the catalogs of your favorite fashion designers and on the racks of your local boutiques. One infamous enthusiast is Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue. Other powerful women seen wearing these pieces include Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. These modern women look effortlessly chic and so can you.
Women in power are often scrutinized for the professionalism of their outfits. Women live in a world where their appearance is often judged and compared. If you are bored with your current work wardrobe, try something new. Dress up like the men suit up. You are in this position of power for a reason. You deserve to look like a leader. For more inspiration, research period films and current celebrities who are a fan of this vintage fashion must.