Something must have rubbed off on me. I LOVE MINK!
I would never go buy a mink coat at a retail store. I could never see myself in a full length fur either. I love the old styles, and when I see vintage coats, stoles and collars I just can't help myself. They're so luxurious, soft, beautiful and believe it or not affordable.
But how much mink does a woman in Virginia need? This particular woman has quite a bit. On Sunday I bought another and I can officially say now that I collect vintage mink.
It started with this stole about 7 years ago. I found it at an estate sale and paid $35 for it. It kind of hangs like an open cape. I thought it would be fun to wear around the house in the winter instead of wrapping up in a blanket--my version of the Snuggie. I might have worn it out once to a black tie event.
Then I bought this curly wool coat with a mink collar at an estate sale about 6 years ago. I think I paid $85 dollars for it. It was worth EVERY penny. It has velvet-lined pockets and 3/4 length sleeves. I have worn it A LOT! I wear it almost every day in the dead of winter.
I got this mink collar/scarf a couple years ago. I've worn it a few times. I think I'll wear it more this year.
I got this collar at a consignment shop for $8. I just hung it on this dress on a hanger to give you an idea how I've worn it. I think it looks like it belongs on a coat instead of a dress though?...... I might give this one away.
This summer I found a different style stole at an estate sale. It's just one long straight piece that you can wrap around yourself. I really don't intend to ever wear it like this.
My plan from the moment I saw it was that it would be an accessory--a luxurious throw. It looks much better on the chair.
On Sunday I bought this curly wool coat with a white mink collar at the flea market. It was $70. It's in mint condition and has velvet-lined pockets too. Why did I need another?..... This one has full length sleeves, and sometimes the shorter sleeves (on the first one) could be a little challenging.
I think these old pieces have so much character. One of the things I always like to see, is how the ladies personalized their coats and furs. There is always a name or monogram.
And a lot of them have designs embroidered into them too. I'm sure you had to pay extra for that. This one has a big flower design.
Ester went with a smaller flower design.
I don't think I always felt so good about wearing animal fur. But I remember years ago watching a story about how fake fur is really bad for the environment. So I feel like collecting old mink is paying a tribute of sorts to the animals and their beauty. And, it's better than buying a fake fur. Last year I made our Christmas stockings out of white burlap and I trimmed them at the top with vintage mink cuffs that had been ripped off an old coat. They were adorable (that was before I started blogging so I don't have a picture. Hopefully they're in the box and I can post about it in December.)
What do you think? Is vintage mink chic? Or does it look like something an old lady would wear?
I'm going to end this post now, I Love Lucy reruns are on and I'm getting chilly.