First of all, understand that a fur coat is an investment that could potentially last for several decades with proper care. They are rarely cheap, so this decision should be researched thoroughly and approached carefully. If this is your first fur, you will be able to get more mileage out of it by choosing a style that you can wear again and again, for a variety of different purposes and in multiple environments.
The more wears you get out of your coat, the less it will cost per wear, meaning more enjoyment and a greater return on investment. For this reason, it is advisable to first consider where and under what situations you can most often wear your fur. While a dramatically elegant full-length coat is great for a black-tie event, you are far more likely to wear a comfortable stroller that will make you feel sexy and confident in the most environments and situations possible.
- Length. In general, the length of a coat determines the formality of the situations to which it can be worn, in addition to the way it hugs the curves of your body. A longer coat is also more fussy and harder to transport and care for. If you consider yourself more apple-shaped, a knee-length or mid-thigh coat is a great way to cover your problem areas but still show a little leg. Larger people will look best in a coat that is slightly longer than mid-thigh as this gives the appearance of elongating the body.
- Types of Pelt. There are nearly as many different types of pelts that can be used for a coat as there are mammals. Each pelt will have its own characteristic color, luster, and fiber length and volume. For instance, a mink or beaver pelt will be thinner and sleeker, and thus will hang closer to your body. On the other hand, a fox or chinchilla fur is thicker and has more volume. While many women make the mistake of choosing a more fluffy pelt, this actually adds more mass to your silhouette. Go with the sleeker pelts to streamline your silhouette.
- Color. It is well-known that choosing color carefully can be an easy way to look thinner. In fact, wearing darker shades can cause a dramatic change in the way people perceive your shape and weight. Choosing furs that are black, dark gray, or even a navy blue can prevent your curves from casting shadows on your fur coat.