Should I blow nearly £500 on a faux fur coat?

(149 Posts)
Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:18:47

I love it so
What do others think of the coat... I probably won't end up buying it because that would be pretty silly. But I might.

LunchLadyWannabe Wed 22-Jan-14 12:21:08

Its awful sorry

If it was all black or a deep red or plum one without the strips then i might consider if it was no more than £150

alma123 Wed 22-Jan-14 12:22:28

Sorry I don't like it

So long as you're ok looking like Sully!

I think the stripes cheapen it quite a lot. There are faux furs I would spend £500 on. That is not one of them!

GlitzAndGiggles Wed 22-Jan-14 12:23:29

I personally don't like it and don't think it's worth 500. TK Maxx have lovely faux fur coats for under 60

Cezzieb Wed 22-Jan-14 12:23:50

It's amazing, but £500 is a lot of money!

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:24:26

confused Wow, I genuinely thought more people would like it!

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:25:30

Cezzie, I know, I know. Ugh, if only I had more cash at my disposal <cackles>

abear Wed 22-Jan-14 12:25:46

I think it is great - I love a stand out and be different coat. If you can easily afford it, buy it!

a bit too cookie monster for me

am amused that in Active Convos this thread title was placed above 'Why do i never have any money...???'

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:27:52

Yes, I like that it's quite stand out. Living in chilly Scotland, I do spend quite a lot of time in coats and I prefer them not to be too dull.

bunnymother Wed 22-Jan-14 12:27:52

I love faux fur, but the colour and the stripes are wrong, IMO. I also wouldn't shell out lots of £££ of faux fur as it doesn't last very many years without the fibres looking a bit nasty. And you don't need to - TopShop do lovely faux fur for around the £100 mark.

dexter73 Wed 22-Jan-14 12:29:24

I think it's awful but if you like it and can afford it then why don't you order it and see what it is like in real life.

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:30:25

Is this one even more awful and hideous?

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:30:56

Oops sorry, it's tiny.

choceyes Wed 22-Jan-14 12:41:46

I think it's awful...sorry. It's the stripes more than anything. I can't see it being flattering to anybody.

burnishedsilver Wed 22-Jan-14 12:45:25

I think you've lost your mind.

burnishedsilver Wed 22-Jan-14 12:52:40


Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:54:22

OH COME ON GUYS! Don't mock grin

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 12:54:44

I fudging love the stripes.

burnishedsilver Wed 22-Jan-14 12:57:14

If you like the teddy bear coloured one you'll find one a lot cheaper elsewhere. There are a few of them around. It's not an investment piece. You'll get sick of it so it's not worth spending a lot on.

littlepurplealien Wed 22-Jan-14 12:59:02

Honestly ?

It looks like an furry upmarket version of a Hi-vis donkey jacket.

It's a complete rip-off financially.

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 22-Jan-14 12:59:38

It's not to my taste but if you like it and have the money go for it. smile

Corygal Wed 22-Jan-14 13:03:47

I love it. But if you can hang on a bit, some high street stores are bound to do a cheaper version.

Mind you, if you have 500 quid, it will last for three or four years.

Twinklestein Wed 22-Jan-14 13:08:19

Def not.

WowOoo Wed 22-Jan-14 13:11:28
cardamomginger Wed 22-Jan-14 13:35:30

Fuck, he looks like Bungle from Rainbow.

HelloBoys Wed 22-Jan-14 13:38:36

are you mad? only if you have money to burn and even then.

TheBigBumTheory Wed 22-Jan-14 13:39:40

To quote my mum

'That's very stylish, how does it wash? '

Meant she didn't approve...

HelloBoys Wed 22-Jan-14 13:39:58

I prefer the camel but only slightly.

IMO it'll date badly. and kids will snigger at you walking down the street

Happiestinwellybobs Wed 22-Jan-14 13:41:24

Honestly - my first thought was that you would look like Mr Bump from the Mr Men.

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 13:42:08

You know what HelloBoys? I don't give the tiniest of shits grin

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 13:43:04

Maybe this would be better.

Ditavontitty Wed 22-Jan-14 13:44:26

My eyes,my eyes!!-seriously that is fugly! Get thee to your local charity or vintage shop for a much better and cheaper faux fur!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Wed 22-Jan-14 13:45:13

Honestly?If it was the same coat in wool or other fabric it would probably look really nice,if it was wool and fitted at the waist,flaring out and had buttons I'd be in love with it.

As it is,it looks like a cheaply faux fur/over the top fleece thing a tragic old lady would buy from a city market for under 20 quid.

Sorry blush

Janorisa Wed 22-Jan-14 13:46:23

I really love should buy it if you can afford it.

HelloBoys Wed 22-Jan-14 13:46:30

beeyump - as i said "it's your money honey".

why ask here?! did you someone pee in your Frosties this morning?! grin

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Wed 22-Jan-14 13:46:52

Don't get that one either unless you are a stick thin model who likes to be nothing but a coat hanger to show off clothes rather than actually wear clothes that show you off..

MollyMollyMollyMolly Wed 22-Jan-14 13:47:04

Im sorry but I don't like it either.

notso Wed 22-Jan-14 13:47:05

Please don't I am totally against the use of real Muppet skin the name of fashion.

HelloBoys Wed 22-Jan-14 13:48:17

TripTrap - to be objective yes, you are right, it just looks shapeless and the bands probably won't do anyone any favours.

Chivetalking Wed 22-Jan-14 13:49:17

Not keen on any but the camel is the least worst. The first will look like a trainspotters anorak from a distance.

The massive boat coat is one up from a wolf fleece IMO.

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 13:49:30

I don't eat frosties. I eat cookies.

tethersend Wed 22-Jan-14 13:51:49

Rule for life: never wear clothes with pictures of people more attractive than you on them grin

I don't like the stripy coats either, sorry. They look like they're off the market. You could get a much nicer vintage one- this for example.

I knew it would be a Shrimps one. They are fabulous and feel very luxurious - I say go for it!

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 13:58:06

Oh, I don't like that one at all tethers. Thanks though!

Amber, do you have a Shrimps coat?? Eee!

tethersend Wed 22-Jan-14 13:59:58
noddyholder Wed 22-Jan-14 14:00:07

I like it.

No, I wish! But I have pawed one before - I am always of the opinion that investment pieces should be things you really LOVE. My most expensive buys tend to polarise opinion but I like and get a lot of use out of them

HelloBoys Wed 22-Jan-14 14:04:01

if that's a reference to the cookie monster well you'd be right re the coat!

Teeb Wed 22-Jan-14 14:28:27



specialsubject Wed 22-Jan-14 14:31:01

can't you get one in a charity shop for a tenner?


Blu Wed 22-Jan-14 14:32:20

Actually I rather like that coat - wouldn't do for me, but on someone young and slim and with the right hair cut. The way it is styled in the pic.

But no, OP, it is overpriced and would look manky once it was worn in a bit, and be a one-season wonder.

ROARmeow Wed 22-Jan-14 14:33:29

I am LMAO at some of those photos.

Cookie Monster one was classic...

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 14:34:39

Yes Hello. I was making a joke re. the cookies. smile

buttercrumble Wed 22-Jan-14 14:35:56

Sorry it's awful

Huitre Wed 22-Jan-14 14:38:10

I absolutely love it. If you love it too, you should go for it. I once had a bright red fake fur coat that cost over £100 back in the 80s and I loved it to bits and wore it for at least the next ten years. I'd love another coat like that.

CuttedUpPear Wed 22-Jan-14 14:40:51

I like it but I don't think it's worth paying that amount for.
Surely there is a cheaper copy somewhere?

Pointeshoes Wed 22-Jan-14 14:42:27

Made me giggle! Sorry not my style , I go for classic purchases. Then cheaper items I know will go out of fashion.

Frozenatchristmas Wed 22-Jan-14 18:24:09

It is the same colour as my dressing gown. I like the colour and I like my dressing gown but as a coat, no absolutely not. On first look, I also thought sully from monsters inc. sorry.

TheBuskersDog Wed 22-Jan-14 19:01:37

As most people don't spend £500 on a classic wool coat you're not going to find many who would consider spending it on faux fur, even if they did like it. Obviously there are some people on here who have a far higher budget for spending on clothes and they may consider it worth the money, but I think they are in the minority.

PoshPaula Wed 22-Jan-14 20:44:59

I have owned quite a few fake fur coats, going back to the early nineties and they have all lasted brilliantly. I have recently purchased one which cost £225 and I love it. I don't think I'd spend £500 though..... I prefer the second colour you showed but I think you'd get sick of it quite quickly (she's wearing that bloody coat again!)...

ShreddedHoops Wed 22-Jan-14 20:53:46

I love it! It was in last week's Grazia and I googled it then as thought it was fab. There are quite a few good fake furs in Topshop atm in bright colours but the stripes are (for the moment) really unique.

But unless you have £500 which couldn't be better spent, then you shouldn't get it.

Beeyump Wed 22-Jan-14 21:31:55

The conclusion I've come to is: no Shrimps coat. Delicious as I find it, I couldn't justify spending that much and also, as someone said, I might get fed up of it, quite quickly.

cardamomginger Wed 22-Jan-14 23:45:14

Wise decision. Sorry.

Beeyump Thu 23-Jan-14 08:01:08

Don't apologise if you don't like the darned coat! Even if I do feel oddly defensive of it...

Kikithecat Thu 23-Jan-14 08:59:27

Don't worry it should be in the sale soon.

Boo. I'm tempted to get it now! Having my personal style done by HoC soon. - if it fits I may buy!

Beeyump Thu 23-Jan-14 09:15:04

Well, let me know how you get on with it if you do buy grin A big part of me still yearns for it.

wholesomemum Thu 23-Jan-14 09:16:01

Only if you can afford?! 500 goes a long way.

luvfizz Thu 23-Jan-14 09:33:06

NO! If you are near London, go to Sandro in Notting Hill or in town. They have beautiful coats on sale from £260. They are simply gorgeous!

MarshaBrady Thu 23-Jan-14 09:34:58

I think you should blow less than that on a coat that is vastly reduced in the sales.

ShreddedHoops Thu 23-Jan-14 11:58:08

Wise decision. It will a) be at least 50% off in the June sales if not earlier, and b) hopefully be much copied and so not as unique very soon.

Although it is fab.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 23-Jan-14 12:26:33

I would give it a miss purely because I think you will tire of it quite quickly. I have owned loud coats in the past and I don't want to wear the obviously same thing year after year.

ShreddedHoops Thu 23-Jan-14 12:38:38

Topshop furry stripes to scratch the itch?

Beeyump Thu 23-Jan-14 13:53:46

Oo, thanks Shredded - I do like the cosy look of that, and the stripes of course!

catinboots Thu 23-Jan-14 14:00:23


I bought a beautiful, white, real rabbit-fur, vintage coat this week for £45.

That looks synthetic and shit.

Felyne Thu 23-Jan-14 14:01:34

I clicked on the link to look at it and now it's popping up advertising itself to me on nearly every other page I visit...

Beeyump Thu 23-Jan-14 14:10:04

Thanks cat smile

And I know, it's popping up everywhere for me too,

missmartha Thu 23-Jan-14 14:24:15

Love it.

caramelchaos Fri 24-Jan-14 21:48:28

beeyump... I own a faux fox fur and wore it to the pub last week... noone would sit with me because it was apparently 'horrendous'.
I think your coat is fabulous!

Beeyump Fri 24-Jan-14 22:43:02

I would have sat next to you, caramel. We could have been happy, stylish outcasts together grin

caramelchaos Fri 24-Jan-14 23:18:41

That would have been amazing. you could have your sully/Mr bump coat on and I would be dressed like something from a murder mystery weekend. Perhaps outcasts through jealously? smile

Beeyump Fri 24-Jan-14 23:36:39

Almost certainly jealousy!

caramelchaos Fri 24-Jan-14 23:43:05

how much faux fur is too much? is there such a things as too much?

DavidHarewoodsFloozy Sat 25-Jan-14 00:05:20

Bee this thread has cheered me up!

grin The Cookie Monster.

I,m on a Japanese site looking at a beautiful vintage furisode kimono,that I have no use for apart swan around like Gloria Swanson

If you want the coat baby, get the coat.

CotedePablo Sat 25-Jan-14 00:18:28

It looks cheap. If you're going to spend that much on a coat, faux fur, fabric, or whatever, it has to be a classic.

HomeIsWhereTheGinIs Sat 25-Jan-14 00:20:11

Fwiw I don't think £500 is too expensive for a coat, but I really think faux fur looks cheap at any price. It wrinkles, and real fur doesn't. For £500 you could get a pretty Anglomania coat?

catinboots Sat 25-Jan-14 03:55:48

Or one made of happy, bright-eyed kittens. Who would otherwise be chasing a ball of wool....


If it's the 'real' fur ishooo you have, I'll quite happily discuss that.

If it's the style/colour of the coat, I'll happily point you in the direction of a style advisor and optician

catinboots Sat 25-Jan-14 03:58:51

Message previous to ^^^^

Said I had no problem with fur.... I eat meat, wear leather etc etc

Urgh to real fur.

Beeyump Sat 25-Jan-14 09:59:49

I have no need for a style advisor or optician, cat <baleful/snooty look> and I don't want a massive, real fur coat. I just don't.

Beeyump Sat 25-Jan-14 10:01:47

And floozy I adore clothes which are perfect for just swanning around in!

DavidHarewoodsFloozy Sun 26-Jan-14 00:57:23

bee that bloody coat is following me around the interweb.

It,s mind control I tell you.

Janorisa Sun 26-Jan-14 08:12:03

It has been following me too...

Hassled Sun 26-Jan-14 08:22:17

The only nice fake fur coats are the ones which look like actual fur. And then you'd feel like you were condoning real fur. It's a bastard.

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 08:28:26

Are all of you ughing at real fur, strict vegans??

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 08:29:29

And do none of you wear leather shoes?

Do people eat a lot of mink and chinchilla then?

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 08:41:37

Are mink and chinchilla more worthy of life than cows, sheep or chickens?

Are the practices employed in the fur trade as humane and regulated as those in the farming industry?

Is there any proven benefit to health from the wearing of fur?

Anyway, I'm not getting drawn into this - I don't want to turn the OP's fun thread into a debate.

<whispers> I still think you should buy the coat bee!

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 09:04:29

Farming, humane??


You clearly no nothing about the industry.

Dunwhingin Sun 26-Jan-14 09:24:08

catinboots and you're a farmer are you
Biased with an axe to grind perhaps?

Hassled Sun 26-Jan-14 09:27:42

catinboots - I do see the hypocrisy. I wear leather shoes but yet I won't wear fur - there's little logic there. But then few instinctive reactions are logical.

My instinctive reaction to blue stripey fake fur though is - don't do it.

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 09:53:41

No not a farmer - but I have enough insight into the industry to know that it is far from humane.

Sheep, chinchilla, cow, fox, chicken, mink. Meh. All interchangeable IMHO. You can't preach about real fur unless you are an astringent vegan.

The dairy industry is the cruelest and I bet you all have milk in your tea.

Oh - and I say all of this as a meat-eating, leather-wearing, fur-wearing, fox-hunting animal lover.

dexter73 Sun 26-Jan-14 10:21:03

I'm like Hassled - I wear leather, sheepskin, eat meat, drink milk but don't like the idea of wearing fur. I think it is because when I was growing up there were lots of ads about the fur industry being cruel and people with fur coats having paint thrown on them. There is no logic to it though.

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 13:03:14

Exactly. That's the same logic as that of the people who take their kids to 'lambing days' at city zoos. Then sit done the same evening to a nice lamb roast.


catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 13:03:27


bishboschone Sun 26-Jan-14 13:08:35

Oh my eyes!! Honestly it's awful but if you have £500 and like it then buy it !

Ladyflip Sun 26-Jan-14 13:08:36

FFS, do I now have to defend dairy farming on a style and beauty thread? To a fox hunting, meat eating, fur wearing fashionista?

What's wrong with seeing lambs born and then eating them for tea? They are being farmed to produce meat, so surely it's a good way of explaining that?

Bizarre, on a thread about a coat.

As I said, not being drawn. The practices used in the farming of fur in places like China cannot be compared to dairy farming.

Anyway, am hiding this thread after the Chanel bag furore. You cannot reason with the unreasonable.

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 14:57:07

You don't have to defend your choices at all. Same as I don't have to defend mine.

However I will point out hypocrisy when I see it.

Wear fur, don't wear fur. Eat meat, don't eat meat. I couldn't give a shit - unless you are judging my choices.

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 15:00:02

Oh really Amber. How much time have you spent on an actual Dairy Farm (not the ones featured on CBeebies)

Fucking lol

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 15:00:50

And you cannot reason with the uneducated.

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 15:04:49

And to LadyFlip

How many of those parents at the 'petting zoo' explain that little lamby will be served up for supper?

I can bet you 99% don't. We have a weird, guarded culture about this sort of thing real life

Ladyflip Sun 26-Jan-14 17:16:34

Well, catinboots, that's up to the parents to explain. I will join you in not being responsible for other people's ethical decisions.

But i do live on a dairy farm, and I don't expect you do, as rabbit fur isn't terribly practical for the mud and shit involved in dairy farming. So I have probably spent more time on one than most people, possibly even you. In what way is it worse than, as Amber pointed out, the methods used to farm fur in China? Just on a quick google, fur animals are skinned alive and not necessarily slaughtered prior to skinning. Your rather catty comments to Amber don't really elaborate on which practices in the dairy industry you find so abhorrent.

sunshinemmum Sun 26-Jan-14 17:29:15

It looks a bit like a furry adidas trainer smile

wiltingfast Sun 26-Jan-14 18:41:40

I think it is quite cool. Whether you should buy it depends on how much money you have to throw away, how much wear it will get be honest with yourself and how much YOU really really REALLY love it!

£500 is a lot of money.

CoteDAzur Sun 26-Jan-14 20:06:10

It looks quite ridiculous, sorry, regardless of the price.

peasandlove Sun 26-Jan-14 20:56:15

oh I didnt realise this thread had got so interesting

awful coat though, you could spend 500 quid on pretty much anything but that and be better off grin

Floisme Sun 26-Jan-14 21:23:59

Op, if you love it this much and can afford £500 then I think you should.

Then if you pop across to the I-don't-get-bags thread then we can find you the perfect handbag to go with it grin

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 21:49:45

Arf at LadyFlip.

So living with a dairy farmer makes you the queen of all things agricultural?

No I don't wear my Furs whilst attending to the animals/ponies. Mud and fur don't really mix.

catinboots Sun 26-Jan-14 22:02:00

And double fucking HaHa at the 'Dairy Wives' defending their menz and their job.

Oh because taking lambs from their mothers, pumping cows full of artificial hormones, milking them twice a day in a slurry-ridden pit is acceptable is it?

I'll sit here with my milky tea and mink-fur lined coat, ta. Happy in the knowledge I'm a fully accepting hypocrite smile

Beeyump Sun 26-Jan-14 22:09:02

<flaps hands at catinboots in a shooing gesture> I want this thread to stay at Cookie Monster level.

caramelchaos Sun 26-Jan-14 23:41:34

bee, are you buying the coat as a 'wearing to special occasions' item of clothing, or 'popping out to buy milk and loo rolls' everyday use?

Ladyflip Mon 27-Jan-14 06:53:51

Oh, I wondered when you were going to trot out that old chestnut about growth hormones. You've just let your ignorance show catinboots. They have been banned in the uk for years.

I suggest you get yourself more educated on agricultural practices yourself before you start flinging accusations at others about their ignorance.

As you said, you can't reson with the uneducated, so I'm hiding this thread too.

scottishmummy Mon 27-Jan-14 06:59:15

It's striking coat,I like it but I also think Sesame Street
The camel and pink is lovely though
But I think both about

Ladyflip Mon 27-Jan-14 07:03:12

Oh, and I missed the glaring mistake in your post. Dairy cows have calves, not lambs.

RaspberrySchnapps Mon 27-Jan-14 07:21:02

that's a lot of money to look like Mr Bump.

why don't you start your own thread, Cat?

catinboots Mon 27-Jan-14 08:58:00

Calves/lambs - whatever. Pissed typo.

Dairy cows are fed hormones. Only synthetic ones are banned. They are regularly administered Oestadiol, Progesterone and Testosterone - unless they are "organic"

And no I won't start my own thread. As stated, I don't give enough of a shit about the animals.

And yes. The coat is still vile

RaspberrySchnapps Mon 27-Jan-14 09:22:08

Really, Cat? you've got a lot to say on the subject, for someone who doesn't care about the animals. It just struck me as peculiar to derail someone's harmless thread when it's so easy to create a proper discussion about animal welfare elsewhere.

What is with MN at the moment? I personally don't like the coat but I'm pretty sure no Mr Bumps were skinned to make it.

Beeyump Mon 27-Jan-14 11:05:20

The image of skinning a Mr Bump! shock
I don't give two hoots if you think it's vile cat, but somehow I would prefer it if you put your opinion more humorously.

catinboots Mon 27-Jan-14 11:35:30

Why ask then?

Beeyump Mon 27-Jan-14 12:10:49

And caramel, I rather like the idea of everyday use - it'd justify the cost a bit! And would just be more fun.

Beeyump Mon 27-Jan-14 12:27:05

I just find you a bit annoying confused But suppose I shouldn't complain about that after starting a thread about a...divisive coat.

dexter73 Mon 27-Jan-14 12:37:56

The caramel is sold out. You will have to stick with cookie monster!

Floisme Mon 27-Jan-14 20:13:40

Beeyump, I have found The Bag to wear with your coat!
Warning: I posted it on the bag-love thread before I thought of you so you may need to move quickly .....

And it's probably real fur so catinboots can get one too smile

caramelchaos Mon 27-Jan-14 20:16:49

after all the excitement that your coat has caused, you have to buy it now. And it will forever go down in history as your dairy cow growth hormone coat!

dexter73 Mon 27-Jan-14 20:17:46

Awesome bag Floisme!! It's fox fur so that opens up a whole new can of worms shock

Floisme Mon 27-Jan-14 20:20:37

I know Dexter. And Catinboots can even make her own grin
Sorry, Op.

Beeyump Mon 27-Jan-14 20:58:46

Dairy cow growth hormone coat - a coat to be reckoned with. I love the bag!!

Floisme Mon 27-Jan-14 23:00:45

So pleased you like it, Beeyump! I'd better run and tell them on the bag-love thread that it's taken.

Beeyump Mon 27-Jan-14 23:08:18


Beeyump Mon 27-Jan-14 23:14:16

But I love this more!

Floisme Mon 27-Jan-14 23:15:39

Where did you find that??

Beeyump Mon 27-Jan-14 23:17:53
Floisme Tue 28-Jan-14 07:09:04

But mine goes with your coat! It is all matchy matchy.

TheLeftovermonster Tue 28-Jan-14 07:29:03

I like the coat!

But, you'd have to wear it with Adidas tracksuit bottoms and trainers occasionally, just for a laugh.

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