Vintage Street Scene: Fur Stoles

Having shed their post-millennial PETA stamp of disapproval, fur collars and stoles are out of their politically-incorrect cave and re-emerging on streets around the world, as witnessed most recently during the F/W 12 runway season.



Clockwise L to R: Berenice Bejo in 2011’s Oscar-winning The Artist; Ziegfeld Follies dancer circa 1930s; flapper circa late 1920s; Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953; film still circa 1930s

Having shed (temporarily?) their post-millennial PETA stamp of disapproval, fur collars and stoles are out of their politically-incorrect cave and re-emerging on streets around the world, as witnessed most recently during the F/W 12 runway season.  Once an ultra-luxe accessory to sumptuous evening looks or on smart tailored coats and dresses from the 30s-50s, fur trimmings were largely relegated to the category of ‘grandma style’ for the latter half of the 20th century.  Blame it on Berenice Bejo, the fur-stole-wearing star alongside Oscar winner Jean Dujardin in the 20s-inspired 2011 film The Artist, or chalk it up to the recent resurgence in furs on the runway; either way fur accessories are back in a major way.  The fur stole has returned as an almost subversive accent to contemporary looks, layered on top of denim jackets or blazers in real and faux versions, sometimes dyed à la Prada or left natural.  Below, a series of our favorite fur collars and stoles captured on recent streets by Stylesight’s excellent team of global correspondents.


London F/W 12 Fashion Week


New York F/W 12 Fashion Week


London F/W 12 Fashion Week


New York F/W 12 Fashion Week


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Vintage Street Scene: Fur Stoles
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