The answer is no. No one ever looks good in it. It's horrid. The end.
As it's Veganuary I thought I'd add to the stirling set of blog posts people are contributing with a far less stirling one. Instead of talking about veganism, I wanted to discuss a closely related topic dear to hearts of most vegans and animal-lovers: wearing fur. What's fur got to do with not eating meat, you may ask. It's a by-product of DEATH isn't it?? Oh god, it's this kind of argument from the meaty-fur people that has made me devise a strict no-talking about fur and meat policy that I'm now going against. As a longterm vegetarian I've learnt over the years to not start any beef (lame pun intended) with meateaters over the health dangers, environmental travesties and general soul crushing cruelty of a non-vegetarian diet. Just don't go there. Side note: I've never gone round lecturing, I just respond to people's questions about why I don't eat meat, and more likely than not the askee will get in a huff and start defending their choices by trashing mine. It's the same with fur. Since I moved to the fashionable metropolis of London where sartorially, and quite literally, anything goes, I've seen more people wearing fur than I used to out in the suburbs. Fake fur or real, it sends out a strong message that the wearer doesn't care that they're wearing something (or the representation of something) that once lived and breathed.
I think my disdain for fur actually goes back to my childhood. As a Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe fan I read the bit about how Edmund discovers Narnia by pushing though a dirty, stinking cupboard of fur coats that no one has worn for years. I don't think those are the actual words of C.S Lewis, but now when I see fur I have this image in my head of endless smelly coats, and how much it grosses Edmund out before he finally gets to the back of the wardrobe and into a wintery wonderland. It's a simple formula of fur = musty + dusty + stinky.
Okay, not all fur has been hanging up in a magic wardrobe for decades and smells. It's also a weak argument to take with a fur-lover - "don't wear fur, it's MUSTY!" But speaking of weak arguments, here are some of the frankly mental ones I've heard over the years to justify fur wearing:
"It's okay, it's VINTAGE" - it doesn't matter if that animal died in 1932 or even 1847, it still represents a cruel death in 2015.
"It's the warmest thing I've ever worn" - Same! Said the animal that used to wear it when it was alive.
"Humans are at the top of the animal food chain" - Okay. That's a good reason for destroying other things lower down the chain. Why not? Assert that power! Feels good, yeah?
"The animal is already dead, you might as well use the fur" - Oh, you found a dead fox in the road and made that did you? Very enterprising. Still gross, but you're right, it was aready dead... oh what's that you say? You bought it in a shop? Yeah... that was from one or more animals kept prisoner all it's life and killed for meat and fur. Hmm, cosy!
"It's not real fur, it's not cruel" - I can't help but think that if people stopped thinking fur was fashionable in any way, there'd be no market for the real fur industry.
In the interests of disclosure I should probably admit here that I own a couple of leather satchels. I should probably have mentioned that at the start. I also eat dairy. What the hell, lady! Why are you even harping on about fur for? You are NOT allowed these opinions when you use leather and eat cake made from moo-cow milk. I know, I know - I'm a major hypocrite. It's something I'm definitely working on. I could probably appear on someone else's list of mental ways to justify leather (when I'm well aware it's not just another by-product), and I want to make my satchel addiction work in kinder ways. My vegan recipe boards on Pinterest are a thing of joy to curate, and they've even featured on Pinterest's weekly top picks, but I'm nowhere near as strict with dairy as I am with not eating meat. Doing Veganuary is no big deal for me, but I want to make every month dairy-free and cruelty-free. So, I'm by no means perfect. We can do this together. I'll put down the butter if you retire those furs to a magical wardrobe. For more info on Veganuary take a look-see here.