20th Century

How to Wear the New Furs: Christmas 1911

As winter closes in here in the Southern hemisphere, it seems a good time to show you a fascinating article from the Girl’s Own Paper, Christmas 1911, explaining the styles of furs in that winter:

How to Wear the New Furs

The magazine also presents a selection of charming fur styles:

Stoles and muffs seem to be quite the thing

And I thought you might enjoy a close up at our feature model:

A beauty in marmot and satin

It’s certainly different from our modern attitude towards fur isn’t it!  And I had no idea that fur colours, and the type of fur, changed in style!


  1. L. Weimer says

    In the Betsy-Tacy book, Betsy Was a Junior, Betsy receives a fur muff, scarf and hat with a fur chou on it. This would have been in 1908-1909. These pix are very much like the illustrations in the book.

    • Oh, that’s so funny! As I was writing this article I remembered Betsy was a Junior, and how she nagged and nagged for those furs! If I remember correctly she was hugely disappointed because she was handed a small box as a present, but it turned out to be a note to where the furs were? Gosh…it’s been a long time since I read that book! I think I was a junior myself the last time I did!

  2. I don’t know what those books are, but you make me want to look into it.

    If the fur is ethical (eco-cull or thrifted), I don’t see why it wouldn’t be ok to wear it now…

    • True – I have a few pieces of Nana’s fur that I don’t feel too bad about, but I don’t think we should go back to buying new furs! Except maybe NZ bushtailed possum fur.

      And you must read the Betsy-Tacy books. Lila will be just the right age for the first ones (they ‘grow’ with the child), and the last ones deal with WWI from a young-adult perspective.


    Okay, I’ll calm down…

  4. Alanna says

    Beautiful; I’ve recently inherited some fur collars and wonder what you recommend for their care? They have been in storage and they are in great shape, but now how to keep it that way while still being able to use them? Thank you.

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