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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at GWU chapter.

Since the beginning of fashion design, fur products have maintained a complicated relationship with the industry. Some find fur as an essential part of their wardrobe; others find it to be cruel and inhumane. While the decision to wear fur products is entirely up to you, I am here to tell you why I believe going fur-free is the future of fashion.

While wearing that big, fluffy fur coat or fur-trimmed parka may give you that look you were searching for, faux fur has the ability to provide almost the exact same look, and oftentimes an even better one. If the difference is so minor, why not make the switch? Not to mention, faux fur is cheaper and just as comfortable, and it comes in all styles, colors, and forms. The best part is that nothing is sacrificed when you decide to be fur-free.

Fashion designers of all genres have gradually decided to keep fur out of their collections. Many brands including Gucci, Stella McCartney, Zara, Topshop, ASOS, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada, Versace, and many others have set the example for a fur-free fashion future. “It’s about time that the fashion industry woke up to the fact that fur is cruel, barbaric and simply incredibly old-fashioned and unfashionable,” said Stella McCartney ongoing fur-free. Not only are brands gradually phasing out fur, but the industry itself has begun to decline.  Norway, once the largest producer of fox fur, has decided to halt all fur farms by 2025. In addition to Norway, many European countries such as Germany, the UK, Croatia, and Austria phased out fur production in 2019. 

As the fur industry reaches a gradual decline, here are some looks that will inspire you to follow the trend.








Nowadays, we have the technology to be creative with our trends and designs. If we have the technology to create innovative, authentic, and unique forms of fashion, then why not try it. In my opinion, faux fur is necessary for a future of authenticity and inventiveness. Also, it can take on any form or design; whether it is colorful, neutral, simple, or extravagant, it is still a step forward in the right direction.

Claire is a freshman at the George Washington University Colombian College of Arts and Sciences and a journalism minor. From Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, she loves being at the beach, doing art, and anything related to fashion design.
Isabella grew up in Boston and is currently a student at The George Washington University studying International Business and Chinese. Her dream job is working as a journalist in New York, and she hopes to travel all over the world and study abroad in Shanghai. You can find her taking walks with her three Labradoodles or doing yoga with friends.