A couple days ago I headed out for breakfast with my friend Taryn before work. The night before some of the girls I work with and I had talked about when I was in Vernon for some of my holidays that I had brought my vintage faux fur coat with me but I never got a chance to wear it. The coat is super warm and it was freezing in Vernon. The coat is also a little fashion forward for Vernon. So I thought I would test it out on Robson St. Turns out it might be a bit much for Vancouver too.
Now I was wondering if it is the coat in general or is it because people think I am wearing fur? First off it is my grandmother's coat from the '60s. My grandfather bought it for her when they lived in Kamloops. It does not look like real fur to me but I could see how someone walking by might think it is real. I personally don't have a problem with vintage furs, they have already been made and worn. Just throwing them away does not reverse the fact that an animal dead. Where as I am not a fan of buying a new fur, its seem unnecessary to me. I also do not try to force my beliefs on anyone else, not about fur, not about how you eat, not about anything. I think anyone has the right to choose how they believe. I also expect this in return and that is where I find the problem.
A lot of people feel that if they believe something, like wearing fur is evil and wrong, that they have the right to push it on you. I only hope I am not wearing my faux fur and get harshly confronted. I will stand up for myself and my coat, because not only is it a nice coat but I would love to pass it on to my own child or grandchild, it would be unfair for a stranger to take that away from me. But it is not just faux fur coats that get strange looks from the average bus rider, and what I really hope to pass on to my child, grandchild, is the knowledge that you can be whoever you choose to be, not everyone will like it but who you are is important and worth standing up for. Be it it dressing however you want, or to the more serious like loving whomever you want, and that I will stand with them.
So how do you feel about fur, faux or real? And how do you feel about your fellow bus riders? So today as you go about your day love your fellow bus riders a little more and judge them a little less. Happy New Year!
Faux Fur Coat: Vintage (Pass down)
Shirt: Joe Fresh $10
Tank: American Apparel (Free from a photo shoot)
Jeans: Joe Fresh $30
Shoes: Aldo $60
Belt: Joe Fresh $6
Necklace: Vintage(Thrifted at Rock Vintage) $9