The fur on my hooded jacket softly tickled my neck on a long and dark drive home from work last week. I found it oddly comforting as I hadn't worn a hat that day and the temperatures had dropped to bone-chilling levels while I toiled all day at my computer. I thought of Dr. Zhivago's wife Tonya in her white hooded fur coat as she rode with her beloved Yuri to their ice house in the Russian forest.
Last year I bought myself a simple wool jacket in a deep plum hue. But it's the tone-on-tone fur trim I love so much. It makes me feel both glamorous and romantic. It's a little bit of chic after work or after a long session of shopping and wearing the hood as I dash into a store, makes me regret not having a hat a lot less.
Fur-trimmed coats are such dreamily quixotic garments - they evoke the allure and grandeur of Gilded Age ladies as they stepped from carriages onto glacial city streets and Victorian ladies who rode in horse-drawn sleighs and traversed over the river and through the woods to visit neighbors and friends on Christmas Day.
So many of today's down coats now feature fur-trim not only because it's chic but it also gives extra protection from wind and cold. It's especially festive to wear fur-embellished coats, jackets, and capes during the holiday season. Is there a more perfect time of year for a bit of romance and fantasy?