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Like a Boss: How to Wear Fur

January 22nd, 2014

Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but I’ve always had a thing for FUR. No fabric will ever be warmer, softer, or bossier.

While we were in Utah covering the style at Sundance Film Festival, we saw a ton of great furs. Scarves, hats, vests, coats – there were all types of pelts on display in the snowy mountains of Park City.

As transformative and style-forward as a fur can be, it’s a tricky thing for a guy to pull-off.

Here’s some ideas on how to do it.

    1. Fur Scarf


    A fur scarf is an epic piece to ad to your wardrobe. Not only is it extremely functional at keeping you warm and comfortable in the coldest temps, it can also completely transform a look.

    On one hand wearing fur can look very regal, elegant and rich. On the other hand it can have an air of rebellion, controversy or disregard. I really like that combination.

    With that said, be forewarned that fur can be a very polarizing topic.


    This particular fur scarf is one of my most prized possessions.

    Partly because it’s so damn warm and cozy, and partly because my mother and I handmade it out of my grandmother’s old beaver fur coat.


    I don’t miss the winter cold, but after being in LA for a few months I do miss the textures of heavy clothing.

    Winter fabrics have so much variety and depth to them. Just here, for example, a mix of luxe beaver fur, rugged harris tweed, soft donegal cashmere/wool, and a rigid wool/hemp/silk herringbone.


    • Brown Beaver Fur Scarf Vintage (handmade from my grandma’s old coat)
    • Tweed Windowpane Suit Vintage (Tailored)
    • Khaki hairline stripe shirt by Proper Cloth
    • Tweed houndstooth Tie by Woolrich
    • Suede gloves no tag
    • Brown Boots by Scarpe di Bianco

    2. Fur Trim


    Nobody in menswear has done more for the removable fur collar/lapels than yours truly.

    It’s a simple (and cheap) accessory that can instantly make your jacket warmer and significantly more expensive/bossy looking. And you don’t need a scarf, just pop the collar.

    It’s also great way to make a lightweight coat look more winter-ready. Here’s the same piece on a cotton topcoat, for example.


    I bought this thing in a vintage store for a couple bucks. I’m still not sure what kind of fur it is, but it’s been dead for a while.


    There’s those dress boots again.

    These guys have been in heavy rotation lately. From Canada, to LA, to Utah.


    3.  The Real Deal


    If you’re ever attending Sundance or hitting the slopes in Park City Utah, and you’re in the market for a new fur, I highly recommend checking out the good people at Alaska Fur Gallery on Main Street.

    That is where we found this beautiful beast; a double-breasted beaver fur coat with oversized notch lapels.


    This is by far the softest and warmest coat I’ve ever worn. I could probably walk around naked under this thing and be toasty.

    A full fur overcoat is a complete game changer when winter starts to get nasty, and a complete head-turner out in the streets.

    Do you have the cojones to rock the piel?


    Before closing, a few other easy ways for men to pull-off fur:

    1. The hood trim on a parka, like this coyote

    2. The lining of a jacket, like this fox 

    3. A Russian style hat, like this guy at #10

    4. Or, get real in your face with it, like my man Casey


    • Beaver fur coat from Alaska Fur Gallery
    • Forest green donegal tweed suit
    • Khaki hairline stripe shirt by Proper Cloth
    • Vintage Knit Tie
    • Oxblood boots by Scarpe di Bianco


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford 

    • ClayreHuckstable

      I love wearing fur. And I truly love it when men wear fur. Very stylish!

    • Luigi

      my grandmother has a coat that looks identical to that

    • Ilya

      And even with cruelty issues put aside, mens fur coat is a quintessential tastelessness item – and even style icons cannot change this.

      While, say, fur trim collar CAN be stylish (if you aim for peacock style), men in fur coats are LAUGHED AT – even here in Russia, the land of furs.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        I don’t mind getting laughed at, because I always get the last laugh.


      • greeneater

        “tasteless” mainly because of the whole eco-vege-shitty “aggressive marketing”… come on!

    • Ilya
    • Anonymous

      The last look just seems like the worst sort of hipster “look at me” #menswear peacocking. Between the mustache and the coat it is too much. I am usually a fan but not this week. Seems like this just goes into the realm of the unnecessary.

      • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

        #3 looks hipster? More like Alpha. If that makes your butt pucker, maybe you need a topical ointment. Now go pour me a Scotch.

        • Anonymous

          This is almost as good as the posts from the pro-anorexia blogger. Maybe you should pour yourself a glass of shut the hell up.

    • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

      No lie, and yes I’m totally bragging: I had a fling with a lovely Eskimo woman during my ‘glory days’. We had a great phone relationship for a couple years after we were together, and she did tell me about the hunting and trapping her and her family/friends did throughout the year. My dream was always to go visit her one day and make love on a Polar Bear fur, but in truth, I didn’t have the cojones to actually make the trip. The moral of the story… have big cojones and you can pull off all the fur you want… like a boss.

    • http://undefined Nate

      Ok, so I won’t be wearing fur any time soon, but all the same, that first look is one of my favourites EVER from you DT. Such great subtle interplay of textures and patterns. And I like how the patch pockets etc bring a slightly more casual vibe to the overcoat.

      This epitomises why I prefer F/W fashion.

    • fran

      sometimes i love this blog, now, when i see fur and all the people say that’s cool, elegant, fashion, i think in all the animals who have been tortured for this “element”…. why fashion industry is so far of eco-thinking? now people, “human” people, can use another things and look very fine and not using the skin of another specie who really needs the skin….is horrible. fur is ded and torture.

      • greeneater

        oh noes, not these treehuggers again…

    • Kyle

      Just wow. And not in a good way.

    • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

      Though I came here to comment on your AWESOME fur coat! The comment section is pure comedy. Thanks!

    • says inspiring a lot

      That Forest green donegal tweed suit… wow <3

    • http://undefined Anonymous

      Man I can’t get enough of this websit! and I’m never disappointed.

      Am I the only one with TSBmen as my browser homepage?

      • TO

        No, at least I used to have it. But this caused a little TOO much spent time on it, lol.

    • MJ

      If by “pulling off” you mean looking like a porn star, then well done!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Hah. When was the last time you saw a pornstar dressed like this? Please let me know, could be a great feature.

        • MJ

          It all just screams “mustache ride!!!” But for real, damn dapper as always.

    • Rome


      How do you attach your fur collars to your coats. I have been having trouble in this aspect. Thanks

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        One of them has tiny fabric clips on the backside. The other has a lining with buttonholes that attach to hidden buttons sewn under the lapels. I had to do a little “design” work to get them to fit properly. Perhaps we’ll do a quick piece on this.

        • Rome

          If you do, that would be great. Thanks

    • John B

      Not quite sure about the last look, but the previous two are awesome. I’m really jealous of your tweed suits!

    • Dre

      Camron and Dipset is coming out with a Fur line soon. Im def gonna cop.
      If u a Harlem dude fur always been that top level ish.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        I was wearing Sean John furs in Harlem from 2005-2010. True story.

    • Joe

      I used to think a fur coat looked silly on a man. Then one winter morning, as I walked my dog through Washington Square, I saw a trio of older gentlemen, each with well worn faces and wild beards, and each wearing floor length fur coats and wide brimmed hats. I changed my mind then, they looked incredible!

      • cam

        key words here “older gentleman” “worn faces”

        • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

          Why wait to be fresh? Tomorrow is not guaranteed!

          • cam

            agreed dan. i just think certain looks are reserved for those who have earned it so to speak. like a top level executive wearing the “bossy” 3-piece suit, cuff links etc. a full length fur falls into this category as well imo. cheers dan! the site is off to a great start for 2014

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier


    • http://undefined Jeff

      That fur scarf NEEDS to be in my closet. That thing is perfection. I’ve never been a “fur with menswear” guy (I love the look on women), but I would totally wear that fur scarf. Great job Dan!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Agreed. The scarf is the best piece, and easiest to pull-off.

    • http://undefined TimL

      Love look #2.

    • Mitch G

      Awesome. Now you need some seal fur pieces – keep that Canadian flavour going ha! those Scarpe di Bianco boots are killer, always.

    • http://undefined Joshua

      All 3 looks… BAWSE… *Rick Ross Grunt*

    • Olerud_4_Life

      First two styles are cool as hell. A sleek fur scarf actually looks nice. The third style…you got to actually be a boss of something or do the real Sam Cassell dance in real life to pull that off. But ushanka (the name of the hat that the guy in the 3rd link had; #10 in the other article) is cool and nice if you can wear it well and not have too much of a flamboyant style with the rest of the ensemble to avoid looking like a gimmick.

    • http://wideeyestightwallets.com Adam

      I haven’t taken a dive into the fur game yet, but damn, Dan, that first look is incredible. Honestly, they are all great, but, as you mention, the textures that build on each other in #1 are beautiful, and I can’t get enough of that suit/coat combo.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Adam! All about them textures

    • RJC

      Wasn’t “stupid internet slang” like LIKE A BOSS one of the Trends That Need to Die just 2 weeks ago?

    • John W

      How do you attach the fur collar?

      • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

        ^^Garment Doctor segment on this, PLEASE!^^

    • thatguy

      I guess I am going to be THAT guy,
      but there are plenty of options, especially now, with faux fur. You can walk in to any fabric store and see any number of hung artificial fur that imitates almost any look.

      You can flea market real fur just as easily for collars and the like.

      Womenswear has come a long ways to stopping murder as fashion. H and M, Gap etc have dropped the use of angora. Other fashion houses only use fake fur now. And while there are fashion folk who do use the real thing, it makes it ever more difficult to understand why beyond the LOOK and cachet of wearing animals.

      In menswear, unless you are on a Klondike mission, the need for real fur isn’t really something needed. Plenty of warmer options exist if you are looking for function, and certainly plenty of stylish options exist as well.

      I wont get into an y argument over leather shoes, belts etc.. it is a choice certainly as to where one draws the line, but this feels very much a fashion for FASHION sake sort of thing.

      And murder just doesn’t ever feel fashion to me.


      • scott

        Would you rather people throw away existing fur coats? The animal is already dead.

        • https://twitter.com/TheFarquharHill Alan

          It’s a difficult one, but people, particularly trendsetters, wearing vintage fur ultimately leads to new fur being sold in bigger quantities. Maybe this is just one area where a clean break with the past is needed.

          That being said, I do have a knit with some angora content, though I would avoid further purchases I am not much keen to chuck it out. And I certainly own plenty of silk ties (though plenty in wool and cotton also), which are definitely not vegan – much death involved; silk worms are not as cute as minks though.

          Here in the UK, Brits are just big animal lovers and it just doesn’t really get cold enough in most areas for fur to really be a big thing. Maybe for that reason, I think it looks a bit silly. See also: George Costanza.

          • Frank

            What? Not cold enough in the UK? You must be joking. I live in London and it gets pretty damn cold in the winter. Cold enough for a good fur coat.

        • Frank

          I wonder if those who criticize wearing fur wear leather shoes and eat steak.

      • Joe

        You raise some good points. However I disagree with the word “murder” being appropriate in this context (I get that it’s provocativeness is on purpose). Murder implies a senseless killing, or a killing for killings sake. In this case however the animals were harvested for their hides. Of course, this is just semantics and many still don’t agree with the practice of wearing animal hides. I would imagine (or hope) that most would find this objectionable if the animal is endangered or in decline (though there are some gray areas and caveats even there, which I won’t get into). Some may find it a gray area if the animal is not endangered, but the only part of the animal harvested is the hide. Some may find it less objectionable if the animal was harvested for more than it’s hide. There are many different angles and sides to this, but it is important to be educated on the different sides and opinion, and form a personal ethos to abide by.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        There are certainly “faux fur” options available, like this one that Brandon Murphy wore in his recent feature: http://tsbmen.com/36871/blending-genres-feat-brandon-murphy/3/

        It looks very similar, but won’t feel the same, or be as warm. Truthfully, I’m not sure there are too many coats that can compare as far as warmth than a full fur. Either way, I like to keep everything authentic.


      • Ilya

        Moreover. People “on Klondike mission” don’t use fur coats nowdays. They use military parkas. Much more practical.

      • Frank

        Calling the wearing of fur murder is a bit over the top. Do you wear leather shoes and belts? Or do you wear the cheap plastic item. Are you also a vegetarian and dont eat meat?

    • Elwin

      Love the first look

    • Mr E

      I think the only place that last look would fit in is with the Pevensie children as they discover Narnia for the first time as a siblings.

      Horrible, Trep.

      And I think the better word over “piel” would have been “pelo.”

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Sounds like you could benefit from a little discovering of your own.

      • Juan

        Actually, “pelo” means “hair”. “Piel” is the right word for “fur”.

        I had totally missed that “fur coat into fur scarf” post though, awesome stuff! And all three looks here look incredible, great ways to showcase an extravagant but very classy piece.