Mink coats are an incredible way to inject a little elegance into your wardrobe. Fur has long been the number one clothing choice for mankind, which is representative of its durability and natural beauty. Furs are quite expensive, which is why they should generally be considered an investment piece in your wardrobe. Though you may shell out a lot of cash up front, the sheer longevity of these garments will justify the cost. Many coat owners reported decades had passed before the fibers lost their natural brilliance.

If you are new to furs, it may be difficult to know where to begin. The first step in acquiring a new fur, or ascertaining the value of an inherited mink, is to do your research. Here are a few surprising facts you might not have known about mink.

Male vs. Female Mink Pelts

Many people are surprised to discover the difference between a male and female mink pelt. In general a male will have denser fur that can give a coat its fullness and insulating quality, whereas a female will be smaller and lighter. Female pelts are the option for many people due to their high luster and sheen, and the soft silky quality of the fur. Now, a male's pelt is not necessarily better than a females, or vice versa. It is simply a matter of personal preference between a fuller fluffier coat, or a form fitting glossier one. Each coat should be examined and judged individually, regardless of sex.

Furs in Outdated Styles Can Be Updated

If you inherit a fur that is a decade or more old, its form and style could be stuck in a time period you would like to forget. If great grandmother leaves you her fur in the will, and you know its something you would never wear, consider getting it updated into a more modern look. Working with fur is not much different than working with any other textile, different needles and thread are used, but a fur coat can be easily modified to update a passing fad or an old classic.

There are in fact, quite a lot of options for update, restyle or otherwise modify an inherited coat into a new couture piece to add some pop to your wardrobe. Consider introducing new materials such as leather, microfiber, or knit. The fur could also be used on various other wardrobe pieces. For instance, you are bound to stand out with a custom cardigan or cloth coat with a fur collar. There is no reason to let an inherited coat go to waste. It is very easy to find a furrier who will help you service, condition, or re-purpose your new treasure until you never want to take it off.

Mink Requires Maintenance

If you are considering purchasing a mink garment, understand first and foremost, that it is an investment and should be treated as such. Mink fur is an incredibly resilient material that can last upwards of two decades with proper care. Keep your mink in storage when it is too hot to use. Have your coat cleaned regularly. An experienced furrier will be glad to provide storage and cleaning services for a small fee.