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There are few garments in the fashion world as controversial as fur. Whether you bought yourself a present with that annual bonus or inherited your grandmother's mink, wearing fur can really put you in the spotlight, in a positive or negative sense. The good news is that fur has exploded on the fall and winter runways of 2011, especially in the fashion capitol of New York. The bad news is that many citizens are vehemently anti-fur. Never fear, a thoughtful diva can wear fur appropriately after weighing a few particulars.
First things first, mink is expensive and cities like New York are dirty. If you have a full length mink and you plan to be schlepping in and out of cabs, know that the hem may get wet and soiled. Second, check the weather. Rain and fur don't mix, so make sure the skies are likely to be clear or invest in one of those really huge umbrellas.
You may adore your mink, but that doesn't mean that others will share your fondness for it. There are many people in New York who are seriously anti-fur, so if you're going to sport a mink, be prepared for the fact that you may be subjected to scornful looks, rude comments or even vandalism such as having paint thrown on your coat.
Know Your Venue
Before deciding whether to wear your mink into New York, know the places you'll be visiting. A night at Lincoln Center is a very different environment from shopping in Greenwich Village. Try to wear your mink to a place where others will be wearing fur. For example, a gala at the Met will likely be loaded with fur owners, a frigid game at Yankee stadium will not. If you've never been to New York, ask a native or frequent visitor.
If you really have your heart set on wearing your mink into New York, then protect your investment by insuring it. Most fur dealers offer insurance against damage, theft and even vandalism, for a monthly fee, which usually includes an annual cleaning and summer storage. Better to shell out the cash than to be heartbroken and cold.