Stylish Furs a Hundred Years Ago

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, November 14, 1914: <<no entry>>

Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)
Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

What was Grandma doing on this Saturday a hundred years ago today? Maybe she went out with friends and wore her new blue and black boucle coat.

Did Grandma ever wish that she had some furs? They were really popular in 1914.

It is interesting to see the new furs, soft scarfs, muffs, and coats of unbelievable lightness, with hats that harmonize and strike the right note.

Ladies Home Journal (October, 1914)

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32 thoughts on “Stylish Furs a Hundred Years Ago

    1. I can remember a woman who sat a few rows in front of my family in church when I was a child who often wore a mink stole that included the animals’ heads and feet–and, as you said, it was fascinating in an odd sort of way.

  1. I think furs look stunning on women! I wish I could have one today but won’t because of the anti fur people would probably spray paint it. The ladies sure dressed elegant and fancy back in those days!! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    1. When I was young I can remember stylish women wearing mink stoles and coats. Now I occasionally see similar coats in flea markets on sale for next to nothing–and somehow it makes me feel a little sad.

    1. It looks really odd to me too, but I guess that it was considered stylish that the time. I’ve seen a number of 1914 fashion illustrations that include hats with a few feathers sticking out at odd angles.

  2. Are those muffs? I’ve been fascinated by those since my childhood. I had a Skipper Doll (friend to Barbie) who came dressed in a red skating outfit complete with a white fur muff.
    Those ladies do look elegant, but I could never wear real fur.

    1. Yes, they are amazing large muffs. I think that you and I are probably about the same age. I can also remember thinking that muffs were very glamorous when I was a child. I had a little white fake fur muff (probably similar to Skipper’s) that I absolutely loved.

    1. I’m a very casual person and am really glad that I don’t need to “dress” to go out–but a tiny piece of me thinks that it would be fun to occasionally get dressed up like they did years ago.

  3. How well I remember some of these fur pieces. One woman I knew had a piece complete with the head and feet of an animal…I think it was fox. Good quote above…”weirdly fascinating!”

  4. The cruelty involved then, and now, will never make wearing fur as a fashion statement attractive to me. My grandmother had a fox neck wrap and to me, as a child, it was always a dead animal, much more beautiful alive and running through a field.

    1. I know what you mean. I also had a muff once. I think that I was about 6 years old, and I thought that I looked incredibly beautiful when I wore it.

  5. My dear Grandma Dora had a beautiful silver fox jacket that I would borrow when I would visit her. She said I could have it someday and indeed I do have her silver fox coat. I would not wear it for fear Peta would spray paint me. Meanwhile, it hangs in my coat closet bringing me memories of my grandmother each time I see it or run my fingers into the fur.

  6. My Grandmother had one of those furs with the hands and feet. Never quite got that …
    These remind me of what was seen in the movie The Titanic

    1. A few years ago I bought one with the head and feet at a flea market. I’m not sure why. I guess it somehow reminded me of the old days when rich women wore them–and I couldn’t believe that they can be bought for next to nothing now.

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