With everything from prints to color blocking and faux fur coats, there are plenty of exciting winter trends to update your outerwear collection. This fluffy green coat is a must-have in your closet!Anything natural, be it food or clothes, always has a universal appeal. So it transpired that the once anti-fur, anti-animal skin brigade was suddenly warming to natural fur coats made of mink, fox fur etc. and understandably so too. Natural animal fur does have a warmth (that’s what it was made for!) that the synthetic fibers can never hope to achieve. Variety There are a variety of fur coats available- mink, fox fur, rabbit fur, karakul lamb skin etc to name a few. Until recently the animal rights activists had taken the world by storm with their vehemence and vociferous reprimands of the fashion industry for using these furs. They brought to public notice the cruel torture the animas had to endure before being killed for their much coveted fur. Now, suddenly the voices have gone quiet and eyes averted when they come across the furs being used. The variety has bounced back to add the spice in your life- so what if a few lives are snuffed out! Uses These furs are used to make long over coats, cloaks, caps, hats, trimming for boots, lining for boots, throws, rugs, blankets, mufflers, gloves, ear muffs, etc. It was believed that the fur used for trimming and lining of boots and coats were fake and not real. But, it later came to light that these trimmings were actual fur. The uses are plenty and practical. The cost The down side of owning furs? – It costs a bomb! There is a general opinion that the angst shown to anyone sporting fur in any form was because furs were synonymous with the spending power- the power of money. This was, according to the opinion, a spat between the haves and the have-nots and nothing to do with compassion- else the protestors would not be gorging on veal or steak!!