This season is the best time to purchase your fur. For 2014/2015, furs hit the runway in designer collections of all levels. Fur is the top trend. The look is creative and redefined.

With regard to styles and endless expression, there are no boundaries. Technological advancements, masterful craftsmanship and ingenuity in workmanship have made fur garments even more appealing to those looking for quality fashion alternatives. Most fur lines are celebrity inspired. Color palettes are vibrant, and collections include sophisticated treatments and highly coveted accessories, including hats, gloves, muffs, scarves, shawls, collars and cuffs.

When you’re buying a fur, you can choose from a wide variety of furs, styles, treatments and colors. Give some thought to your purchase. Think about how you will wear your fur. Will you spend time in jeans and a funky knitted fur or a leather jacket that’s lined with a softly sheared fur? Will you wear a fur when dressing up for an elegant evening out? Or will you prefer just a touch of fur on your collar or sleeve to enhance a nice cloth coat?

Once you have decided on the best fur for you and your lifestyle, it’s time to start looking for a place to purchase your fur. Start with your local fur salon or department store. For ready-to-wear furs, stores such as Macy’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus all have great fur departments. There are also many fur boutiques. Feel free to browse and ask questions. Your furrier is an expert who can introduce you to the world of fur, whatever fur you choose.

Before making your fur purchase, here are six steps to consider:

  1. Check to see that the pelts are lustrous, supple and well-matched.

  2. Feel the fur very carefully. There should be a dense, soft underfur that is evident to the touch under the glossy guard hairs, which should be soft, never bristly.

  3. Seams should be sewn tightly. Hems should fall straight.

  4. Be sure to try the garment on to see if the weight is comfortable for you. You may be surprised at how lightweight many fur coats actually are.

  5. When you try on a well-made fur, it should be well-balanced, falling evenly and comfortably from your shoulders.

  6. There should be “give” to the leather side of the fur when horizontal tension is applied.