How To Style It: Colorful, Bold (Mostly Faux) Furs

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Now that we’ve established the firm grip that fluffy, colorful furs have on the fashion community, let’s explore how to implement this trend into our daily lives–after all not all of us count The Sartorialist as members of our fan club. And as winter marches on, our inspiration to stay chic while stomping through the slush dwindles and our ideas for how to do so are low in number. Enter the fluff. If streetstyle pix have left you lusting over this trend–you’re in luck, we’ve already done an edit on what’s available to shop right now!

Which brings us to step two: figuring out how to incorporate the things fashion people wear into your own day-to-day wardrobe can feel like a tall order. Even editors don’t dress like it’s fashion week 365 days of the year.

One thing we’re loving about the current faux fur obsession is that ultimately, this is a trend rooted in having fun with fashion–a trend that takes us back to the notion of “playing dress-up,” really. So now having added one or all of our 14 picks to your cart, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how to wear this touchable trend.

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  • We’ll dive in to the deep end with a look at mixing faux furs: (If you know this isn’t for you, see below)–While doubling up on an already aggressive trend might sound crazy, it can work. Think printed furs (i.e. glam leopard print coats) (mis)matched with the fuzziest solid faux fur scarves in a complementary color.

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  • A camel is the perfect blank canvas for the beginner to work with. All it takes is throwing on a brightly-colored fur stole for an instant hit of glam. Et voilà!

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  • Amp up an otherwise monochromatic look with a jolt of bright fur. Case in point: this dramatic neon fur trapper hats turn an all-black outfit into a noticeable take on the trend.

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  • The peeping hoodie gives the look a perfect injection of the all-important “I woke up like this” factor

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  • If you’re thinking “oh, I have a vintage fur that belonged to my Grandmother but I only take that thing out at night,” here’s a dash of daytime glamour. Whether its a stole or a coat, sometimes looking good is the quickest route to feeling good. And if your feet start to hurt from the heels you’ll be glad to have something soft to cuddle on-the-go.

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  • When you take this route, quite frankly it doesn’t matter if all you’ve got on underneath is a paperbag, or your skivvies…or in this weather, your longjohns.


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  • If the idea of fur (even faux) feels a little stuffy to you, take it down a notch by reminding everyone that you are also super on top of the athleisure trend in a graphic tee. Keep it casual by wearing your bag hands-free for extra model-off-duty points.

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  • Here’s an easily borrowed style cue: if your fur is adding unwanted volume, borrow straight from the runways and nip that waist in with some cleverly tied leather

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Shop 14 Crazy, Colorful (Mostly) Faux Fur, Streetstyle Ready Pieces to Bundle Up In

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Nary a day of NYFW went by that we didn’t see countless iterations of fashion’s burgeoning obsession with fur–vrai ou faux. This time, we mean off the runway and on the streets.

The bigger, the brighter, the bait-ier–>the better for the hordes of photographers snapping pix of those dressed most outrageously. (see: bare legs in -10 degrees–normal at FW). But, with awesome brands like Shrimps spearheading the trend, it’s something we’re all about (done right, of course).

Being firm believers that with the right fit + confidence, we can all pull off anything we want to, let’s explore playing with faux fur–because that’s what this trend is really all about–being playful with style.



Marc by Marc Jacobs Faux Fur Coat


 Shrimps Navy Faux Fur Coat

redstripeAinea Faux Fur Striped Coat



Ainea Spotted Faux Fur Coat


 Ainea Striped Faux Fur Coat

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Albertus Swanepoel Faux Fur Fez


Shrimps Faux Fur Clutch


Helen Moore Two-Tone Stole 



Shrimps Cropped Faux-Fur Jacket 

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Nina Ricci Patchwork Fur Coat



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Wolf & Badger Scarf

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Lucky Chouette leopard faux fur

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Adrienne Landau Fur Mittens 

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Ravn Shearling Vest

Faux for Show: What is Ethical Fashion Really All About?

Fashion is energizing. It is extravagant and engaging and sometimes exclusive. But can it truly be ethical and ecological? If your favorite label decided to start using ecological materials, would you roll your eyes, or applaud? Whilst some designers still believe in using the sprightliest goat for their emblazoned arm candy, or parade models down the catwalk, pelts of various unidentifiable protected species draped across their shoulders, who is making a point of the efficiency and encompassing factors that surround sustainable fashion?

Stella McCartney brought luxury ethical and eco fashion to the mainstream eye. After father Paul, a singer apparently, and mother Linda, the poster girl for eco warriors across the changing landscape of celebrity at the time, decided to focus more on the sustainability of life and the impact we have, it seemed only a natural fit when daughter Stella decided to swing into view with her range of non-leather, 100% polyester bags, made and engineered to feel as supple as possible, and lining made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. The “leather” didn’t stop there, later came shoes and jackets, her subtle nod to eco fashion has been a constant undercurrent from every collection, her natural and simplistic modern aesthetic complements this, but when a 100% Plastic bag is the same price as a leather one from a matching brand, you have to either be truly dedicated to her aesthetic, or truly against the use of skins in design. The only other issue is, when vegetarians shape their food into shapes synonymous with meat products, it surely defeats the point, if you are making the point at using Polyester, why try so hard to make it identical in touch to leather?

In March 2010, Karl Lagerfeld, a man whose motorcycle gloved finger is so on the straddling pulse of life, made Cara and Gisele stage a semi-feminist protest last month, hit the headlines with the presentation of his Fall/Winter 2010 collection in Paris for Chanel. After a 265 tonne iceberg was transported to the Grand Palais, a trio of models emerges, trudging through the pooling ice water that surrounded the berg. Although none of this completely out of the ordinary for a Chanel Show so far, alas, the models were just three of many to be completely covered in fur, apparently sliced from any and every animal that made it onto the ark. Some were intrigued by the brash statement, some were outraged, and as the images spread across the world, outcries of obscene cruelty and unnecessary slaughter for a 15minute spectacle were heard. As the final model, Freja Beja Erichsen dragged her off white, feathered tulle and stripped fur mullet hem through the icy residue and the fash-pack ran for the usual scrum after a Chanel show, Karl let out his secret that he has been playing the media for the entire time. All the fur in the show was faux. Expertly crafted to resemble panoply of animals, he decided to test the consumer and the buyer in one, however the clothes still had the real fur price tag.

As more designers, mainstream and luxury are heading into a new era of consumerism, it will be interesting to see who rides the eco-wave, especially the icy one after Karl’s 2010 extravaganza. If fake fur can now be manufactured to an extreme quality and life-like texture, how long will we need to carry on with pelts and skins? With high-street stores launching eco-collections, H&M’s Conscious being a major player, you have to wonder how “Unconscious’ the manufacture of other clothes are. But will eco-conscious clothing, across the board, ever lose its ‘Hippy, hemp-t-shirt, earth warrior’ label? Well with Stella McCartney following in her mother’s footsteps, the 21st Century Eco Warrior may be swapping Birkenstocks for PU Stilettos sometime in the near future.