Winter is officially here. For most of us, that means digging out heavy coats and submerging ourselves in layers of fabric and puff. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time feeling fabulous when dressed as a slightly sexier version of the Michelin Man wearing a random boiled wool hat. Many days this look is de rigueur for the sake of efficiency.
Winter is officially here. For most of us, that means digging out heavy coats and submerging ourselves in layers of fabric and puff. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time feeling fabulous when dressed as a slightly sexier version of the Michelin Man wearing a random boiled wool hat. Many days this look is de rigueur for the sake of efficiency. But some days, just some of those dark-at-5 pm days, I want to feel fabulous.
I have found that the best way to luxe up the layers is by donning a beautiful fur. I consider it winter’s equivalent of summer’s showing some serious leg. Fur exudes a bit of sex appeal and luxury while being quite practical and warm. However, wearing real fur is not without its downsides. With every choice comes a responsibility.
Facebook is good at making me see things I often wish I hadn’t, including a video about how UGGs are really made – and what those sheep have to endure in order to line our hideous yet somehow still precious boots. I cannot un-see this video and what is being done to these animals. While I wouldn’t normally buy real fur (and will definitely never buy a pair of UGGs ever again), I had never totally ruled it out. Watching this video triggered my need for something warm, practical, AND ethically responsible to rock this winter.
Of course, not all fur is obtained in an unethical way, but it can be costly and, debatably, requires more energy to produce than its faux counterparts. Faux fur may take many more years to break down in the environment due to its synthetic nature, but you can be sure you are saving money and saving animals from pain or their potential demise. That being said, I am hardly here to judge anyone who chooses to wear real fur. I myself used to own a vintage sheepskin coat with a fur collar that was reminiscent of either Janis Joplin or some hefty older woman – until it literally began to fall apart. But seeing the UGG video (sorry to bring it up again) led me to find some extremely cool and very convincing faux furs that all types of fur lovers can appreciate.
As I delved into my online browsing search, I couldn’t help but notice how much more variety there was in faux fur than in its stricter real variety. There is definitely a demand for faux fur jackets and vests in every style one could imagine. From trench to bomber and delicate shrug, faux fur has proved itself as a serious player in the fashion game. Below are some of the cutest styles I have found available now.
While the current trends lean towards more fluffy wisps of faux, I cannot help but obsess over this adorable jacket. Show your sporty side with this Asos faux fur bomber. It looks especially rich in navy. Get it ‘here’
Have a bit of fun and picture yourself in this cotton candy colored faux fur. There is no way winter doesn’t feel just a little bit more like wonderland in this layer of pastel perfection. Get it ‘here’
This white vest from Zara is a fresh way to get the look, and for only $99. Get it ‘here’
Get cozy in this daily wear faux fur jacket in light gray. This practical neutral is only $79. Get it ‘here’
Give in to your more glamorous side with this hooded fur. I would wear this day or night! Get it ‘here’
I absolutely love that this vintage inspired faux fur is lined in satin, and that it’s on sale on ASOS for only $81.50! Get it ‘here’
This long teddybear fur vest is only $45 and perfect for layering for more warmth and style! Get it ‘here’
And this mixed monochrome jacket is simply beyond. Get it ‘here’
As you can see, there are tons of gorgeous faux furs to suit any personality or mood you wish to nurture. Whether you find a gorgeous faux fur or prefer to wear a real one is your prerogative. Most importantly of all, however, is to just wear what makes you feel good – because feeling good means looking good.
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