This isn't a fur endorsement — faux all the way! — so much as it is an ode to its ability to punch up even the most casual of Winter outfits. And while a fur coat is probably as luxe as it gets (where outerwear is concerned), you can easily incorporate snappier accents into your cold-weather wardrobe to garner the same kind of cool-girl effect. Here to help our case are seven stylish celebs, all of whom have turned to quick, furry styling tricks to add that little something extra. To start, Jessica Alba amped up the elegance of a black maxidress with a purple-hued fur jacket, Olivia Palermo got it just right with her bright teal fur stole, and Poppy Delevingne channeled her best version of Anna Karenina cool with her fur cossack, tweed trench, and leather gloves. We've got a week's worth of fur-inspired star-studded outfit inspiration — all you have to do is keep clicking to follow suit.
We've been hot on the hunt for a cozy fur coat that happens to be cruelty-free, and it's safe to say that we've found it in H&M's Faux Fur Jacket ($99, available in stores) from the brand's new Fashion Family collection. It's got a great V neckline and tailored silhouette — so even though it's big and fluffy, it still gives you some shape. The sleek black, white, and gray color palette makes it an ideal piece for popping on over a tee and jeans or a fancy LBD, and it's easy to layer over long-sleeved tops and chunky knits. Best of all, it's perfectly in line with our Fall shopping budget. Head to your local H&M to snap it up now!
We all want the warmth and coziness that fur provides, but we're not always down with the moral dilemma (and let's not even get into the price tags). Fortunately, there's a way to get the same toasty benefits of fur without going full-stop — just do a quick fake-out with faux. We're getting you started with 14 of the cutest, coziest faux fur pieces that are sure to blend seamlessly into your Fall wardrobe, all while helping you stay warm — plus, each one comes in under 200 bucks. Get shopping now to add these plush pieces to your closet.
Winter means bundling up — and that means dressing with the warmest and most stylish of layers. For the chill, there are few things that lend the luxe sophistication that fur, or equally, faux fur does. Adding texture and the same warmth factor you get from curling up at the fire, a (faux) fur piece proves its worth during the coldest months of the year. The proof is in this crew of celebrity style favorites, each one styling up her own cozy fur vest or coat with perfectly cool effects. The results are as varied as your Winter occasions, with ample examples to inspire a very chic week of wearing fur. From Olivia Palermo's evening-ready take to Nicole Richie's polished on-the-go style, step inside to see and shop all the ways to create your fur and faux fur layers right now.
If you're looking for fur and shearling in small doses, we suggest you try out this season trend on a handbag or clutch. Bag swaps are the easiest way to update a look, and the best part? These shearling and fur bags can easily go several ways: pair them with leather leggings, booties, and a sweater for a cool day look; dress it up with a minidress for an evening ensemble; or follow Karolina Kurkova's lead, shown here on the Michael Kors Fall 2011 runway, and go for silky pants and an oversize knit for ultimate luxury. The result will inevitably feel cozy, but totally cool. Peruse the slideshow to see our top 10 picks and why we love them. Don't forget, a little can go a long way.
Olivia took bohemian elements and turned them into a super-sophisticated outfit for a store opening in Italy yesterday, and we're swooning over the outfit. She took her Tibi-printed top, which she last wore with matching Tibi pants and tucked it into a sheer printed skirt, layered it with a black furry vest, and finished with delicately strapped suede and leather heels.
Olivia added a pop of color via a berry-hued quilted clutch.
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One of the biggest trends we saw this season at New York Fashion Week was the inspired use of fur. From fuzzy-trimmed outerwear at Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang to colorful statement coats at Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch, this sumptuous material was popping up all over the runways in new and exciting iterations! To get the full scoop on fur, cozy up to our second NYFW trend report now!
One of the biggest trends we saw for Fall 2011 at New York Fashion Week was the inspired use of fur. From fuzzy-trimmed outerwear at Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang to colorful statement coats at Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch, this sumptuous material was popping up all over the runways in new and exciting iterations! To get the full scoop on fur, cozy up to our trend report now!
Fur, both real and faux, returned for Fall, and one of the most interesting incarnations of the furry stuff was the debut of the gorilla arm. By that, we mean the seriously, thickly fur-covered sleeves of coats. Rag & Bone showed it in their futuristic Scottish ski bum, Giles did it under a black corset, and Peter Som took it to the trench. It's certainly a bold look, but one that could be hard to pull off. What do you think of this trend? Would you wear it?
TV host Kelly Edwards of Design on a Dime and Tacky House — who offered her five top kitchen trends to me at dinner last week in New Orleans — recently shared this photo on Twitter of a fur and crystal chandelier she discovered. It looks like a piece of hide is simply wrapped around a basic drum-shape lampshade, so it would be easy enough to re-create if you wanted to. But do you want to? I can't decide if I agree with Kelly, who wrote, "This thing is great," or if it irks me. A part of me loves the juxtaposition of the glamorous and rustic elements, and another part feels that they are too close for comfort. What do you think?