After posting on our reluctance to purchase anything resembling a 'fashion coat' this winter, Mayle solved all of our problems. First of all our love for shearling is strong. When we saw shearling this season from Richard Chai, Matthew Williamson, and Preen, we were just about beside ourselves. Shearling is like the morally sound alternative to fur and it's likewise really, really warm. Although we've never donned a pair of UGGs, we've long been fans of shearling. So Mayle, ever the clever indie star, came up with a little shearling caplet which can drape around the collar of your favorite trench or not-so-warm 'fashion coat'. It's darling, really, and might just solve your warmth problem come snowstorm time. The only snag in this plan is that the caplet itself is $240 dollars. Now, that might be nothing to some fashionistas and if so, all the power to you. We do know, however, that not every chicster will want to spend that much post-coat purchase. The only answer we can come up with is to act like Steve Madden and hit up the garment district on a DIY adventure, or, make the fashion coat purchase now and save the caplet investment for later, when you've long forgotten the former investment.
Oooh . . . It's like Uggs for your laptop. These faux-shearling-lined laptop portfolios from See Jane Work (on sale for $62) have funky exteriors and cozy interiors. I know I would get distracted touching the soft fluffies instead of getting work done on my laptop. But I kind of have an Ugg feeling about these in general. . . That is, totally conflicted about them. How about you?
UGG boots are bulky enough with all that thick shearling, but when you add ribbons and more height, it's just too much. I can't see myself, or anyone else for that matter, pulling off Love From Australia's Vixen Suede Over-the-Knee Boot ($400). In Antarctica they might come in handy, but I'd choose cold over tacky any day. Are you with me?
Shearling isn't just for sherpas anymore. This fluffy white trim can be made from sheared sheep's wool or synthetic materials, depending on the piece. But either way, shearling trim has a cozy look and feel that's perfect for winter fashion. This season, it's showing up on everything from purses to boots to hoodies. Here are some of my favorite shearling finds.
Salvatore Ferragamo Shearling Top Handle Bag, $1,350, available here.
Tory Burch Shearling Vest, $995, available here.
Vince Camuto Rypass Boot, $297.95, available here.
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