Below the Pelt
Fur fashion, the real and the faux
Whether you live in Calgary or California, smartly worn fur--both real and faux--can liven (and warm) up any winter ensemble. Here are the looks to get you through the season:
If you like the idea of fur outerwear but can't commit to a heavy mink, go with a sleek, on-trend vest. This faux Kensie number ($35) is uniformly flattering and the gray-beige color is remarkably versatile.
Vintage meets modern with this Alice + Olivia rabbit fur jacket ($1,500). We love the pairing of a retro silhouette with quirky stripes, and, of course, the fact that it will last for ages. Plus, since the print hints at chinchilla, everyone will think you spent far more.
For a similar, faux approach, try this substantial Free People coat ($104), which could easily pass for the real thing.
Or reserve the look for punchy accent pieces, like this folded-brim Club Monaco hat ($196) or boxy, Tommy Hilfiger faux trapper ($70). Even with a lightweight coat, these head warmers will keep you snug and chic--just make sure to wear them with something simple, like a wool overcoat or down puffer, so you don't end up looking like a Dostoyevsky character.