Darren Kennedy fashion file: How to wear... statement shearling
Just a casual glimpse at the catwalks of Autumn/Winter 2015 and you'd have spotted shearling in one form or another, with shaggy textiles remaining top of the fashion agenda.
From bold coloured sheepskin gilets to shearling trims on jackets, the sheepskin coat maintains its place on the style map and is an essential buy for A/W15. This soft spot for all things fuzzy and furry is nothing new. Indeed, shearling made its comeback as early as 2013, but this season it's bolder and brighter than before. Whether it was real skin or faux, statement shearling ruled at Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney. Chloé went for maximum impact with long-line shearling overcoats while Burberry Prorsum favoured all manner of sheepskin trims on jackets, collars and pockets. For me however, it is Preen's delightful brightly coloured patchwork shearling coats that sum up A/W15.
Question: I recently moved to Dublin having just started my first year in college and I'm living on campus. I've quickly realised that my wardrobe isn't quite up to scratch so I'm looking for some staples that ideally I'll be able to wear during the day casually and that I can dress up for nights out. I'm not looking for anything that will break the bank.
Darren replies: When living on campus it can be very tempting to let lounge wear become your everyday go-to. But please don't. It just looks lazy. You can study hard while racking up the style points. For starters, a simple v-neck jumper is a no-brainer. An easy-to-slip-into v-neck sweater is ideal for the entire school year.
This (1) grey long-line one (€15, Heatons) will look great whether you wear it with a statement necklace or keep it casual with leggings. A basic denim or chambray button-down shirt is a definite must-have. Wear the (2) H! By Henry Holland chambray parka (€78, Debenhams) with a pair of dark-wash skinnies and leather riding boots. As the weather gets chillier, wear as a shirt/cardigan layered under your winter coat. When it comes to riding boots, they're ideal for just about the entire college year.
These are a little more costly but they're definitely worth the investment if you can. The (3) Tippler boot (€170, Dune) is crafted from smooth plain leather and features an exposed side zip and gold-tone buckle. Wear with jeggings and an oversized knit for easy mid-week style. This season's boho style lends itself perfectly to campus. For instance, the (4) suedette maxi skirt (€19, in Penneys stores mid-October) will inject a healthy dollop of texture into any look. For a cosy Monday morning, style with the (5) grey rib roll neck jumper (€12, Penneys), a pair of flats and a cropped denim jacket. A cross-body bag or backpack is an absolute necessity. This (6) black fringed backpack (€29.99, New Look) speaks for itself.
DVF Secret Agent Confetti Tweed Tote €338, Brown Thomas