Sunday 11 December 2016

How to wear faux fur

Angela Scanlon

Published 24/08/2010 | 14:31

Jacket Zara €79.95; Jeans A|wear €35; Belt Zara €29.95; Shoes €80.50 River Island.
Jacket Zara €79.95; Jeans A|wear €35; Belt Zara €29.95; Shoes €80.50 River Island.
Faux fur gillet from Warehouse
Faux fur jacket A|Wear €60
Faux fur bag from Warehouse €60

Fur can be a tricky one; wear it wrong and you can end up looking like a fluffy version of the Michelin Man but, worn well, fur can be impossibly chic.

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This season every designer worth their salt featured fur in their collections and the high street have started already. Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery!

Chanel kicked it all off with a show placing heavy emphasis on fur-floor length coats, yeti boots, furry skirts and more. If it was done by anyone else people would write them off as “over”, “done” or “finished” but somehow Lagerfeld has convinced us that yeti fur looks chic and cool. Almost.

The best way to make this look work in reality is to adopt it lightly and stick with the “less is more” mantra. At Chanel head-to-toe might work but in real life it needs to be balanced with skinny jeans or cigarette pants and updated with modern accessories. If you’re worried about the volume add a skinny belt around the waist to show off your shape.

If the yeti look is just too much, a gillet may be for you. This Warehouse one is almost identical to one by London-based designer Hakaan. No one need ever know you spent €65 rather than €650 plus.

Still too much fur? Look to accessories-bags, hats, scarves and more.

The perfect way to get bang for you buck without the fluff!

• If you're scared to try the full on fur add a dash with a scarf or hat

• Keep the remainder of your outfit fitted with skinny fitting jeans or a tailored skirt

• Add a gillet to a simple outfit for an instant update

• A fur bag or purse is another safe way to take on this trend

• Add a belt to show off your waist

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