Like an edgy leather jacket or a shimmering sequin dress, faux fur is definitely one of those winter fashion staples that’s chic and classic. But like all intense winter wear, faux fur is best done in moderation. Overdoing the trend can have you looking a bit bulky, not to mention a bit ridiculous.
Like popping red or fuschia lip color, faux fur pieces should work to enhance your look, not overwhelm it, says style expert and author Constance Dunn. So, when shopping for such pieces, she stresses finding accent pieces, which help achieve a well balanced look.
“Keep in mind that faux fur is best approached as accent apparel,” says Dunn. “Think of your faux fur piece like a visual bit of spice to heighten your look, which is a particularly keen move to make during cold-weather months.”
And while faux fur capes and jackets are a great way to add elegance and glamour to your everyday style, it’s important to look for high quality pieces that don’t skimp on quality. For better purchases, always examine the fabrics of your pieces first, stresses Dunn. High quality faux fur items always have dimension and depth to it’s color, even if it’s black.
But most importantly, the key to mastering the faux fur look is all about balance. Some jackets tend to overwhelm your frame, making you look bulky and awkward. To avoid looking frumpy, or out of place, Dunn recommends shopping for coats based upon your height.
“Taller women can typically go bigger when it comes to dramatic, high-pile faux fur coats,” she says. “Petite women are advised to stick to shorter, cropped silhouettes.”
To wear faux fur like a pro, here’s basic ten ways to style it in your wardrobe, without looking over-the-top.
Pretty Attitude Wild Child Plush Faux Fur Cheetah Jacket
Great for taller women, this soft yet stylish faux fur coat ($59.50) can dress up jeans and tights in a flash.
Volcom Swington Jacket
This edgy yet casual coat ($119.50) flatters smaller frames easily. Dress up or down with jeans or skirts, for gorgeous wintertime style.
Dr. Scholl’s Gigi Slipper Bootie
To avoid full-on faux wear, this bootie slipper ($59.99) gives drama to even the most basic of denim.
Zero Gravity Posh iPhone 5/5S Case
Faux fur easily works well in the accessories department. To give your phone some extra pizzazz, be sure to try this trendy ($32) iPhone case.
Desigual Wool and Fur Coat
For a chic jacket that’s not decked out with faux fur, this fur accented wool coat ($195.96) offers just the right balance.
ModCloth Collectively Classic Skirt
For just a touch of faux fur, this accented skirt ($99) helps pump up your office looks easily.
Boohoo Sofia Dip Dye Faux Fur Gilet
If you prefer vests over jackets, this dip dye piece ($44) allows you to channel some serious style, without the dreaded bulky look.
SMYTHE Mongolian Faux Fur Jacket
Perfect for taller frames, this shaggy coat ($695) gives a much-needed Bohemian spin on the usual faux fur shindig.
Dolce Vita Wexley Boots
Craving some boots with serious attitude? This chic pair ($280) blends faux fur and leather together perfectly.
WYLDR Push Luck Faux Fur Jacket
Great for petite gals, this cropped jacket ($90) gives instant style to dresses and skirts.