TREND: Fur-tastic Femme

Fur can be found in nearly every decade of fashion. Portrayed as the ultimate luxe outerwear or accessory, fur is no ordinary fabric. Leaving a prominent mark of elite style, furs are not often seen in everyday attire. The recent trend of incorporating animal-friendly faux furs exploded this season, making the streets (and college campuses) seem more like an ultra-glamorous runway than a place to study.

This femme in faux fur transformed the snowy streets to chic. By topping off her layers with a cream colored faux fur coat, this Fashionista shows that weary weather can create a fabulous look. Inspired by designers such as Antonio Beradi and Lanvin, this luxe look can be re-created with vintage finds or faux fur alternatives that are just as chic and PETA worthy. Looking for a faux fur-tastic investment piece? Try Juicy Couture for a retro-fabulous faux fur silhouette that is anything but ordinary outerwear. 

Accessories are always admirable and this Fashionista didn’t allow her faux fur to steal the show. Textured tights, sturdy shearling booties and a thick black belt add a flattering form to her chunky wrap sweater and pleated skirt. The pleat is also another trend to pay close attention to, which is turning the everyday skirt into a smart school girl style – perfect for class or dressed up in the evening. DKNY stormed the winter 2010 runway with a variety of skirts with pleats fit for any occasion. Get pleat inspiration from Net-A-Porter and Polyvore for a mix of high end and affordable skirt styles.

Hint: Not sure if you can pull off this fierce faux fur look? Incorporate faux fur in your accessories or invest in a vest. Faux fur vests have been another major trend this season and are more versatile than a coat. Michael Kors faux fur front vest was seen all over the recent advertising campaign and is a chic piece to add over any outfit in a subtle gray. Remember, faux fur is not just for the style elite. Don't be afraid to incorporate this trend into your everday wardrobe, as long as you don't over-do it. Stick to cropped coat styles or a vest and add flattering pieces to complement. 

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