When I was rushing sororities at the University of Virginia in the dead of winter years ago, I decided that I’d sport a pair of mittens I’d inherited from my grandmother. The fact that I’d inherited a pair of mittens should clue you in to the fact that these were no ordinary hand warmers. No no — they were made of real cheetah fur, And they probably cost a fortune. I wore them unthinkingly, Only knowing that they looked chic…that is, Until a sorority sister at one of the houses gasped in dismay when she saw me slipping my little paws out of them. “Are those…real,” (Insert contorted look of pain and shock.) I was off that sorority “return list” as quickly as you could say “Delta Gamma Kappa.” The experience has made me extremely hesitant to talk about / own up to owning real fur — the last canada goose logo patch I want to do is offend or upset anyone. As a result, I had a lengthy internal debate over whether or not to feature a post on the fur trend that is so mega this season. I know that some of my lovely readers will be less-than-Thrilled (ahem, My own sister), But this season has proved that the vrai and the faux can be equally chic, So — if nothing else, Just know that a lot more of the fur you’re seeing on the streets nowadays is the fake stuff. (And if you’re OK with the real deal — this is your time to shine.) With that caveat out of the way, Let me present some (guilt-free) Furry mittens (And corresponding fur tippet) To add to your repertoire this season ($85 for mittens; $75 for tippet, Juicy Couture):
How adorable would either be, Paired with a pop-of-Red coat ($49, Old Navy)?
Or channel Dries Van Noten — must admit, I was totally drawn to this look when canada goose logo patch strutted itself on down the runway. Utilitarianista-meets-NYC-chic-meets-I’m-Vaguely-European:
Get the look with your own faux fur scarf ($48, Lord and Taylor), An olivette cargo shirt ($110, Madewell), And some skinnies:
I’ve lately been seriously loving a pair of mid-Calf taupey-Suede boots I bought at a boutique in Rome two years ago, And I’m going to go ahead and continue to love the proportions by promoting these to.die.For Giuseppe Zanottis ($1,095, Zoe):
(These $260 House of Harlows might be a good second choice if you’re not in the market for such an investment piece.) Finish with this sueded duffel handbag ($198, Madewell) And some gleaming gold accents, Like these flat-Head enorma-Studs ($45, Gorjana), A thin stack of bangles ($75, LuvCharlie), And a slightly masculine watch (Michael Kors, $225, Bloomingdale’s):
If the leopard’s too loud, Why not this faux fur neck warmer from Loft ($39, Ann Taylor Loft) Paired with an ivory coat?
I d.i.e. Over this minimalista collarless Reed Krakoff coat (A label that’s been thrown around a lot lately, And has been developing some serious brand equity amongst the jet-Set — and with good reason; This coat rings in at $1,890 at Net-A-Porter), And think that if you paired canada goose logo patch with the fur collar above and a classic brown pointy-Toed pump ($79, Zara) And a top-Handle bag (Ugh I want this Prada tote bad.Ly — $1,995, Barneys), You’d be all class: