Nothing fake about faux fur

Bridie Lonsdale brings out one of the most hated trends in fashion as this season’s must-have

Bridie Lonsdale
13th November 2017

The clocks have turned back and as the dark nights draw in, our attentions turn towards the seasonal changes: plummeting temperatures, cosy log fires, and getting all wrapped up. Fur needs no longer strike up controversy, with so many faux alternatives available, you can enjoy the warmth of a big bear hug - without committing a fashion faux-pas.

In Autumn We Wear Pink

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Pink is most definitely the new orange this Autumn. Faux fur has been flying off the rails, in the form of coats and bags; jewellery and shoes. While ‘millennial pink’ is said to have reached its peak, there’s little sign of that on the high street this season. Stepping into Topshop, you’ll be embraced by a spectrum of soft peach, marshmallow, and Barbie, dyed into garments of the fluffy variety. The beauty of this trend is its flexibility and universal nature. Whether you want to add a pop of colour in the form of pom-pom earrings, or stop traffic in a Penelope Pitstop-esque get up, as with all fashion, there are no hard or fast rules!

Statement Staple

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It goes without saying that faux fur is a staple piece for any wardrobe, especially looking to the chilly months ahead. Leopard print coats, in particular, are perfect for building texture into your everyday go-to look. Try pairing with a mom fit or skinny jean, long sleeved black bodysuit, and a heeled boot to inject instant energy into your outfit. It’s true what they say, ‘less is more’, so let your fur do all the work. Opt for a patterned piece, and keep your basics basic. Not only does it demonstrate sophistication, it’s a great way to save money by going for simple items along side. The same is applicable for accessories where colour blocking will be your best friend. Why not head over to River Island to pick up a fur tote bag for uni? Or, UO for a furry backpack? Beneficial for your wardrobe, and your purse!

The Seventies Called

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It’s time to channel Margot Tenenbaum’s effortless composure and individuality: try reviving some classic 70s pairing. Flares are back in a big way and I am a firm believer that it is impossible to be unhappy in them. Given the season, could we have been blessed with a more dreamy combo? Fashion buyer at Zalando, Monika Young styled her corduroy flared trousers with this gorgeous fluffy number from BikBok - effervescing rich shades of cool. Some of the best places to find striking faux fur items are from independent retailers on Depop. Not only will you find quirky one off’s, but you’ll be helping reduce the number of garments decomposing in landfills. Winner, winner!

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