I'm excited to share a perspectives piece from my friends at Lyst, a fashion site that allows you to access your favorite designers, all in one place. Their platform allows you to buy now or save for later. Today, they're sharing expert insights on ways to rock fur look while not being over the top. I'm personally a believer in faux fur as a key to rounding out your fall and winter wardrobe. My fur vest is a staple. When it comes to faux fur, here's what you need to know...
Add an Edge with Contrasting Pieces
Thanks to its luxurious, elegant, and—who are we kidding—straight-up movie star vibes, faux fur tends to read more ladylike than tomboy. Which is great when you’re feeling super feminine, but what about those times you want to take the va-va-voom down a notch or two? For an easy solution, take Who What Wear’s advice and pair your faux fur coat with pieces that lend a not-so-girly finish. For example, try wearing your furry topper with slouchy boyfriend jeans or edgy leather pants, and finish it with a chunky ankle boot for the perfect balance between gritty and pretty.
Pair with the Basics
It’s an undeniable truth that fur, in all its various forms, falls squarely in the over-the-top glamour category, which is what makes it the best way to elevate even the most casual of outfits during the cold weather months. While the average jeans-and-a-tee combination might not be your go-to when dressing for a night out, add a faux fur to the equation and—voila!—you’ve got the perfect ensemble. To achieve the right mix of low-key and high-end, begin with a basic foundation. Looking through Lyst’s collection of on-trend tops, you'll find a number of layering staples, such as long sleeve tees and thin knit turtlenecks (on-trend for the fall). Then, add your favorite skinnies (or yoga pants), riding boots (or sneakers), and, finally, your faux fur for a comfortable yet chic outfit that doesn’t feel too dressed up or dressed down.
Opt for a Faux Fur Accent
If the grandiose nature of fur is still a bit intimidating, no worries: there are plenty of ways to dip your toe into the faux fur waters without rocking a full-on fuzzy coat. For tips on starting small, read Huffington Post’s article on how to wear fur without looking like a furry creature. It includes the suggestion to invest in faux fur accessories or a less overwhelming fur piece, like a stole or vest. Thankfully, faux fur comes in many shapes and sizes, making it easy to add as much (or as little) of the luxe material to your ensemble. For minimal impact, opt for a faux fur hat, handbag, or gloves, all pieces that can be removed from the mix at any given moment. If you’re ready to commit just a bit more, look for clothing, outerwear, or shoes that feature a pop of fur (on the collar, for example) for a subtle accent that doesn’t sacrifice any of fur’s glamour.
This guest post was sponsored by Lyst.