I like to think I’m a trend setter…but I’m the first to admit when I’m late to the game, and faux fur is one of those times when I was slow to pick up the trend. I remember when it was elegant to wear real fur. I was little, and used to admire the furs in my grandmother’s closet while tromping around in her pointy high heels. And then I remember when people didn’t even wear faux fur because fur wasn’t cool or politically correct. I am an animal lover, and I see no reason to kill animals for a fur coat. At the same time, I haven’t stopped buying leather shoes or bags or eating poultry. But for some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to embrace the faux fur trend until this season.
My faux fur obsession this winter started when Target launched its collaboration with Neiman Marcus, and I became absolutely obsessed with the Skaist-Taylor faux fur vest. I walked all around Target with it on while my husband and I looked for a new fake Christmas tree, debating the entire time whether I should buy it because it was $79.99. Then my husband turned to me and said, “you look cute.” He usually has no opinion on my wardrobe, so I knew I had to buy it. I have already worn this vest twice – once with J.Crew matchstick jeans and once with my black wool J.Crew pencil skirt. I love that this vest dresses up and down so well, looking equally great with denim and silk. I have a feeling I’m going to be wearing this vest with one of my sequined tops on New Year’s Eve.
My second faux fur purchase happened — believe it or not — at BJ’s wholesale. We typically shop there for toiletries, vitamins, cleaning products, and food, but sometimes they have well-priced team sports apparel. So there I was, wandering through the ladies section (if you can call it that) when I came across a faux leopard print, reversible vest for $22.99. I had to have it (this time my husband just rolled his eyes…he knows better than to stop me when I spot a great deal). So far, I’ve tended to just throw the BJs vest over a wool sweater and pair of jeans. It’s a little longer and a little less fitted, so I wear it for quick trips out or on “warmer” days, the same way I wear my J.Crew puffer vests.
I’ve received tons of compliments on both and I couldn’t be happier to have these two items in my wardrobe. Are you sporting faux fur this season? Let me know!