Warm up this winter with some fabulous faux furs

Faux-fur is the fashionable way to stay warm this winter. Pic: PA
Faux-fur is the fashionable way to stay warm this winter. Pic: PA
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It doesn’t take a genius to work out that sub-zero temperatures require serious layers. But there’s a cosy shortcut that’s a marvel at keeping out the cold single-handedly – faux fur.

Just one plush garment can shield you from the elements and make you look luxuriously snug. Forget the real stuff. In the words of designer king Karl Lagerfeld: “You cannot fake chic, but you can be chic and fake fur.”

From teddy bear coats to subtle fluffy trims, there’s a winter wonder to suit everyone’s furry fashion limit.

FULL PELT

A thick, faux fur coat has winter written all over it. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a sound overcoat investment for the big freeze months, from November to March.

Colour is all-important when selecting your faux fur. Avoid an accidental matchy-matchy look by contrasting your coat with your hair colour slightly; uber-dark hair against black fur might look a touch too goth.

Brown, black or mink-like neutral shades will go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe, while animal prints are the ultimate statement. Leopard used to be the go-to print, but now you’ll find Friesian cow or Dalmatian spots if you prefer a quirky monochrome colourway.

FUR PANELS

If you’re not convinced about a full-on faux fur, look to textured panelling instead.

Coats have turned indecisive this season, mixing up wool and fur, or leather and fur, for a two-tone look. It’s a half-and-half take on faux fur and allows for a flattering silhouette, if you’re worried about adding extra bulk to your frame. If you want to experiment with textured panelled clothing, such as a skirt or top, a dense, flat fur, like faux ponyskin, is also more forgiving.

Look for a winter coat with fur panels flowing down the body, resembling a long gilet but with arms – hello, practicality! Reversed the other way around, a coat with fuzzy sleeves is a statement look, but beware of distorting slender arms with thick fur.

FURRY TRIMS

Faux fur can be used as a glamorous accent on clothes, almost like tinsel on a Christmas tree, but minus the sparkle.

You can pretty much forgo a scarf if you opt for a winter coat with a generous faux fur or shearling collar. The bigger the collar, the bigger the style statement.

Avoid a furry collar if you’re bigger busted, as it’s likely to exaggerate your proportions but, conversely, if you’re lacking in that area, it can boost your 
assets.

Generous faux fur trims on hemlines are the latest way to draw attention to your legs. Ensure you keep your pins streamlined in skinny jeans, leggings or tights, so that the fur can frame your limbs to the max.

FLUFFY EXTRAS

Embrace the fluff factor with Siberia-inspired extras. Keep the cold out with furry snoods and scarves draped over shoulders, big hats cuddling heads, and mittens over paws – all easy ways to add fur accents to your look. Create a textural contrast by wearing against a leather jacket or wool coat.

If you want a colour contrast, the high street has rainbow bright numbers for a fun Care Bear approach.

When temperatures demand it, don’t be afraid to accessorise a big yeti coat with a Cossack-style hat, to create impact by wearing fur on fur.

Throw practicality out of the window with this season’s surprise fuzzy evening extras: think sandals trimmed with fluffy marabou and clutch bags decked out in cosy shearling. They won’t keep you warm but they will look furry fabulous.