I am so going to go there this year! Without a shadow of a doubt, fur, feathers, or sheepskin in muted shades is definitely the way forward. The High Street is going to be packed full of all things furry. Many haven’t reached the stores yet so I would advise waiting for a few weeks, seeing what’s out there and taking your time – unless of course you get that sudden beat of your heart and come out in a cold sweat because you’ve fallen in love with a particular coat. In that case, just buy it there and then – there’s time for thinking (and possibly returning if needs be) at a later date and chances are, if you don’t buy it someone else will. I predict a riot when the Whistles one is released! But for now, here’s what’s out and about…
Fur jacket from Warehouse (£65) – I love the colour and the length of this jacket. I’ve had a fur jacket a few years but it’s a bit of an in between length, whereas this one is clearly a proper “jacket” length.
I love the simple styling of this Warehouse shot too. It’s all very relaxed and not at all how fur coats used to be worn, which was all so glamourous. No, this is much more down to earth and accessible. Once we’ve got our heads around that idea and made the transition, everything else will fall into place. Skinny jeans, waxed jeans, chunky boots, trainers or skater trainers – that’s the way to go with a fur coat.
Jigsaw sheepskin jacket (£395) – This is such a pretty, pale silver grey. I’m going to road test it as against the man made fibres of the fur coat, for warmth. Jigsaw also do a sheepskin car coat for £995.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Zara has a plethora of fur coats. This Zara blue fur coat (£69.99) is also on my list to be tried and twirled in.
You too can do your best Easter chick impression in this yellow Zara short fur coat £69.99. Hello to my friend out there who was after a yellow coat last year and didn’t get one. Could this one be for you???
I’m aware that many will feel that a fur coat is just too bulky for their frame and that it risks throwing their proportions out. First of all, there will be some that are lighter weight and less furry than others and some will be more fitted than others, so don’t rule them all out.
Secondly, there are also a variety of gilets (or vests as the Americans call them. A vest? I thought that was something you wore under your clothes) which work really well layered over a leather jacket, so you still get the warmth on your arms but without the bulk. I also quite often find that if my core is warm, it matters less what is going on with my arms.
If all of those options fail, look to accessories. This Zara furry clutch bag is a great winter wardrobe pep up and would work well against anything black or navy. There’s also a variety of fur hats, scarves, gloves and skater trainers too, so it’s still possible to work fur in somewhere along the way.
But back to the jackets. The Zara styling is soooo much better than it used to be. Previously the models looked like they wanted to pack up and go home. Now they may well have had good reason to look like that but it didn’t really inspire people to shop in the way they perhaps would have done otherwise.
I like the simplicity of this Zara short fur jacket £69.99. I’ll definitely be steering away from black. Maybe not quite to yellow but away from black. There’s so much black around in the winter and this is such a great opportunity to break free from it, without looking like Joseph in his technicoloured dream coat. There are plenty of longer fur coats too – but for anyone taking a first foray into fur, the jackets are an easier option.
This what I mean by a vest. Actually it’s not what I mean by a vest at all, it’s what Zara means by a vest. (Fur vest £59.99)
There’s only one word to describe this coat from Marc Cain (£335). Marmite.
As to other options that will be appearing in the stores shortly, there’s this coat from New Look for £64 and I’ve already mentioned the Whistles one which looks like a very pale lilac colour.
So will you or won’t you? My instincts tell me that there are plenty who are going “no way” but as the season progresses I suspect that minds may be changed. And I only say that because I suffer from the affliction of being fickle when it come to fashion.