Is it just me, or has the big chill finally arrived? The other day I realised I can’t really get away with my faux-leather biker jacket or trench coat anymore. The icy and unforgiving late-November air does come with one perk, though: the opportunity to indulge in the season’s finest, softest, fluffiest faux furs.
Faux fur is one of the most perfect winter garments that your closet should never be without: it’s versatile, whether you’re going for for luxurious glamour or rockstar cool; it’s easy to clean and surprisingly simple to match. But most of all it’s kind to the animals and the planet. Here are the ones we’ll be coveting this season.
Agnes Coat, Shrimps
Of course it’s impossible to talk about faux fur without mentioning Shrimps. The London-based brand founded by Hannah Weiland has become a fashion week favourite and even the high-end set are ditching their real furs for Shrimps’ colourful and chic coats.
Plush Faux Fur Coat, ASOS
Tired of black, but not quite ready for print? Here’s the perfect compromise: a rich, deep green hue for a sleek and elegant winter essential from ASOS. Pair with skinny jeans and get ready for compliments.
Supernova Coat, Unreal Fur
Here we’re going into full-on wintertime glamour. Specialising in luxury faux furs, Unreal Fur is one of our favourite ethical faux fur brands. Each of their garments is crafted by some of the world’s top furriers, who no longer work with fur, cutting each jacket individually to give it a unique, high-quality feel.
Tammy Star Faux Fur Coat, Nasty Gal
Perfect to top off a dress for a night out (New Year’s Eve, anyone?) this super-soft coat is eye-catching and unapologetic – this is not one for wallflowers, but when has Nasty Gal ever been?
Hooded Faux Fur Coat, Zara
Here on the other hand is ultimate sleekness. An elegant silhouette in simple black, with a hood for those days when the weather really plays up. Wrap up warm in this evergreen coat that you’ll never get tired of wearing.
Mink Jacket, Ruby + Ed
This is the brand whose faux fur jackets look so much like the real thing, we almost get worried – but Ruby + Ed’s creations are completely cruelty-free. An on-trend bomber shape makes this jacket thoroughly modern, while the imitation-mink texture lends it a classical appeal.
Leopard Fur-Free Fur Toti Coat, Stella McCartney
A statement coat if ever there was one. This piece from Stella McCartney will become a prized possession in any owner’s wardrobe – a quick way to add attitude to a black dress, simple jeans or a sleek dark suit. And all without harming a hair on an animal’s head.
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