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Faux fur is having a moment
Faux fur scarves, headbands, pom poms on knit hats, vests, sweaters, coats and skirts are a big trend this winter. Anoraks have fur trim in all colors of the rainbow. There are even bags in the faux fur trend.
While the trend is easy to style when it comes to accessories, styling a faux fur multi-color sweater is more challenging. For the daring – and obviously I am one of them – a hairy skirt is It. This trend maybe too warm for the southern US, and more wearable in the West than East. It is a really trendy way to stay warm in Alaska, Canada and the Northern states with cold winters or way up high in the mountains, Eastern Scandinavia and Europe. Here winters often have negative temperatures in the double digits. But read on, this post like most of my posts, is about turning fashion into style. It’s all about how to maintain great style in painfully cold weather.
Style this fur-skirt trend like a classics
In midlife, it is best to go for a natural looking color with this trend and a classic cut. One has to be aware that the hair adds visually weight. Thus, stay away from any Dirndl-style cut. Most flattering in this trend is an A-line cut. It adds the least weight around the hips, but it adds pounds as you can see in the indoor outfit photos. An A-line cut is the most flattering option when wearing the faux fur skirt trend over 40! #trendsover40 Click To Tweet
Keep horizontal lines at minimum
To keep the look posh, I went for a sleek top. I added tall boots that are tall enough to not show the tight between the skirt’s hem and the top of the boots. Horizontal lines add weight, remember? To offset the added weight from the hairy skirt a bit, I went for high heels to add height.When wearing thick clothing add height by wearing heels to look slim. #styleadvice Click To Tweet
To tie the outfit together I added an oblong floral print scarf. It repeats the turquoise of the boots and sweater and the black of the skirt. Making an outfit work is one of the reasons why you should accessorize with scarves for style.
What outerwear to wear with a fur skirt
It is important to style outerwear too. Actually, the history of fur skirts is that they were designed to be worn as outerwear over a real skirt. The idea was to be able to wear a short jacket without getting a cold bum and cold tighs. Originally, the improved movement when working in a jacket (see for instance the history of the pea-coat) was a reason for the outerwear skirts.
However, today, there is another good reason to get one. As we get older, many of us get osteoporosis to some degree. These women have a hard time wearing heavy, long down coats or long, heavy coats at all. Thus, the idea of outerwear separates served to keep the weight on the shoulders and spine lower and reduce the risk of static fatigue fractures of the vertebrae. Given this background, the natural choice to style the hairy beauty is a jacket.A fur skirt is outerwear. Style it like that with a jacket. #styleadvice Click To Tweet
I went for this short-jacket length pea coat (for a review of the London Tradition pea coat see the link). To up the style I added a floral print Russian scarf with fringe. The multi-color bag with white background picks up the colors of the scarf, gloves and boots. The scarf has a white background as well.
This trend adds “weight”
I bought this skirt to wear it with a jacket over another skirt. Sometimes my back just hurts from sitting at the computer all day long at work. Only because it’s an It thing now, I styled it as a real skirt as it is meant to be by the designers. Since at negative temperatures in the double digits everyone bundles up, the added weight just shifts the spectrum. When layering it is important to not look like a dumpling.
In summary: This faux fur-skirt trend is a no-no for anyone who minds adding pounds with their daily (indoor) outfit. However, as outerwear in cold climate countries with negative double digits it’s a welcome alternative to a heavy long down coat when worn with a jacket over a skirt, and a stylish variation of the jacket with quilted skirt look.
Will you jump the bandwagon of the faux fur everything beyond accessories? Have you already jumped the bandwagon? What did you buy? How do you style it?
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