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Max Mara runway A-line fur skirt, self-dyed Brooks Brothers cashmere sweater, floral silk scarf, DIY belt with pony hair, Jimmy Choo turquoise shearling boots

We saw (faux) fur skirts all over the runways. When you live in a cold climate region read my secrets to wear the fur skirt trend without looking like a cave woman from the stone age.

  1. Faux fur is having a moment
  2. Style this fur-skirt trend like a classics
    • Keep horizontal lines at minimum
  3. What outerwear to wear with a fur skirt
  4. Caution: This trend adds “weight”
  5. Summary of Styling the Fur Skirt Trend

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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. Think the icon Teddy coat that you see all over on Instagram. It seems to be the Must-have of this cold-season.

While the faux fur 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 on the West than East Coast. It is for sure 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. In these regions, 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 style cold wet weather outfits. And we got a fair share up here in the Interior lately.

Style the 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

stylist donning a fur A-line skirt, down vest, statement belt buckle and sweater winter look

Alaska style blogger donning the fur skirt trend with sweater, vest, belt and DIY necklace

Nicole of High Latitude Style in green and black outfit with different texture

fashion blogger in fur skirt, cashmere sweater, snake boots, statement belt with emerald buckle

Alaskan woman in street chic with skirt, down vest, sweater, belted for shape and tall boots
Outfit details: Unbranded cashmere sweater in hunter green, Prada skirt, Gucci hunter green boots, Heidi Ara emerald belt buckle, DIY two spheres statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch, Be by Blanc Noir down vest and pearl ear studs (all own)


This look is a classic sweater, vest, skirt and boots look. The A-line skirt, vest, and sweater all have timeless cuts. The tall snakeskin boots pick up the color of the sweater. There is a strong play with different texture: Curly hair, snakeskin, low structure knit versus smooth quilted down vest. Furthermore, this styling example is just limited to all neutrals: Black and hunter green.

Keep horizontal lines at minimum

Let’s take a look at the example in the photos below and the featured photo. In this styling example, 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. An oblong scarf also creates vertical lines, which gives the illusion of height, i.e. it offsets the weight of the skirt (a bit). The way I styled the look, the lines are created in the back of the outfit.

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 thighs.  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. Today most outerwear skirts as puffer skirts or thermal skirts.

However, today, there is another good reason to get an outerwear skirt. As we get older, many of us get osteoporosis to some degree or another. 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


fashion blogger in fur skirt trend with tall boots

over 50 years old fashion blogger in winter look with pea coat and fury skirt

style blogger in chic winter look with jacket and trendy skirt

midlife style book author in posh winter look with LV Murakami bag, fur skirt and Pavlova scarf

midlife blogger in the fur skirt trend
Outfit details: Prada A-line fur skirt, Brooks Brothers self-dyed cashmere sweater, abstract floral print oblong silk scarf, DIY belt with pony hair details, London Tradition pea coat, Pavlovo Russian shawl, LV saddle bag, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, headband, and Jimmy Choo turquoise tall round toe shearling boots (all own)


In the outfit above, 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.

Caution: This Trend Adds “Weight”

Like the recent feather skirt trend, the fur skirt trend bear the risk to look heavier than you actually are. Nevertheless, I bought this skirt, not to add a trend to my wardrobe. The real reason was that I wanted 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 winter outfits, it is important to not look like a dumpling.


Summary of Styling the Fur Skirt Trend

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 regions 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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