Off the runway and into your closet: Fur, fur, fur and Western wear


Fur was flying at runways for this fall’s fashion, and it’s no wonder why: For centuries wearing fur has been associated with a life of luxury, sophistication, and affluence. Fashion powerhouses like Celine, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors all included statement fur coats in their 2017 fall collections.

But you don’t have to be rich and famous to rock fur, and you don’t have to wear an actual ermine to get the look in real life. Here are a few easy ways to get the look this winter:

Outerwear is the perfect opportunity to wear faux fur. Fur-lined gloves and boots are plentiful, or choose a knit beanie with a furry pom-pom on top. Try a coat with a fur collar. For versatility, choose a coat with a collar that’s removable.

Also, look to vests. Puffer vests commonly have fur on the hood or lining, and there are lots of cute full-fur vests on the market today. Sherpa is a less-fussy fur, and you can find it everywhere from boot lining to sweater collars.


Leather is fur’s close friend, and on the runway it showed up in many Western-inspired ensembles. Leather is easy to wear, and by considering leather-look or “vegan-leather” options, you don’t have to spend a fortune on this trend either.

For instance, buying leather boots can be an investment, so for a more budget-friendly option, try boots like these.

Faux suede is showing up on clothing as an accent; take a look at this shirt with sweet elbow patches.

A little leather can go a long way. Try fringe on a jacket or purse when accessorizing. Chokers are trending, and punched leather is becoming more and more popular. Also, instead of a chain, pendants hung from a leather strap look a little edgier and more boho. Jewelry is always a good place to add a little leather.

And while you're going Western, check out checkered and plaid shirts, which nod to old-cowboy style without looking too "yeehaw." Happy shopping!

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