Fur is in. It’s a thing. Along with leather and chambray. But today we’re focusing on fur. Faux and real.
A By Malene Birger faux fur coat. I prefer animal print to be faux. via Revolve Clothing
Can anyone wear it? Yes, if your scruples don’t get in the way, you can. If you have a real fur that makes people snarl and hurl insults at you, just tell them it’s fake.
Things to keep in mind when wearing fur:
Scale. Make sure the fur is not puffier than two of you put together.
If you belt your fur coat, you’ll tame the volume and create a waist, often lost in a bulky fur coat. via Farfetch
A fur collar is a great alternative to full-on fur coat. You can find collars and have them attached to your own coat. via Women’s Wear Daily
Color. The color needs to compliment your skin tone and wardrobe. Blondes look gorgeous in brown and caramel furs, and white furs. Brunettes and greys look gorgeous in black furs. Red heads need a little bronze in their fur, like a fox’s natural hyde. Furs are dyed so you can basically get any color you want. Like my nail polish and hair color, I like to stick to more natural colors found in nature. No purples or blues for me.
A brunette Sofia Coppola in a short brown fur with all black. via yahoo
A blonde Kate Moss in tonal caramels and tall boots. via Pinterest
Helen Mirren in a white fur coat. via Pinterest
Type of fur. I am not an expert in fur types. But I know one thing: Chinchilla will make you want to do a face plant in it. Sable creates pretty much the same effect. Mink is pretty fine, too. Fox is fabulous. Rabbit makes me want to cry, and not in a good way. The current trend is to shave fur so it’s not so hairy like the old furs you see the children wear in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Do you have an old fur you inherited from your mother or grandmother? Lucky you. Do not get rid of it if the arms are mammoth-sized and it goes down to your ankles. It can be TOTALLY re-done, cut and made to look current and modern. Gus Mayer does this to perfection. They can even turn the piece at the end they cut off into a beautiful stole. And who doesn’t like to wear stoles, right? Ha. But seriously, women should wear stoles more often, with jeans and cowboy boots is how I like it.
I just recently took a vintage fur and had the collar removed and the armholes raised. MUCH better fit for today. via Farfetch
Designer Renaissance in Nashville’s Berry Hill is a great source for vintage furs. Try a consignment shop in your city for vintage furs. Gus Mayer in Nashville and Birmingham have beautiful offerings. And you can find great faux furs at Nordstrom and even Banana Republic.
Speaking of coats, are you looking for that elusive perfect coat and perhaps a great vest and trench? We have a Coats Capsule that you can purchase here. Select “other” in the drop-down menu and enter $9.95. We’ll send you all the pictures and links to order every type of coat you need.
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Coats are so confusing. They must be comfortable and stylish. When you think of a comfy coat it’s an oversized, fluffy, fleecy number with a hood. But that is not stylish, dolls. A stylish coat is a sleek number with tight armholes and thin fabric. But what’s the point of a coat that doesn’t keep you warm? And that doesn’t allow you to move?
Well, you know we have strict requirements for everything we recommend: it must be stylish and comfortable, and well-priced. Buy classics, wear for ages, and watch your cost per wear plummet. So here is your Perfect Coat Wardrobe that passes our test. (You can buy our shopping guide here for $9.95 to the Perfect Coats with our picks, and links to all our picks, with petite and curvy options available.)
The cocoon coat (rounded and sloped shoulders, loose fit, best with dresses or skinny pants) is having a moment this season. It’s the silhouette of the season, in case you were wondering. via Gary Graham
Great if you have the shape for it, nightmare if you don’t. Grace Kelly wore this cocoon coat style to perfection. The cocoon goes sloppy real quick unless the volume and proportions are tamed by a good design. A safe bet is a classic single-breasted style coat.
A classic coat in a primary color can be so cheerful, but so tired after one season. Buy these on sale because you’ll tire of it over the years, and so will all your friends who are like, here comes that neon pink coat again. Stick to camel, brown, black or navy for the long haul. J.Crew and Banana Republic often offer bright color coats, and have frequent sales. via villa alpine
Keep in mind that you will want your coat to cover your bum even if you have heated seats in your car. And the shorter you are, the shorter your coat must be. If you are petite, be sure to have your coats hemmed to just above your knee caps. Single-breasted coats tend to be more slimming than double-breasted.
A belted coat is so chic. via zimbio
Everyone needs a trench, which doesn’t have to just be worn in the rain. It’s like the calling card for chic. Especially when draped over the shoulders oh so casually. via obaz
You really do need a designated rain jacket (a parka or anorak or actual rain coat), too. I’ve got one picked out for you in my Perfect Coat Capsule, which you can purchase here for $9.95.
Leather, vegan or natural, makes a great lightweight jacket. A lightweight jacket for early fall or mild climates is a must. Jane Norman via Lyst
Colder climates might need a down coat or a shearling. Go for belted if you can, to tame the puffiness. I’m so sorry for her, as it looks like she can’t afford pants. via pinterest
A long dress coat seems to be one of the hardest pieces to find (no puffy jackets or fleeces allowed for dressy events!). The longer your coat, the higher your heels. And you can go lighter here because you’re less likely to be using this coat for dirty outdoor activities. via Tory Burch
A cocktail topper is a secondary need. If you have a leather jacket or a pashmina, they can substitute. (I’ve found a great cocktail topper and included it in our Perfect Coats Capsule, which you can purchase here for $9.95.)
A fur vest is such a great answer to that crazy season when it’s freezing in the morning and at night but milder during the daytime. A faux fur vest is fine. via pinterest
A wrap coat is slimming because it creates a diagonal line. I don’t get the shootie, but oh well. The navy wrap is awesome because it’s a universally flattering style that can be your everyday coat, dressed up or down, worn with pants or skirts. Make the collar smaller if you are busty. via pennypincherfashion
I have searched high and low and narrowed all the choices out there for all the coats you need in a coat wardrobe down to my favorite picks, and you can purchase the shopping guide here for $9.95. You’ll find the perfect coats for all the categories mentioned in this posting, along with some extras, and curvy and petite options are available, as well as different price points. (Select “other” under Choose A Service, and enter $9.95.)
All the best,
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Everyone knows that shoes make the woman. If your shoes are right, you look fabulous. If, however, your shoes are wrong, I am sorry to say but the rest of you looks suspiciously wrong too.
You can only dress as good as your shoes are.
Every woman needs comfortable yet stylish shoe options. Are these requirements mutually exclusive? Not at all. In fact we have carved out quite a niche for ourselves serving women with problem feet who want pretty shoes but can’t seem to find them.
1. We start with a pointy toe pump, which is a leg-lengthening shoe. Same goes for flats: when choosing flats, look for pointy-toe instead of a ballet rounded toe to get the appearance of a heel if you can’t actually wear heels. (I’ve found the best pointy toe flat! You can find it in my Perfect Shoes Capsule. Click here to purchase, just select “other” in the drop-down menu and enter $9.95).
Let’s talk toe cleavage. I like it. It’s sexy and classy at the same time because it’s not the other kind of cleavage.
2. A black patent heel like the ones above go anywhere and everywhere, 12 months out of the year, so you’ve got to have one. It is the number one shoe you need. It goes with your funeral dress, your cocktail number, your jeans and leather jacket, and your Easter dress. But it must be black patent, not calf leather. I’ve found the perfect black patent pump – in my Perfect Shoes Capsule. (Order here for $9.95 and receive my guide to all the shoes you need in your wardrobe.)
3. Next you need a wedge that gives you the stability of a flat but the height of a heel.
4. Every woman needs a nude heel: your legs will go on for days and days in a nude pump because there’s no stop sign for the eyes. Wear your nude pump with a black dress; with a colorful dress, with anything. Just wear them.
5. A metallic strappy heel is your going-out shoe. Wear with jeans and a fun top or a fun dress. You can wear strappy shoes year-round unless it’s snowing or pouring rain. Obvs.
Sooooo pretty. Jeans and a pale metallic strappy heel. via Whatever you want
Cage shoes? Whose legs look longer, look better? I rest my case.
6. The ankle boot goes under pants on a cold day when you need socks. Or, if you wear skinnies, you can pair those with an ankle boot, as well. For how to do this, read this.
Remember the olden days when boots used to go under the jeans instead of over? I miss those days…. via Bluefly
7. Knee boots are a winter must. I like knee boots that are sleek enough to fit under a pant so you’ve got 2 boots in one. Wear with a dress; wear under trousers. If you’ve got difficult to fit calves, such as bird legs like mine or athletic calves on the other hand, we’ve got solutions for you. You can find my picks for the perfect knee boot to fit your calves here. Just enter $9.95 under “other” in the drop-down menu. Sorry for the multiple explanations of how to order my Perfect Shoes Capsule – easier system coming soon! Yay!
First of all – the color! Love that whiskey color. So much better than black boots. Secondly, see how the shaft fits her calves perfectly? This is possible, dolls. We can get you in a boot that fits. via pinterest
8. And you need an animal print shoe for kicks. Think of them as your happy shoes.
These flats (pointy-toe!) would add kick to any outfit – it’s the statement you’re looking for when you’re in jeans and t-shirt or turtleneck. via Patterson Maker
So, are you ready for your perfect shoe wardrobe? For like the 4th time I’m letting you know I have created a guide to your perfect shoe wardrobe. It’s the Perfect Shoes Capsule, fourth in a series which includes the Perfect Tops, the Perfect Pants and my Holiday Must-Haves. It has pictures and links to every shoe you need, flats, mid-heels, high heels, boots, wides and narrows where available. Click here and enter $9.95 in the drop down menu under “Other” and we’ll send it to you!
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Tina, here. Fur is in. It’s a thing. Along with leather and chambray. But today we’re focusing on fur. Faux and real. A By Malene Birger faux fur coat. I prefer animal print to be faux. via Revolve Clothing Can anyone wear it? Yes, if your scruples don’t get in the way, you can. If […]
Tina, here. Coats are so confusing. They must be comfortable and stylish. When you think of a comfy coat it’s an oversized, fluffy, fleecy number with a hood. But that is not stylish, dolls. A stylish coat is a sleek number with tight armholes and thin fabric. But what’s the point of a coat that […]