Faux fur for the ultimate in every day glamour.
Just one plush garment can shield you from the elements and make you look luxuriously snug (and smug) – faux fur.
From teddy bear coats to subtle fluffy trims, there’s a winter wonder to suit everyone’s furry fashion limit. Why not be faux fur fabulous with all this cold weather around?
A thick, faux fur coat has winter written all over it. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a sound overcoat investment for the big freeze months, from November through to March.
Colour is all-important when selecting your faux fur. If you have a warm skin tone go for the browns, fawns and camels, should you have a cool skin tone choose grey or black fur.
There are also lots of animal print furs which are the ultimate statement if you have a dramatic or creative style personality. Leopard used to be the go-to print, but now you’ll find Friesian cow or Dalmatian spots, if you prefer a quirky monochrome colour way. Save the Friesian cow look for a rug!
If you’re not convinced about a full-on faux fur, look to textured panelling instead.
Coats have turned indecisive this season, mixing up wool and fur, or leather and fur, for a two-tone look.
It’s a half-and-half take on faux fur and allows for a flattering silhouette, if you’re worried about adding extra bulk to your frame. If you want to experiment with textured panelled clothing, such as a skirt or top, a dense, flat fur, like faux ponyskin, is also more forgiving.
The fur-panelled sweatshirt is a must – quietly fluffy and downright loud, proud and fluff-tastic. Fur sweaters are officially in the spotlight so it’s time to get tactile. Team with leather trousers or offset the edginess by tucking into a prim skirt.
Faux fur can be used as a glamorous accent on clothes, almost like tinsel on a Christmas tree, but minus sparkle.
You can pretty much forgo a scarf if you opt for a winter coat with a generous faux fur or shearling collar. The bigger the collar, the bigger the style statement.
Avoid a furry collar if you’re bigger busted, as it’s likely to exaggerate your proportions but, conversely, if you’re lacking in that area, it can boost your assets.
Generous faux fur trims on hemlines are the latest way to draw attention to your legs. Ensure you keep your pins streamlined in skinny jeans, leggings or tights, so that the fur can frame your limbs to the max.
This Dr. Zivago look never disappoints on the glam stakes.
Embrace the fluff factor with Siberia-inspired extras. Keep the cold out with furry snoods and scarves draped over shoulders, big hats – Cossack style – cuddling heads, and mittens over paws – all easy ways to add fur accents to your look.
If you want a colour contrast, the high street has rainbow bright numbers for a fun approach. Many of the above are available in the shops now at extraordinary discounts.
Throw practicality out of the window with this season’s surprise fuzzy evening extras: think sandals trimmed with fluffy marabou and clutch bags decked out in cosy shearling. They won’t keep you warm but they will look furry fabulous.
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Marsala is Pantone colour of the year for 2015. It is an elegant colour, but not necessarily easy to wear. Here at Colour Me Beautiful, we know how to work colour to everyone’s best advantage. If you have a soft and muted colouring and favour chic and understated looks, you can wear it head-to-toe. For everyone else, wear it with your favourite colours from your palette, either in contrast (Clears and Deeps) or blend it (Lights, Warms and Cools).
Here are a few tips on how each dominant colouring can wear Marsala.
The SOFT colourings (you have mousey hair that you may have highlighted à la Jennifer Aniston).
Marsala on you will create an elegant and sophisticated look when you wear it head to toe. As a block colour, wear it with one of your neutral shades; try it with Taupe or Rose Brown.
The LIGHTS (you have very light blond hair and pale blue or green eyes. Think Gwyneth Paltrow).
Wear Marsala if you are looking for an understated look on its own, or with Stone or Pewter shades. For a more colourful ensemble, wear it with Petrol or Light Teal.
The WARMS (red-heads like Emma Stone).
Go for the Wow factor when you wear it with your Orange Reds and the Greens in your palette such as Turquoise and Lime.
The DEEPS (dark hair and dark eyes – think Eva Longoria or Halle Berry)
You will bring Marsala into your wardrobe in a print together with your Burgundies, Aubergines, Damsons and purples.
The CLEARS (think contrast between hair, eyes and skin tone just like the Duchess of Cambridge).
Marsala is a soft and muted colour so it would not be the first choice for you. However, it can work as part of a print with shades such as Chinese Blue, Emerald Turquoise or Fern, for example. Or you may want to opt for an accessory, but not a necklace or scarf as they are too close to the face; bracelets and handbags would work a treat.
The COOLS (that’s the silver fox or salt-and-pepper girls out there like Jamie-Lee Curtis or Helen Mirren)
You will wear Marsala when you prefer a softer approach to colour in your wardrobe. Wear it with greys from Charcoal to Silver Grey.
One piece of advice for everyone, if Marsala is close to your face, make sure the lipstick you wear works with it and doesn’t clash, unless you want to achieve a creative or dramatic look.