Puffer jackets and the like need not detract the stylishness from your look, however. There are many more warm and trendy pieces that you can pair with anything from jeans to skirts (with tights underneath, of course).
Once such piece is fur: faux (the preferred option, of course!) or otherwise.
Fur provides a constant air of sophistication, whether you're wearing it with pearls and red lipstick, or going for an edgier look, with jeans and tough boots.
This trend was recently seen on the runways of New York Fashion Week 2011, where the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Derek Lam, and Gucci all showcased fur as part of their Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collections.
Here, we saw all kinds of fur – long, short, faux, and real. As well as full fur sleeves, the trend was spotted on the trim of collars and cuffs, as well as the sleeves and hems of jackets or skirts.
Although in previous seasons, fur was seen almost exclusively in more natural colours, this season sees furs of all different and unexpected hues: purple, green, blue, red… the list goes on!
The three looks above are from the Gucci A/W 2011 collection.
The trend was also spotted on the New Zealand runways. Zambesi was one of the designers to bring out fur for A/W 2011.
This Zambesi 'Bedrock' coat (from their A/W 2011 collection) also comes in grey, and adds extra style points to any look (as well as much needed warmth!)
The look below, another from the Zambesi A/W 2011 collection, features the 'Fraggle Rock' vest, worn as a skirt – so versatile!
Furs this season come in a variety of textures – this 'Bon Bon' jacket by Kingan Jones is smooth and silky looking, as compared to the shaggier styles of Zambesi. Here, the fur style is more bohemian, with a long, flowery skirt and simple black top.
There are handwarmers in the collection too. If you're wanting to sample the fur trend, this is the piece for you. It keeps your look on-trend (and your hands warm) but doesn't plunge you into a full fur jacket straight away.
This SGC dress is made almost entirely from fur, with the exception of the sleeves. Such a look requires very minimal accessories, as it is best to allow the dress to be the main focus of the outfit (of course this is entirely up to you, it could well look amazing with a chunky necklace or bracelet!)
This trend also extends to men’s fashion – the particularly attractive scarf from Zambesi below emphasises the versatility of fur well, while keeping the stylish fellow rather warm indeed.
As you can see, fur is super stylish and versatile. It’s a very easy trend that must be sampled!
– Lena Aseeva