Style by Claire Lopez

Fur Real

If you’ve been to the shops recently it’s a bit like stepping through the wardrobe on your way to Narnia given all the furry stuff that’s around. If you are that way inclined, it is now very easy to find a very lovely looking and feeling fur without any harm having come to any living creature and without having to pay a fortune. This season the fur coat, Dynasty style, is back with a vengeance so it’s time to channel your inner Alexa Carrington. Here are my top furs on the high street:

The classic has to be the black fur coat and there are several good options to choose from. At the top end of the high street, Reiss has this literally named bear Orsa Faux Fur Coat £350 which comes in grey and a dark brown as well as the black. It is already sold out in all sizes apart from 10 and 12 in the black and limited sizes on the other colours.

A more affordable option is this Faux Fur Jacket £155 from &Other Stories.

Mango’s Lapels Faux Fur Coat £79.99 is another good option under the £100 mark and a good buy if you have a black tie do coming up and you want to spruce up an old dress. Actually, given you are more likely to wear a coat than a gown, it would score better than buying a new frock pretty well on the cost per wear front.

Or Warehouse has a longer option with this £99. Looking lovely over a dress for the evening but only in stock in a 10 and 12.

Zara’s dark brown Faux Fur Coat £95.99 looks gorgeously vintage and is probably one of my favourites.

On the lighter end of colour range, this oatmeal Luxe Faux Fur Jacket £169 from Mint Velvet doesn’t look as eveningy as the black styles and would be good with winter white knits, amongst others.

Warehouse has this Short Faux Fur Coat £96 but it may be a bit too shaggy…

Alternatively Topshop’s is a smidge cheaper at £79

Or H&M has this one for £69.99. I like how this is styled to make it work for the day – just a simple shirt or blouse and skinnies but all these images show different looks to make your fur wearable and not just an occasion/occasional item.

I’m not really sure about an actual animal printed fur – it’s a bit too much even for a dedicated lover of all thing leopard. But if it’s you, then H&M has this one for £59.99 (which also comes in a dark brown if you feel like you have gone too far down the Bet Lynch path).

If you feel a fur coat is too much – and let’s face it, it probably is for everyday life – then a fur gilet is a good halfway house. You can definitely wear one with a nice piece of knitwear, denim/coated jeans and boots without looking and feeling out of place at the school gates, in the park or just generally out and about.

Whistles Faux Fur Gilet £149 in grey is a short, more shorn-looking fur.

Whereas this Faux Fur Buckle Gilet £119 from Mint Velvet has a longer hair/pile (not quite sure how you’d describe it) and also comes in an oatmeal as well as the grey.

For under £100, this Gilet £55 from Oasis is a very good option indeed. Sold out in the medium at House of Fraser but it is on their website. It also comes in light grey which I don’t think looks as expensive.

Cheaper still is this Longline Gilet £29.99 from New Look. I like the darker grey and the different fur texture.

If you just want a little less, then the place to have it is on your cuffs. Zara has this very lovely Checked Coat with Textured Cuffs £89.99

There’s no denying that fur is hot property right now – and with all the good fakery, there is no PETA-induced guilt to be had.

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