A faux fur vest, if worn correctly, is this season’s tongue-in-cheek fashion layering piece that reads part boho, part French-girl chic. Follow these easy rules and enjoy the sideways glances from friends not daring enough to attempt the look themselves. Yes, it takes fashion guts to wear a faux fur vest, but if you wear it well, you’ll reap all the fashion glory.
How to Wear a Fur Vest
Biceps not required
First of all, don’t be tempted to wear your furry fashion friend under a coat or jacket. The beauty of a shaggy vest is that your arms, encased in a long-sleeve tee or flowy blouse, automatically appear smaller. You need the juxtaposition of the chunky vest against your arms to create that magical fashion sleight of hand. As in, even if your arms aren’t skinny and buff, they will appear so next to the chunky vest.
If you are petite, protect your precious real estate. Choose a vest that stops at the hip bone or, at the very least, the top of the thigh, so that the leg (your very own Miracle Mile) looks long and uninterrupted. Petite women also need to be aware of the scale of the vest. Most of the faux fur vests are cut on the boxy side, which can dwarf a small frame. Look for banding at the waist to create the illusion of a waistline, or shop for a vest that is slightly fitted. It also helps to check the size of the armholes. Smaller openings look sleek and help keep the vest from overpowering.
Long or lean?
Consider the scale of the fur when choosing a vest. Do you want to wear a long, flowy faux fur? Then choose with care if you have a limited budget. While faux fur has come a long way with many luxe-looking options on the market, shabby chic and cheap can easily veer toward hoochie if you’re not selective.
On the other hand, a sheared faux fur, even an inexpensive vest, usually reads more upscale. Added bonus to the more cropped fur option? It is more conservative looking and won’t be too much for a tiny frame.
Plays well with others
The faux fur is a natural best friend to denim and boots, but it also plays well with others. Pair it with a floaty dress, tights and boots, and it becomes the finishing piece that keeps the dress from looking too casual.
The faux fur also looks chic with a maxi. And it pairs with a pencil skirt and tee or blouse. The key to both options? For the maxi look, go boho, not red carpet. A maxi dress or skirt with boots and a vest looks Russian princess. When pairing the vest with a pencil skirt, keep the rest of the look simple and monochromatic for a ladylike vibe.
Still afraid of the faux fur vest? Try a vest that just features fur on the collar. A little touch of fur around your face feels glamorous.
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