Fur Real, Though!

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So, fur.

I’ve had mixed feelings about it in the past. But I’m definitely softening up to it!

It all started during My Pink Bag Moment at Calypso St. Barth last year. Their luxurious rabbit fur vest just got to me! It was so soft and I felt undeniably cool in it. But I’d be undeniably broke if I made the purchase.

Still, it got me thinking about adding fur to my closet. Just entertaining thoughts, not committed to making a purchase.

Then I saw an Instagram post featuring Kristin Cavallari sporting a fur vest and gorgeous Cassie OTK boots from her collaboration with Chinese Laundry.

source: radaronline.com
source: radaronline.com

The look is totally effortless, chic and just killer! I knew it was time to incorporate some kind of fur into my wardrobe (sidenote: I need some OTKs in this color, too!). But I didn’t want to break the bank at the same time.

Then my choice was clear when I visited South, a local boutique. A generous blogger friend gave me a $75 gift card she didn’t plan on using, so it was the perfect reason to browse buy!

I immediately saw a rack of fur vests. But what really caught my eye was a faux shearling vest. I felt like it was the perfect piece to dip my toe into the trend without going all “abominable snowman.” I put it on and fell in love! And at $56, I still had funds to put toward something off the sale rack!

shearling vest try-on
shearling vest try-on

 

I was concerned about my ability to style it, but the handy dandy Internet came to the rescue!

Styling tip: just google the item you need help styling and you’ll get a ton of ideas. I googled “shearling vest” and a plethora of options popped up! Do the same for Pinterest and you will not be short of fashion “inspo.”

Below are some ways I have worn it in the past few months. Yes, I’ve worn it several times and have no shame in my fashion game!

1. I first went with an H&M black jersey midi dress and open-toe booties. I tried to make my hair look effortlessly natural to complete the boho chic attempt, but it just looked more effortlessly unbrushed. (p.s. I’ve since received a curling wand, so that issue has been corrected! Thanks to my little sis, April for that gift that keeps giving!).

boho wannabe

boho wannabe

2. I also paired it with the ever-necessary wardrobe staples: Banana Republic chambray/denim button-down, black Gap jeans, black booties and we’re good to go. This is an organic blog, folks so this dressing room pic was the only full-length shot I had in this outfit. And say “hello” to my little munchkin having a dressing room dance session!

with the basics
with the basics

3. I also paired it over an old burgundy sweater dress with Sam Edelman booties…. I found pairing the vest over a dress is the simplest styling option!

 

over a sweater dress
over a sweater dress

 

4.Β I really love it contrasted over black, so here is this color combo again. I wore it over a chunky Old navy turtleneck and quilted Dolce & Gabbana skirt for a Spring Fashion preview at Belk Department Store (blog post on that coming soon).

at Belk's spring fashion preview
at Belk’s spring fashion preview

5. And let me not forget how I branched out and tried it with an animal print dress and booties!! Probably my wildest combination so far!

fur and animal
fur and animal

I’ve also discovered one thing about this vest I have yet to try–I can flip it around and wear it as more of a full fur vest! It does have pockets, so all I have to do is flip them inside out! I’ll be sure to post a pic to Instagram and Facebook when I try it that way!

Do you love the fur trend? What are your favorite ways to style it?

Thanks for reading! xoxo

 

 

 

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33 thoughts on “Fur Real, Though!

    Can We Go Thrift Shopping? « budding fashionista said:
    November 3, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    […] I couldn’t believe my eyes when I immediately saw a faux fur vest by French Connection. I blogged about dabbling with fur last year and was happy to expand my collection! These could retail upwards […]

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    Taylor said:
    March 9, 2015 at 12:50 am

    im fur obsessed too girl!!! Great styling & I love the dress!

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    tohellinahandbag said:
    March 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I think my favorite is the first onewith the midi dress, So cute! (btw, was I that generous friend? I gave mine to someone but I forget who).

    To Hell In A Handbag

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks girl! And no, I didn’t get your gift card. It was another blogger. But I will gladly take any gift cards off your hands that you ever wanna get rid of!! Haha!

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    hannahshanae said:
    March 3, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I am obsessed with fur vests at the moment!

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    Adaleta said:
    March 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I love the title, you’re so clever! I wish I was wittier & could come up with cuter punny phrases! I also love all of your picks throughout this post πŸ™‚ xx, Ada

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 4, 2015 at 7:32 am

      thank you! sometimes I wonder if I’m borderline cheesy, but that’s just who I am! haha! I write for a living, so I guess I like to try and think of a different way to title my posts!

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    kcurrierlewis said:
    March 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I love Kristen’s look so much and I love how you you styled your fur vest! I love it over a long sweater dress!
    xo, Kyla – KyMarieC

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    Corine (Complicated Mama) said:
    March 3, 2015 at 4:44 am

    ive been on the hunt for a great faux fur vest all season! This one is super cute on you!

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 3, 2015 at 5:45 am

      thanks so much! i’m in love with it! let me know if you need help finding a certain style! I love a shopping challenge!

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    Carylee said:
    March 3, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I love a good fur vest!! I’m not quite happy with the one I have – or I should say “satisfied.” I love the fit and length of yours! AND, I’m so a huge Kristin fan! ❀
    Carylee | more pieces of me

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 3, 2015 at 5:47 am

      I know!! Kristin’s look is perfection! Now I wish I had a vest in the color of hers so I can recreate her look!

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    Elena Michelle said:
    March 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I’m all about the fur trend!!!!

    xoxo, Elena Michelle
    http://www.anewyorkloveaffair.com

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    A LA PLAGE said:
    March 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This just made me pull out my fur vest that has been collecting some dust πŸ™‚ Love it!

    Brenda

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 3, 2015 at 5:49 am

      LOVE IT! so glad I could help remind you what’s in your closet!! don’t you love forgetting you have stuff?!

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    aseersuckerstateofmind said:
    March 2, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    You look fabulous in that fur vest! I definitely need one of my own!
    -Mikayla
    http://www.aseersuckerstateofmind.com

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 3, 2015 at 5:49 am

      aw! thanks so much!! yes, you need one!! i bet you can find a good deal on one now since winter is coming to an end! good luck!

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    letsdazzledarlings said:
    March 2, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I just bought two fur vests, so this was super helpful on new ways to wear them! Thanks for sharing!

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 3, 2015 at 5:50 am

      well that just made my day!! i can’t wait to see how you style yours!! xoxo

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    Amanda said:
    March 2, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I love faux fur! Get a long brown fuzzy fur vest and you will wear it every day for the rest of your life!! xoxo

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 2, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      I’ll have to add that to the list for next winter! Maybe I can snag a good one on sale by now!

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    Stacy said:
    March 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Love this on you! I still haven’t been brave enough to try the fur trend!

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      It took me a while! That’s why I went with shearling! Haha I feel like it’s my entry-level vest!

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    Victoria Galindo said:
    March 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Love the shearling vest! I agree, it’s soo versatile.

    Xx
    Victoria

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      March 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Victoria! I am surprised at how often I want to wear it but have to restrain myself! Haha

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    Islara said:
    February 26, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I finally broke down an bought a fur vest last year. I have yet to wear it though. I just can’t bring myself to do it. I tried to wear it when I first got it, but because I’m short…it’s so long on me. I’m trying to figure out how to style it and not look like a crazy person.

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      February 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Have you tried it with a dress? if everything is longer then maybe the proportions will work better and it will look very boho chic! let me know!

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    hayesgang5 said:
    February 26, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    The vest over the all black look is so chic!!

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      February 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

      thank you, Paula!! that’s probably my fave combination as well! xoxo

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