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How to Wear a Faux Fur Vest


How to wear a faux fur vest
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As I noted in a previous article about this winter’s hottest trends, faux fur vests are hugely popular this season. As with many super-trendy pieces, however, you walk a fine line between being a fashionista who incorporates the item seamlessly into her personal look, or a fashion victim with the trend wearing you.

So how can you pull off the look without becoming a trend victim? If you’re loving the look of faux fur vests but are unsure if one would work in your wardrobe, this post is for you!

Things to Consider When Considering a Faux Fur Vest

Color. Faux fur comes in a variety of shades and patterns. Brown and fox shades are the trendiest, white is a winter standout, and black or chocolate hues are low-key luxurious. When picking a color, it’s all about how you plan to wear your vest and the looks you want to create.

Texture. A big reason why faux fur is popular year after year is because it’s totally touchable and plush. Not only will you be incredibly warm and cozy when you wear your vest, but you’ll also add some fun texture to your outfit: faux fur comes in weaves anywhere from soft and silky to shaggy. Uniquely textured clothing items are often excellent focal points for otherwise basic outfits– just think about the addition of patent, feathers, or studs! A change in texture, like the one that comes with the addition of a faux fur vest, provides a totally new show-stopping look… even if you wear it with your favorite old stand-bys.

Mixing it up. If you’re worried about finding ways to incorporate a faux fur vest into your closet, don’t be! There are lots of different ways to wear this trend. Skinny jeans, leggings, and dresses can all look adorable under a vest. Concerned about tops? Try pairing your vest with tighter, close-fitting shirts to balance its volume. Loose, peasant-style tops can create a chill, bohemian look. (Mary-Kate and Ashley would be proud.) A final note: don’t stress about your sleeves–theses vests look great with any length: whether full, 3/4-length, or short!

Shopping! Faux fur vests are everywhere this season. H&M, Forever 21, and Wet Seal are all offering the style at a totally affordable price. If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious or substantial, Juicy Couture, Rebecca Taylor, and Free People are all offering cute picks to choose from. Also, never underestimate your favorite thrift or vintage store when looking for faux fur–you’ll probably score something one-of-a-kind! Fur is always hot for winter, so you’ll be making a great investment no matter where you choose to buy!

Cute & Affordable Faux Fur Vests

Faux Fur Vests

Product Information: City Style Faux Fur Vest, New York & Company. Tipped Mongolian Gilet, Topshop. Twelve by Twelve Embellished Fur Vest, Forever 21. Faux Fur Leatherette Vest,

Faux Fur Vest Outfit Inspiration


Faux fur vest outfit

Product Information: Long Sleeve Top, Oasis. Women’s The Weekend Jeans, Old Navy. Faux-Fur Rachel Vest, Fred Flare. Lucky Brand ‘Alisa’ Flat, Nordstrom.


Way to wear a faux fur vest

Product Information: Paisley Tunic Dress, Alloy. Urban Faux Fur Vest, Forever 21. Frye Maxine Trapunto Shortie Boots, Zappos. Brass Cuff, Alloy. House of Harlow 1960 Gold Aztec Bangle with Leather, Singer 22. Shimmer Flower Ring, Forever 21.


Sophisticated way to wear a fur vest

Product Information: Rise Silver Pleat Shoulder Top, Dorothy Perkins. Kenneth Jay Lane Bauble Crystal Bracelet, Pave Bow Ring, Juicy Couture. Joe’s Jeans Chelsea Stretch Ponte Ankle Zip Pants, Piperlime. Panther Vest with Brooch, Forever 21. Cutout Double Sling Pump, Wet Seal.

Friend or Faux?

What do you think? Are you guys into faux fur vests? Do you have any tips on how to wear them? Let me (and everyone else!) know with your comments.

Posted on on December 22, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “How to Wear a Faux Fur Vest”

  1. 1
    December 22nd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Can you do a profile on the hair, clothes and makeup of the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice? Also, can you do a profile of the hair, clothes and makeup of Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place? Thanks, College Fashion!

  2. 2
    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    i don’t think i would ever rock a faux fur vest, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the outfits you created with the vest, so fun and inspiring
    really wonderful post :)

  3. 3
    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    FYI, the “Tipped Mongolian Gilet” by Topshop is *not* faux. It’s technically “shearling” which is sheepskin with the fur intact. (

    Being vegan, I personally would not wear anything that resembles fur. Since most people can’t tell the difference and will just assume that faux is actual fur, I would rather not perpetuate a demand for the actual thing.

  4. 4
    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I think I’ll pass, cute outfits though :D

  5. 5
    December 22nd, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Love the looks you created. I’m a mega-fan of the bangle bracelet of the 2nd one. I gotta admit, if I had a faux fur vest I would probably be playing with it and petting it like a cat instead of paying attention to whatever it is I should really be paying attention too. :)

  6. 6
    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    So cute! I love the bohemian look. :)

  7. 7
    December 22nd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Man, no matter what I do, I cannot like the fur vest trend. It makes people look like they have the torso of big foot with really skinny arms in comparison. I have never seen an example that I’ve liked yet.

  8. 8
    December 23rd, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Love love love the looks you put together. Faux fur is a must this season. Some other great faux fur vests I’ve found are at Akira ( and they’re very reasonably priced (always a plus!). Also I just got the faux fur vest by Rachel Zoe for QVC the other day and it’s fabulous (very reasonably priced as well!)

  9. 9
    December 23rd, 2009 at 2:48 am

    I just bought a fake Faux fur vest at EA and its one of the best investment I have made for my wardrobe. I look forward to new outfits that my vest will add.

  10. 10
    December 23rd, 2009 at 3:16 am

    While I love faux fur coats, I think I’ll pass on the vest… Your outfit ideas are cute, though :)

  11. 11
    December 23rd, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I love the faux fur vest trend, it’s one of my favorites of the season!! I would wear mine with my printed dress, ankle boots, and some cool bangles.

  12. 12
    December 23rd, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I really like the look, but I think it’s hard to pull it off. I think it’s going to be one of those looks 10 years from now people will be asking what were they thinking?

  13. 13
    December 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I want one real bad but haven’t found one I’ve totally fell in love with.

  14. 14
    December 22nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I love the fur vest trend! I have been a huge fan of Rachel Zoe for some time now, and she always rocks the vest so well. It inspired me to get one a few moths ago, and i love it. I feel the vest adds a really unique and unexpected dash of texture to an outfit. And don’t be afraid to try it! Anyone can rock the look with simple shirt, nice pair of jeans and confidence.

  15. 15
    September 24th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I have always found Vests to be a fashion necessity for any wardrobe, in any season. As far as wearing fur, truth be known…is consider buying Gently Used articles. It’s as important to do so for recycling, as well as NOT creating a demand as the person previously mentioned. While I don’t condone abuse of animals; it is up to each person’s conscious. Centuries ago, animals were not even a part of mankind’s diet, until God purposefully allowed meat to be included in man’s diet…as well as using them for clothing. But never was it OK for animals to be abused. It was to be done as humanely as possible. Still those out for greed, continue to kill many to the point of extinction and no concern for the species. If a person was to be so concerned for the well being of our planet – we’d have to all go back to being farmers, using walking as a means of transportation and not cars, buses, trains, etc. Maybe even go so far as to stop using electricity, heat, fuel – as a means to live. The imbalance in the world is obvious. But in all things, we can still show compassion and do the best we can under the circumstances.

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