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Would You Wear… (Faux) Shearling?


ADAM, Alexa Chung, Burberry Shearling
ADAM Fall 2010, Alexa Chung, and Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 (Credit: 1, 2, 3)

Shearling is one hot look for fall. This cozy-comfortable fabric will keep you warm and toasty in the winter months, all while looking ultra-trendy.

If you are a lover of UGGs, you have already incorporated this trend into your closet. But this chic trend spans far beyond UGGs and, this season, was mostly seen on aviator jackets, paired with leather/faux leather, or on high-heeled booties.

Shearling can easily be worn with a skinny jeans-and-boots combination or a fun party dress (like Alexa Chung, pictured above). But whatever way you choose wear the look, shearling details will make you look cutting-edge.

Here at CF, we don’t specifically endorse animal products (although we do sometimes feature leather goods) and in this case, there are so many gorgeous faux shearling options available that there’s no reason to spring for the real thing. From boots with faux shearling detailing to coats trimmed in it, these pieces tend to be budget-friendly AND cute.

Here are a couple of outfit examples featuring faux sheepskin:

Dress it down…

Shearling Sample Outfit 2
Product Information: Jacket – Miss Selfridge, Top – Miss Selfridge, Pants – Topshop, Shoes – Piperlime, Bag – ASOS, Scarf – Dorothy Perkins

Dress it up…

Shearling Sample Outfit 1
Product Information: Dress – Topshop, Jacket – Miss Selfridge, Socks – American Apparel, Shoes – Dorothy Perkins, Clutch – Piperlime, Bracelets – Jane Norman

Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on shearling!

I want to know your feelings on shearling. Do you think this is ultra cute and trendy or blah and boring? How would you wear this trend? Do you own any shearling pieces? Leave a comment!

Posted on on December 21, 2010 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , ,

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24 Responses to “Would You Wear… (Faux) Shearling?”

  1. 1
    December 21st, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Cute outfits! I’m not sure I would wear this look though…I don’t know what it is, it’s just not that appealing to me. I’ll stick with my regular leather jackets :)

  2. 2
    December 21st, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I love the look of the Burberry coats from this season, however I’m with you guys… I’m not a fan of real shearling. (Just got rid of my old pair of Uggs because I found out they kill 8 sheep to make one pair. Wish I had known that before I asked for them, but what’s done is done.) I love the faux shearling jacket you featured as an alternative to the Burberry looks!

  3. 3
    December 21st, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    @ Ash are you serious where did you find that now I’m looking at mind and dont want to wear them. I love shrilling look it’s rich looking and stylish

  4. 4
    December 21st, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I don’t really like the faux anything look. Cute ideas, though :)

  5. 5
    December 21st, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I swear I have been trying to get the perfect shearling aviator jacket since august. I finally find mine online. now lets see if I get it for christmas

  6. 6
    December 21st, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Don’t they shear the sheep for their fur. Why would they kill it to make an Ugg when they can just shear them and the fur grows back. Uggs are not made out of sheep meat….

  7. 7
    December 21st, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I found a faux shearling aviator-ish jacket at Wet Seal the other day for $7! So if anyone isn’t sure if they like this or not… at least they can get one for a really low price to try it out.


  8. 8
    December 21st, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I never thought of that, but Danielle sounds right…it is called SHEARling haha. Still, real lamb wool is expensive and I agree that there’s no reason not to go with the vegan choice. I love the outfits, and I definitely plan on buying a shearling jacket as a Christmas present to myself!

  9. 9
    December 21st, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Unfortunately, as I learned recently, shearling actually is sheepskin and does kill the sheep:

    Nikki: There’s a FB group dedicated to it, which is how I found out:

    Danielle: Uggs are made of sheepskin. It says so on their official website: – “Featuring genuine Twinface sheepskin and our signature UGG® woven label.” Sheepskin is just that: a sheep’s skin. I was really bummed when I heard about this because I used to love my uggs! :( Now I just feel bad wearing them.

  10. 10
    December 21st, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Uggs kill the animals because they use not only the shearling but the skin as well. Love the faux shearling jackets though! and it’s incredibly warm!

  11. 11
    December 21st, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Eugh yeah, Ash is right. I did a project on the fur trade and research taught me about Australia’s wool industry. Mulesing method is stomach turning :-(
    I love that you post alternatives to fur, leather and find cute eco-friendly pieces for us too enjoy here at college fashion! :-)

  12. 12
    December 21st, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    It’s funny…I used to own a really nice leather and shearling jacket as a child. I wish I had kept it. This is one of those trends that you shouldn’t skimp on when it comes to the price. It can look very cheap and the structure can look kind of carelessly put together. So, if I were to try this again then I’d definitely shell out the cash for it. I love how it looks and it’s a piece that will last forever!

  13. 13
    December 21st, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Wish you’d explain WHAT “shearling” is – is it the faux sheep stuff? I’m assuming that is what it is since that is what you seem to be showing… next time perhaps you should explain besides saying “cozy-comfortable fabric” that could be wool for all I know.

    Anyways, the outfit ideas are really cute! I think you are on the right track – and I’m glad you said you guys dont really endorse animal products. Go you.

  14. 14
    December 21st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Or you could take the initiative and find out WHAT shearling is.

    Just sayin’ ;)

  15. 15
    December 21st, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    And then that would totally ruin the JOB of a blogger/journalist

    Just sayin’ ;)

  16. 16
    December 22nd, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Personally, I don’t like the shearling trend. I think it looks tacky. Real sheepskin feels nice, but as other commenters have noted, it has some rather horrid origins. Faux sheepskin, on the other hand, is usually quite fake-looking (which usually looks cheap). I think a wool peacoat is an equally fashionable and much more humane alternative. :)

  17. 17
    December 22nd, 2010 at 3:11 am

    i totally love the cute fur can definitely work for me to spice up my dull and not so sophisticated college scene. Thank you so much for the tips. this website is a blessing to a college student and every fashionista out there

  18. 18
    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Already have one. Love it!

  19. 19
    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Thank you for your information Ash.
    I feel like an idiot for speaking too soon so I would like to apologize to all who read it.

  20. 20
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Wow. I love that jacket! What would you wear under the pewter lace sweater? (If anything)

  21. 21
    December 24th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    love this post :]]
    i absolutely love my aviator jacket and I got an amazing pair of shearling boots from Forever 21!!
    Love the boots in the second outfit- that whole outfit is fabulous!!

    Charlotte xxx

  22. 22
    August 5th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    …and that’s why I don’t wear UGGs. I only wear fake stuff like pleather and faux fur because I hate the idea that animals are being killed to make a piece of clothing.

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