Embracing Faux Fur at Next this season

At the risk of repeating myself for the umpteenth time, I have to say I am not a fan of Winter. It is too cold, too dark and too miserable for me, I love light nights, warm days and sunshine. But one thing I do like about Winter is the way it is suddenly acceptable to add really fun, faux fur pieces into the wardrobe, with the mantra seeming to be ‘the brighter, the better.’

I took a little Christmas shopping trip with my mom and sister on Sunday, and mom treated me to a fabulous soft grey fun fur gilet from Next that I have had my eyes on for some time. I tried it on over my dress and loved the boho look, but I know that this is a piece that can work equally as well with jeans or skinny cords on the school run. I have to say that I was seriously impressed with the Next collection of furry pieces – they ranged in colour and style, from accessories to full length coats, and were really affordable too.

After trawling through the Next website, I have to say it is definitely the place to go for faux fur – the site is just full of gorgeous pieces, including a Downton Abbey style eyelash cape, and a fur patch scarf that I have my eye on (I tried it on in store and it was just the softest, loveliest piece – I need it in my life! – husband hint in case he’s reading!).

Here are some of the faux fur pieces from Next that are well worth a look, starting with clothing.

Shaggy Faux Fur Gilet £35 click to visit Next

Shaggy Faux Fur Gilet £35 click to visit Next

Shaggy Faux Fur Jacket £45 click to visit Next

Shaggy Faux Fur Jacket £45 click to visit Next

Black Soft Faux Fur Jacket £75 click to visit Next

Black Soft Faux Fur Jacket £75 click to visit Next

Leopard Faux Fur Jacket £70 click to visit Next

Leopard Faux Fur Jacket £70 click to visit Next

 

Eyelash Faux Fur Cape £55 click to visit Next

Eyelash Faux Fur Cape £55 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Sweater £32 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Sweater £32 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Shrug £28 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Shrug £28 click to visit Next

Pink Faux Fur Gillet £42 click to visit Next

Pink Faux Fur Gillet £42 click to visit Next

Longline Faux Fur Cardigan £38 click to visit Next

Longline Faux Fur Cardigan £38 click to visit Next

Grey Faux Fur Gilet £38 click to visit Next

Grey Faux Fur Gilet £38 click to visit Next

And accessories…

Faux Fur Scarf £20 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Scarf £20 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Snood £14 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Snood £14 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Cossack Style Hat £12 click to visit Next

Faux Fur Cossack Style Hat £12 click to visit Next

Grey Faux Fur Patch Scarf £25 click to visit Next

Grey Faux Fur Patch Scarf £25 click to visit Next

Mink Faux Fur Across-The-Body Bag £20 click to visit Next

Mink Faux Fur Across-The-Body Bag £20 click to visit Next

Do you have a fave piece? Do you reach for the faux fur when the temperatures drop? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Downton Abbey sparks new/old trends.

We all know that TV programmes can help to set trends. Mad Men, Sex and The City and Desperate Housewives have all helped to set trends and have made fashion stars out of Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks and Marcia Cross. But the latest TV trendsetter may just raise a few highbrows, as well as lowering a few hemlines. For the latest show setting the fashion world alike is Downton Abbey.

Yes, you heard correctly, the period drama Downton Abbey, currently stuck somewhere in World War One. Debenhams are just one of the stores who are feeling the Downton effect, with fashion fans eager to copy the style of Michelle Dockery et al. Sales of faux fur stoles, jackets and tippets have apparently increased by a staggering 225%, whilst sales of elbow length gloves have also shown increased popularity, raising by 54%. The  Downton effect is showing the world that elegance hasn’t gone out of fashion just yet.

Debut Black fur shrug £40 

Star by Julien MacDonald Dark cream faux fur £36 

Debut Light Brown Faux Fur Cape £38 

But it’s not just the faux fur that is flying off the shelves.  There has been a rise in demand for other 1910s trends.  Pearl Earrings, corsets and cloche style hats are also finding a new audience amongst fashionistas, according to the Sunday Mirror. And men are getting in on the act by snapping up cravats rather than their usual ties, with Debenhams reporting sales of cravats up 28%.

J by Jasper Conran Black Rosette felt cloche hat £22 

Minuet petite Black rose 1920s hat £42 

Grey Soft felt trilby hat £22 

piscador black pure silk cravat £17 

Mood pearl drop earrings £5 

Swesky ladies 9ct gold,pearl and diamond earrings £175.20 

There is no doubt that Downton Abbey has been one of the superhits of recent seasons, and it seems that the beauty and romance of that post Edwardian period is deeply appealing to women who are just fed up of the overt sexuality of some fashion trends. With maxi dresses still  featuring heavily each season, and with a new series of Downton promised, which will see the show move into the 1920s, it seems that we will still be looking backwards as we look forward to embracing new trends. Carie Barkhuizen, spokesperson for Debenhams says “…Downton Abbey  has had a marked effect on what women are looking to buy this Autumn – aristocratic chic is back.”