FRUGAL FASHIONISTA: On the Hunt for Faux Fur

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“Lions and tigers and bears.” “Oh my!”

Yes, it’s that time of year again when “The Wizard of Oz” makes its first appearance on TV screens across the country, signaling that cold weather is officially here.

This year, I’m hearing the call of the wild where anything goes when it comes to expressing your animal instincts. Leopard and zebra “fur sure” but, this season, feel free to expand your exotic collection to include: tiger, antelope and bear, and if you have a fondness for firemen; Dalmatian is a girl’s best friend.

As an animal lover, I would never advocate wearing “real” fur. Animals are our friends, so the question is: Friend or Faux? The answer is easy since there are so many affordable fun fakes to choose from.

Once you’ve decided on your prey, the hunt is on for the best fuzzy piece to add to your wardrobe. You may choose to go all out with a stunning full length coat. But if you’re not ready for a lengthy commitment, a cropped jacket or a vest may be your best bet.

When making your decision, keep in mind the proportions that flatter your figure.

If you have a slender torso and are not too busty, a long haired faux fur vest may be perfect. (think Rachel Zoe). However, if you can’t afford to add inches around the middle you might consider opting for the accessories instead

A zebra bag gives an edge to your basic black and a big woolly tiger hat might be really grrrrrreat! Color comes into play this season as well. What could be better than a fabulous faux fox in fuchsia ?

And, of course, it would be a real “faux paw” to forget the feet. I’m thinking Mongolian lamb boots in orange…now that would be Haute!

Check out these links for some ideas!

About Lisa Finkelstein

Lisa Finkelstein has been a fashion professional for 30 years, working in wholesale, retail, design and global sourcing. She is a former clothing designer for a contemporary women's line selling in approx 500 better boutiques and catalogues, as well as a boutique owner for 8 years.