IT IS EVERYWHERE. Real, faux, little, big, bright, nuetral. There is so much fur going on right now that half the other trends on this list are paired with a little fur here or there. What is the appeal of fur recently? Is it a sign of better economic times, a longing for Hollywood glamour of old? Whatever the reason, there is a plethera of options for every budget. For those who shudder at genuine fur or even oppose false representations encoraging the trend, I'm sorry to say that you will find little comfort until temperatures rise. Fur has burrowed its way into must-have status and shows no signs of being removed soon. (sorry for the animal parallel. I couldn't resist)
Not sure how I feel about this street style staple. On one hand, it's probably pretty great for biking down Parisian streets showing some sexy ankle for all the gents out there. On the OTHER hand, this is London. During February. Aren't their ankles really extremely cold? The woman on the left is even wearing fur and a sweater. Maybe I'm just not disciplined or open minded enough to brave ankle chill in the name of chic. So despite the cool factor, I'll be keeping my boots on this winter until the spring thaw, thank you very much.
And I mean LOOOONG overcoats. These babies can be anywhere from slightly below the knee to mid-ankle. I'm really digging this new coat length. It's very tomboy magazine editor meets CIA agent. Not sure I could pull it off considering the amount of height needed to look good, but any of you fine lanky ladies should slink around with pride (and an air of mystery, no?).
These Balenciaga Shoes
Everyone be crazy 'bout these shoes. I don't know if it's the interesting construction, the ability for more ankle bearing excitement, or the newness of the style. There's no way I can afford these so it doesn't matter what I think of them, but I'm interested to see if any other brands copy or enterpret this shoe in new ways. Conclusion: not decided.
(side note: Does her jacket remind anyone else of Doctor Suess and the Wizard of Oz? I hope it's faux, because if someone killed an animal just to turn it's beautiful fur into this striped disaster I will be very sad.)
I'm glad this has come back in style only because I still have my distressed jeans from several years ago in the back of my closet. I'm not sure what prompted this repeat so soon after it faded, but I really don't mind. Have old jeans with holes from wear and tear? Great! Rock 'em, sister. Just be sure to pair them with something cute and a little structured to avoid looking too hobo-chic. This sweater and blue button up are a prime example.
[top two images from thesartorialist, all others Harpers Bazaar]