Monday, February 03, 2014

Grabbing Fur by the Foot

The ins and outs on wearing the fur trend this spring

Word play, futuristic tendencies, and luxury were all present on the runway for Spring 2014.  But one trend stood out: fur.  Designers flirted with the idea of summer furs, from shaved minks to alpaca, from pastels to brights.  The fur trend was seen at Dennis Basso, Gabriele Colangelo, Atelier Versace, Prada, and Fendi. The issue is not the presence of fur on the runway but how the luxurious trend can be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe.  It is very simple and very easy as long as you follow a few basic rules.

Rule #1 - Fur of choice

When integrating fur into your spring wardrobe, you want the pieces to be lightweight and fresh.  This is no time to be wearing a full length fur coat.  Any and all heavy furs must be stored in a cool, dry place until the colder winter months.

Rule #2 – Layer, layer, layer

When the weather starts to shift from colder days and nights to warmer days and colder nights, layering is your best friend.  Scarves, stoles, lightweight vests and cropped jackets are the key pieces to keep in rotation when layering fur and your spring basics.  Even small, chic pieces such as fur key chains and charms can instantly add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your spring.

Rule #3 – There is no end to the fur trend

Fur has appeared on at least one runway every season.  Seasonless is now a word that can be applied to this trend.  With new innovations and techniques, fur can be worn to keep you warm in the form of a scarf or a wrap, or to add glamour to your classic LBD for a summer cocktail party, and with air-conditioned buildings ruling the day in the summer, a fur vest is the best way to keep warm.

Rule #4 – Lighten up

As the season turns to summer, you want to keep in mind that lightweight fur is key.  Fur should be used as an accent and not as a main attraction.  Wear a scarf as a piece of statement jewelry, or a vest over a tank and shorts.  Minimalism is very important when selecting your summer basics to pair with your fur.

Rule #5 – Be your own stylist

It’s time to break the rules.  Don’t be afraid to go outside the box.

Fashion is always moving forward.  With new techniques and innovations every season, it’s comforting that trends are on an eternal loop.  They come and go, every season better than the last.  Fur has always been know for its glamour, its sophistication, its luxury, and wearing it in seasons other than the winter is further proof that it is seasonless. 

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