This season, sheepskin has shrugged off the last of its false historical associations with fictional wide boys. In recent years, its comfort credentials have cosied up with style, culminating in a fresh take on sheepskin and shearling for 2014.
For fall 2014, runways celebrated with shaggy toppers in all the shades of the spectrum, introducing a new colour palette for an old favourite, from pastels to reds and purples, with Prada dragging psychedelia into the new millennium. Meanwhile, designs ranged from A-lines through motos to colour blocking (seek out Phillip Lim), with Sacai settling for an outsize collar, and Bottega Veneta’s coats being cinched with a narrow metallic belt.
Burberry offset embroidered suede with long delicate dresses. Céline produced an orange shearling muff, and Chloé’s boot trimmings were the bee’s knees (if that’s possible), while leather sleeves sprouted on furry coats. Wear them with suede outermost, or flaunt a fluffy exterior. Seek out the real thing, or go with faux.
Return to the 1970s with Topshop’s shearling car coat, or update it by swapping suede for leather over a turtle neck, and teaming with a pleated mini or a grid pattern skirt. Tone down heavy perceptions with a chiffon dress, and match with lined boots. Rihanna brought hers bang up to date over a denim playsuit, over-the-knee socks and court shoes, topped by hoop earrings and a hat – what’s not to love?
Isabel Marant’s pale grey oversized biker jacket has a high strapped collar. Without this integral neck warmer, contrast the furry look with floaty scarves or cotton squares. Pull on a beanie, or reach for a touch of style with a fedora. Team a cropped jacket with a high-waisted mini and ankle boots, or copy Keira Knightley’s double-breasted Burberry Prorsum shearling peacoat over a Breton top, with Louis Vuitton animal print scarf. Stay grounded with a flying jacket, or throw on a warm-lined denim number.
Accessorise non-fuzzy outfits with a sheepskin-faced satchel or backpack, or drag on lined lace-up boots and shoes, just the job with skinnies and a buffalo plaid shirt. A suede trapper hat will protect your ears, while a white faux sheepskin cloche will have you longing for matching muff and skating boots.
Sheepskin and shearling are rocking the streets this winter, giving you a genuinely warm and practical fashion to play with. We sense that you may have mixed feelings when temperatures rise in spring!
The featured photo is of Bo Mulder wearing a stunning vintage shearling coat
Jayne Min is wearing a shearling coat from Coach
Annette Haga is wearing a black shearling vest from TopShop
Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a shearling jacket from Sandro
Silvia Garcia is wearing a shearling coat from H&M Studio
Gala Gonzalez is wearing a beige oversized shearling biker jacket from Acne Studios
Charlotte Groeneveld is wearing a black shearling biker jacket from Whistles
Shearling Winter Trend: Anna Huhtamäki is wearing a vintage shearling collar coat
Alexandra Pereira is wearing a black jacket with shearling collar from Vila
Sheepskin Trend: Kamila Leciak is wearing a grey sheepskin coat from Sheinside
Ellen Claesson is wearing a women’s black shearling coat from Acne
Shearling Coat Trend: Alyssa Lau is wearing a shearling coat
Stella Wants To Die is wearing a tan faux shearling coat from Pull & Bear
Julia Engel is wearing a belted reversible shearling coat from Max Mara
Womens Shearling Coat Trend: Shearling Coat: Lisa Olsson is wearing a shearling collar leather vest from LXLS
Elen Kristvik is wearing a shearling coat from Acne
Mirjam Flatau is wearing a shearling motorcycle coat
Shearling Trend: Kenza Zouiten is wearing a shearling Acne Velocite jacket
Benedichte is wearing a shearling trimmed coat from Zalando
Silvia Zamora is wearing a grey shearling coat from SuiteBlanco
Shearling Trend 2014: Larissa Bruin is wearing a coat from from Lioness
Annette Haga is wearing a shearling trimmed coat from Moods of Norway
Cristina Fernandez is wearing a shearling trim leather jacket from Urban Outfitters
Shearling Trend, Winter 2014: Aimee Song is wearing a shearling Jacket from Korea
Silvia Zamora is wearing a black shearling trim leather jacket from Zara