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Faux fur is winter’s pet fashion trend

sboyle@bnd.com

mhouston@bnd.com

Faux fur trims the Aeropostale vest, $35, worn by Laney Martz, 14, left, and the Macy’s Rebellious brand graphic cardigan, $34.99, worn by Lindsay Myatt, 15. Both are students at Althoff Catholic High School. Lindsay’s maroon infinity scarf, $9.99 is from Rue 21, while Laney’s soft gray scarf is from Maurice, $20. Their buddy George, a mild-mannered Australian shepherd mix, is available for adoption at Belleville Area HumaneSociety.
Faux fur trims the Aeropostale vest, $35, worn by Laney Martz, 14, left, and the Macy’s Rebellious brand graphic cardigan, $34.99, worn by Lindsay Myatt, 15. Both are students at Althoff Catholic High School. Lindsay’s maroon infinity scarf, $9.99 is from Rue 21, while Laney’s soft gray scarf is from Maurice, $20. Their buddy George, a mild-mannered Australian shepherd mix, is available for adoption at Belleville Area HumaneSociety. mhouston@bnd.com

For Winter 2015, the faux fur is flying on collared sweaters, short coats, long vests (think 1960s) and cuffed footwear.

None of the inexpensive faux fur pieces are meant to look real — this is just fashion having a cuddly moment.

And what better place to take photos of models in faux fur than the Belleville Area Humane Society?

It was a drizzling gray day, but canines Lupa, George and River — all up for adoption — didn’t mind mugging for the camera in their fur coats. George even came along to Effinger Garden Center in Belleville to pose indoors when the skies opened up.

Along to model were Althoff Catholic High School freshmen Laney Martz, Julia Barker and Alexa Scheibel, and sophomores Lydia Gehrs and Lindsay Myatt.

Tiffany Purtle, assistant manager at Rue 21 at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, thinks of faux fur as a new basic accessory.

“It’s definitely fun,” she said. From short fluffy hoodies to striped shaggy vests, “It’s something you can dress up, dress down. Wear it with leggings, jeans, a dress, skirt. It goes with everything.”

Bridget Frye at Gordman’s in Fairview Heights said the indoor footwear/slipper aisle is stocked with a wide variety of suede-like booties with fur cuffs and a faux shearling lining to keep the tootsies warm. Some mimic the Ugg profile, but without the sticker shock: under $17.

Payless at the mall has trendy short wedge, black suede boots with faux fur collar on sale for $29.99.

A vest is one of the easiest ways to work the fur trend into your wardrobe. It's the perfect topper to throw on over almost any outfit and, Tiffany said, it pairs well with one of this fall’s other fashion trends: the flannel shirt. The wild side? Think a shaggy pink, black and white vest from Rue 21 ($29.99). Just remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Try a black turtleneck and skinny jeans.

A solid-color fur is a great starting point for anyone new to the trend — it’s easy to match with any other solid color. Much of the faux fur seen in local retailers is in neutral colors of browns, creamy white and tan. Of course if you’re daring, go for a blue furry hoodie jacket from Macy’s ($34.99) or a horitzontally-laid pink fur short coat from Rue 21 ($49.99).

Looking to be warm and practical but still show your style? Aim for the many zip-up puffer coats and vests with fur collars, like the one from Aeropostale that has front pockets and a sweater-knit detail across the front ($35). Gordman’s has a hip-length, collared faux shearling coat ($39.99) that could easily be paired with jeans as well as a cocktail dress. Just add a skinny belt to dress it up.

Going for the classic style: A cable-knit sweater vest with toggle closures and faux fur collar can be found at Gordman’s ($24.99).

If you’re being a minimalist about faux fur in your closet this winter, consider a few simple accessories: Maurice at the mall has so-soft sheared faux-fur infinity scarves in soft gray for $20. Rue 21 has a fluffier version in maroon — one of fall’s hot colors, says Tiffany — for $9.99.

Suzanne Boyle: 618-239-2664, @BoyleSuzanne

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