Fall 2018 Fur Fashion Trends to Incorporate in Your Style This Season
The wait is over: Autumn has arrived with its crisp air, brightly colored leaves and just a hint of fresh apples in the air. If you’re looking for a change from breezy summer linens and beachwear, you’ve come to the right place. Fur is a timeless fall must-have. Whether you want to update your classic fur coat or are considering purchasing a new piece, we can help you incorporate the latest trends into your fur wardrobe.
The runways offered a lot of inspiration for the upcoming seasonn, with animal prints, dramatic hats, textured tweeds, sexy leather and lush trims taking center stage.
Fall 2018 Fur Trends
1. Combining Textures
Fall 2018 is all about mixing and matching and creating eye-popping contrasts, and this trend works with furs, too. The season lends itself easily to a variety of sensuous textures, including metallics, brocades, velvets and wools. To create a touchably soft, temptingly warm outfit, mix smooth-textured items with edgier materials, or cozy-up in a soft, plush sweater topped with a lush fox shrug. You can even mix-and-match different furs. Pair a luxurious mink or silky fox with exotic Finn raccoon or a texture-rich Mongolian lamb. Add hints of snakeskin, wool or goatskin to complete the look.
Tip: Use a variety of textures in the same color family or neutral tones. If you’re craving something stronger, use complementary colors in similar textures. By simplifying your overall look, you can avoid an overly busy or chaotic impression with your outfit and you’ll look more put-together.
2. Metallic Contrasts
The warmth of fur contrasts seductively with cool metallic fabrics and trims. Metallic fabrics are popular in leggings, blouses, purses and accessories this season. These styles have a fantastic futuristic feel while bringing back the nostalgia of pure 80s glam. Mylar and foil-like fabrics are used to create iridescent looks that pair beautifully with fur. Mixing metallic fabrics with fur can create a luxe look that is perfect for a night out or a big party.
Tip: Try tone-on-tone matching to keep the focus on the natural textures of the fur and metallics. Pair silver-blue mink with silver metallic fabrics, gold fox with rose-gold fabrics or glow mink with rich, bronze fabrics for a particularly sultry look.
3. Furry Accents and Detailed Trims
You’ve probably familiar with the idea of statement pieces statement pieces: A statement piece is a bold or eye-catching piece that brings an outfit together and makes it stand apart. This is easy to do with fur, where less can be more sometimes. Designers have been looking for fun and innovative ways to add a touch of fur to everything, and you are the beneficiary of the striking results. With the right fur accessories, you can add glamor, drama and sizzle to even your most everyday outfits.
Pair tailored jeans with a mink-collared leather jacket or add sable-lined suede booties to take your look from casual to classic. Combine a sleek peacoat with beaver-lined gloves or a little badger hat for next-level cold weather gear. The right fur accessory can take any outfit from ordinary to truly extraordinary.
Tip: Statement pieces by design speak a little louder than the rest of the pieces in your ensemble. Keep the look from becoming overpowering by only wearing one statement piece at a time, and make sure it’s something that speaks to you rather than everyone else. After all, it’s your statement to make!
Colorful graphic stripes were big on the runways for the fall 2018 season with some of the most elite designers tapping into the fun look. Stripes are timeless and can add an interesting twist to any outfit. Furs are often naturally striped, but they can also be constructed and shaded to create stripes. A striped coat, stole, shrug or wrap will all work well this season.
Tip: For pieces designed to fit close to the body, choose pieces with flattering thin stripes. Larger stripes work well for outer garments such as coats or stoles. Keep your basic outfit simple to give the eye a break, or choose a bright, colorful contrasting piece to liven up the look.
5. Geometric Patterns and Prints
Brilliant prints took the runway by storm, and many designers showed off herringbone prints, tartans, plaids and houndstooth. Geometric prints make a bold statement all by themselves, but pretty fall furs can take the look to a whole new level.
If you are drawn to prints, add a simple fur to highlight specific colors in your outfit or to pull the look together. Your fur can also make a bold statement: Just choose a piece that has been transformed using the intarsia technique. Intarsia furs are dyed, textured, trimmed or dressed to create beautiful mosaics and patterns that are as stylish as they are functional.
Tip: Geometric prints radiate drama, but they can be tricky to wear. Pair your geometric print with solid-colored items to better focus attention and ensure you stand out for all the right reasons.
6. Cropped Jackets and Strollers
Is it time to ditch the trench? Long furs might be warm and toasty, but cropped furs were hot on the runway. Cropped fur jackets or coats go with just about any outfit but are especially appealing when combined with sleek, tailored looks. Traditional furs work well with this trend and can even be cut down or made over to better fit the aesthetic. If you buy new, look for a bold, bright color for a truly stand-out piece.
Tip: Pair a cropped jacket with leather and fur accessories for a chic look or layer the coat over a simple strappy cami or dress for something a bit more sophisticated.
7. Capes, Shrugs and Ponchos
Capes aren’t just for superheroes anymore: Some fashionistas are using them to move away from coats altogether. A cape might seem like an extreme throwback to not just the 80s but the 1880s. Still, a cape is easy and comfortable to wear and goes with everything from tailored suits for the office to formal evening wear to casual jeans and sweaters.
A fur cape can be the ultimate addition to your fall 2018 closet, bringing with it all the glamour and drama you crave. For a lowkey casual cape perfect for everyday wear, try a fur-trimmed wool cape. Chinchilla, mink and fox are good choices for sweeping capes. If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge with a full cape, furry shrugs and ponchos were also hot on the runway.
Tip: For maximum drama, choose a patterned or colored cape, and pair it with an understated, carefully fitted outfit. Match your top to your cape whenever possible, and keep proportions similar to avoid overwhelming your outfit or creating an imbalanced look.
8. Street Styles
Street style takes fashion off the runway and into the real world. It’s a comprehensive approach with a fusion of different styles and looks. Some of the hottest street style looks for the upcoming season include snakeskin, cowboy boots and vivid leopard prints.
To get the most out of this trend, you can mix and match patterns, combine casual and couture, and wear street-smart pieces like fuzzy hoodies. Street style has even found its way into fur. A fur-lined moto jacket has a tough-but-tender feel while mink-cuffed leather shorts worn with chunky boots are fresh, fun and daring.
Tip: Street style allows you to tap into your own unique style. A traditional fur can easily be incorporated into your street style look with the addition of denim, leather or other classic materials.
9. Shaggy Oversized Coats
Oversized furs offer plenty of room for snuggling and are especially attractive as the weather turns nippy. Big shaggy coats are bold and brazen and can protect you from the coldest winds all season long. Check out fox, alpaca and badger fur retail for a big, cozy coat that keep you chic from fall to spring.
Tip: When wearing a shaggy, oversized fur retail coat, keep the rest of your outfit tailored and fitted. Too many layers or bulky fabrics can leave you looking unintentionally voluminous.
10. Trendy to Timeless
A trendy new fur might be an impulse buy, but you can easily wear both traditional and modern furs in a variety of ways to get the most out of the fall trends. Before taking the plunge, make sure you really love the fur and that it will work with your own style. Choose quality items that both look good and will have lasting appeal. You’ll often get the most mileage out of simple tailored pieces, but a few key statement pieces are great for upping your style ante.
If you’re not interested in or ready to buy a new fur, you can still transform your existing furs into new fall pieces.
Tip: Talk to a furrier about cutting down a larger coat into a jacket or transforming a stole into a vest. Remnants can be repurposed as ear muffs, mittens or a scarf for the upcoming winter season.
Making It Personal
You don’t have to completely revamp your wardrobe to incorporate the latest fur trends. In fact, using your classic and traditional pieces can help you stay true to your style while looking as fresh as the crisp fall air.
Start by knowing your style. When you’ve got your own style, shopping becomes easier because you already know what works for you. You can simply add a few key pieces here and there to evolve your look. If you’re not really sure what works for you, tap into online resources for inspiration, or browse through magazines. Use a lot of different sources and aesthetics to get a better feel for the clothing and designers that speak to you.
The looks you naturally gravitate to, regardless of season or designer, are great places to start experimenting. Try different colors, textures and patterns than you usually wear to find out how they fit you and if you like wearing them as much as you like looking at them. Choose pieces that fit your lifestyle as much as they fit your style aesthetic.
Fur fashion is diverse and can easily be incorporated into virtually every person’s look. Quality fur coats can complete any outfit and last for generations. Since the last item you put on, or your outerwear, is one of the most noticeable, make sure that it’s the item you have put the most thought into. You can choose a classic or modern fur piece, or you can simply opt for a few statement pieces, like a striped silver fox coat or color block mink shrug. Look for rich colors that speak to the season and highlight your personal favorites. A single statement piece can give your outfit a finished look; too many could overwhelm it.
Maintaining Your Furs
Fur coats can last a lifetime or longer when well-maintained. When you’re not wearing your coat, hang it up using broad-shouldered coat hangers that are designed to support the full weight of the coat without damaging it. Place it in a cool, airy closet out of direct sunlight. Add a sprig of lavender or a lavender sachet to keep moths away. Never use mothballs, which can permeate your furs with their smell. Avoid covering your furs with cloth or garment bags, which can damage the hairs.
Fall in Love with Fall
Everything changes in the fall, and that includes your fur fashion. It’s time to revamp your look and bring in new pieces that celebrate the season with timeless textures and classic colors. This season is bringing lots of new looks with an unexpected twist and a flashback to the 80s. It’s a great time to be playful and experiment with soft florals, glitter and shine, sleek tailoring, bold colors and luxuriously warm furs. Fall furs this year are extremely versatile, so even if you only invest in one or two pieces, you can still wear them with just about anything in your wardrobe.