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Furry Christmas and a fuzzy New Year

Makeup by Drew McComber. Model : Ainslee Kirby/ Style Design by Stephanie E.M. Coleman. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door)
By Stephanie EM Coleman, The Eastern Door
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My cousin’s cat’s mane is starting to grow back in. I have to say I’m a little bit jealous.

Not that I necessarily want tufts of fur to start sprouting from my neck or anything, but the whole phenomenon is both practical AND chic. His body just understands that, you know what, it’s getting colder and I’m going to get out ahead of this situation and grow my own jacket.

What’s more, it will be a beautiful, super soft black and white coat with a fabulous face-framing silhouette to boot.

So, while growing your own fur coat is definitely the most affordable option to get the look and stay warm, I have a feeling it’s not exactly attainable for the average gal.

If you don’t already have a fur topper in your closet, this season is a great time to search for just the right vest, cropped jacket or mid length coat.

They were all over the runways and magazine editorials, ensuring that there will be a great selection in stores.

Don’t forget to browse vintage shops and thrift stores for unique pieces that are both wallet and eco-friendly.

Not sure what you’re looking for? First time foray into fur? Here are some guidelines to help you out.

Fur verticle
Makeup by Drew McComber. Model : Ainslee Kirby/ Style Design by Stephanie E.M. Coleman. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door)

Match your cat:

You didn’t know it but you had inspiration meowing at you the whole time. Make your kitty your muse and look for coats that match theirs.

Black and white? Super chic. Tortoise shell? Bang on trend. Calico? Head turning. Black? Sleek and classic.

Also, if you happen to own a leopard then you simply must get a leopard print coat.

Just say “twinsies!”

Fun fur:

Take a cue from Shrimps, DSquared and Fendi and mix it up. If you’re feeling adventurous and love colour, look for wild and technicolour jackets and vests. They make a big statement yet will make it easy to get dressed.

There’s little need to accessorize, you can get away with super simple basics underneath and just let the jacket do the talking.

If the jacket literally does open its mouth and start talking, you may want to verify that you didn’t accidentally put on a Muppet. It happens.

Quirky girl:

I saw some super fun coats at a Montreal boutique recently, all curly and floofy and fuzzy and cocoon-shaped and I was able to immediately conjure the whole outfit and lifestyle.

I’m thinking, ankle booties, loose high waisted faded denim with rolled cuffs, collared shirt under sweater, ombré hair and big round sunglasses, all topped off with a super fuzzy, pale pink, thigh-length furcoat.

Can you picture it too ? Just watch out you don’t pile on too much stuff and be mistaken for a hoarder. We’re going for the eccentric zillionaire look here.

Jet set style:

This is the more mainstream of all the looks here, very Michael Kors all-American glam. It’s all about long loose waves, a tawny coloured vest that warms up the complexion and brings out your sun-kissed glow from your last trip to St. Tropez down the beach from Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

All you need underneath is tight black everything, topped off with a gold watch, big diamonds on your fingers and wedge ankle booties.

Over the knee boots also do the trick. I am not sure I would suggest wearing the vest on the actual jet-set flight though.

You will be sweating and peeling that off the minute you land in the tropics and stuffing it into your carry-on.

Furry and fabulous does not have to be just for pets anymore. And now you will know just how they feel – everyone will be coming up to you and petting you.

You better work on your purr.

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