Why Did You Wear That: Fake It Til You Make It

By |November 12th, 2013|Why Did You Wear That?|

fur editorialFall is all about leather and fur (and a little bit of lace) and there are more than a few ways to achieve this luxe look.  But should you prefer to go faux, there are plenty of options out there that won’t leave you looking like a muppet.  Many designers have decided not to even dabble in the realm of authentic animal skins, most notably Stella McCartney.  Faux options have come a long way since the inception of pleather and plasticky fake furs and at times are almost indiscernible.  Faux and vegan furs and leathers are not only animal friendly, but much more cost efficient than their counterparts-  twice the incentive to fake the funk.

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1. Stella McCartney Bryce Mohair Faux Fur Jacket, 2. David Lerner Faux Leather Leggings, 3. BCBG Micah Faux Leather Top, 4. Milly Faux Fur Cheetah Skirt, 5. Stella McCartney Faux Leather Platform Ankle Boots, 6. Karl Lagerfeld Omari Faux Fur Vest, 7. Club Monaco Tasha Leggings, 8. Unreal Fur Furry Floss Faux Fur Jacket, 9. Club Monaco Lena Faux Fur Cashmere Gloves, 10.  J Brand Carey Coated Skinny Jeans

This is one instance when it’s fine with me to fake it.




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Why Did You Wear That: Fake It Til You Make It

By |November 7th, 2012|Why Did You Wear That?|

michael kors runwayTwo of this fall’s hottest trends are fur and leather.  Just about any store you walk into or any online shop you peruse will have a plethora of fuzzy and sleek options for your winter wardrobe.  And as chic as some of these styles may be, perhaps you are completely appalled by the thought of wearing the skin of another to  advance your fashion forward image.  Have no fear, you can still be very much on trend while ensuring that all of God’s creatures keep their coats.

Fortunately, many designers and brands are well aware of the reluctance of consumers to purchase pelts and have come up with some equally stylish faux and vegan options.  (Bonus– these faux options also happen to be a whole heck of a lot cheaper).  So, in honor of Joanna Krupa (who is fast becoming a fan favorite for all the Housewives), here are ten fantastically faux fall fashions:

peta friendly clothing1.Free People Call of the Wild Reversible Faux Fur Vest, $168, 2. KARL Jane Metallic Faux Leather Jacket, $290, 3. DKNY Faux Fur Vest, $295, 4. Velvet Blush Faux Leather Jacket, $170, 5. 6 Shore Road Reversible Faux Fur Vest, $175, 6. KARL Saatchi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt, $175, 7. C&C Laser Cut Faux Leather Tee, $88, 8. ALICE by Temperley Liberty Faux Leather Skinny Pants, $330, 9. Blank Denim Faux Leather Leggings (not pants), $88, 10. Tbags Los Angeles Faux Leather Dress, $154



Guest Post: Look to the Stars

By |December 15th, 2011|Guest Blogger|

Celebrities are always a step ahead of the game when it comes to hairstyles and fashion, thanks to free “samples” from designers, so it makes sense to look to those in the spotlight for up and coming trends.  Whether you’re looking for the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve or just adding a few items to your wardrobe, take a look at these five trends celebs have been seen sporting lately.

1. Jewel Tones

Rich, vibrant, saturated colors have been seen on everything lately – from eyelids  to clothing, and even nail polish.  Need a little inspiration?  Browse through your grandma’s jewelry collection and draw ideas from your favorite pieces.  Does the richness of the ruby catch your attention?  Or perhaps the deep, dark shine of the sapphire?  Find the color that speaks to you and make a bold statement by incorporating it into your apparel.

Jewel-toned eye makeup is making a major comeback as well.  The bold look adds drama to the eye, with a smoky application of the rich, pigmented colors.  Emerald green specifically, has been touted as the season’s “it” eye accent color.  Pair it with a dark crimson lip color and you’ll be the hit of your next holiday party.

2. Animal Prints

Though animal print may be considered “tacky” to some, it’s back with a vengeance.  Leopard print is particularly hot and can be found on anything from apparel, to tights, and even shoes. Celebrities have recently been seen wearing the stylish prints on the red carpet, at parties, and even in their casual everyday wear.  Adding a pop of animal print does wonders for an otherwise drab outfit. Just make sure to use animal print responsibly – overdoing it can take you from fashionista to fashion disaster very quickly.

3. Autumnal Tones

Earthy colors are on the rise this season, inspired by the warm, spicy palette of fall.  Mustard yellow is a current favorite, and celebrities are particularly loving cardigans and other knits in the vintage hue.  Adding a scarf or handbag in the color will instantly put you at the top of the trends.  Embrace the retro vibe the deep shade of yellow brings by trying pin curls on your hair or wearing red lipstick on your pout.  Spicy shades of red, sunset orange, cinnamon, and yellow-greens are all excellent choices.

4. Faux Fur

That’s right, fur is back, but not in the head-to-toe, Cruella DeVille sort of way.  Instead, it’s appearing on vests, coat collars, gloves, and hats.  Fur adds an air of cold-weather charm, while keeping the iconic look of wealth.  Pair a furry accessory with jeans and a simple tee to create an appealing mixture of retro and glam.

5. Fair Isle

This traditional knit stems from a small island north of Scotland.  Once again the trend is nothing new, but rather a resurgence of an age old fashion. We’ve been seeing this type of sweater in ski shops and woodsy towns for years, but only recently did it make its way mainstream. Try layering the rustic sweater over a collared dress shirt. The juxtaposition of contrasting styles works together to create a high-fashion ensemble.  The look works for males, females, children, and even the occasional pooch. Wear this Scandinavian-style sweater with some lace-up snow boots to complete the look.

Follow this five simple trends and you’ll be looking like a star in no time.




About the Author:  Lisa is an avid yoga enthusiast who enjoys writing in her spare time for Usdirect.com.

Why Did You Wear That: So Fur Real

By |December 21st, 2010|Why Did You Wear That?|

Walking around New York City this past week, I have seen SO many people decked out in fur. It’s is painfully cold, but I don’t recall ever seeing the citizens of Manhattan ever donning so much fur. Rather than piss off PETA, I have collected seven stellar FAUX fur styles that are certain to keep you all warm and fuzzy.

Tibi Belted Furry Coat, $950.40

Graham and Spencer Plush Faux Fur Coat, $429

Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Mink Belted Coat, $278

Pins and Needles Puff Sleeve Faux Fur Coat, $129

Guess Long Sleeve Striped Faux Buckle Coat, $116.99

Du Monde Wolf Faux Fur Vest, $98

Forever 21 Faux Fur Cheetah Coat, $34.80