Ahh, yes. I remember a couple of years ago when the fashion world first told me that faux fur vests were supposed to “in.” I was beyond appalled. I mean… what?! In fact, I remember thinking to myself specifically: As crazy as this sounds to me now, I just know that in about two years I’ll be convinced that it’s the most chic thing ever and be on the search for one of my own! And sure enough, like with most trends that are hard for me to stomach at first glance, here I am 2 years later, seeing celebrities rock their cozy faux fur vests as casually as their favorite everyday hoodie (except way cooler) and totally coveting one of my own! But unlike the first interpretations of the trend, which seemingly tried to hide their fuzziness and pass themselves off as “subtle” (ha!), the newest fall and winter versions for this season are unapologetic shaggy and voluminous to make the most of this statement-making piece! Add plenty of texture with this dark feather-look vest by Collection XIIX from Nordstrom, or if you’re not afraid to get really rockstar with it, this printed Alice + Olivia vest has a sexy snow panther vibe if you have the guts to work it! Still hanging on to the boyfriend trend? We’ve even got a faux fur vest to suit you – this Rachel Zoe vest is long and oversized, just like your favorite boyfriend cardigan! – Alexandra Gambardella
Andrea Wingert is the founder of Skinnypurse.com, a fashion and beauty blog she started in 2009. In addition to writing and editing for her blog, Andrea is mom to two kids and works full time in Fashion Marketing.