Prepare for the cold winter

Primark PU sleeve faux fur coat, �28.
Primark PU sleeve faux fur coat, �28.

SHORT STORY FOR THE WEEKEND: Red Noir by Richard Salsbury

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It doesn’t take a genius to work out that sub-zero temperatures require serious layers. But there’s a cosy shortcut that’s a marvel at keeping out the cold single-handedly – faux fur.

From teddy bear coats to subtle fluffy trims, there’s a winter wonder to suit everyone’s furry fashion limit. Be faux fur fabulous with this textured edit.

FULL PELT

A thick, faux fur coat has winter written all over it. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a sound overcoat investment for the big freeze months, from November through to March.

Brown, black or mink-like neutral shades will go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe, while animal prints are the ultimate statement. Leopard used to be the go-to print, but now you’ll find Friesian cow or Dalmatian spots if you prefer a quirky monochrome colourway.

FUR PANELS

If you’re not convinced about a full-on faux fur, look to textured panelling instead.

Coats have turned indecisive this season, mixing up wool and fur, or leather and fur, for a two-tone look.

It’s a half-and-half take on faux fur and allows for a flattering silhouette, if you’re worried about adding extra bulk to your frame. If you want to experiment with textured panelled clothing, such as a skirt or top, a dense, flat fur, like faux ponyskin, is also more forgiving.

FURRY TRIMS

Faux fur can be used as a glamorous accent on clothes, almost like tinsel on a Christmas tree, but minus sparkle.

You can pretty much forgo a scarf if you opt for a winter coat with a generous faux fur or shearling collar. The bigger the collar, the bigger the style statement.

Generous faux fur trims on hemlines are the latest way to draw attention to your legs. Ensure you keep your pins streamlined in skinny jeans, leggings or tights, so that the fur can frame your limbs to the max.

FLUFFY EXTRAS

Embrace the fluff factor with Siberia-inspired extras. Keep the cold out with furry snoods and scarves draped over shoulders, big hats cuddling heads, and mittens over paws - all easy ways to add fur accents to your look. Create a textural contrast by wearing against a leather jacket or wool coat.

If you want a colour contrast, the high street has rainbow bright numbers for a fun Care Bear approach.

When temperatures demand it, don’t be afraid to accessorise a big yeti coat with a Cossack-style hat, to create impact by wearing fur on fur.