If the recent weather we’ve been experiencing is anything to go by, it’s clearly time to bust out those boots and winter sweaters. This season’s must is the faux fur sleeveless waistcoat like the lovely winter white one I’m dressed in which I’ve paired with ankle boots and leather pants to add to my rock n roll inspired outfit.
A faux fur waistcoat is a must item for this Autumn/Winter fashion as it’s a great item for layering, that will make you look chic and not suffocated. The fur vest is a great accessory and can stand out from your whole ensemble, i.e. the white colour being striking against my black outfit including mesh-knit top with leather detail on the arms – which much like the faux fur are fashion must textures for the season.
To complete my look, I’ve applied grey nail polish that matches with my open toe ankle leather boots which of course is in line with the winters trend of dark colours. With it being the cold season, we ladies love to cover up our crowning glory (our hair) by braiding it as I’ve done rocking faux dreads.
My fur waistcoat of course is not real helping me to still slay the fur look but morally so i.e. no animals were slayed for this ensemble.
Let me let you in on a little history on fur: fur being worn as a fashion statement goes as far as the 1950s for the sake of being and looking luxuriously warm. But if you really want to go far back, fur has been known to be worn since the stone ages by caveman.
Fur has had a lot of connotations associated with it over the years, from back in the day when it was believed to have spiritual powers for example, when a hunter tied a lion skin around his waist or flung it over his shoulder. He believed that he would gain the strength of a lion. To early times, particular animal skins or furs have been reserved for the ruling and elite classes.
In Egypt during the period 3000-300 BC, leopard and lion skin was worn only by kings as well as high priests when they performed symbolic ceremonies. To it then still being used as a status symbol in the beginning of the 11th Century, in Western Europe, luxury furs such as ermine, mink, sable, and chinchilla, were reserved for the royalty, nobility, high ranking clergy, and the bourgeoisie.
And in the 13th and 14th Centuries, those who had become wealthy and powerful, began to adopt the manners and fashion of dressing of those of the aristocracy. And in the last century fur garments have become available to the masses.
With all of this in mind, go out there and flaunt this fun faux fur look – its increasing popularity being credited by the promotion of animal rights through animal welfare organisations who appreciate that it’s an animal-friendly alternative.
Clothing Credits: Mesh-Knit Top from H&M | Leather Pants From Zara | Faux Fur Waistcoat from H&M | Ankle Boots From ER Collection | Photography by @orphotographysa – Ofentse Rangaka