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Simplicity 2452: The Faux Fur Phenomenon

2011 February 17
by elizabeth_admin

I love my faux fur skirt!  I wore it last night to dinner and everyone loved it.  My co-workers all thought it was tasteful and pretty, if a bit fancy.  They said it wasn’t that it was inappropriate (aka hooker attire), but that it was a little too fancy for work.  I can definitely see that.  As my sister said, it’s a bit glossy.  It’s probably too fancy to wear to Jack’s soccer class then, huh?  Hmmm…

Interestingly, I had a little trouble styling this skirt.  I would love a fashion blogger to help me with this.  I tried almost every top and sweater I had last night before settling on what I finally wore.  Wearing black on top didn’t work because it looked to0 blah next to the sheen of the fur.  My cream t-shirt was too ordinary.  My black v-neck with gold lurex flecks looked better, but still not perfect.  Jack’s nanny asked me why I wasn’t wearing a color on top and that’s when the lightbulb went off.  I searched deep in the closet for an old Ann Taylor twin set that I had.  And… it was perfect!

First, here are some detail shots…

side slit

side slit with lining

finished skirt, hemmed and all

And at long last, the money shot!

I loved wearing my skirt out last night.  Now, I have to find some more tops to wear with it AND more opportunities to wear it!

23 Responses leave one →
  1. February 17, 2011

    You look amazing in the skirt with twinset! Seriously, much better than I thought you would when I saw the fabric. Isn’t purple your favorite color? Maybe a purple twinset with the skirt and a crew or v-neck top instead of the turtleneck. But you did good!!!

  2. February 17, 2011

    That skirt ROCKS!

    IMHO, as someone who fails at fashion terribly, I think the twin set is a little too conservative for a faux fur skirt, you need something with a little more zing and a little more skin? Blue and brown are one of my favorite colour combinations or what about orange? I think you could even wear it with something sparkley.

  3. February 17, 2011

    That looks GORGEOUS! I absolutely love it with the red. Well done, you.

  4. February 17, 2011

    Your skirt is awesome!

    Hmm I definitely see a rock-and-roll vibe with your fur pencil skirt. What about styling it with a black cowl neck top or scoop neck top (tucked in), a black skinny leather belt, black tights, and black heels (not pumps but more delicate heels?)

  5. February 17, 2011

    Hah! I was totally thinking, “She needs a red turtleneck.” and there you are!! I agree that the cardi is a bit conservative looking with the fur. A sleeveless turtle or cowl neck would rock. Purple would be nice too. 🙂

  6. February 17, 2011

    I love it!

    I have to admit I’m almost (almost) changing my mind about it being work inappropriate. It’s fancy, yes. But it’s not “hooker attire.” (Love that!) A previous commenter said that the twinset is conservative. I agree, and that’s what makes me on the fence now. The outfit is a lot more conservative than what I was imagining. Or maybe I’ve just been spending too much time with shiny red and gold brocade costume fabric. 😉

    Now you can certainly UNconservative the look for when you want to go fancier, but I really like what you’ve shown us for more unfancy wearings.

  7. February 17, 2011

    It would look nice with a print silk blouse, tucked in. Maybe a print with a light-colored background.

  8. February 17, 2011

    You’ve got a rack, sisterfriend, let’s show it off! I’d enjoy seeing you in a plunging neckline (or cowl, if you’re feeling more conservative) with a wide belt, those fab boots and a chunky necklace. Be forewarned, there will probably be some lascivious wolf-whistling in your future. But who doesn’t want more of THAT?

    The cardi set is a more conservative look that you could totally rock at even the most conservative workplace. Take a risk! I bet you’ll get a lot of good feedback.

    And ultimately, you look fantastic in that skirt. I had my doubts initially, but you’re totally pulling it off. Brava!

  9. February 17, 2011

    This is just so great – I love the texture of it. I had a lovely faux fur skirt ages ago but got rid of it in a purge – I’ve often regretted that! Now seeing yours I may have to plan to make a new one next winter!

  10. Lindsay t permalink
    February 17, 2011

    How about a silk cream blouse? I think you look fab in it!

  11. February 17, 2011

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting a photo of you wearing your faux fur masterpiece and am thrilled to see how fabulous it looks! It’s super hot but also very tasteful – I really do think you could get away with wearing it (almost) anywhere. I love it with the red but I also think that it would look wonderful with a black top and a statement necklace. I also think that Carolyn’s suggestion of a purple top is brilliant, purple would complement the richness of the fur fabric perfectly.

  12. February 17, 2011

    Yes, it looks great!

  13. February 17, 2011

    I think this would look great with a cream silk (button up or otherwise) blouse.

  14. Rosie permalink
    February 17, 2011

    Work it girl – you/the outfit looks great!

  15. February 17, 2011

    Looks fabulous. Well done!

  16. February 17, 2011

    I think the twinset really topped you skirt off. No pun intended. I think you look rather fab.

  17. February 18, 2011

    It’s great! I wouldn’t have thought of wearing it with red but it really works. My first thought was that it would go with a black turtleneck but this is better.

  18. Mae Wilson permalink
    February 18, 2011

    The skirt is gorgeous, and you are gorgeous. However, I don’t ‘get’ the boots. I grew up in Canada and I had to wear boots when it was snowy and slushy. Yuk, yuk, and still more yuk. Now I live in tropical Australia, where we have the constitutional right to bare arms. Ahhhh. As God is my witness, I’ll never wear boots again.

  19. February 18, 2011

    Absolutely hot! I love it. You did a great job.

  20. February 18, 2011

    Beautiful! It looks so luxurious. I’d vote for a deep V neck tucked in, not sure what color but I like the idea of lurex in it.

  21. Hatty permalink
    February 18, 2011

    Yes, it’s gorgeous. Far too glamorous for work! But really very wearable.

  22. February 20, 2011

    Great skirt.

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