Is it just us, or are men starting to sport fur more freely? Of course, meaning that they are wearing more fur garments, not just accessories, which are now so commonplace for both genders. After all, who doesn’t love a cozy fur hat or a stylish fur scarf?
It is commonly understood that a correctly worn “key” fur article can immediately bump up the luxe factor of any look. And with menswear, simpler lines and well-chosen colors not only heighten and harmonize the masculine message, they help create a stylish masculine mystique. So, this season, fur is incorporating this wisdom and is raising the bar in men’s wardrobes with strong, sexy, ruggedly handsome options.
In spite of everything, fur may still be regarded in some fashion/retail circles – and corresponding editorials – more as a woman’s go-to material, the way leather is regarded as its male counterpart. We say…think again! Just open up any of the September fashion book and you’ll see loads of fur touches for both genders, not only in the editorials, but also in the advertising campaigns.
When it comes to men and fur fashion, shearling is still the common denominator; though, now, the fur/wool side is out in the open and a broader array of shearlings are being offered. The classic touch of astrakhan lamb has become popular as are other lamb/goat furs. But nowadays, beaver and mink, even rabbit and muskrat, are becoming must-have fashion looks for men.
These Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collections are particularly strong on furry men’s looks. Gentlemen the world over are going to be turned out in impeccably tailored fur or fur-trimmed coats and jackets with the younger, more directional lads kicking it up in wilder versions. The equality of the sexes never looked so good!
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