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Fur Vests for Men | Fall Street Style

We’ve witnessed a phenomenal rise in popularity of the fur vest within the womenswear realm over the past few years.  But, have you ever thought that menswear would adopt this trend? Seriously, the fur vest – just like down-filled versions – is everywhere these days  and is turning into a game changer for many men.

Hooded sheared fur vest by Paolo Moretti

Hooded sheared fur vest by Paolo Moretti

Reversible fur vest by Maison Martin Margiela

Reversible fur vest by Maison Martin Margiela

Michael Kors reversible fur vest

Michael Kors reversible fur vest

Rock Vibe - model sporting a fur vest during Paris Fashion Week

Rock Vibe à la The Doors – model sporting a fur vest during Paris Fashion Week

Though fur has been more widely accepted by women, men are starting to embrace its practicality (being both warm and long-lasting), its rugged sexiness and  its luxurious appeal. The fur vest is currently making converts by echoing the classic suit vest silhouette (from the 3-piece suit). These fur vests can easily be worn under, or over, a suit jacket or a leather jacket.

Back to Class: The 3-piece Suit

Back to Class: The 3-piece Suit

Sexy Happens: the 3-piece Suit

Sexy Happens: the 3-piece Suit

The 3-piece suit, or, How to rock a very classic look?

The 3-piece suit, or, How to rock a very classic look?

The past few years, menswear has slowly introduced the fur vest concept with boldly trimmed cardigans or blouson hybrids.  Some of these looks are seriously sharp and have a more established sartorial presence. Adaptations in long-haired wild furs including coyote deliver a handsome, rugged edge.  When done in sheared mink the look is polished and sophisticated with plenty of swagger.  In soft lamb with knit sleeves the look references the iconic Mister Rogers who has become a hipster hero.

Hybrid blouson with raccoon fur chest and leather sleeves. Balmain - Fall 2011-Winter 2012

Hybrid blouson with raccoon fur chest and leather sleeves. Balmain – Fall 2011-Winter 2012

Fur cardigan sweater with cable knit sleeves

Fur cardigan sweater with cable knit sleeves

The original cool guy: Mr. Rogers

The original cool guy: Mister Rogers

Cardigans aren't just for Mr. Rogers? (@RyanShell)

Cardigans aren’t just for Mister Rogers? (@RyanShell)

Corneliani - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Corneliani – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Balmain - Fall 2011-Winter 2012

Balmain – Fall 2011-Winter 2012

Today, wilder fur types are favored, bringing  masculine brawn and bravado to sleek city looks. The fur vest is not only a practical and durable fashion staple/must-have, it is one of the best investments in menswear, perhaps along with a simple dark suit, a navy blazer and a sleek trench coat.

Paolo Moretti brings out sophistication

Paolo Moretti brings out sophistication

Marni - Natural grey fox fur vest

Marni – Natural grey fox fur vest

Costume National - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Costume National – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

 Gents….get your game on!  Be ready to hit the cold streets in style this fall.