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Warm up your winter wardrobe with fur trim accents

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a belted Rizal ski coat trimmed in raccoon fur while holding a red and black plaid aviator hat trimmed in recycled raccoon fur and available for $895 and $259 respectively at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review </em></div>Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a belted Rizal ski coat trimmed in raccoon fur while holding a red and black plaid aviator hat trimmed in recycled raccoon fur and available for $895 and $259 respectively at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a Fontani mohair sweater coat hand knit in Italy and trimmed with Finnish raccoon, which is available for $3749 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a Fontani mohair sweater coat hand knit in Italy and trimmed with Finnish raccoon, which is available for $3749 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a Mitchies wool and cashmere wrap hand-laced with leather and trimmed with Rex rabbit, which is available for $299 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside. She also wears a Mitchie's crotchet and Rex rabbit headband, also available for $39 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review </em></div>Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a Mitchies wool and cashmere wrap hand-laced with leather and trimmed with Rex rabbit, which is available for $299 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.  She also wears a Mitchie's crotchet and Rex rabbit headband, also available for $39 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
Kohl's - Apt. 9 'Jessica' faux fur tote ($69), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kohl's</em></div>Apt. 9 'Jessica' faux fur tote ($69), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
Kohl's - Chaps ribbed faux fur cardigan ($89), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kohl's</em></div>Chaps ribbed faux fur cardigan ($89), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
ShopBop - Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel fur and leather jacket ($1,095), available at www.shopbop.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ShopBop</em></div>Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel fur and leather jacket ($1,095), available at www.shopbop.com.
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Suzanne Mauro - Orange faux fur sweater trim scarf ($17) with belt ($10), available at Lucy's Handmade Clothing in the Strip District. Suzanne Mauro
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Suzanne Mauro</em></div>Orange faux fur sweater trim scarf ($17) with belt ($10), available at Lucy's Handmade Clothing in the Strip District.  Suzanne Mauro
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a Fontani mohair sweater coat hand knit in Italy and trimmed with Finnish raccoon, which is available for $3749 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review </em></div>Jenny Shuman of Squirrel Hill models a Fontani mohair sweater coat hand knit in Italy and trimmed with Finnish raccoon, which is available for $3749 at Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside.
Kohl's - Jennifer Lopez cropped faux fur chubby jacket ($100), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kohl's</em></div>Jennifer Lopez cropped faux fur chubby jacket ($100), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
Kohl's - Jennifer Lopez faux fur mongolian sweater vest ($84), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kohl's</em></div>Jennifer Lopez faux fur mongolian sweater vest ($84), available at Kohl's stores and www.kohls.com. Kohl's
Fabulous-Furs - Color boot faux topper set ($39), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Fabulous-Furs</em></div>Color boot faux topper set ($39), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
Fabulous-Furs - Faux fur scrunchies (set of 4), ($25), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Fabulous-Furs</em></div>Faux fur scrunchies (set of 4), ($25), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
Fabulous-Furs - Faux black fox boot wraps with crystal buckles ($39), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Fabulous-Furs</em></div>Faux black fox boot wraps with crystal buckles ($39), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
Fabulous-Furs - Black sock with java leopard faux fur trim ($25), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Fabulous-Furs</em></div>Black sock with java leopard faux fur trim ($25), available at www.fabulous-furs.com. Fabulous-Furs
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Brown leather gloves trimmed in brown fox with a thinsulate lining ($115), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Brown leather gloves trimmed in brown fox with a thinsulate lining ($115), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Connie Keay models a gray angora stroller with black and gray chiffon rex rabbit detachable collar ($225), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Connie Keay models a gray angora stroller with black and gray chiffon rex rabbit detachable collar ($225), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
James Knox | Tribune-Review - Gray angora stroller with black and gray chiffon rex rabbit detachable collar ($225), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Tribune-Review</em></div>Gray angora stroller with black and gray chiffon rex rabbit detachable collar ($225), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Black felt hat with ranch mink brim, silk ribbon and s tones ($815), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Black felt hat with ranch mink brim, silk ribbon and s tones ($815), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Black cashmere cape with detatchable hood trimmed in natural chinchilla ($875) at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Black cashmere cape with detatchable hood trimmed in natural chinchilla ($875) at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, downtown Pittsburgh.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Black cashmere cape with detatchable hood trimmed in natural chinchilla ($875) at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Black cashmere cape with detatchable hood trimmed in natural chinchilla ($875) at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, downtown Pittsburgh.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Connie Keay models a gray angora stroller with black and gray chiffon rex rabbit detachable collar ($225), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Connie Keay models a gray angora stroller with black and gray chiffon rex rabbit detachable collar ($225), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Knitted black rabbit boot cuffs ($110), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Knitted black rabbit boot cuffs ($110), available at Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown Pittsburgh.
Zappos.com - Crocs cobbler leather clog with faux fur collar ($70), available at www.zappos.com. Zappos.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Zappos.com</em></div>Crocs cobbler leather clog with faux fur collar  ($70), available at www.zappos.com. Zappos.com
Suzanne Mauro - Cropped faux fur sweater ($138), available at Cache in Ross Park Mall. Suzanne Mauro
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Suzanne Mauro</em></div>Cropped faux fur sweater ($138), available at Cache in Ross Park Mall. Suzanne Mauro
Zappos.com - Levi's faux fur collar trucker ($88), available at www.zappos.com. Zappos.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Zappos.com</em></div>Levi's faux fur collar trucker ($88), available at www.zappos.com. Zappos.com

Care tips

• If fur gets wet, shake it to remove excess moisture and let it dry — but not near a source of direct heat.

• Fur should be cleaned and glazed by a professional.

• Store fur during warmer months. Roberta Weissburg Leathers offers free first-year storage for a garment purchased there as well as drive-by pick up for fur storage.

Source: Roberta Weissburg

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Sometimes, just a touch is all that's needed.

A peek of fur — real or faux — on a garment, accessory or shoe can add pop to a look.

“It's all in the details, as the fur trend transforms into being used to trim collars and cuffs, as well as sleeves and hems of jackets or skirts,” says Suzanne Mauro, a stylist accredited by the Association of Image Consultants International and producer of “Style Everyday with Suz” on PCTV. “It also decorates accessories like hats, boots, gloves, bags and scarves.”

You can express your fashion style by choosing accent pieces trimmed in fur, Mauro says.

“I love the way it feels and looks, and it can transform your whole look into something very chic,” she says. “You can pair a shrug with a simple turtleneck and pair of jeans, and it looks fabulous. Or try wearing a fur trim scarf and belt it over a dress or top.”

Faux furs today are luxurious-looking and well-made, says Donna Salyers, president and founder of Fabulous-Furs. She says a boot topper or wrap is a fun way to try the touch of fur trend. Her company creates faux fur everything, from socks to full-length coats.

“The boot wraps and toppers help give your boots a different and fun look,” Salyers says. “You can show off a little bit of your wild side. They are really eye-catching.”

Gloves are another way to add some fur. Or try a head band or vest, Salyers says.

Having an accent of fur “adds warmth, glamour and luxury,” says Roberta Weissburg, owner of Roberta Weissburg Leathers in Shadyside and SouthSide Works.

“It's another form of expression,” Weissburg says. “And on cold and dreary days, it can be comforting. It can add some fanciness without having to go with a full-length fur coat.”

The popularity of this “touch of fur” trend is growing, says Guy Herrmann, president of Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Downtown. He says he is seeing it in everything from fur trim cashmere coats to fur scarves to detachable cuffs.

“There are so many pretty accent pieces,” Herrmann says. “These accent pieces provide a pop to a cape or coat. And, because fur can be dyed, it now comes in so many fun colors and in short and long hair that it looks great with any outfit. I have had customers come back and tell me that people have noticed these accent pieces, because they do stand out.”

Buying a touch of fur is a way to get into this look without spending a lot of money, experts say. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a full fur, a trim accent of real fur on clothing can cost just hundreds.

Fur is being worn more on a daily basis than just for evenings out or special occasions. Women might not want to wear a long fur coat to the office or shopping with friends, but an accent piece works well day or night, says Herrmann.

Wearing this trend can be tricky, cautions Lindsay Huggins, senior fashion market editor for Self magazine. She says it is best on outerwear than inside clothing.

“On clothing, it can look too cave-womanish,” Huggins says. “Fur on clothing can be hard to pull off — real or faux. A fur trim hood on a coat is how I see this trend best, because I have seen fur on the bottom of a skirt and this is not flattering at all.”

It is a great look on shoes and boots, Huggins says, and handbags, as long as the entire bag is not fur.

“That…can be a little scary,” she says. “People might ask, ‘What is sitting next to you?' ”

Marissa Rubin, senior fashion market editor for People Style Watch, says she is seeing a lot of knitwear with fur trim.

“That way you get the look, but it's not too bulky,” Rubin says. “A full fur can add pounds and make you look chubby.”

A coat with a fur hood is amazing, she says. Pieces with fur linings that you can fold over to show some of the plush material works well, as does fur on boots exposed with a foldover top.

Fur arms on a coat or knit can be playful, too.

“And with the fabrics today, it is hard to tell real from faux,” Rubin says. “One difference is real is a little more breathable, but both are warm and fashionable.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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