Heather Bien

writing and designing a colorful life

Vintage Faux Fur: A Modern Look

Last weekend, when I was in Frederick, MD, I stopped in a vintage boutique called Venus on the Half Shell. First of all, I could have walked out with half of that store. I had to stop myself from buying a white sparkly beaded vintage clutch as my "wedding day clutch"...because I won't be carrying a clutch that day? And I told myself I'll come back for a long tartan skirt for...next Christmas. But, what I did treat myself to was a gorgeous vintage faux fur coat and that inspired me to pull together two posts for you. This one, an outfit post, and one coming at you later with all the details on how to find your perfect vintage faux fur coat.

THE PERFECT FOR ME VINTAGE COAT

The minute I saw this coat I knew it had to be mine. I love the color of the faux mink — it's a dark, dark brown with a slight reddish tint. It can easily be worn with black or brown, so it's super versatile. The big shawl collar is so cozy and warm, and the tailored sleeves give it a ladylike feel. My favorite detail? Those gold and black buttons.





MAKING IT MODERN

While I love a faux fur coat however you choose to style it, I do like to give it a bit of a modern edge. When I'm wearing vintage, I don't want it to seem too literal. No need for rhinestone earrings (unless you're aiming to look fancy, in which case, go for it!), pumps, and an a-line dress on a daily basis.

This coat seemed the right touch of glam to add to a simple black turtleneck and high waisted jeans. Add a pair of cowboy boots, some statement earrings, and you have a look that's just quirky enough while still seeming a bit effortless, like you just threw it on and headed out the door for the day.





THOSE EARRINGS

I picked up these amazing architectural earrings when I was in Richmond over Christmas. I knew I wanted to find a piece of jewelry at Quirk Gallery at Quirk Hotel. They make such a statement and are as perfect with a simple black turtleneck and jeans as they are with a cocktail dress.

This exact pair doesn't seem to be online, but you can actually find David Aubrey earrings at Nordstrom. I love this geometric fringe pair and these geometric drops.





WHEN CAN'T YOU WEAR COWBOY BOOTS?

Answer: you always can. I love pairing my boots with glam accessories like I did here, wearing them with the traditional flannel and jeans, or putting them with a dress and tights for an unexpected alternative to booties.

I got these boots on my first trip to Austin with Adam, so, of course, they're my absolute favorite. Literally getting me a pair of boots was our first stop upon arriving into town. I can't find them online any longer, but here's a similar pair from Ariat.




COMING AT YOU SOON

Now, stay tuned as I gather all my best tips on finding your own vintage faux fur coat. From vintage stores to Etsy, there are so many options out there. AND you don't need to spend a bundle. You can find a gem for less than you'd pay for a new one at a department store!

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