WIW: Faux Fur for -43

We are in a serious deep freeze right now and hit a low last night of -43 Celcius with windchill. Apparently it's not going to get any warmer today…sigh…

Definitely the perfect day to wear my faux fur vest. I started with that item in mind and built the outfit around it. I chose my burgundy skinnies and paired them with a simple black knit with 3/4 sleeves and added a semi tuck and black leather belt. I went with my patent black booties for footwear and my black leather handbag with gold hardware. My rose gold/black watch and gold wedding band round out the outfit. I have to thank Denise (CocoLion) for this outfit. In my thread figuring out different ways to wear my burgundy skinnies, she suggested the fur vest with black underneath, keeping the outfit simple. Thanks Denise :)

When I head out the door, I'll be wearing my long red puffer, faux burberry scarf, gloves and my winter boots. I carry my indoor footwear to and from work every day (along with my lunch).

So what do you think of this outfit? Does it all work together? My happiness factor is pretty darned high with this ensemble I must admit. As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Vest: Jeanne Bekker
Pullover: Sears
Skinnies: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Belt & handbag: Danier Leather
Booties: Ara

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  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    I am generally not a huge fan of furry vests but this looks fantastic. I love how the shine on the shoes reflects the glow of the vest.

  • JillG replied 6 years ago

    I love this low contrast outfit.  It looks great for an absolutely frigid day.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    *Taking notes*  I am going to copy that!!  Simple and chic!  I think the low contrast top works very well with the vest.  Your happiness factor has to be high :)

  • replied 6 years ago

    Looks great -- simple and rich.

    How will your dress code be at your new office? Will you be able to wear things like this?

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    I'm with Shevia - I'm normally not a fan of faux fur, but this looks fantastic!

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Oh, nice!  Great way to "soften" the impact of the vest, ie make it professional rather than fun. 

    -43..... BRRRRRRRR.....

  • Mochi replied 6 years ago

    very late to the game in seeing your burgundy skinnies, but my they and this entire outfit are fantastic. I also am not usually a furry vest fan, but you somehow pull this off. Editing to add that there's something about the collar that's really flattering and intriguing to me. You make (your insane) winter look super chic. 

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    Love this!  And I'm shivering just thinking about your weather!

  • catherine replied 6 years ago

    You look great.  I'll bet you can't wait to start your new job.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    This is fabulous, Shannon! I love how you are looking in your skinnies these days. You are so svelte and sleek, like a sexy mink! 

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    Great vest!  I recently put my furry vest in the Goodwill pile and now I can't remember why.  This outfit makes me think I should pull it out and experiment with some combinations.

  • LAR101 replied 6 years ago

    I really like the outfit ensemble: simple, chic - 

  • Sona replied 6 years ago

    oooh fab way to do darker colors and fur!

  • rute replied 6 years ago

    Love! Very trendy and chic!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Love the low contrast color combo.  I've been searching high and low for a pair of burgundy skinnies, but the only ones I find are.  sigh.  ankle pants.  I would so love to try to reproduce your fabness!

    The vest is sleek and practical here.  We're quite cold too, but my, oh, my, you have us beat!

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous fur vest.  Many of the one's I see look very puffy, but this one looks streamlined.  I like the darker palette here.  Nice outfit!

  • MuseumGal replied 6 years ago

    You look awesome, and I love that you always give a detail photo of the shoes/bag/accessorries.  Now I want a fur vest to wear with my burgundy pants ...

  • replied 6 years ago

    Fabulously cosy and chic!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    I also was not a fan of fur vests...until I found this one. I knew I didn't want anything lighter colored or multi colored because IMHO, that would make the vest more casual and then I wouldn't be comfortable wearing it to work. I wanted a vest that was sleeker and could actually come across as "dressy". This one fit the bill with its fit, dark brown (almost black) color and its shine.

    Mochi - it's interesting that you mention the collar on the vest. That's one of things that attracted me to this style. I think the collar makes it a little dressier and work appropriate.

    Suz - OMG...LOL! That's exactly what hubby calls this vest - my sexy mink vest...ha ha ha....

    Ceit - I'm entirely sure yet what the dress code will be in my new position. It is a more corporate office setting but in a more relaxed hospital, if that makes any sense. The ladies I saw there when I went for my interviews were wearing basic black pants and a sweater. I did see one lady in a fabulous black/white polka dot tube-style skirt with black tights, black turtleneck and booties. I'll have to observe once I'm there and see how the others dress. Mind you, the CEO was wearing jeans, turtleneck, sport coat and running shoes when I went for my interview...I don't think they do Casual Friday though.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your comments all :)

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Your weather is scheduled to hit us this morning  :(   Please take it back!

    Still, you look amazing and warm.

  • karymk replied 6 years ago

    Looks really elegant, Shannon.  I would love to see your red puffer coat! Have I ? I know you have great Danier pieces.  

  • Inge replied 6 years ago

    It absolutely works together, oh yezzz!! Love the textural interest you have going on with the faux fur and patent booties, Shannon. And those burgundy skinnies look amazing on you. A fantastic Winter outfit, and your outerwear choices sound fabulous too.

    And -43°C!!!??? I want to put on three extra sweaters just thinking about that!!-) Bundle up!

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    I'm another one who is not normally a fan of the look of fur but I really like it here!  (I think because yours looks velvety and not hairy...)  The textures are really lovely and rich in this outfit. 

    And, holy cow, -43?  I can't fathom how cold that is!  Stay warm! Can I ask what you Canadians do to protect your faces when it's that cold out? Ski mask?  When it gets around 5F/-15C around here (about as cold as it ever gets) they start issuing warnings about going outside with exposed skin. 

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Blargh! Meanwhile it's been in the 30s here with no snow and people are hopping mad! Wind chill is the worst though and we do have that. Nothing like ice particles in your face.

    You look fabulous and I love you in that vest.

  • Sharon replied 6 years ago

    I love it!
    I really appreciate your thoughts on fur vests re: the casual factor because as soon as I saw your photo I thought how sophisticated the whole outfit looked and wondered why my faux fur vest never looked as stylish.

    I think using the fur vest as a textural element is so clever and works beautifully. The whole outfit is polished and cohesive. Just fab!

  • Alexandra replied 6 years ago

    Totally fabulous! I'm not usually a fan of fur vests but seeing yours makes me want one just like it.

  • Isabel replied 6 years ago

    You look amazing !  But I am afraid that I cannot get passed the temp. One of my cousins wrote me today to tell me that she was freezing today in the Azores.  It was 14 C !  LOL 

  • celia replied 6 years ago

    This totally works and is a great solution for the cold weather we are facing right now.
    @Isabel LOL my mother os also freezing in Lisbon with 13C

  • E replied 6 years ago

    You look great, high happiness indeed! That vest is so lovely and sleek. :D I love faux fur and really want one of those short scarves that sits almost like a collar, but I can't seem to find the perfect one this year. Which is probably for the best, because I'd walk around petting it in public. LOL

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    I have been wondering if the fur vest was still in and I am really glad to see you wearing yours.  I was going to put mine on Ebay but I think I might keep and see if I wear it next winter.  This is beautiful Shannon.  Streamlined and simple but still interesting.  Cannot believe how cold it is there.  I am sitting at my desk in a sleeveless dress and sandals!

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 6 years ago

    I LOVE your outfit!   But I can't wrap my head around -43... CELSIUS??  I don't want to know what that is in farenheit...

    Stay warm!

  • Ornella replied 6 years ago

    You look great Shannon, but???


    Can humans live in such climate??

  • Robidi replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful! That's one of the prettiest faux fur vests I have seen.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago


    Add this one to my Shannon Faves List. 

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    I shiver for you.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Oh good grief, that's cold! I love the faux fur. You look fantastic.

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Leave it to our Shannon to wear a fur vest with elegance and spunk! Love everything about it (and waving to a stylish cousin of my new wardrobe Danier pets :-) )

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Ahahaha, Shannon! -43!!!! Ahahaha!

    No. You are soooo lying to me, woman. You have left the battery powered, heated long johns off your list.

    JK. The vest is great. It's rather 1940s cool.

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