In my previous post "How to Wear a Fur Vest" I mentioned that I struggled finding a fur vest that didn't add extra weight to my frame or made me feel like I was wearing a gorilla suit. I ended up purchasing a thinner fur vest with a knit back, that was more slimming than the typical thick, shaggy furs. I was very happy with that fur vest, and still am. And then, over the holidays, I found this thick, shaggy fur vest at J.C. Penney for only $12.59. Although I continue to feel these thicker fur vests add unwanted pounds, at that price, I didn't care, so I bought it!
So that brings me to the topic, HOW DO YOU WEAR THESE THICK, SHAGGY, FUR VESTS?
I don't care how tiny or tall you are, if you put on a thick, shaggy fur vest you will look bigger. You just have to accept that with this style of clothing. The trick to wearing these vests is balance. Keep the clothing under the vest thin or minimal and keep the clothing below the vest tighter or more form fitting.
"So if these vests are going to make me look heavier why do I want to wear one?" you might ask. Well other than the fact that they are very on-trend right now and oh, so stylish, elegant, and luxurious, they are also very warm! The first time I wore my vest was when I was shopping at the Mall of America and I didn't want to carry a winter coat inside the mall so I wore just my vest instead. I was able to walk from my car to the mall in freezing weather with only my bare arms cold; my body core stayed warm. Unfortunately, the vest was so warm that I was sweltering when I was inside the mall. Below is a picture I shared on Instagram and also in a previous holiday post.
The next time I wore this vest was to church last Sunday. It was so bitter cold, I don't think it got above zero all day, and even with bare arms, I felt toasty warm.
My favorite feature of this vest, other than it's warmth, is the pockets!
A tunic dress is the perfect item to layer with a thick, fur vest. I found this one at Forever 21 about two months ago. It is a thin, knit fabric, so it is very slimming. I added cable knit leggings underneath the dress. Other options if you didn't want to wear a dress and leggings would be form fitting pants like skinny jeans or Old Navy's cropped pixie pants. A slim fitting pencil skirt would also work, although I even wore it with a skater skirt (see that post HERE), because it was short and the thinnest part of my body (my legs) balanced out the heaviness of the vest.
Basically, the simple rule to wearing a thick shaggy fur vest is to balance with something slim and form fitting on the lower half of your body.
These cable knit tights are so super warm! I bought them last year at Sears.
The first time I wore this outfit, I wore tall flat boots because I knew I would be walking all day. This time, I wore boots with heels since I was only going to church. I think the outfit looks better with heels because it elongates the body and makes you look taller and slimmer.
I purchased this dress in a size large because it's Junior sizes and I also wanted a looser fit. I do not like to wear clingy clothes.
Here is another Instagram picture I shared of me wearing this dress over the holidays. I've gotten a lot of use out of it thus far!
Here are some more ways to wear thick, shaggy fur vests from Pinterest!
Balance the heaviness of the top by wearing your vest with leggings!
Sheri is a plus size fashion blogger, and she looks amazing in her fur vest!
Wear a fur vest with slim fitting pants
And if skinny jeans aren't your thing, here is an example of how to wear your fur vest with flares!
This look works, because the jeans are form fitting through out most of the lower body. They don't flare until they are past the knee, and if anything, the flare of the jean leg balances with the thickness of the fur.
This look is similar to mine except I have tights and boots on because it's too cold to go bare-legged.
And for those women who think they might be too old to wear a fur vest, well here are some over fifty women who look amazing in their fur!
Have a great day! Amy
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