It's hard to pick up a fashion magazine without reading that fur's a must this season. Faux is the obvious fix when a Fendi mink's out of the question (the imitations aren't looking half bad these days). But now there's also lots of the real stuff to snap up -- at prices that won't give you the shivers.
Jackets are best short and boxy with few details. A real rabbit chubby from Express looks sleek and jet-set-y with leather pants and dark glasses ($198 at Express stores). A white one from Bebe is hip ($269 at Bebe stores). For a tarty, trashy eighties effect, you can't top Bisou Bisou's fuzzy pink number ($300 at Bisou Bisou stores). Prefer leaving the bunnies to themselves? Try a snazzy faux-mink jacket by A|X Armani Exchange ($225).
Vests are even more fashion forward. But remember to wear them with sleek, fitted clothes (or you risk looking like a trapper on the hunt). Try Cynthia Steffe's fur-front one ($199 at Bloomingdale's) or Nine West's faux version ($199 at Lord & Taylor).
Picks of the Week
La Perla's sexy lingerie is up to 75 percent off. Bras and panties are $65; sleepwear is $95; swimsuits are $69. 24 W. 40th St., first floor (212-278-0121); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 9-7, Sat. 11-4; 11/20-11/26.
Margo Manhattan is closing her shop on Thompson Street and clearing her chunky jewelry at 30 to 70 percent off, starting at $65. 100 Thompson St. (212-925-0735); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-7, Sat. noon-7, Sun. noon-6; 11/26-12/24.
Scandia Down's 25 percent off. Luxurious queen-size duvets are $266 to $731 and feather beds are $244 to $563. Nancy Koltes at Home, 31 Spring St. (212-219-2271); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. noon-6; 11/24-12/31.
Wedding Ring Originals's ready-made jewelry and engagement-ring settings are 20 percent off. Diamond rings are from $320. 674 Lexington Ave., at 56th St. (212-751-3940); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10:30-6:30, Sat. till 5:30; 11/20-12/31.
Club Monaco's stylish fall basics are now mostly 30 to 60 percent off. Call 888-580-5084 for locations; A.E., M.C., V.; through 12/14.
Jill Stuart's fall things -- chiffon blouses, tweed coats, etc. -- are $85 to $450; that's 30 to 50 percent off. 100 Greene St. (212-343-2300); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Sun. noon-7; 11/21-11/26.
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