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What’s the Best Faux-Fur Coat for Women?

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While clothing largely does not matter in 2020, coats very much do. At a time when socializing exclusively happens outdoors (and going to the grocery store is considered an occasion), the only chance to make a statement is with one’s outerwear. And there’s no better statement than a faux-fur coat, which will keep you as toasty as a puffer but won’t make you feel like you’re wearing a sleeping bag. (Though if that’s what you’re looking for, we have just the thing.) To locate the best faux options out there, we consulted nearly a dozen stylish women, from stylists to editors, about their go-tos. Below, you’ll find the fluffy layer favored by stylish Brits, actually realistic-looking artificial furs, and the (almost) exact one Kacey Musgraves wore in her last music video.

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Liz Gonzalez, TikTok resident for Gallery Media Group, is a self-proclaimed faux-fur obsessive. She got a bright red coat from Apparis last season, which is now only available in very limited sizes, but she pointed us to this very similar H&M option. Gonzalez says it makes “even the most basic outfits look spiffy and chic.” (If you’re looking for something a little less bold than a fuchsia fur, it also comes in black and beige.)

Gonzalez also recommends this jacket, which looks like a cropped version of her Apparis one. It has a nice big collar and side pockets, plus it comes in unexpected colors, like lavender, neon orange, and this subtle pumpkin. And because of its more relaxed cut, we think it makes a nice alternative to a jean jacket.

“No joke,” begins Tyler McCall, editor-in-chief of Fashionista, “one of the faux-fur coats that got me the most compliments came from Abercrombie & Fitch.” This mid-length option with an oversize collar comes in five colors, plus two sherpa options. McCall owns the leopard, which is sure to stand out among all of the black puffers out there. She confirms it’s as cozy as it looks, and says it actually holds up well in the cold.

If you’re not looking for full-length outerwear, Gonzalez recommends the cropped version of McCall’s Abercrombie & Fitch coat. It’s about half the length, and about half the price.

I’ve long been enamored with Kacey Musgraves — and her style — and I have to imagine I’m not alone. When she posted some behind-the-scenes photos from her video “Easy” with Troye Sivan on Instagram wearing a very chic white faux-fur coat, I had to know where it was from. Her stylist Mel Ottenberg, creative director for Interview Magazine who also works with Rihanna and Bella Hadid, told me it’s “a vintage Jordache faux-fur coat from Black Shag Vintage in Nashville.” As he explained, “I really wanted to style Kacey in a big white faux-fur chubby for the ‘Easy’ video because it’s fun and sleazy and easy, but I couldn’t find one I liked in New York City. Nashville is filled with magical vintage shopping, and I found this one when I discovered Black Shag Vintage which is easily one of the best vintage stores in the country.” Because it’s vintage, you’re unlikely to score the exact one Kacey wore, but there are tons of similar-looking coats available on sites like Etsy and eBay.

For a shaggy-style faux fur coat, Gonzalez loves this extra plush option from Target, which also comes in light blue, pink, and beige. Like the BlankNYC coat, it has an open front — so it’s perhaps not the warmest option — but for $40, it sure looks nice.

“When UGG launched ready-to-wear, I knew I would be hooked,” says Asia Milia Ware, editorial assistant at Teen Vogue, who owns several coats from the brand beloved for their boots. “Their faux-fur jackets feel like literal clouds and the styles are cute enough to rock with either athleisure or a full leather look for a night out (whenever we can do that again),” she says. Much like their boots and slippers — which we’ve covered many times before — their outerwear will keep you warm and cozy, even as temperatures drop. This hoodie, which Ware owns and loves, has fleece “handwarmer pockets” and comes in four solid colors, plus a leopard print.

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Our experts love Apparis for faux-fur coats — a whopping seven out of ten experts suggest the eco-conscious brand. “In my opinion, the faux-fur pieces by Apparis are the best that money can buy,” says Bella Gerard, fashion and lifestyle editor at Stylecaster. While many faux-fur coats have a coarse texture due to the synthetic material, she describes these as “so soft.” She appreciates that they “come in a myriad of colors from classic neutrals to stand out shades,” like this bubblegum pink shade that also happens to be a favorite of McCall’s. “One of the joys of faux fur is that it’s even better if it doesn’t look remotely real, in my humble opinion,” says McCall. She also cites Apparis’s wide range of colors as why they’re worth the buy. “It gives any basic outfit a healthy dose of whimsy,” she adds.

Ware also thinks “Apparis always delivers” with their faux-fur styles. “I absolutely live for a dramatic faux-fur moment,” she says, which is why she’s partial to this oversize robe-style coat. It can “make any outfit go from boring to chic and exciting,” Ware adds. It comes in three colors — gray, white, and black — “all basic enough to go with almost anything in your closet while still adding the edge.”

If you’d rather do faux shearling than faux fur, Ellie Delphine, founder of Slip Into Style, suggests this double-breasted coat from — once again — Apparis that comes in eight different shades. She lives in Paris, where it can be quite chilly, but this keeps her “very warm on cold Parisian days.” And as she says, the price point for an actually realistic-looking coat is actually “reasonable.”

We’ve mentioned some leopard options, but how about an on-trend cow print? Gonzalez loves a faux-fur coat that’s “extravagant and fun,” and this cow print one she owns certainly fits the bill. Like the UGG coat, this, too, has a hood. It’s cropped, but because of how oversized it is, Gonzalez promises it’ll keep you warm this winter.

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“I’m such a fan of this luxe and long navy moment,” says Kristin Sudeikis, founder of dance-based workout class FORWARD__Space, who loves that “Apparis’s mission is to create classic pieces with a bold twist.” Because she’s five-foot-seven, she looks for “longer coats to attempt to stay as warm and cozy as possible,” and this one seems to be the perfect length of her. “I wear this after a dance sweat session, and/or out. And by ‘out’ these days, I mean out to grab groceries and then, back home to listen to D-Nice on IG Live and cook something,” she says. Brooke Wise, founder of Aloha From Hell Film Festival, also likes the length of this coat, calling it “luxurious” yet “comfy.” She prefers the teddy bear brown, but appreciates that it “comes in bright colors,” too, if that’s more your vibe.

British It-brand Shrimps is “known for their faux fur and the high quality of their coats,” explains Wise. She says her “vegan friends” love the label and she’s become a big “supporter,” too. Shrimps coats come in unique patterns — like this one shown with portraits and this one with bright blue hearts — as well as more sophisticated shapes than most other fur coats on the market.

Gerard calls this trench “a literal ray of sunshine” and promises that it feels luxurious and soft. “You won’t be able to stop stroking it,” she says. Best of all, Maison Atia offers matching faux-fur headbands and hats, so as Gerard puts it, “you can coordinate with your coat for an especially over-the-top look. Why not, right?”

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Sudeikis thinks anything from House of Fluff is the “type of piece that you keep forever and then pass down with countless amounts of stories held in the jacket.” The vintage-inspired coats look the most realistic out of all the ones we’ve shown so far — for those who want something that looks real but isn’t, Sudeikis says you can’t do better than this.

While only available on resale sites currently, this coat comes recommended by two of our experts. Shelby Ying Hyde, contributing shopping editor for sites like Harper’s Bazaar and The Zoe Report, invested in this coat a few seasons ago, calling it “money well spent.” Because she grew up in the midwest, she has an “aversion to wearing puffer coats every day,” and instead opts for faux fur. “One of the best parts about the New York–based brand’s super-soft shearling is that it’s as chic as it is practical — I’ll just as easily wear it with sweats, as I will jeans and a blazer, regardless of how over the top it may seem.” The best part for Delphine is the belted style, which actually makes the piece extremely versatile. “When I’m in the mood for a casual look, I wear the belt very loose around my waist with flats or sneakers. When I want to go for a more sophisticated look, I will cinch the belt and wear heels,” she says.

And if you’re looking for just a toe-dip into faux fur

A full faux-fur coat is a commitment; if you’re just looking to try out the trend, consider a faux-fur collar. Gerard says “faux-fur collars and trims are all the rage” right now, and she especially likes this option (which gets “bonus points” from her because it’s faux leather). She calls it “very Men in Black meets New York fashionista trying to get a cute Instagram photo even in the cold.”

For something a little more whimsical, McCall loves Kate Spade. “I have to say, they make some of the best outwear.” (And I concur. My 3-year-old winter coat — with a faux-fur collar — is Kate Spade and it’s held up wonderfully from year to year.) “It’s going to look way more expensive than what you actually pay for it, and the removable faux-fur collars make it a versatile investment,” McCall adds. She’s particularly into this cat motif, which would allow her to, as she puts it, “live my best Miss Havisham quarantine life.” The feline pattern is quickly selling out, but she says you can’t go wrong with their solid-colored versions, too.

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“While this coat isn’t fully faux fur, it has the perfect amount of faux-fur detailing from the collar to the cuffs,” says Ware. Even though it’s a bit more toned down than some of her other favorites, Ware thinks it’s still “a good statement” that will “turn heads” without overdoing it.

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What’s the Best Faux-Fur Coat for Women?