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My Top 3 Winter Trends Including Going Faux with Rachel Zoe

Nearly three years ago to this very day I walked into a dive bar with a couple friends in a seedy neighborhood in San Francisco. It had been a long, uneventful night as we headed home from a holiday party. I took a seat in my navy blue lace cocktail dress and cozied up in a vintage fur shawl I’d recently purchased, when I couldn’t help but notice a woman scowling at me just a few bar stools away.

“What is that you’re wearing?” she asked. “Is that RAT fur?” she howled as she let out a loud, evil, Ursula-like laugh. It was an instant Disney villain flashback and while slightly disturbing, she had a point.

I looked ridiculously over-dressed and I should have known better than to wear real fur so I kept my mouth shut. From that day forward I’ve worn faux fur and never looked back once. There are so many benefits. It’s everywhere, it’s in-extinctable and it adds an undeniable glam factor to any woman’s winter wardrobe as shown below on my sister.

My sis, Jody, striking a pose in this Michael Kors faux fur jacket seen earlier here & my previous post. She’s also wearing my 2nd favorite winter trend – leather (faux leather is good too) F21 pants
Photo details: Photographer – Thomas
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/1.4L USM
E Light: Canon Speedlite 580EX
Setup: Camera set on tripod, Speedlite handheld
Moving on to the Queen of Faux…Rachel Zoe
Rachel Zoe is one of Hollywood’s top celebrity stylists. Her own fashion line includes lots of faux fur.  
Favorite tips to wearing faux fur:
1. If you’re new to wearing faux fur, try a vest with your favorite pair of jeans and a simple solid top.
2. Choose your favorite color or pattern. There are so many light, dark, and glamorous natural shades.
3. I wear this trend during fall & winter so now is the time to buy, plus they are probably on sale now that the holidays are over. Any faux fur detail on a jacket or coat works too if you want small doses. 
(Sidenote- If you ever want to torture a guy, make him watch a marathon of the “Rachel Zoe Project.” 
Trend 2 – Loving Leather 
Leather jacket- F21 Boots- Report Signature

This pic featuring leather is from my very first blog post earlier this year when I had a couple readers including myself. However, leather is a big trend for skirts, dresses, jackets and boots in all different shades this winter. And speaking of boots, they’re my 3rd favorite winter trend. There are so many hot styles now from booties to thigh-highs that you really should spend ample time in the shoe section test walking any style that catches your fancy.

Faux fur, leather and boots are my favorite trends this winter. Are you a faux fur fan & what are your fave styles because spring attire will be stocked before we know it? 🙂 

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! See you in a few days 🙂

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  1. Gawgus things... says:

    Faux fur and leather are my favourites!! I’ve got a pair of ‘pleather’ trousers that I love to wear during the day dressed down with biker boots and a fur gilet.
    Emma xx

  2. haha.. what a biyotch! actually i still wear real fur.. but only vintage.. and rachael zoe actually wears TONS of real fur.. she’s talked about it before in multiple interiews.. that if she has to stop wearing real fur then she has to stop wearing leather handbags and so forth. but anyways holy shizz dale those OTK boots are EFFIN’ HOT ON YOU!!

  3. Sandwich de Dinausore says:

    Nice picture! 🙂


  4. Fashion, Art and other fancies says:

    I sometimes enjoy wearing faux fur along with leather. I love all the images here. Happy Holidays.

  5. These trends ar amazing, i really like them!<3
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  6. She is so awesome.

  7. Sweet and Bitter says:

    this is really awesome and even I totally believe in faux fur. The boots are awesome!

    happy holidays again hun


  8. I feel like I could never own enough boots even though I have fewer opportunities to wear them, sigh.

  9. CottonCandyINK says:

    love the boots in the last pic

  10. I love faux fur!
    Those boots you’re wearing are gorgeous!



  12. I love love love your blog. Gorgeous photos, lovely taste!!
    Following :))


  13. *Glam Chameleon* says:

    Love your top trends and love faux fur, ok along with sexy leather number on u!;)
    Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

  14. Wow your sister is so beautiful!! and I love that faux fur..gorgeous!You girls have a really good taste.

  15. I also prefer faux fur, but I think I won’t wear real leather pants. I don’t know, but I don’t think I could feel comfortable in… Is your sister a model? What a picture!


  16. Francesca R says:

    How rude of your friend! However I like faux furs and I have never worn a real one! I like leather too!

  17. Collette Osuna says:

    Love faux fur…..the first pic? amazing!

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

  18. Nina Trendsurvivor Papaioannou says:

    Your blog is very interesting… I still have mixed feelings about real fur.. I have vintage mink fur from my family and i want to wear it…
    I am following you !!!
    Happy Holidays

  19. deniz saatçioğlu says:

    I always prefer faux fur instead of real ones.

    Thanks for your visit and comment honey.


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  21. just tututiny says:

    Loving all the fur embellishments! So pretty.

    Hope you had a great holiday 😉

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  22. Real or faux, we love the fur look! Great jacket. xo style, she wrote

  23. Loving leather jackets!


  24. Dale, I could not agree more – these are fabulous trends and I hope they are around for a while.

    Hope to see you soon!


  25. love rachel zoe!! happy holidays!!


  26. Awww, this is a very helpful guide! I’ve been wanting a faux fur vest for like forever now haha. I’m still searching for the perfect one. Oh, I also want to purchase leather leggings. I’m just quite worried they would be a bit too uncomfortable for me!

    Lots of love, B
    Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

  27. Happy holidays! loving what you have to say in your blog! follow eachother?

  28. nice pics, im having a Kate Spade giveaway, come join if u like? http://mwanwan.blogspot.com/2011/12/kate-spade-giveaway.html

  29. Wow, you are rocking out that leather jacket, and you have the look to match! Your sis also looks amazing, and the backdrop is just right!

    The makeup, the wardrobe, the models, the lighting & photography… bravo, bravo, bravo! 😀

  30. shooting star says:

    i love faux fur…non-guilty fashion works just fine with me!!!!

    season’s greetings

  31. I’m a great fan of faux fur too – whether in jackets or hats. My favorite piece of faux fur is probably my Russian style hat: warm AND ethical in more ways than one as it came from a charity shop.

  32. Dale, both your sis an dyou look stunning!! thanks for putting all the deets on the camera there (when I have $ to get a better lense I’m going to aim for that one!). I am so picky with my faux fur because I didn’t want to look like a teddy bear, but now I’m obssessed with it!! I love your tips!! I have yet to wear my faux fur vests on my blog (I should do it quick!). Have a great new year!


    ps. I have tortured the bf with one episode of the RZP! hee hee

  33. Audrey (hkittygirl) says:

    Faux fur is such a fun thing to wear during the holidays! 🙂

  34. Fashion Confessions of a Mommy says:

    These are great photos. The last one especially with the OTK brown boots.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  35. Gosh, I haven’t visited your blog in quite a while. I like both trends, but I can’t say I’m an expert or something. For example, I bought leather jacket year ago and I’m still obssesed with it (every time I get the chance, I wear it). As for the faux fur, I haven’t tried it yet, but would looove to 🙂 Great post.
    Happy New Year 2012!


  36. I don’t own any fur pieces. but i really want some fur vest. F21 has a bunch of them. Your sister looks great! i love those leather pants. I need a pair.


  37. Rachel {Da Paura ♥} says:

    These are all 3 great classics and staples for every year! They never go out of style. Awesome choices. I became a boot fanatic after living in Rome and they were everywhere…all types and such a necessity for living in a big city with cobblestone! LOVE that photo of you in your own boots. Such an amazing photo and you look gorgeous!

    Happy New Year friend!

  38. Miss Caitlin S. says:

    What a great way to go into faux fur- and while that lady sounds like a complete B, I like you how said you knew better than to wear fur. I have 2 fur pieces- 1) is one I got at a thrift store for like 6 bucks. I seriously didn’t even consider that it was real fur until I made a point to look like a month later and to my astonishment, it was! I mean- I had no idea, it was so cheap. and 2) actually, just on Christmas I inherited from my Aunts my late Grandma’s fur stole… I am at odds with it. Given how it’s from the 60s and was my Grandma’s, I’m in love with it. But the animal lover in me is confused. I still don’t know what to do. But yes, I will forever make a point to buy faux. And loving leather as well.

    Your sister is beautiful!

  39. Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph says:

    I own a few faux fur items but I prefer real fur. I think it looks much better.

    Anyways, gorgeous photos. Love those boots.

  40. Le Chic World says:

    Very Chic!!

  41. Chelsea Elizabeth. says:

    I love the faux fur and leather!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

  42. Thanks so much for the comments and I definitely see why it’s easy to be on the fence about vintage fur.

    @Lisa You’re so right, Rachel does wear it. I remember her saying that on one of her shows

  43. Ah your blog is way too cute. I love faux fur and leather. I guess thats ONE good thing about Chicago our winter lasts forever. So these pieces can get a little more wear.


  44. Your report signature boots are AMAZING!! I Love faux fur and leather. They are classic staples.

  45. I also wanted to let you know that I have been on the candy cane diet lol. Love it!

  46. faux fur is definitely the way to go
    your sister is gorgeous!
    hope you have a wonderful NYE 🙂

  47. great post! I love this tendency!

    Inside and Outside Blog

  48. Great post and tips dear, I am so glad you opted for wearing only faux fur now.

  49. You have a amazing blog 🙂 Take a look at my blog if you want 🙂

  50. i ADORE leather and faux fur.
    especially the two together, really kind of rough and sexy.


  51. Wooowww…love it! Especially the first! 🙂
    Maybe you’ll have time to visit my blog 🙂

    Fashion Crazy Ball on Bloglovin and My Facebook Page

  52. ur sister is gorgeous and so are you ….who doesnt love a bit of fur …
    i hope u take time to look at my blog



  53. I love love faux fur – it’s chic, eco-friendly, and totally affordable – what’s not to love?
    xx Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

  54. Thanks for following! I love the leather boots. Faux fur is not for me but maybe I’ll convert to that in the future 🙂
    Love, x Liesbeth

  55. Maggie ☮ says:

    You look amazing! 🙂 Thank You so much for following!! =] I agree with their Christmas card, it has turned more into a photoshoot than sending warm happy feelings from “my family to yours” but as much as I love them that is was the Kardashians are made of and that isn’t going to change lol

    xo Happy New Year to you.

  56. Oh to Be a Muse says:

    we are on the same page here. i’ll be wearing a faux fur vest on NYE. if it gets too cold in San Fran then I might pair it with some jeans too.

  57. I’m a total fan of friendly and faux furs. Goats and sheep don’t get killed they get sheared so that they can live through the summer months without dying of sweat. I’ve also seen some amazing faux out there lately. Great post . . .

  58. I’ve been TRYING to find a faux fur vest in a light color like Rachel Zoes, but I can’t find one that I think doesn’t look very faux. Haha. Does that makes sense? 🙂


  59. samecookiesdifferent says:

    really really love her fur vest!
    xx the cookies
    wish you an amazing new years eve!
    share the feeling

  60. i love trend 2 is soo sexy 😀

  61. Nice post


  62. Miss Starshiny says:

    hello and thanks for your comment!
    I want to buy a faux fur vest.
    Nice looks!
    Miss Starshiny

  63. Rachel Zoe is definitely my all time Fur-spiration. I love her! Will undoubtedly be wearing a lot of it this winter as well!

  64. Marianne M. says:

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  65. Hi Dale! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and leaving such a sweet comment!! I love your blog! I love that you have pics of your family posing on here. That is something new that I have yet to see! I’m a new follower to you now. Thanks for following me! Great post and I have to admit that I bought a mink coat 2 years ago and I have yet to wear it out, because I am slightly afraid someone will say something rude to me, but I wear it when visiting friends and going to the in laws when it is super cold! LOL! You had some guts to wear it at the dive bar! You should still wear it, but not to those dive bars! xx


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