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Faux fur adds flair as well as lots of fun.

Byline: WENDA JAMES-ROWE

Faux fur is back in a big way, and it's now difficult to tell the difference from the real thing!

A big reason faux fur is popular year after year is because it's totally touchable, plush, and adds instant glamour. Not only will you be incredibly warm and cozy, but you'll be adding some fun texture to your outfit.

Featured in the collections of numerous designers for the winter season of 2011-12, faux fur is your best option if you want to pick fabrics that are both budget and animal-friendly.

* The advantages of wearing faux fur: Wearing faux fur will not only keep you updated with the current trend, but will also give you the chance to stay warm against the ice-cold breeze without spending hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds on the real thing.

Choosing faux fur for your winter clothes means picking out one of the most versatile materials suitable for harsh weather. For instance, faux fur is available in all kinds of colours that are not available in the case of genuine fur, and can also be found in a variety of textures. This luxurious looking, yet affordable material, can be found on different kinds of clothing pieces, from coats, jacket, gilets and boleros, to bags, boots and other accessories. So whatever clothes and style you prefer, there's got to be a choice involving this warm, stylish material as well.

* How to wear faux fur: First of all, always choose less voluminous textures of faux fur, since some can make you look bulkier by adding volume to body parts that do not carry extra weight. It's always a good idea to shop for faux fur pieces that are suitable in a number of occasions, whether you're pairing it up with heels and a cocktail party dress or whether you're on a skiing adventure in the Alps.

When it comes to faux fur, some women make the mistake of believing that if a certain trend is current, she can wear as many pieces as she likes, including a fur coat, fur boots, a fur hat and other furry attires.

Avoid excessive faux fur combinations - stop at two or three pieces. If you're not sure what to wear, choose a faux fur gilet or waistcoat, since this trend is the most powerful this winter and comprises this warming element as well. A faux fur gilet works best if paired with feminine blouses and shirts, skinny jeans and heels, or with bohemian dresses and mid-calf boots.

You could also go for an elegant, cropped faux fur jacket to accompany your formal dress in an elegant and expensive-looking way.

If you're not keen on committing to furry clothes, go for faux fur accessories to give just a hint of this 2011 trend.

A faux fur wrap around your neck or a pair of boots or gloves with faux fur lining will accentuate an item without looking overboard. Before going shopping for a couple of pieces, remember that even though faux fur is affordable, choosing the cheapest pieces will only make you look tacky.

The idea is to get it to look as much like the real thing as possible, so always double-check how it looks and feels before attempting to buy it.

Happy Shopping!

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* Faux fur coat, pounds 90, Simply Be, www.simplybe.co.uk
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 24, 2011
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