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Just fur fun; Cheer up the chilliest time of the year with faux fur and touchable textures. Katie Wright gets to grips with fashion's fuzzy logic.

Byline: Katie Wright

FAUX fur is a no-brainer for winter, but now we're the wrong side of Christmas, natural tones and animal prints can feel a bit too, well, wintry.

Cobalt, mint or pastel pink fur, on the other hand, feels anything but.

Still toasty warm but with the added benefit of being mood-boostingly hued, these fake fuzzies are like a force field against Seasonal Affective Disorder.

They don't have to be fur, either. There's a bright fluffy knit to suit every shape in the shops right now, inspired by the autumn catwalk collections.

Pink PS39.99, TK available Even better, many are in the sales, but you'll need to act quickly before the unwearable (only thanks to the current chilly weather) spring/ summer collections start to drop.

From cuddly coats to strokable scarves, here's how to fluff up your look without channelling the Honey Monster...

GO FUR IT Let's be clear: a rainbow-bright faux fur coat is not going to be the most practical thing you'll purchase this year.

Yes, it's warm, but it's definitely not waterproof, and depending on how conservative your colleagues are, you might not feel comfortable wearing it to work.

Wallis blue jumper, currently PS27.36 from PS But that's beside the point.

A colourful fur coat feels - and looks - amazing on, and if you go for a pastel hue, you'll have more matching potential with the rest of your garments - pink is practically a neutral, after all.

A fluffy jacket will come in handy for keeping warm at winter weddings, too, especially if it's a neater short fur texture.

Plus, with so many reduced in the sales, it's easier to justify a slightly bonkers buy.

JUMPER JOY Think a regular woolly jumper is cosy as can be? Try a doubly fluffy knit and you'll be in comfort-dressing heaven.

That doesn't mean 'eyelash' knits are only reserved for slobbing 'round the house, though. Wear a boat neck jumper over a pale Peter Pan collar shirt or silk tunic and you'll still look neat and tidy.

long fur coat TK Maxx, in store If you're worried about a fuzzy sweater adding bulk where you really don't want it, steer clear of cropped shapes, tight waistbands and furry panels. Instead, look for longline jumpers with side splits that allow a sleeker silhouette.

Similarly, tone down the grungy associations of an oversized cardigan by wearing over a cute minidress, with black opaque tights and pointed ankle boots.

FUR FINISH There are two ways to tackle furry accessories. There's the less-is-more approach, taking one perfect pelt piece to set off an otherwise fur-free ensemble - draping a long, chunky stole over your shoulders, say, or clutching a fluffy evening bag.

fluffy V-neck reduced to 36, wallis.co.uk Then there's the carefree pile-iton strategy, resulting in a playful mishmash of textures and colours.

Faux fur aficionados will take the latter route, of course, but if you're after just a hint of joy-inducing fuzz, then a scarf, hat, or even a pair of earmuffs, will do the trick.

CAPTION(S):

Pink long fur coat PS39.99, TK Maxx, available in store

Wallis blue fluffy V-neck jumper, currently reduced to PS27.36 from PS36, wallis.co.uk

Limited Edition fluffy ribbed longline jumper, PS39.50, marksand spencer.com

Blaze faux fur multi vixen scarf, PS120, helenmoore.com

Topshop ffaux furoll-top clutch, PS32, topshop.com

Dorothy Perkins pink faux fur stole, PS16, dorothy perkins.com

Jacques Vert shiraz fur Cossack hat, currently reduced to PS29 from PS49, jacques-vert.co.uk

River Island light blue faux fur gilet, PS60, riverisland.com

Faux fur appeared in Prada women's Fall-Winter 2014-15 collection
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