You know winter is coming when everyone starts breaking out shearling coats and accessories. Recently we’ve seen Rihanna don a long tan version by Chanel for a trip to a nightclub, while Jennifer Lawrence — the perennial press junketier — opted for a hooded black number by Alberta Ferretti while out and about in New York City. Shearlings, which are lined in wool, don’t overwhelm your silhouette the way that puffer coats can. Here are three ways to wear the coveted piece.
There’s nothing wrong with a little leather jacket—it’s practical, sophisticated, easy to wear over everything from jeans to evening gowns—but it’s about time fashion offered a new go-to silhouette. Luckily, the bomber jacket’s on fire right now. The slightly bubbled military-inspired look got a high-fashion update at Vetements last season, after which it was spotted on Rihanna (dozens of time) and became an instant street style hit. Between fall and spring’s runways, brands from Chanel to Yeezy, Louis Vuitton to Rag & Bone have tossed the easy-to-wear jacket on top of a range of looks.
Amidst all the over-the-top trends that emerged during fashion month— think bejeweled headphones, face jewelry, and Looney Tunes characters— a quieter change was taking place on an often overlooked part of the body often in fashion: the arms. This was popular in Victorian times, characterized by a voluminous detail near the shoulder, which tapers down into the wrist—you know, it looks like a leg of mutton, and if you don’t know what a mutton means, it’s a lamb! The mutton continued to make an appearance on runways in London, at Simone Rocha, in Milan at Marni and Jil Sander, and in Paris at Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton, but it’s not the only shape that designers have in mind for us next season. The extra-long sleeve, one that’s four to five inches longer than your finger tips, the one that makes you feel the coziest when you hide your arms inside it, and maybe you pretend you are a ghost with the sleeves hanging limply over your hands, was also a major contender this season, showing up in the collections of everyone from The Row, to Giorgio Armani, to Stella McCartney.