Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Faux Fur and Real Leather

Now that we're in December, I'll be busting out some of my fancier, sparklier and glitter...ier things.
Black and white - so retro!


  • Silk tweed jacket (part of a suit) - Precis Petite; last worn here with the matching skirt in October 2018; last worn with the faux fur collar here in November 2017
  • Top - no label, thrifted; can't find when I last wore it
  • Leather skirt - H&M, consignment; purchased here for $32.00
  • Boots - Rockport, thrifted; last seen here in November with cashmere and leather
  • Leather trenchcoat (below) - vintage 70s, thrifted; last worn here a week ago


This is how I looked for most of the day - we had a lot of clients onsite today, so I didn't want to be too wacky.
I can't believe it's been two years since I last wore this jacket with the faux fur collar attached! The fur is quite snuggly - I didn't need a scarf.

I really love the shape of this new-to-me skirt - it's a bonus that it's real leather.
I'm not a huge fan of fake leather - it's plastic! Have you seen how gross it gets after a few years? *Shudder*

I overheated many times during the day. Our building is having HVAC issues, so I was not just hot-flashing. Off comes the jacket - out comes my ink!
I like how this black and copper sparkle sweater reads as dark brown. It makes it quite versatile for layering.

All buttoned up - that one bright green button is a replacement, as the original square one popped off many years ago. I've had the suit (including pants, long-gone) since 2007 - it's well on its way to becoming homegrown vintage.
I only wore it done up like this under my trenchcoat, for walking to and from work.

Outerwear - it was supposed to rain today, but not a drop hit me in the morning or evening.
Case in point for real leather - this trenchcoat is close to 50 years old, and it's still butter-soft. I'd be surprised if a faux leather version lasted 5 years.


  • Fedora - Edward Mann, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
I'm getting a lot of wears out of these leather boots - they are insanely comfy, and I like the illusion of a heel even though they are only 1" high.

Copper bling:
I wore the pin on my lapel, nestled into the faux fur.


  • Pin/earrings - Matisse by Renoir, vintage 60s, vintage fair
  • Bracelet - Renoir, vintage 60s, thrifted
  • Cuff - vintage fair
  • Jade/bronze ring - vintage 70s, Mom's
  • Bronze ring - P. Sarpaneva, vintage 70s, vintage expo


Do you have a preference for faux or real when it comes to fur or leather?

26 comments:

  1. Love how you looked in these garments. Indeed, less "wacky" as usual but still very, very stylish. And the proportions of all items are perfect.
    I agree with you on the leather.
    Greetje

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    1. I still get "wacky" sometimes, but maybe I'm mellowing a bit? Thank you!

      Real leather will always get my vote. I'm more of a vintage fur person - I don't mind fake fur too much, but I hate that it's plastic and gets yucky as it ages.

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  2. I'm loving the atmospheric black and white starting photos! That leather skirt was such a great find, and it looks perfect with the snuggly faux fur collared jacket. Love the brooch nestling in the fur. I agree with you on leather, but I'm in two minds about fur. Most of the furry items I have are faux fur, but I do suspect some of the collars on my vintage coats and jackets might be the real thing. And I do have my Great Aunt Josephine's fur, which is the real thing as well. I wouldn't go out and buy a new fur coat, obviously, but the charity shops are full of very swoon-worthy vintage fur coats ... xxx

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    1. I like them too, Ann, thanks! As long as it's so blasted dark out in the mornings, I'll probably tweak all my stair photos to black and white.

      I loved the skirt - such a great colour and shape.

      I think vintage fur is fine. The animal is already long-dead, and should get some love. I believe there is enough fur in the world - second-hand! - that we really don't need to buy it new. I am bothered by the hypocrisy of people who are against fur, but wear leather. I suspect a lot of your fur trim is real - those vintage ladies wore it a lot!

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  3. I really like how Christmassy this looks with the sparkle and the red and green together - but not overly festive, if you know what I mean? it's perfect for December but something you could wear year round!

    I've found that faux leather just flakes in our heat and humidity - I've never had an issue with real leather, so that's part of the reason I started buying leather bags, too many of my old bags from my uni days just fell apart when they weren't being used!

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    1. Thanks, Mica, yes, I know what you mean. :) I'll be getting overly festive pretty soon, though!

      Yes, humidity is even worse for faux leather. Your leather bags are gorgeous - good to hear that they last better.

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  4. I LOVE this outfit! The skirt color, the shape and fit of both it and the jacket, the whole "put together" look. Plus it looks smashing on you. :-)

    As for faux or real leather, if I am wearing leather it should be the real deal. I noticed that the faux leather boots (purchased for just under $30 US years ago) lasted about 5 or 6 years but never kept me as warm as I had hoped and every season they needed some TLC either by me or the shoe repair person. On the other hand, my current boots are leather, keep me warm and cozy, don't mind the elements, and only need a once or twice a year polishing plus replacing the rubber tips I have put on the soles to slow down the wear and tear.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! I really liked it too.

      Yes, my leather shoes and boots always last longer - I'll almost always only thrift real leather when it comes to footwear.

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  5. You can send in your photo of faux fur Sheila for our The Good Buy Good-Bye Book series!

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  6. Hi sheila
    I also prefer lether than fake one!>!
    And your skirt is stunning !! and I love how you matched her with that coat.

    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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  7. That skirt is such a great shape and looks so good on you!
    Vintage leather is the best, so buttery soft and lovely as your trench coat demonstrates. xxx

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    1. I love the vintage-inspired shape of it. I agree, so much softer!

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  8. what a darling outfit! I really like the leather skirt and the boots. The top is so pretty and the tweed jacket is wonderful. I'd love a jacket like that, it looks so chic and I bet it's really warm. The faux fur lining must feel so cozy. I love faux fur collars and sometimes create an illusion of one by pairing my jackets and blazers with faux fur stoles and scarves. The leather trench looks fab too.

    When it comes to faux leather- leather dilemma, I can say both has its advantages but leather is definitely the more quality option. I have had a few faux leather jackets I liked because they weren't as heavy as real leather ones and were super practical but at the same time, they don't last as long as leather ones. The same things when it comes to bags, leather ones pay off in time. Leather is heavier but it lasts longer. When it comes to shoes, I will typically always opt for leather.

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    1. Thanks, Ivana! I've kept that jacket for so long because it is such a classic shape and fabric, and yes, the fur collar is very cozy.

      I agree, and I'll always go with better quality, but good point about the weight.

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  9. Too tacky! You don’t look tacky at all, Shiela. Your leather skirt looks wonderful.

    I like secondhand/vintage leather – especially for boots and trench coats. X

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    1. Wacky! I said "wacky", Jess! Ha! Thank you so much, me too!

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  10. I absolutely loathe fake leather skirts- much better to have a real one - I agree with your shudder! The outfit is really nice though- the jacket is so cute! I really love a furry collar! That long leather coat looks so soft!!
    Wacky is fun!

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    1. Ugh, I'm with you there, Kezzie. The leather trenchcoat is awesome, and I love being wacky!

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  11. This skirt looks absolutely fab 'in action' and it fits you like a dream as it does the jacket. Lovely subtle color combo, love the touch of glitter and copper accessories.
    besos

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    1. Thank you so much! I love to get my glitter on this time of year.

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  12. What a wonderful array of leather clothes, all put together with such style. The skirt is a super piece and fits you like a glove. And that coat is a brilliant mainstay.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anna! I like the shape of the skirt too.

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  13. Love the shape and colour of that skirt and I'm surprised it's by H & M as it looks like it's reasonably good quality. The one leather piece I bought from them (new, but on sale) was a pair of pants that split in the back on the second wearing (and they weren't tight!).

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    1. I know, right? I have been surprised by them a few times over the years. Yikes, that sounds awful!

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