People may happily drop their cash on shoes, jackets and accessories made from animal skins, but for some reason fur is a bit of a touchy subject in the fashion industry. Because of that – or maybe in spite of it – many brands and designers are using synthetic furs and shearlings in their collections these days.

Whether its via detailing on collars or full-on shaggy ensembles, mock shearlings and furs add a luxurious punch to garments without risking the wrath of animal rights activists (or your own conscience).

Many high-end labels are reworking genuine sheepskin jackets these days, but they’re painfully expensive, classically styled and unjustifiable to sheep-loving shoppers. Synthetic fur was used a ton in the recent Fall/Winter 2016 shows by labels like Lou Dalton, Cottweiler, J.W. Anderson and Fendi, but there’s already plenty of options out there already – often at pretty wallet-friendly prices.

Cottweiler's FW16 show in London contained many synthetic sheepskin pieces
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Here’s some of the more fun, affordable and animal-friendly pieces available on the market right now. This is just the tip of the iceberg though, we’ve got a full collection of fake fur pieces over on our shopping channel What Drops Now.

Sherpa Hoodie


Aimé Leon Dore

Buy at Aimé Leon Dore

Highlight of NYC label Aimé Leon Dore’s “35th Street” collection was a set of hoodies and vests crafted from a Japanese-milled poly-blend sherpa fabric. In plush cream and navy colorways, the pieces can either be worn as a head-turning statement or layered under a heavier coat – it’s still February, after all.

Harrington Jacket With Faux Fur

Harrington Jacket With Faux Fur


River Island

Buy at asos

If a full-on fuzzy ensemble is a bit much for you, then River Island has got your back with a faux fur-trimmed aviator-style bomber.

WMNS Fur Coat



Buy at VFILES Shop

Chessboard-meets-Chewbacca vibes are gonna be big in SS16, trust us.

Sherpa Sweater



Buy at asos

WWYF’s sweater is cut nice and baggy, with a crisp white poly-sherpa fabric to really emphasize the coziness. We’d pair this with some light blue denim and a crisp white sneaker (or better yet, crisp wheat Timbs) for supremely laid-back vibes.

Pile Jacket



Buy at H&M

If you want to add some cozy fabrics to your wardrobe without sacrificing your mysterious, sinister aura, then we’ve got just the jacket for you. A Rick Owens-style asymmetric zipper, elongated cut and a furry pile fabric makes this one for the animal-friendly goths out there.

For more style info, check out Everything You Need to Know About the FW16 Fashion ShowsFor more fur-related reading material, take a look at Why is Fur Hip Hop but Not Streetwear? 

Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin