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

$300

Aimé Leon Dore

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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

$144

River Island

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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

$485

MadeMe

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

Sherpa Sweater

$50

WWYF

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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

$70

H&M

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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