How to Style a Faux Fur Gilet For Daytime (Part 1 of 2)

Faux fur gilet, blue sweater and black tailored trousers
These photos were taken weeks ago and I’ve been dying to share them with you, but had to wait till now to do so. I was challenged by Damart to style a faux fur gilet two different ways, and as this was an item of clothing I’ve been wanting to get for a couple of years I was more than ready for the challenge. (Funnily enough the weather was colder in August than it was last month as we had a glorious September, and it’s only just chilly enough to wear the gilet properly now.)

I’ve created two outfits: one for evening and one for daytime, and for this post I’ve started with the latter. With the addition of a blue waffle sweater and a cute patchwork bag (both from Damart as well), I went with black peg leg trousers rather than jeans in order to create a comfortable-yet-still-smart silhouette. If you’re not doing too much walking around, the screamingly-high wedges give your legs some length, though I’d swap them for my brogues or if walking were required.

Finally, the finishing touches came in the shape of a (very old) scarf I already owned that picks out the colours in the bag and sweater beautifully, and the oversized brooches that look stunning on faux fur… I can see myself covering the gilet in brooches. Maybe it’s a reference to my grandmother who I just about remember: her signature look was a fur coat, loads of costume jewellery (brooches especially) – and bright red, dyed hair. Sound familiar?!

At the weekend I’ll publish part 2, the night time look (think I love that one even more!). Have I whet your appetite for wintry clothes with my faux fur gilet? And how will you be styling your faux fur this autumn/winter – do share!

Faux fur gilet, blue sweater
Faux fur gilet, blue sweater and black tailored trousers
Faux fur gilet, blue sweater and black tailored trousers
Faux fur gilet, blue sweater, brooches

Catherine x

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P.S. If someone told me to pick any 12 brooches I liked online, these are the ones I found and currently love (below). Suitable for all budgets, you might like some of them too!

Faux fur gilet: c/o Damart, Sweater: c/o Damart, Bag: c/o Damart, Trousers: Topshop, Shoes: Asos ( aren’t quite as high, but very similar – and I love as a splurge), Scarf: Primark (old), Brooches: Accessorize ( is a very similar starburst brooch)

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    • 27 October 2014 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you Idu, so glad you liked it! x

  1. 15 October 2014 / 5:18 am

    These are just the prettiest brooches, dearest Catherine…and they look SO GOOD pinned to your furry vest!! I've owned a similar vest for a few years already and have actually been thinking about upgrading it for a newer version; now I'm convinced I just need to add a little bling!! P.S. That patchwork bag is a real charmer, too!! 🙂

    • 20 October 2014 / 5:03 pm

      I pin brooches to so many things!! Thank you Monika my lovely x

  2. 13 October 2014 / 9:50 pm

    Looking gorgeous as ever in this teal and grey combo!! Love this palette on you!

    Jenna from Visions of Vogue

  3. 13 October 2014 / 8:27 pm

    Loving the look Catherine! I've always been worried about wearing faux fur and being accused of it being real – cue paint being thrown over it a la naomi campbell.. but you have styled it beautifully.. maybe I need to be brave…

    • 20 October 2014 / 5:02 pm

      Oh I've not thought of that, I always presume people wear faux fur (unless it's kinda obvious it might be real if you're also dripping in diamonds and get out of a chauffeur-driven car)! If I find out someone's wearing real fur I'm always horrified! And thank you for the lovely comments x

  4. 13 October 2014 / 1:50 pm

    I love the addition of scarf (relating to the bag and the sweater) and the brooches. I am a great brooch fab, have a lot of them but don't wear them often as you have to be careful not to look old. Lots and lots of brooches in the same outfit help haha.

    • 20 October 2014 / 5:00 pm

      Yes – pile them all on, Greetje!! More is more!!!!!!!

    • 11 October 2014 / 2:12 pm

      For me it wasn't quite right till the brooches went on! Thank you Irene x

  5. 9 October 2014 / 11:20 pm

    I didn't realise brooches are back in! I've been thinking about getting a faux fur gilet, perfect for Autumn and they're so versatile. You look great and I love the addition of the scarf!

    • 11 October 2014 / 2:12 pm

      I don't know whether they're "in" or not, Lorna… I've been wearing them for years whether they are or not! Thanks for your lovely comment x

  6. 9 October 2014 / 8:58 am

    I would have never thought about placing brooches on fur, but it looks so classy, so sophisticated! Love the vest styling here, great job as always ^_^

    • 11 October 2014 / 2:11 pm

      I place brooches on just about anything and everything, Keit!! Thanks so much my lovely x

    • 9 October 2014 / 4:39 pm

      I've joined, Alice :)) And thank you for your lovely comments sweetie! x

    • 9 October 2014 / 4:34 pm

      I hadn't thought of that (or intended to make it look vintage!), but I'll happily take that, thanks Kate x

  7. 8 October 2014 / 5:03 pm

    I bought this gilet and featured it on my blog this week too! You've styled it perfectly, Catherine. Can't wait to see look number 2. Lynne x

    • 9 October 2014 / 4:28 pm

      Ooh Lynne I'll pop over and have a look… great minds think alike!! x

  8. 8 October 2014 / 4:33 pm

    Beautiful layers and amazing hair colour 🙂

  9. 8 October 2014 / 3:58 pm

    Cute! I've been looking at faux fur vests since last year .. but I want one like yours .. smooth, not woolly mammoth style .. ya know?


    • 9 October 2014 / 4:26 pm

      Yes I know exactly what you mean, Monica – I much prefer the smooth fur of this one, too! x

  10. 8 October 2014 / 3:18 pm

    I love a faux fur and the brooches are a fabulous touch. xox

    • 9 October 2014 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks Patti – though I bet you don't have many opportunities to wear something like this in Florida…?!!

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