I recently had a chance to style and shoot my beautiful friend Alexa. Alexa has amazing style and one of those insane hourglass bodies that you just want to put all of your clothes on so you can see “what it is supposed to look like.” Take, for example, this look including a stunning Royal Blue Fox Fur Vest gifted to me by Ken at Truth and Pride. (Thanks Ken!)
Fur vests are perfect for spring, because they can easily be layered over a leather jacket (as shown here) and give just enough warmth without having to sport a bulky winter coat. However, I find fur vests one of the most difficult trends to style. This is largely because I do not have the “ideal body-type” for them and, while everyone can pull them off, proper execution depends on your shape.
Unlike Alexa, I wasn’t blessed with thin, toned arms. Fur Vests have a voluminous nature and tendency to hide the midsection, thus making the arms the first focal point. If I wear them with a tight-fitting long-sleeved shirt or leave my arms bare, the weight of my arms makes me appear to have a larger midsection than I actually do. Instead, I typically opt to wear fur vests over a loose-fitting silk blouse to disguises the size of my arms. Because I have smaller legs, I make sure to wear bell-bottomed or other slim-cut pant styles to counter the added volume of the vest.
If you have arms like Alexa, you can layer fur vests over just about anything and pair it with tight or loose-fitting trousers and look just as stunning.
I paired the blue vest and jacket with all green accessories. She has a green bracelet of “bullets”, two green necklaces, one which is made from vintage green glass, green vintage jade earrings, the green vintage crocodile bag, and (last but certainly not least) the Alexander McQueen show shoe I nicknamed “The Franken-shoe” because of its color and stitching.
Blue Fox Vest: Truth and Pride, Blue Leather Jacket: Willow, Pant: Joyce Leslie, Necklaces: (top) Green Glass Art Deco, Vintage, (bottom) Unknown Indy Designer from Manhattan Beach, CA, Bullet Bracelet: Mall Stand, Earrings: Vintage, Crocodile Handbag, Vintage from “Amarcord” in NYC, Shoe: Alexander McQueen “Franken-Shoe”
Photography by: Chris Knight, www.chrisknightphoto.com
Styling by: Ginger, www.Ginger-Snap.com