Shop Talk

SHOP TALK: Erica Wark offers fur vest styling tips

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

Erica pairs bright red cropped pants with a delicate, neutral blouse, and adds another pop of colour with her pumps. Photo by Cindy Orti

Sarah came across a beautiful faux fur vest while on vacation over Christmas — as soon as she put it on at the store, she was smitten. But also a bit confused.

“I have been wearing it around the house because I instantly feel more confident and sexy in my new statement piece. But, the more I thought about it I was at a loss for what to wear under it!”

Sarah called up our friend, stylist Erica Wark, for some advice — Erica is a big fan of faux fur, as you can see on her website.

“Faux fur is a great way to update any look,” says Erica. “Layering is such an important tool when it comes to the winter, so why not do it all while adding a luxurious feel to your outfit!”

She offered the following rules of thumb when putting together an outfit with a fur vest:

“If you’re adding faux fur, always make sure the items underneath are streamlined or of a softer texture. Otherwise you’ll be adding extra bulk to the body, and nobody wants that.”

With a sweater and a light-weight blouse underneath, the fur vest elevates the style of a casual outfit. Photo by Cindy Orti.

Then Erica gave us three examples of outfits to help show us the versatility of a fur vest. I love how she paired her bright red cropped pants with neutrals — and added another pop of colour with her pumps! Her second look is perfect for the office, while the third makes for energetic evening ensemble. (Hint: If you are looking to sport your vest for a night on the town, add some leather!)

Erica chose leather leggings paired with over-the-knee boots, a sheer blouse, and a beautiful statement necklace. Photo by Cindy Orti.