Art of Style

Why A Shearling Coat Is A True Forever Piece

Work shearling in complementary colorways, or try classic black

Cool, classic, cozy and wonderfully versatile – there’s a lot to love about the shearling coat. EMMA SPEDDING explains how to style it this season

Fashion assistant Nell Turner
Ensure your shearling coat retains its capsule-wardrobe status by investing in a black or brown iteration

Alongside the camel wool coat, belted trench and practical down-filled puffer, shearling designs deserve a place on the list of coats that never go out of style. Yes, shearling styles tend to make more of a statement than other bona fide classics, but they’re also designed to be durable and hard-wearing, so pick wisely and you’ll be wearing yours for years to come.

Varying lengths and colorways ensure shearling coats also offer maximum versatility, but if you’re seeking timeless outerwear that will go with everything you own, we recommend sticking to a classic color palette of black, camel, brown or cream. Look to labels such as Chloé, Jacquemus and Shoreditch Ski Club, which have created luxe versions that take inspiration from alpine style, with fluffy, snowy shearling.

Staying loyal to its traditional, much-loved silhouettes and impeccable craftsmanship, Parisian heritage house Yves Salomon also conjures classic shearling designs, with its chocolate-brown belted coat and tan double-breasted style both the epitome of a forever piece.

For something a little more unique and playful, Stand Studio reimagines the look in vibrant color palettes and prints. The brand works exclusively in faux shearling, and the tactile texture of its mint-green version makes for a real head-turner.

So, how to wear shearling now? Well, although it looks divine over almost anything, we love to see the coat styled with minimalist winter looks to ensure it becomes the focal point of your outfit. Look to Pernille Teisbaek’s all-black, aviator-style iteration (pictured), shrugged over a black maxi slip dress and worn with chunky boots, for the very definition of easy elegance, or team with jeans, loafers and an oversized scarf for the perfect weekend-wardrobe win.


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