It is almost Christmas, 10 more days to go …. and we have already had snow here in Germany my friends. I have to be honest… it was a fabulous feeling. When the white snowflakes start falling from the sky…. it is the best. And suddenly I feel like 10 again. Sitting in front of the fire, with the big Christmas tree just waiting for my parents to come home and smell their perfumes when getting the most loving hug… I guess you can tell that I love that time of the year. But we all know that with all these feelings and heartwarming lights and the stress of getting all the right gifts… the cold comes. There is one thing that becomes maybe the most important thing, when being out. How to fight the temperatures below 0? That is my personal shearling time.
I get all the thick coats, parkas and shearling coats and jackets out. And trust me… at some point they become a life savior.
Maybe you will ask… why Shearling? What are the benefits of it? Why not a faux shearling since they are so in right now? The answer is actually simple… It is a natural fiber… it is insulating, it transfers the moisture from your body, it is breathable… It delivers extreme warmth and keeps one toasty and protected.
The downside is… that some shearling coats and jackets are really heavy. But to be fair… that depends on the way they were made and the quality of the pieces. For example if you take a Coach shearling jacket and a vintage Aviator shearling jacket ( RAF )… you would see that the designer one is much lighter. Nowadays the making of such jackets is so much developed and goes through so many steps that it is nearly an art. And since we are a trimmed to always want something that does not complicate things… we need lighter outerwear, which does not restrict us and we can move fluently.
The other thing that maybe would stop a lot of you to buy a shearling jacket is the price point. By any means these pieces are not cheap. But in comparison with all the faux shearling pieces…. a real shearling will last you for life. And you wont find yourself throwing it away after one season… as you probably would with all the teddy jackets. So instead of buying these faux shearling jackets every year… invest in a real one, you will see and feel the difference for sure.
My look for this blogpost is pretty much vintage inspired. The coat I am wearing is a really old one, which was custom made and reinvented in a more modern way with the straps on the sleeves. I personally feel that these details make the coat look more aviator like. It is made out of a thick, but very soft shearling. The wide sleeves allow me to move without problems and without feeling like being trapped in my own outerwear. The look underneath is simple, but classy, a wool turtle neck jumper from H&M, simple black fitted jeans by Zara and my studded Converse. The accessories are muted as well… an evil eye bracelet and my Fendi Karlito clutch for the designer feeling of it all. And Voila… the magic is ready.
With all that being said, I hope you would agree that winter is for sure the most perfect shearling time.
Be safe and hope you would get the most stunning Christmas gifts for your beloved ones. Don’t forget that my Gift guide is coming this Sunday.