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How to Rock a Fur Vest (With Confidence)

By: Francesca Castor

We all know those looks, you know the fashion pictures that look absolutely gorgeous in the magazines or blogs…but when you try it at home it just doesn’t seem to translate as well into your everyday wear as you thought it would. But now that fall has so swiftly arrived and you find yourself transitioning back into those cute over-the-knee-socks, tights, and layers again you just can’t help but wonder how awesome it would look if you could try out one of those trendy pieces you see on style blogs and magazines.

One of the best pieces for fall has got to be the (faux) fur vest. Not only is it pretty versatile but it also adds character to your outfit. So how does one rock a faux fur vest without feeling like everyone is looking at like you’re a crazy person? Simple: it’s all about confidence. I know, I know easier said than done but here are a few ways to integrate the (faux) fur vest into your outfits without feeling like you’re part of a zoo exhibit.

Keep it minimalist: Try wearing it with a black top, jeans, and a pair of cute boots or heels. Simple, yet highly effective and the (faux) fur vest makes it super trendy without trying too hard.



Put a dress with it: Another way is to keep it light and fun with a cute dress, tights, and the (faux) fur vest on top. This keeps the look funky with a hint of bohemian.


Try to make it transitional: Lastly, if you want to keep it casual and/or transitional wear the (faux) fur vest on top of a sheer top (printed or solid), and jeans (colored if you want to keep it fun); add some accessories like necklaces and bracelets and it’s a look that can transition from day to night.

But the point of all of this is to make sure you are comfortable in what you’re wearing…with or without the (faux) fur vest. See, all of these suggested outfits are outfits you can wear without the vest and adding the vest into the mix just changes it up a little. The (faux) fur vest is a fun, trendy piece that shouldn’t be feared but embraced…with confidence of course! So wear your (faux) fur vest proudly because it won’t be long before spring and summer are upon us!

Francesca Castor is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared on FASHIONOTES, Talentegg, and Trendhunter among others. Follow her on Twitter at @hellochesca.

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Allure Magazine – How to Score Amazing Beauty Deals at the Dollar Store

Dollar store beauty shopping tips:

Make frequent visits because of constant stock changes.

Skip hair appliances with damaged boxes.

Read the labels.

Stock up on basics like nail filers, brushes, mirrors, makeup pads etc.

When buying pressed powders give the product a shake to make sure that the powder is intact.

Only buy products that have sealed packaging.

Skip the lipstick, liquid and cream foundations.


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Save Money – Fashion and Shopping Tips

Shop off-season or end-of-season

Never pay for fashion items at full price ever again! A way to do this is by shopping for items during the end of the season or during off-season. Save money by choosing fashion staples that you will wear over and over again. Remember the point of off-season or end-of-season purchases is to buy things for next year so don’t purchase trends that you don’t see yourself wearing in the future.

Expand your shopping horizons

If you love shopping for treasures then this tip is for you. Check out thrift stores and vintage stores for fun accessories and unique pieces. Ethnic stores are also great places for beautiful pieces that are a fraction of the price that you would pay in a fancy retail shop. Find cashmere and silk scarves from Tibetan shops, colorful jewelry from Indian shops, and silk pajamas in Chinatown.

Outlets, sample sales, warehouse sales and swap events

To save on contemporary fashion, get on the list for local samples sales and warehouse sales. If you don’t live in an area where sample sales are held often an alternative are outlets where fashions are marked down up to 70% off.

If those are not options, attend or hold a swap party. Ask your girlfriends to bring gently used clothing and accessories and make it a girl’s night by serving some wine and goodies. Two fun birds with one stone!

Research, research and more research

Before you buy anything, do a price comparison. Google is your best friend when it comes to searching for coupons and online discount codes. This is helpful especially when making an expensive purchase. Check online to see what other retailers are charging and check online auctions such as Ebay, Craigslist, designer discount sites or online private shopping events to see if you can get it for a cheaper price. The same thing goes when buying things online. Before buying clothes or accessories from a website, check the item out in-store to have a better idea on the quality and the fit. A lot of online vendors offer free returns if you are unsatisfied with you purchase so a good tip is to read the return policy before you make a purchase.

Be in the know…

Sign up for email newsletters, Twitter and Facebook from your favorite stores for exclusive sale updates, shopping events and discount codes and coupons. Check the receipt for the price adjustment policy.

Shop your own closet

Mix and match items for a new look and give your wardrobe a second life by altering existing pieces. Turn maxi skirts into mini skirts, shorten the hem of dresses or split it in half to create 2 new pieces or dye your clothes a different color.

Just ask…

Found an item that you love and don’t want to pony up the cash? Ask someone to buy it for you or request it as a birthday gift. For an expensive item ask for gift certificates from that particular store.

Take care of your clothes

Read and follow the care instructions. Only hand wash or dry clean items that you love so that they’ll last forever. If the color of your clothes starts to fade, look into dyeing. This is fantastic way to brighten up your blacks. To save money on dry cleaning bills, learn how to do your own repairs. Sew your own buttons and hem pants and skirts.

Some general fashion tips

Invest in quality items buy splurging on things that you will wear forever and save on trends. The usual rule of thumb is 60/40. 60% of your wardrobe should be classic and 40% should be trends. Learn what looks best on you and stick with it but don’t be afraid to experiment. One of the most fun things about shopping is trying and finding new looks to update your wardrobe. That being said it is important to not to follow every trend to avoid looking like a fashion victim. Pick the ones that you love and are comfortable with and have fun with it.


If you’re crafty and love working with your hands, watch diy videos for making your own jewelry and sewing your own clothes.  Love Tiffany’s, Harry Winston or Van Cleef & Arpels? Recreate a designer-inspired piece by creating your own jewelry inspired by your favorite designer. Instead of diamonds, use semi-precious gemstones or crystals for a fraction of the price.

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