65 comments

  1. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    October 24, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Mr. Sartorialist, you are going to get it today and you know it! There will be cyber-soy-pie-flinging at your blog today! I am all for fur provided the animals are painlessly put down. I digress, this is a fashion/style blog! It takes courage to wear a fur vest when most people associate the material with an “investment” coat to treasure for years. I have to say my favorite of all is the girl with the tartan- she pairs her vest with an edgy skirt, those otherworldly shoes and the thick socks, and she makes it all work! I also like the 3rd image where the vest is accessorized with a belt and a shiny buckle, the pairing of something wild and something shiny somehow pulls the garment together. All of them great looks, let the pie flinging begin! Jorge from W Palm Beach

  2. Deja Pseu

    October 24, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Oh how funny…I was just in Paris last week and blogged about how these vests were in every shop window. I guess les Parisiennes are buying.

  3. suzanne nelson

    October 24, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I don’t think the furry/sheepskin gilet is a look everyone can pull off. Proportion is crucial. I feel the girl in the third shot with her long red kilt and pushed down socks has got it just right – great colour too.

  4. [H]

    October 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Oh my .. this is so hot for me! I can’t resist fur’s woman. I’m from Venezuela and we got a saying about it … “Donde hay pelos hay alegria” in English goes like this: “Where is hair there is hapinnes” or something like that.

  5. saray

    October 24, 2008 at 8:58 am

    you gotta love your fur

  6. kfromz

    October 24, 2008 at 9:01 am

    the first doesn’t work for me, it’s a bit too much mixed togehter – fur west AND chequered dress AND ankle boots – no.

    the obviously very real fur west in the third gives me the creeps. i know it’s a very luxurious thing to own, but i could never wear something so… hmm.. how to put it… obscene?

    unfortunately, that’s exactly the problem of the wests in second and forth shot: look like carpets…. grizzly!

  7. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    October 24, 2008 at 9:03 am

    The last woman looks like a bird. I am not sure if I am digging that coat haha. The rest of them look stylish as only you can capture them The Sart.

  8. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Very Rachel Zoe

  9. Annie H

    October 24, 2008 at 9:46 am

    It may just be me, but I can’t help but thinking about Rachel Zoe in each one of these photos.

  10. Dan in Richmond

    October 24, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I think the top outfit, even though made up of seemingly disparate elements, and again ones I don’t like that much individually, works somehow, including the retro-looking hairstyle. She looks good. The bottom one (outside the building in Milano where you photographed the two blondes in leggings I believe)is very interesting even though I can’t see all the details- what I can see looks great.

  11. Iheartfashion

    October 24, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Proportion is key. Love the oversized wooly vest with very narrow bottoms and high heels. Beautiful.

  12. jessica

    October 24, 2008 at 9:50 am

    is it not fall yet on the continent? so many bare legs & arms!

  13. S

    October 24, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I’m adoring all of these looks.

  14. sat

    October 24, 2008 at 10:11 am

    hmm, i suppose Mr. Kafka has discovered fashion-design.

  15. Simone

    October 24, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Staring at my lambskin meditation rug and considering a make over…

  16. Keisha Kornbread

    October 24, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Is it so cold there that they aren’t sweating in these fur garments? I see leaves on trees….so wearing these vests looks a little, well, stupid to me.

  17. jessicadrhp

    October 24, 2008 at 10:43 am

    like the last photo best actually. it must be the volume. and her shoes are great. the shoes of the lady next to her are awesome too. wish the lady in the second photo had her hair in a sleek bob, i dont think the look needed more ‘ruffle’ to it. like the fur and the bare legs though

  18. Krysta

    October 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

    love these pics :)

  19. john benjamin pritchett

    October 24, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I’m not an anti-fur person but I might become one just because these garments are way too bulky and caveman era. I guess I like a more trim, streamlined look…

  20. crowsfeet

    October 24, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Flashback to the Flintstones – Pebbles is wearing Bam Bam’s clothes… adorable the way my 10 year old daughter can recklessly get dressed for school and look unknowingly charming.

    I am more interested in the clothes worn by the tall woman talking to her friend wearing daisy duke shorts and a flokati… she looks rather “yes, I tumble out of bed this chic”…

  21. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I’m sure you’ll get loads of comments from people appalled in 2 ways: about the wearing of dead animals, and the fact that these vests mostly look like bathmats.
    And you can count this comment among the above.

  22. Chester

    October 24, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I’m not fascinated with the clothes but, Sart, the first picture – what a shot.

  23. Chelsea

    October 24, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Carpet-coats-ew.

  24. Maya

    October 24, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Love LOve LOVE

  25. Bella

    October 24, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Since it’s virtually impossible to narrow down a favorite… I’ll cave, and fall in-love with each one!

  26. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Fur and plaid — is this because Sarah Palin brought Alaska into the limelight? And I suppose the vests would double well as rugs, so it is very Jane Six-Pack.

  27. ryder

    October 24, 2008 at 11:39 am

    nice to see different versions of this look-not an easy one to pull off.

  28. missvoltage

    October 24, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Not sure about fur vests… I was a fan when I was 19, but not so much now. Although… I really like the dress on the first girl.

  29. SE@N

    October 24, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Love the 3rd one, is that Louis Vuitton? I couldn’t agree more that they’re very Rachael Zoe. That’s why I love her…

  30. Brigadeiro

    October 24, 2008 at 11:57 am

    They sure are working those fur vests, and that’s not an easy task, I don’t think…They all look amazing! Ooh! I think the lady in the 3rd pic has the same Marni heels as I do, haha!

  31. monique

    October 24, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Hmmm, Rachel Zoe – and that’s not a compliment.

    I like the lady in the middle. She looks pulled together, the proportions are right, the fur (no, I’m not a fur proponent – I have a beautiful fox fur muffler {scarf?} and I can’t wear it because it feels like my doggy’s tail) is actually lovely, her shoes, her hair, the skirt – it’s working .

    The others are varying degrees of okay to bad and there’s certainly nothing I’m excited about. That lady in the last picture literally looks like a furry box (no sex pun intended).

  32. Wanderlusting

    October 24, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I like the first one. Don’t know why, but maybe it’s her confidence, or the black balance. I think it works, in an odd way. Plus I love her “sweet” hair.

    I don’t LOVE real fur but I do LOVE the look of it – fake, real, whatever. And though I could never bring myself to buy something with fur, I think vintage is OK. Otherwise it was all in vain.

  33. green lantern

    October 24, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    From top to bottom:
    No
    Yes
    No
    Yes
    No

  34. XAVS

    October 24, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Beautiful!!! I love all furs and those in particular! Lovely…they look so stylish and warmy…lovely.
    Xoxo.

  35. reverend dick

    October 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    they all look like the Marvel Comics version of Frankenstein’s Monster. He used to pal around in one of those.

  36. D.

    October 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Okay then, if anti-fur sentiments are just cut out entirely, I’ll reduce my comment EVEN FURTHER: these vests are unflattering and boxy. They shorten the ladies’ necks and mess with proportions in an unappealing way.

  37. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    No. Sorry, just no. Remember Toni Collette’s ‘yeti vest’ in “About a Boy”?

  38. nice picture, nice location…

  39. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    The woman in the fourth photograph carries the look the best. It gives her a bit a volume without making her look like she's going into hibernation. Plus the D&G-esque plaided skirt and laced boots – she looks amazing.

  40. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Too “Clan of the Cave Bear” for me.

  41. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I have a blue iris mink vest that I wore yesterday because it was COLD. Mine is fitted, not oversized, not trendy, but very beautiful. I love fur, but most of my pieces are vintage (not supporting the killing of more fur-bearing animals). Nothing is as rich-looking and warm without adding bulk! Two of my kids play hockey and a fur jacket keeps me warm in cold rinks, don’t cha know! :)

  42. Jackie

    October 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    loving the first picture– the boots are cute and the hairstyle is great. overall she looks really comfy & warm!

  43. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve been watching this site for a while and I have to say, when it comes to women, you don’t take pictures of clothes. You take pictures of legs!

  44. MH

    October 25, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Thank you Carine Roitfeld Vogue Paris (feat Daria Werbowy) September issue. I’m just saying…

  45. Dominica

    October 25, 2008 at 2:05 am

    I really do like the (fake) fur(ry) bodywarmers you see a lot these days…but I prefer how the girl in the 1st picture wears it, her style – outfit is the most complete for me…
    I even think, but then again I could be wrong, that her outfit isn't the most expensive one of all these women. That proofs that class & style isn't a question of money…
    She just has GOT it !
    As for some of these bodywarmers : they make me think of a bathroom-rug :-//

  46. JennyLu

    October 25, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I like fur. I like fur stoles. I like fur jackets. I like fur coats. I like fur hats. I am not sure I like fur vests. These are lovely pic’s and beautiful examples of a fur vest but “vest” in general is still ’80s and I am not sure it is working with fur.

  47. Döt...♡

    October 25, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I’m not at all sure about the returning ‘trend’ of fur gilets. They seem to come back around every 2 years or so and are worn by everyone from 2 year olds to grandmothers. Having said that these photographs prove that they can look stylish and I love the girl who teamed her gilet with the tartan skirt. She looks fantastic.

  48. Carien

    October 25, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    A love these fur coats or whatever it is. But only if it’s fake fur!

  49. 11son

    October 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I love this look … how can one pull it off using skinny jeans and moccasins? or is it strictly shorts only? also, what does one wear underneath? i would love to wear this look soon!!

  50. Anonymous

    October 26, 2008 at 9:16 am

    out of all of these, there is only one women who does not looke tootally rediculous to me.

    this looks like it is trying much too hard. and just because something is trendy does not mean it does not look rediculous.

    This will be under a trend that will last for six months max, especially the ones not from very high end fur….

  51. Anna

    October 26, 2008 at 9:46 am

    haha looks like a ostrich :D funny!
    I do not like !

  52. Anonymous

    October 26, 2008 at 11:48 am

    ah! girls always have so much more fun! i always wonder whether fur vest (fake cur of course) will look good on guys!?!?

  53. Lynn

    October 26, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I want to know where the first woman bought her shoes!!!!!!

  54. JL

    October 26, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Forget the first woman, I must find the shoes that the woman on the left in the last picture is wearing!

    Not so crazy about the flokati-like vests….

  55. Toi+moi

    October 27, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I love many of the looks, specially surprised by second shot, ‘cos I have this Zara vest and I never thought about such a look! I know when I am wearing it some people hate it and another love it, fur vests are just so!I like first pic and second mostly :)

  56. Gloria

    October 28, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    The girl with the divine tartan skirt is definitely the only one who makes the fur vest rock. She seems kind of thin and perhaps that is why the vest gives good proportion.
    I think her shoes are marc jacobs, anyway I love how she teamed them with the thicker socks (though not very many can pull this one off!).
    Truly inspriring, Sart.

  57. Kiyanna

    October 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    These are very Rachel Zoe, but I think the key to executing the fur-vest well, is proportion. Girls 1, 2, 3 and 5 do a very good job of balancing the overwhelming vest with a short, slimmer-cut skirt. I’m actually thinking of purchasing Gryphon’s brown fur vest because it has a built-in belt, which cinches the waist tight. Go furry vests!!!

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  58. fashionministry

    October 28, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I like the vest.Fashionable, stylish and verry cute feminine.

  59. LaLa

    October 28, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Looks like my neighbor Nick with his shirt off.

  60. melange muse

    October 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I want one.

  61. Anonymous

    October 31, 2008 at 7:34 am

    So that’s who nicked my toilet mats!

  62. Will

    November 3, 2008 at 11:41 am

    It’s a wonderful thing when people who actually know how to wear chubbies wear them. They make the amateurs look like Eskimos.

  63. Anonymous

    November 7, 2008 at 9:52 am

    wow what an outfit! I love it. I am slightly larger than most women so I am not sure if it would look good on me, but I love the art form. I tend to get some of my clothes at http://www.generousfashions.com which caters to plus size women. Maybe some day you can design a fashion for us! keep it up!

  64. Anonymous

    November 11, 2008 at 3:24 am

    there is no excuse for fur. it is obscene. i love your blog, it is amazing. i check in daily.you have impeccable taste and a clear aesthetic that i respect. im really not trying to be negative towards you in anyway, because i know these pictures are objectively documenting an already existing trend. but if nobody mentions the pink elephant in the room, the fur industry will have less opposition and animal suffering will become acceptable and even more misunderstood. before anyone decides to buy a fur coat please research the industry, and if you couldn’t kill it yourself, maybe it isnt ok after all.

  65. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 4:50 am

    your amazing.
    i love your art,
    i think its enticing.

    m

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