You may have heard that the shearling coat is back in fashion. If you follow celebrity trends, you shouldn’t miss out on this one. First seen worn by celebrities such as Keira Knightley and Ellie Goulding early last year, it’s looking like shearling jackets are here to stay. But what is shearling, and what is a shearling coat?
What is a Shearling Coat?
You may know shearling coats as sheepskin coats. They tend to be suede on the inside and clipped fur on the outside. The shearling name comes from the sheep, who has only been shorn once. This accounts for the higher price tag on the genuine shearling coats. But if you don’t want to splash out too much, or don’t like the thought of wearing a lambskin coat, don’t worry. There are many faux shearling jackets available that are just as stylish, with a lower price tag.
Our Top 15 Best Shearling Jackets/Coats
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How to Wear Shearling Coats
Shearling has come back in many shapes and styles for different looks and occasions. We’ve created three shearling looks: a casual day out, all dressed up, and a smart look for work.
A shearling coat isn’t just for the chic and elegant. If you’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of lady, it’s time to try something different. Check out this shearling biker jacket from Zalando, at £79.99. With fur details around the collar, cuffs and bottom, it isn’t shearling overkill. Think of it as your usual biker jacket with a touch of warmth for the winter. If you don’t like black, it also comes in white and pale pink.
If you are looking for an elegant women’s shearling coat, we think we have found it. This coat from Revolve is made from 100% dyed shearling lamb fur, making it a real shearling sheepskin coat. little black dress to a pair of jeans and heels.
This shearling coat is also reversible. So, you can choose classic shearling with the suede on the outside, or change it up and have the soft lamb fur on the outside. So, for that price you’re actually getting two coats in one.
If you think that shearling is too soft and cosy for that smart work look, you haven’t seen all that the shearling trend has to offer. We found this businesswoman who wants to wear shearling.
Imagine yourself walking boldly into the office in this edgy shearling-lined coat. You’ll be the envy of your colleagues, and ready for that meeting. You just need a simple white blouse and a pair of smart trousers to finish the look.
Celebs Wearing Shearling Coats
Alexa Chung is always one to watch when looking for new fashion trends. She takes high fashion and makes it wearable. Her black and brown shearling jacket is styled with a checked scarf and a pair of black Chelsea boots. The actual jacket worn by Alexa is an Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket. But at $2700, it is way out of most of our price ranges. We found a similar black and brown faux fur lined aviator jacket from Missguided, at just $102.
Keira Knightly was one of the first celebrities to be spotted in a shearling coat. Here she has demonstrated how a good coat can make an outfit. Keira has kept it simple with a striped t-shirt and a pair of casual blue jeans. But her brown shearling coat from Burberry adds a bit of style and elegance. The best thing about this look is that it can be recreated by anyone. You don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe to wear with your shearling coat. It is a key wardrobe piece that works with many simple outfits.
We’ve chosen a different kind of shearling jacket for our final style piece: a gilet. Olivia Palmero looks so chic and cosy in her cream shearling gilet. Styled with a bold red blouse and black jeans, this is not the everyday look you will see walking down the high street. The style of this shearling garment means that you can go bold with your sleeves to complement it. Unlike the other two celebrity coats, you have to think carefully about what to wear with a shearling gilet or waistcoat. They aren’t for everyone.
How to Choose the Right Shearling Coat or Jacket for You
- Genuine shearling coats and jackets are made from shearling lambskin.
- There are many faux fur shearling jackets for those of you who prefer a cheaper or ‘cruelty-free’ option.
- For a classic look, a suede shearling jacket is most similar to the original shearling style.
- Although the fur is typically on the inside, you can also find shearling jackets with fur on the outside.
- The classic shearling coat colour is cream, beige or brown.
- If you want something bolder, shearling coats now come in many bright colours.
- Choose a denim or a biker shearling jacket for a more casual look
- Check out vintage fairs and stores if you want a genuine vintage shearling coat.
Will You Be Following This Trend?
It’s not just the women’s shearling coat that is making a comeback. Celebrities such as Tom Hardy and even Kanye West have been seen wearing a shearling coat. Whether you like a classic coat or a biker jacket, there should be something shearling out there for you.
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Last reviewed and updated on February 15, 2023