11.19.2009

Thrifty Thursday: Alice + Olivia Shawl Faux Fur Jacket for Less

Darlings, I have fallen in love with a wild animal. Not just any wild animal, mind you; a leopard. A leggy specimen with the grace and poise of a model on the catwalk, coupled with the speed and agility of a toned marathon runner. I imagine there is no other animal more perfect to fall in love with; but I digress. I suppose I should be more specific in my musings. Oui, it is the leopard that is the current star of my affections; but not in the fashion in which you may assume.

While I adore the leopard’s fiery spirit and seductive gait; I am much more in awe of its heavenly shaded coat. The beige and taupe mixing as one, then covered in black spots synonymous with petite rosettes to round out the piece de resistance of color combinations. The charm factor of such a look has made me long for a similar covering all my own. And I have found it in the form of Alice + Olivia’s Shawl Collar Faux Fur Jacket.

Many faux furs come across as too brass and brazen in their volume and size; so is not the case with the Shawl Collar Faux Fur Jacket. It is the quintessential garment for assisting the fashion maven in channeling her inner Edie Sedgwick, and imagining herself as Andy Warhol’s muse, if only during the time that she is donning such a style.

Toss it on over distressed denim jeans with wild, animalistic hair for a late-night rock show; or transform yourself into a cosmopolitan Uptown girl by pairing it with black leggings, an ebony-hued v-neck, and a chic chignon for a chichi cocktail party with dapper boys just waiting for you to entice them with your feminine wiles.

I should love to simply swipe Alice + Olivia’s ambrosial outerwear up without so much as a second-thought to price; but I am quite positive that I would feel downright devastated once I open my VISA bill and see the $385.00 charge. But I refuse to take this lying down. I am resigned to fight for what I love; which is why I shall be taking the plunge and purchasing the next best thing…Mossimo’s Black Women’s Faux Fur Shrug – Cat Print.

At $39.99, Mossimo’s marvel is the perfect solution to your budget woes; not to mention that it’s the ideal replacement for a statement necklace if donned with a sassy LBD.

Speak up, don’t be shy…will you be economical with Mossimo, or extravagant with Alice + Olivia?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Target for the pictures.


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41 comments

Jacqueline said...

Erika,

There is another one really similar to these coats at Express. The price is sorta in between, but I thought it looked better than the Alice + Olivia one. I wore it on my blog. I love these types of coats though. So on trend and gorgeous =)

xoxo

www.FashionSnag.com

Couture Carrie said...

Fantastic find, darling ~ love your Target pick!
I'll definitely go economical on this one ~ thanks!

xoxox,
CC

Jaime said...

I think I like the Alice + Olivia one better...oh my expensive taste.... :)

kpeach said...

love that Alice and Olivia one-I got a great deal on ebay on a topshop version that I've been wearing to death xo

Couture Cookie said...

I actually like the less expensive pick a little better... I'm always afraid animal print will look too overwhelming on me, so a little shrug seems like a safer choice than a full-on jacket. I know, I am lame like that! And I have the nerve to always urge other people take fashion risks! :D

jeannie said...

love the faux fur

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Love those jackets! So glamorous!!

ana said...

I love them!!! they are so warm and elegant

Closet Cravings said...

Erika,
The Alice + Olivia’s Shawl Collar Faux Fur Jacket is probably one of the few animal print jackets that I covet. I've been drooling over it for awhile now. Oh to have and to wear . . . =)

Taylor Sterling said...

I am looking for a coat like this right now!

Jamie Jenson said...

What a cute alternative!

tricia said...

Love the jackets! I think sometimes people are afraid of trying an animal print, but I feel that anyone can pull it off without looking over the top.

Rachel said...

I have been wanting a leopard print jacket for quite some time now! I'm just not sure how well I can pull it off. The Mossimo version is nice, but I would have to pick the Alice + Olivia just because it's not cropped. There is a byCORPUS one at Urban Outfitters as well, however, it's $168.

stylewithbenefits said...

Love both your picks! I'm definitely feeling leopard print myself. Just got these amazing fuzzy ones from Pixie Market.. but am on the hunt for an oversized leopard print blazer or cardigan. :)

xo, Becs

The Blonde Duck said...

I need both. Immediately.

I bet you didn't know I was the leopard print queen, did you?

All Women Stalker said...

I am not a big fan of clothes with animal prints but I'd wear the second one because the cut is interesting :)

-meream

Elizabeth Marie said...

I actually saw one on Etsy I loved...but didn't get and now it's gone, so yay TARJAY!!! Thanks love.

Um, your comments always brighten my day. Just wanted you to know!

Tights Lover said...

Whoa...I love the Alice & Olivia one...so hot!

Diane said...

i like the alice & olivia jacket way better...but there is no way i'd pay that much for an animal print faux fur jacket.

nookie said...

here if you wear leopard prints you are called a "pitzipoanca":(
I like the Alice+Olivia though:)

Stephanie said...

Awww, I love the animal prints they are so pretty. :) The second one is so cute. I love the short look on that one. :) Hope you have a great day, Erika.

Melissa Blake said...

You are the genius of thriftness!! :)

Toothfairy said...

faux fur is ok, but I'm not a fan of animal prints... sorry!

loves

Leah said...

I like your Mossimo pick much more than the Alice+Olive one. Not because of the price but I think it's more sassy.

gleenn said...

wow, great ones. i always envy Emma of "My fashion blog" everytime she wears leopard jackets similar to these, very elegant and classy ;)

E said...

Oh I love the length of the first one, but the second would look adorable with a party dress!

Winnie said...

I really like them too but I don't think they will ever suit me. I guess they are not so much my style?

AudreyAllure said...

i love anything from alice+olivia <3 love the jacket, looks warm & cozy but fierce haha

Marz said...

this is so cute and chic!

Emily said...

I actually like the mossimo one better and the price! :)

Kristin said...

Actually, I like the shrug better. Way to be. You're making me break my shopping ban. Ah ha ha

Cancha-diction said...

ahhh faux fur. i need to get on the bandwagon and invest in a nice fur vest. great post!

beckyxoxo said...

ahh i wish we can wear coat and fur jacket here , it will be too damn hot if we wear them haha . but thanks for sharing anyway ! love your nice comment . i'm glad you like pixie ! you should hear all of her songs . love them all . haha . have a nice day !

Sherin said...

Oh, the Mossimo shrug is so much cuter! I'm definitely going to be economical.

miriam said...

love that shrug, such a great cut!

B a la Moda said...

I like the second one better. That cropped style is lovely.
xoxo
B* a la Moda

MissNeira said...

LOVE LOVE
I went to Target last night and they had their own version of it too! you should check it out!

MissNeira said...

I just realized that was the one from Target! hahaha never mind!

great find girl!

=)

Keith said...

So beautiful. I love animal print stuff.

Olive said...

I've never considered an animal print as a possible addition to my closet, but that sweet shrug is very nearly changing my mind :)

Jen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I'm having a faux fur moment - I've got my eye on three coats on eBay, one taupe, one black and one in fabulous leopard print. Fingers crossed for me!

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