Out on the Town – Shearling Anyone?

Have you ever looked into your closet and realized that most of the coats you own are not suitable for that special winter evening on the town? Looking fashionable and stylish in January does not mean you have the wear a parka and/or wear a coat that makes you feel like the Michelin Man. Luckily, there are designers who feel the same.

Designers and manufacturers have come a long way in making winter fashionable. From Betsey Johnson with her unique down filled coat to soft angora wool coats from Mallia, your choices are varied. But when it comes to warmth with flexible style, the indisputable winner is shearling. Once you wear one, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to have one.

Technically speaking, shearling is sheepskin. But it’s the Spanish Merino sheepskins that are light-weight and of exceptional quality. Shearling can handle anything from blizzards to freezing rain without overwhelming you with volume of material. Shearling is a unique material because of its natural warmth, suppleness, longevity and polished good looks. In addition, it lends itself beautifully to the fur and luxury outerwear market because of its high status as a quality, handcrafted article.

It is important to keep in mind that the hide is a natural product and not a synthetic one, resulting in natural imperfections that add to the unique appeal of the garment. Such characteristics can be considered nature’s signature that the product is genuine.

Available in many colors and styles, shearling is a very versatile choice that can be beautifully accessorized. Therefore the next time you go out on that bitter cold January night with your shearling coat, remember that whether you dress it up, or wear it more casual, you’ll know that you’ll be warm and looking good.

Author: Jacqueline Louise Gagnon