Tuesday, January 15, 2008

That's a Wrap

On chilly nights, it’s a challenge to find a jacket that’s both warm and sexy enough to go with your outfit. Our apologies to the animal-lovers out there (you already know we’re not vegetarians) but our best solution to date has been a vintage fur stole. Please note that we said VINTAGE—we’re not advocating that you run out and spend thousands of dollars on a brand new mink. Mink stoles are a staple at secondhand stores and also abound on eBay. We bought ours in Brooklyn for about $20—a bargain even after we spent $50 to have it cleaned. Plus we’re giving second life to Rebecca Lowenthal’s stole (the name stitched into the satin lining on our own stole).

Now that we’ve defended our decision to wear secondhand fur, let us tell you it’s virtues: You’ll feel instantly glamorous the second you put it on. It goes beautifully with everything from slinky cocktail dresses to your favorite pair of jeans. It makes your hair look gorgeous—blondes and redheads will light up in mink, brunettes should try darker sable fur. It truly is THE warmest thing out there, plus it doesn’t weigh you down like wool or shearling does. (There’s a reason all those Russians love it!) Finally—you will have spent less than $100 on it, so if it does get stolen, you’re not out a lot of money.

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