Creative woman at work Fur will forever remain a statement. It was everywhere during this fashion week season from Gucci fox fur to Dries Van Noten faux leopard capes.

Faux fur coats are usually offbeat and cool, but they’re also remarkably affordable, super-warm, and (obviously) animal-friendly.

So for my first outfit, I took a futuristic approach and if, like me, you are someone who is not afraid to dare and to turn the street into your private catwalk ,then this outfit is for you or at least some elements of it.

The top is a vintage gem with diamante and stone details,while the sparkling skirt is made of polyester and was a trend seen during fashion shows of the likes of Dolce&Gabbana, Vincenzo and Fendi. The faux leather belt  comes with a golden bar that just takes the outfit to extra mile.Together worn with some open toes ankle boots.

The second outfit is very much for the creative and sophisticated woman at work. I wore the faux fur gilet with a cotton peplum skirt that I matched with a sequin collard synthetic top. I added a gold belt to highlight the waist and the red pump for a touch of colour.

The third outfit is all about prints mix for the working lady, who is not afraid to play with fashion and stands out. The Ralph Lauren grey polka blouse is classic. Paired with a fitted paisley print cotton trouser.  I added  accessories which are quite important for this outfit,as they really accentuate and bring a contrast in colour to the whole look.

For me faux fur is as stylish as real fur with the massive difference being on the price tag and the treatment to animals. The designer Hannah Weiland who is a favorite among street style slideshow states that faux fur is just as soft and warm, it holds color even better, and it doesn’t get dusty.”She also states “I’ve never worn real fur and never wanted to work with it, even though faux fur was typically made of cheap polyester”.

On the other hand we have Thomas Salomon, general manager of Yves Salomon who is specialist in real fur business and priced one of his real fur coat around $1,700 and states “the coat is an investment, but it’s one that millennials and brand-new customers can justify. Other mink and rabbit coats in the collection might ring up closer to $10,000.It’s our responsibility to know where the fur is coming from and that the animals are well treated,“We’re using a natural material that eventually biodegrades”.

So with this forever argument going on between faux and real fur in fashion,What are your thoughts on it? And How do you style your fur?

Outfit1-Vintage top- River Island Faux Fur- TopShop skirt and boots-Prada bag /                                                     Outfit2-Asos top- Bershka skirt- H&M belt(old)-Celi bag- Zara shoes /                                                                           Outfit3-Raplh Lauren blouse- H&M trousers- TopShop gilet fur.Creative woman at work Creative woman at work Creative woman at work

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fall-for-brown fall-for-brown1  In this serie of fall for brown is all about that time of year where less skin is shown and most colors get tonned down.

1-I wore this outfit for lunch during my stay in Cambridge a while back.It is about playing with  different shades of brown and earthy hues.The cropped and tailored jacket is a perfect piece for this time of the year.

The texture of the fabric is worn but with authentic detail. The A line tie die  skirt has a splash of blue between the tones of brown which brings a lovely highlight in the two tones.I paired the outfit with my beloved red ankle Casadei boots bringing a contrast accent to the whole look.Also to keep up with the earthy tones, I added the an artisan pair of earrings.

Cropped jacket &Skirt:Zara                Shoes: Casadei ( Here)

2-The second outfit was worn when I went shopping for boxing day in Central London.The style is all about comfort and mixing yet matching different textures. With the wide velvet pair of trousers which is a favorite ,paired with a denim shirt, a wardrobe staple.But could also be paired with a white t-shirt for the cool girls and a pair of converse trainers if you just can’t be bothered with heels.Then I added the chocolate brown wool grid trench,which is nicely tailored with modern finishes.

Trousers: Bershka /Shoes:Click hereOffice  )/ Coat;MissSelfridges / bag: Vintage

3-The third outfit,is the smart and sassy lady who has an edge.With the layering of a black turtle neck tank under the sturdy wrapped up kimono. Perfect for work, a meeting with clients or ladies of creative field on an Autumn day. With an addition of the classic Prada Saffiano bag.Overall we have conservative look, yet thought-through.

Turtle neck Asos/ Shoes: Topshop  Prada Saffiano bag.

 

With fashion constantly travelling back and forth, I like to think that whatever we wear, doesn’t have to belong to a specific time of trends,so that we are simply never out of fashion and always try to remain true to myself.

So this Autumn/winter consider shade of brown as a substitutes for black and style your favorites with mellow tones.If brown isn’t for you,find a way to bring different shades of the same color ,by adding different styles and graphic print patterns.

PS: Don’t underestimate the elegance of a conservative ensemble. If well-fitting and properly styled, modest pieces become more stylish than stuffy. 

So let me know,how will you be styling your shades this winter?Share with me.Let’s talk fashion!!!

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Hi there !

I am Cecile Essono,style blogger, fashion stylist and self-titled Afro chic Queen 😉 . I am from the fantastic country of  Cameroon  and I made London a home for the past 6 years.
As a child ,I used to make sophisticated clothes for my dolls and I was very good at it…I always had the thought that when I grow up I wanted to become the greatest fashion designer Cameroon has ever known .But unfortunately or fortunately maybe, back in Cameroon ,creative jobs usually don’t take you very far in life.
 This was one of my main motivation to come to London, which  is an amazing city, where fashion is at its epitome.
While doing modelling works ,  I had the opportunity to meet wonderful creative friends and mentors who inspired me to believe in my dream.I used the modelling opportunity to learn how to use fashion as an armor of beauty and confidence to conquer my fears and uncover my true character. After a few years working as a model, I took an important step in my life, which  led me to become a fashion stylist,creative director ,blogger here on Modebycece.com where I am constantly challenging style & fashion, which is forever evolving. I am also now joining YouTube to provide my wise audience with weekly fashion updates.
Thank you for all your love and support and please do not hesitate to contact me, if you ever need help to unleash the fashion genius, who is  sleeping somewhere in you.

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Prints-on-prints  This past weekend, I had the privilege to style for a modelling agency .When styling a photo shoot,I am constantly adjusting the model’s attire,making sure all the details are in the right place.Therefore comfort in what I wear is always crucial as I am always on my feet.

I wore this knee length pencil skirt that I got recently. It has a zip and slit at the back for a precise fit and I love the blue pattern on the skirt. Which for a safer option ,could have been paired with a black tank top or simply a white T-shirt.But as the risk taker that I am,I went for an all prints contemporary look with this long sleeve prints shirt from Orla Kiely;which always have a fun approach to fashion with their unique retro prints and designs.Therefore giving the whole outfit a modern 70’s flair.

So if you have been playing safe with your style until now why not try some prints on prints action this Autumn?I will suggest you start with the most minimalist you own and then gradually be more experimental until you get comfortable .

Shirt;Orla Kiely /Skirt;Asos /Shoes;Convserse

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