Fall is officially here – meaning it is time to break out those warmer pieces and let the layering begin! While staying warm is important, the key is to look good while doing so which isn’t a problem these days thanks in part to so many high end designers featuring collections filled with pieces that can realistically be incorporated into daily wardrobes. This season, a huge trend in menswear is shearling outerwear. The fluffy fabric, derived from sheep or lambs, is a common winter staple prominently used as a lining in outerwear or as details such as collars and cuffs. Sticking with tradition, Burberry showed a caramel colored suede topper with a contrasting natural beige lining. Another British band, Belstaff, featured a motocross-meets-military style greatcoat in murky dark brown with a creamy collar and cuffs. And Dolce & Gabbana – never ones to shy away from the overtly luxurious – lined their oversized wool herringbone coats with curly black fur, a look that combined rustic with refined. On the sportier side of shearling, Tom Ford showed slick black leather bombers generously lined in the stuff, while Balmain and Louis Vuitton showed similar styles in loden green and taupe, respectively. Dior Homme also utilized the must-have fabric of the season. Moving away from the traditional linings, several designers chose to use shearling in new, modern ways. Fendi, for example, offered a more playful take on the lavish fabric by adorning outerwear with brightly colored shearling patterns, while Bottega Veneta showed a pea green peacoat paired with a deep forest green shearling scarf. With temperatures getting ready to dip, it’s the perfect time to embrace this classic cold weather trend. Whether you’re ready to sport a dramatic allover look or just want a classic touch, the possibilities are endless.

Daniella DiRienzo