Faking It


Who needs the real deal? Get the look of leather, fur, exotic skins and more—at a fraction of the price, no less!—with these fabulous faux.

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A Call to Arms


Fabulous “fur” cuffs give this wool and cashmere coat a chic-retro look.


Ann Taylor wool coat with faux fur cuffs, $398; anntaylor.com

Photo courtesy of Ann Taylor

Toe Shoes


These 100 percent PU ballet flats boast contrasting toes and heels for a super chic look.


Gap patent ballet flats, $50; gap.com

Photo courtesy of Gap

Bombs Away


You don’t have to be a pilot to appreciate this classic jacket (rendered in pleather for an animal- and wallet-friendly take on the original).


Hazel pleather jacket, $98; piperlime.com

Photo courtesy of Piperlime

Cool Carryall


This over-sized, leather-like bag will hold a whole day’s worth of stuff in style.


H&M bag, $24.99; H&M stores

Photo courtesy of H&M

Short Story


For best effect, wear these faux leather shorts as you would a mini skirt, with opaque tights and short or tall boots.


The Limited cuffed shorts, $60; thelimited.com

Photo courtesy of The Limited

Spot On


These spotted flats are guaranteed to go with almost everything in your wardrobe.


Amalia leopard flat, $98; bananarepublic.com

Photo courtesy of Banana Republic

Fly Girl


Keep your head heated with this “rabbit fur” trimmed aviator cap.


Paul Leinburd Designs By Crown Cap aviator hat, $82; lordandtaylor.com

Photo courtesy of Lord & Taylor

Buckle Up


These military-inspired, microsuede boots look especially right paired with skinny jeans.


Simply Vera Vera Wang ankle boots, $90; kohls.com

Photo courtesy of Kohl's

Overall Appeal


Worn open or closed, this super soft, synthetic suede jacket delivers a sexy look.


Express (Minus the) Suede jacket, $98; express.com

Photo courtesy of Express

Fur Sure


Slip this furry capelet over sweaters, jackets, coats or tees for a look with added punch.


Bebe faux fur capelet, $139; bebe.com

Photo courtesy of Bebe

Peep Show


These ostrich-embossed platforms will see you straight through spring and summer.


Talbots ostrich-embossed peep-toe platforms, $179; talbots.com

Photo courtesy of Talbots

Penny Pincher Pearls


Luxe up your lobes with a pair of crystal and faux pearl drop earrings.


White House Black Market faux pearl bauble earring, $24; whbm.com

Photo courtesy of White House Black Market

Posh Pants


Top these black, skinny, snakeskin print pants with a chunky, over-sized sweater for a subtly sexy look.


Victoria’s Secret VS legging jean, $60; victoriassecret.com

Photo courtesy of Victoria's Secret

Cozy Collar


This knit coat’s built-in faux fur collar adds style and warmth.


Zara knit coat, $60; Zara stores

Photo courtesy of Zara

Shake Your Bootie


Luxe-looking fake fur gives these clog booties an après-ski look.


Michael Michael Kors Parker faux fur clog booties, $198; bloomingdales.com 


Still feel like faking it? Mimic some of this season’s runway trends with budget-friendly pieces by studying our "Runway to Real Way" suggestions. 

Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's

First Published January 13, 2011

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