We all know and love the comfort of shearling in our booties and slippers by UGG Australia, which has probably done more for the skin than anyone else on the planet.
Maybe that’s partly what inspired designers to do more with it, making shearling a key trend of winter 2017-2018 for both men and women.
Lightweight yet warm, shearling has been on a roll for a few years now, and there is no limit to the ways it can be shorn, dyed and sewn.
Hot silhouettes for women include swing coats, motorcycle styles, bombers, cocoon coats and long, easy vests and toppers. Among the most covetable is Burberry’s shearling swing coat.
Men have plenty of options too, from BOSS Hugo Boss’ color-blocked shearling coat to Gucci’s hit Princetown slipper in velvet and lambskin, a shearling aviator jacket by Burberry and biker jackets at John Varvatos.
Real shearling, which is made from shorn lamb or sheepskin, is a worthwhile investment because it lasts many years with minimal care. One side is fluffy wool fleece, and the other is tanned into suede, leather or velvety nubuck, which has a slight nap to it.
There are as many kinds of shearling as there are breeds of sheep. The long curlicues of Mongolian shearling exude luxury and lightheartedness – and make for a delightful pillow.
Toscana shearling is considered the highest quality. Coming from mountainous flocks in Spain, it has the finest fibers and a super soft hand.
Age matters too. The older the sheep, the thicker the fleece and skin.
UGG serves shearling not only in footwear but also a fluffy pink vest, a fuzzy hobo bag, a bomber jacket and a Toscana shearling coat.
You’ll be perfectly prepared for the inevitable chill of winter, not to mention ski getaways.