Every fall marks the return of beloved staples (like knee-high boots, sweater dresses, or leather jackets), but it also brings in the possibility of adopting something "new." Of course, when it comes to trends, there's nothing that's ever entirely original—inspiration is constantly drawn from the past. As runway collections have tapped nostalgia more and more, we've witnessed formerly "dated" trends be transformed into something that feels brand new.
Nothing shows that more than the return of furry accessories. Fur accessories have always waned in and out of style as humans have worn them for centuries. However, they first gained notoriety in the fashion world in the 1960s, thanks to designers like Karl Lagerfield coining the term "fun fur" when working at Fendi. But the '90s marked an even more significant shift in the popularity of fur, as fabric production innovations allowed for the creation of faux fur, making the fabric more animal-friendly and affordable. The result was the creation of a slew of furry accessories that managed to define the decade and continue to do so to this day.
We can see furry accessories continued presence in the fashion zeitgeist, most recently in fall/winter 2022 collections. From Kim Jones at Fendi to Donatella at Versace, we saw no shortage of designers taking this '90s-inspired accessory and reenvisioning it in a way that could make even the most forward-thinking fashionphiles feel a flicker of nostalgia.
So, without further ado, here are the three ways this trend reemerged on the runway, along with the best furry accessories to shop for right now.
Ahh, furry bags. Remember those? There's been a slew of "dated" It bags that have managed to come back into the fold, and fuzzy bags look to be the next ones on the comeback tour. But unlike the '90s versions of this style, we saw more polished ones focused on modern silhouettes, vibrant colors, and thoughtful materials. From Fendi to Jacquemus to Off-White to Loewe, there was no shortage of fuzzy bags on the fall runway, making this accessory arguably one of the most fun to adopt this fall.
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Pro tip: Add a little texture to your all-black outfits by opting for a fuzzy black bag this fall.
If you love your Ugg boots, then you'll love this bag.
Is it just me, or does this bag remind you of the Cookie Monster?
In addition to fur, shearling was also everywhere on the fall runways.
Want a subtler take on this trend? Opt for a pony-hair bag to get the fuzzy feel without the excess.
I'm obsessed with everything about this bag—from the shape to the shearling.
Embracing fuzzy accessories was a head-to-toe endeavor (quite literally) for designers this season. From red fur boots at Bottega Venetta to shag loafers at Yuhan Wang to fuzzy pumps at ACNE Studios and shearling sandals at Dion Lee, we saw fur shoes in every form. Whoever said fur shoes couldn't be functional clearly never saw the F/W 22 runways.
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These boots allow you to tap into this trend practically.
Not going to lie, I wanted to start singing "boots with the fur" when I found these shoes.
It wasn't just bags and shoes that were adorned with fur on the F/W 22 runways—it was all about embracing fur trimmings to the max this season. We saw fuzzy fabrics everywhere through hats, gloves, belts, and outerwear making it clear that this '90s trend is back and fluffier than ever. So, if you had any doubts about embracing this trend, consider this story the permission slip you needed to get a little sentimental with your sartorial choices this fall.
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Apparis's faux-fur accessories are sustainably made, so you can feel as good as you look.
No need to ditch your beloved baseball cap, simply swap it out for a furry version.
Add a fur belt to your fall ensembles for a more fun take on styling this trend.
Shearling hats are the winter staple you need to invest in ASAP.
I can't think of a better accessory to buy for winter than these mittens.
The perfect gift (even if it's just for yourself).
This is the perfect accessory to layer on top of your go-to coat.
This post was previously published and has since been updated.
Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.