One of the few benefits of the onset of frigid, dark days is the winter fashion that emerges. It sounds cliché, but there’s nothing better than finding a great pair of chunky knee-high boots or a dangerously cozy sweater. And while there are some winter basics that the fashion set swears by season after season, there is always one standout trend that seemingly takes over everyone’s closet. This winter, it’s shearling. From shearling bags to shearling bucket hats to timeless shearling boots, F/W 21 collections were filled with so many noteworthy iterations of this winter-ready fabric. But if I’m being honest, none sit as dear to my heart as the shearling coat (including our very own Who What Wear Collection Billy Jacket).
Before you write me off as biased, ahead, I’ve scoured through runway imagery and outfit inspiration to show why shearling jackets are the fashion set’s favorite coat trend (and how it’s been styled). Warning: Scrolling ahead may cause you to fall in love with not one but many shearling coats.
Shearling Coats on the Runway
Photo:Courtesy of Chanel; Courtesy of Miu Miu; Courtesy of Proenza Schouler; Courtesy of Vetements; Who What Wear Collection
Before a trend can take over our Instagram feeds, it is first spotted dominating the runways. Such was the case with shearling coats in F/W 21. From full-fledged shearling jackets at Chanel to coats with shearling trim at Proenza Schouler, it’s abundantly clear that this fuzzy fabric is one you’ll want to buy into for the season.
Our Shearling Coat on Our Editors
Runway collections are one thing, but what makes a trend worth trying IRL is if it’s approved by fashionable people—like our editors. Who What Wear Collection’s Billy Jacket made waves when the editors got a sneak peek over the summer, and now it’s finally in everyone’s closets.
With two colorways (black and mint green) at an affordable price, it’s possibly the most versatile shearling jacket you can buy right now.
If you’re not sold yet on why investing in a shearling jacket for the winter is the move, keep scrolling, as I’ve rounded up 10 shearling outfit ideas to inspire how you style our Billy Shearling Jacket.
Shearling Coat Styling Ideas
WEAR: Shearling Jacket + Leather Pants + Sandals
The simplest way to style your new WWWC shearling coat is by pairing it with leather pants (ideally in a contrasting hue). Trust me when I say this is a look very much worth replicating.
WEAR: Shearling Jacket + Tank + Jeans + Statement Bag
The great thing about shearling jackets is that they’re such an easy piece to inject into your wardrobe. Just pair one with your beloved jeans, a tank, and a cute bag, and you’re done.
WEAR: Shearling Jacket + Knit Bra + Black Pants + Chunky Boots
Looking for a simple way to style our Billy shearling coat? Pair it with your favorite jeans, knit bra, and boots for a look worthy of the 'gram.
WEAR: Shearling Jacket + Turtleneck Sweater + Leather Jacket + Miniskirt
Winter is all about layering, so don’t be afraid to get creative under your shearling coat. Throw a leather jacket over a turtleneck and miniskirt for a cozy yet chic ensemble for those colder days.
WHAT: Shearling Coat + Turtleneck + Jeans + Heeled Booties
As simple as this outfit idea is, it’s pure dynamite. There's nothing more powerful than pairing a shearling coat with all your winter faves. Fair warning, though—you may be feeling yourself a little too much.
WHAT: Shearling Jacket + Button-Up + Miniskirt + Knee-High Boots
That fall miniskirt outfit you’ve worn a million times and are obsessed with? Throw a shearling coat into the mix, and you’ve got a look cute enough for date night or dinner outside with friends.
WHAT: Shearling Coat + Polo Sweater + Jeans + Shoulder Bag
Not to sound like a broken record, but the reason the fashion set is about shearling jackets is the fact that they’re so easy to pair with just about anything. Just throw on a polo, jeans, a shoulder bag, and the coat, and tell me you don’t feel fabulous.
WHAT: Shearling Jacket + T-Shirt +Trousers + Heels
The key to making a shearling jacket shine is by keeping the rest of your outfit simple. Pairing it with black trousers, a white T-shirt, and heels allows the coat to speak for itself.
WHAT: Shearling Jacket + Sweater + Shorts + Loafers
If you want to make your favorite preppy-inspired ensemble a bit weather-friendlier simply pair your sweater, shorts, and oxfords with tights and a good shearling coat. It’s the perfect balance of polished and edgy.
WHAT: Shearling Jacket + Minidress + Heels
By now, you hopefully have concluded that shearling jackets are worth the hype. After all, how many coats can be paired with a minidress or jeans? It’s this jacket’s versatility that’s allowed it to jump from lookbooks into the streets with ease. And if you’re smart, you’ll secure your very own shearling jacket before it sells out.