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Mango red faux fur coat

Star sunnies

I have been a lover of faux fur (and a rabid hater of real fur) since forever.  When I spotted this red faux fur coat in Mango on THE hottest day of the summer in London, I let out a scream of glee.  Not only is it as soft as a unicorn’s eyelashes, it is my favourite colour, AND it also has a sparkly crystal top button (very Miu Miu).  There was NO WAY this coat was not coming home with me, in spite of the searing heat.  I took a photo and sent it to my bishes in the Over 40 Collective who confirmed it was as perfect as I knew it was. Together, the salesgirl and I wrestled this faux fur beast into the largest paper shopping bag they have at Mango, and I tried my best not to sing and dance my way out of the shopping centre.  I honestly wanted to stop strangers on the way to my car and say, “Isn’t this the most amazing coat you’ve ever SEEN?”

One of my first style memories comes from a red faux fur coat.  When I was six, I chose a dark red faux fur coat from the Sears catalog. When I put the coat on, I felt powerful.  Stylish.  Like a diva.  Because I was a good reader, I went to reading classes with seven and eight year olds several times a week.  We sat at a big blue horseshoe-shaped table with the teacher in the middle and had to read out loud to the other children.  I can remember walking into the classroom, taking my seat at the horseshoe, and the older children laughing and making fun of my new coat.  I didn’t feel sad or upset for even one second.  Instead, I clearly remember that I felt sorry for them, because even though they were older than I was, they still did not understand the sheer fabulousness of my coat (see below: on this occasion, a two-tone faux fur coat with a hood was obviously not enough; it needed an argyle baker boy cap as well, right?).

First faux fur

Let’s move to the present though…  Today on a gloriously sunny cool day, I had some free time and went to soak up some atmosphere in Notting Hill and Golborne Road.  Notting Hill is fancy fabulous, and Golborne Road is gritty fabulous.  I happen to like both equally and this coat suits both locations.

Notting Hill red coat

It works really well with jeans and colourful boots (which are everywhere this year), over a sheath dress, over a sparkly maxi skirt… pretty much over anything that can take a bit of furry fabulousness on top.  Today, I thought I’d style it simply, so the coat could take centre stage.  I like contrasting textures, so I’m wearing faux leather jeans and a shiny faux snakeskin clutch with the fluffy coat.

faux fur and faux leather jeans

Since I did a lot of walking, I’m wearing these comfortable shoes which I’ve had for almost 15 years.  I used to wear these embroidered shoes with work suits when I was a banker, can you believe.

Floral shoes on stairs

Solange Hot Lips Ring

Golborn Road London

Twinning with a pillar box

Details
Coat- Mango
Jeans- previous season H&M
Sweater- Winser London
Ring- Solange Azagury Partridge
Clutch- previous season River Island
Heels- similar
Sunglasses- ZeroUV

If you love this coat as much as I do and order it from Mango, please be advised that it runs very, very large.  I’m 5′ 8″ and a size 8 US/12 UK, and I’m wearing size XXS-XS (US) and XS-S (UK).   The XS is still plenty roomy.  Colours keep coming and going.  Right now, it is only available in a cheerful yellow, but the red or brown may come back in stock.

I love this particular red faux fur coat as much as I did my first one at six years old.  It reminds me that our taste and style may change a bit as we get older, but some parts of us never change.  The things that thrilled me at six STILL thrill me today. For a look at my other recent adventures in faux fur, see this one which I adore, and this one, which I sent back.  I feel diva-fabulous in this coat, and hope you have a coat (or five) in your closet that make you feel like that too.  Life is too short to wear boring coats.  Winter is long and grey, but your coat needn’t be!

Linking to:  stylesplashnotdeadyetstyle, notdressedaslamb

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49 Comments

  • Reply
    Emma Peach
    October 1, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    What a fabulous coat! I’m glad it’s not just me that buys winter coats in Summer…it’s sensible to think ahead right? 😉 I have a few faux fur coats but not a colourful one. If I did get one it would have to be red, my favourite colour. Love the photo of you as a young girl. Stylish then and now!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:23 PM

      I fell so in love with this coat, I didn’t even think about the weather 🙂 There’s a shorter red one at Topshop (but it isn’t online) that is really gorge too. Thank you, Emma xx

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    Is This Mutton?
    October 1, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    You find the most amazing coats!

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:25 PM

      I know! If only I could turn this into a bankable skill, like finding truffles or something 🙂 xx

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    mithraballesteros
    October 1, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    You darling little fashion plate! With mad sartorial skillz even then! Love the updated adult version too. My first faux fur was a brown beauty that kept me warm on my chilly Chicago commute. One frigid day, even that bear of a coat couldn’t keep out the cold on a long walk to a meeting in a three-story walk up. I arrived and sat on the radiator to try and warm up. Ten minutes later, I smelled something funny and realized I had melted my coat. I think the fabrics have improved since then.

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:27 PM

      Thank you! That is a hilarious story, Mithra! I’m sure the fabrics have improved, but they would still melt on a radiator (note to self, be very careful around hot surfaces this winter with this coat). xx

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    Nancy
    October 1, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Wow! I think that is the most beautiful faux fur coat I have ever seen!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:28 PM

      I can see you love it as much as I did when I saw it! Mango knocked it out of the park with this one. xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    October 1, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    I had seen it on your Twitter. Love to see all these beautiful photos. Thank you to your husband (?). Love the coat, love it on these leggings. Had to laugh when I read you described these shoes as comfortable because you had to do a lot of walking hahaha.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:30 PM

      Oh, yes. I shared it on Twitter after I bought it… before it was sold out! The shoes are surprisingly comfortable… I think I’ve had them so long they’ve moulded to the exact shape of my foot! xx

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    Patti
    October 1, 2017 at 10:47 PM

    This is for sure an amazing coat, matched in fabulous-ness by your shoes! Thanks for linking up. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:30 PM

      Thanks so much, Patti! xx

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    Ann
    October 1, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    Oh, Lisa! I adore your joie de vivre style (have no idea if I spelled that right and don’t care). You remind me that “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:31 PM

      Ann, that is THE sweetest thing to say! I do have fun with style, and I’m so glad that you like it. xx

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    carmen
    October 2, 2017 at 6:15 AM

    You had me at FAUX!! Gorgeous coat! Beautiful photos and I especially love the one of you when you were six, a real cutie!

    ❤️carmen

    https://fashionableover50.wordpress.com

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:32 PM

      Hahaha, I’m also a lover of all things faux. Thank you so much, Carmen. xx

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    RetroChicMama
    October 2, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Heehee I remember very well the day you spotted this coat my friend. I could hear the squeal all the way up in Hertfordshire! I’m amazed at how big it runs, that’s gotta be a manufacturing mistake surely? Would anyone wear it that over-sized I wonder?
    You look like sex on a stick babe 😉

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:34 PM

      I don’t know if it is a manufacturing mistake. The red has been in stock and sold out three times, so it fits SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE! I’d get the yellow one too if it weren’t so sick with my hair (and maybe just a touch too Big Bird on me?). Thank you so much, my friend 😀 xx

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    Michelle - The Barefaced Chic
    October 2, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    You look like a million dollars. Your delight at finding that coat was infectious and it looks just as good on you as I thought it would xxx

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:35 PM

      Thank you, Miss Michelle! Yes, I do tend to get a bit over excited about purchases sometimes, don’t I?! I certainly was thrilled with this one. xx

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    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut
    October 2, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    OMG! Look at you Lady in Red, I’m literally speechless! Soft as unicorn eyelashes, on top of it! You certainly made my day with this coat! xx Abby

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:35 PM

      Ohhhhh, I love this coat so much, Abby! I’m so pleased you like it too. xx

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    melissa williams
    October 2, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Dang but you look fabulous in your hot red coat! I had a similar coat when I was a little girl and I remember feeling so amazing in it- it felt so luxurious with all that soft “fur” and the big ‘ole pom-poms. I was a good reader too and also sat at the horseshoe table. Idiot peasants…….let them laugh ( this was the thought process that got me through much of my public school years). Also- I shall be working the word “bishes” into my writing somewhere today. Perhaps one day, I can just stand behind you when you clean out your closet- hmmm? Lovely post again Lisa.
    ~Melissa
    https://freshairandfalselashes.com

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      Lisa
      October 2, 2017 at 9:37 PM

      Thank you so very much, Melissa! Faux fur is THE BEST, isn’t it?! It is like having a hug from a bear all day long. I look forward to seeing bishes on your blog 🙂 xx

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    Pati Springmeyer
    October 2, 2017 at 10:36 PM

    I’m loving the embroidered pumps – the whole look is darling.

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      Lisa
      October 5, 2017 at 8:52 PM

      Thank you so much, Pati! I’m glad I kept the shoes all of these years. xx

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    Samantha Blair
    October 4, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Oh Lisa!
    What a beauty.
    I swoon with it’s furry loveliness!
    Sigh…. faux fur makes me smile.

    Unfortunately, real fur is rife just now, isn’t it?
    When did it become okay again? (I blame programmes like the Kardashians and other celebs making bad choices)
    I was horrified to read about fur trims, marketed as faux, coming from cats and dogs, and freakishly overfed foxes.
    As an animal lover this disgusts me.
    There is no excuse for cruelty.

    I certainly don’t want to rain on your red fur parade so I will stop before I start ranting and raving… (zip it!)

    Just to say, when faux looks this good why skin something alive to get a real version?

    Beautiful outfit and fabulous images.
    XXX
    Samantha
    http://www.fakefabulous.com

    P.S Yellow you say???? Hmmmmmm……. I’m sure I need that in my life!

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      Lisa
      October 5, 2017 at 8:55 PM

      Thank you, Sam. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m crazy about it. AND YES YOU NEED THE YELLOW ONE! I’d have it too if I could wear that colour of yellow.

      Yes, real fur really is everywhere right now, and it tears me up. I HATE it. Always have (vegetarian too). xx

  • Reply
    Rachel
    October 5, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Such an elegant look! Gorgeous!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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      Lisa
      October 5, 2017 at 8:55 PM

      Thank you, Rachel! xx

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    Fatima
    October 5, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Coat of DREAMS xxx

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      Lisa
      October 5, 2017 at 8:56 PM

      It really is! I adore it. Glad you like it too, babe! xx

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    whatlizzyloves
    October 5, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Oh Lisa. I remember your initial excitement when you first bought it and how fabulous that it hasn’t abated. This is so you. It’s as stunnng as you are and you look amazing. And your six year old self is adorable. Always confident in your choices and in your own skin. I salute you my friend xxxx

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      Lisa
      October 5, 2017 at 8:57 PM

      I’m still just as excited as when I spammed you with photos! Thank you so much, Liz. I really appreciate your thoughtful comment, my love. xx

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    Miki (@mikialamode)
    October 5, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    I ADORE this red coat and you look so fab, and sooo adorable as a kid in your faux fur coat! I saw this one you’re wearing while in Milan during fashion week. It was sooooo hot there and I had no luggage space so I couldn’t buy it. I love the yellow one too. I couldn’t decide on which to order and ship to my place while travelling haha. I still can’t decide. Red is so classic though you just can’t go wrong. The yellow one is so beautiful though, too. >.<

    I love that you finished off with the beautiful statement heels. 🙂 You look beautiful!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

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      Lisa
      October 5, 2017 at 9:00 PM

      Thank you, Miki! Oh goodness, it sounds like you might have a faux fur coat in your near future. You could probably order it when you’re back in the States, but how much you’d wear it in Florida, I don’t know :-D. Still, it is a keeper; I’ll be wearing this for years, I just know it. I’m so pleased you like everything! xx

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    Sakuranko
    October 8, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Oh very gorgeous coat!
    xx

    http://www.sakuranko.com

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    jacqui
    October 10, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Dynamite look in the black and red, this is the second outfit of these hot colours I’ve seen so maybe I need to get my own outfit. x Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      October 19, 2017 at 8:26 PM

      Thank you, sweet Jacqui! xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    October 11, 2017 at 12:24 AM

    YOU OUT DO YOURSELF EVERY TIME!I especially LOVE YOU AS A CHILD IN THAT COAT!
    How many times do YOU get STOPPED for your coats?
    A FEW I would think!
    HAPPY FALL………….NORTHERN CALIFORNIA is on FIRE!DAY THREE and they still do not have a handle on it!THE WINE REGION!!!!!!!!!!!
    Many people have lost their homes…………a friend of mine did!
    A little NEWS report………and I AM SO HAPPY I CAN COMMENT!
    XX

    • Reply
      Lisa
      October 19, 2017 at 8:25 PM

      Oh thank you so much! I am besotted with this coat… I’m sure because it reminds me of my childhood one. I do get a lot of comments on my statement coats (and shoes!). Happy Fall to you too, lovely. The news out of Northern California is so distressing; I also have a few friends in terrible situations there. xx

  • Reply
    Renia Jaz
    October 12, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    I am obsessed with this read fur!! I need to steal it from you…
    I am always on a search for a perfect faux fur…and Im currently obsessed with colourful furs!! 🙂
    Lovely post dear and amazing pics!!
    Love and Kisses
    Renia <3

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      Lisa
      October 19, 2017 at 8:39 PM

      Thank you so much, Renia! I’m crazy about this red coat too! xx

  • Reply
    Melanie
    October 14, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Holy moly – I LOVE this coat. I went to Mango and I love it in lemon too. I’m glad to see colour back in the winter offerings coat-wise. And this looks smashing on you. I clearly understand why you danced out the door. I have a similar vintage coat in faux fur, and I adore it too. Thanks for a peep at the childhood coat too. Your response to your classmates was priceless. Hahaha!!

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      Lisa
      October 19, 2017 at 8:11 PM

      I’d like the lemon yellow one as well… if only it didn’t clash with my hair 🙁 I’d love to see your vintage one, Melanie! I adore everything you wear. xx

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    Jean
    October 18, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Urgh, first time visitor (referred obliquely from Suzanne Carillo via No Fear of Fashion and I freakin’ bought the coat. Like within two seconds. It is indeed the unicorns eyelashes. I have been searching for years. So thank you.

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      Lisa
      October 19, 2017 at 8:04 PM

      Oh, I’m SO PLEASED to hear that! Isn’t it a fabulous piece? I know I’ll wear this one for years. I wish you lots of glamorous and snuggly occasions in it 🙂 xx

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    Stella Asteria
    October 23, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    This red coat is really giving me life! I am obsessed with anything red lately, even though it’s not a color that favours me (especially during pregnancy, I think I will look like a big buoy with something like this), but it’s so beautiful! Bright colors suit you so perfectly Lisa, and the coat is really an amazing piece, I can’t believe it’s from Mango! Love how you paired it with a total black ensemble!
    Thank you for the inspiration!! Enjoy your week and Paris! <3
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      October 23, 2017 at 5:24 PM

      I also can’t believe this little baby is Mango! I’m mad for it. Hope to see you soon, my lovely friend! xx

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