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Stage One: This is some entry-level shearling. Wear Phillip Lim's booties zipped up for a flash of fuzz, or leave them open a bit for a cuddlier look.
Phillip Lim 'Alexa' leather and shearling ankle boots,
Stage Two: Shearling has escaped its shoe-liner confines and traveled to the top of Loeffler Randall's loafers.
Loeffler Randall 'Irini' loafers, $275 at Otte
Stage Three: Fall's version of your go-to leather clutch.
Opening Ceremony 'Paloma' tech clutch,
Stage Four: Topshop's faux shearling coat may not be as soft as the real deal, but it packs the same style punch.
Topshop faux shearling 'Ovoid' jacket,
Stage Five: Now we're entering some advanced-level territory. Wendy Nichol's bucket bag invites petting.
Wendy Nichol shearling 'Bullet' bag,
Stage Six: Elizabeth and James's faux shearling coat delivers on volume.
Elizabeth and James 'Iris' coat,
Stage Seven: For those who are seriously committed to living their cuddliest life, both emotionally and financially.
Acne Studios 'Velocite' shearling jacket,
Uggs may have been outfit-ruiningly unattractive, but wearing them was like walking on clouds. Which is why we're excited to see shearling creep back into fall fashions—decorating shoes, lending some texture to outerwear, and making handbags infinitely pet-able. Here, we've rounded up seven ways to try out the trend, in ascending order of commitment. Dip a toe in with Phillip Lim's stealthily-lined booties, shake up your jeans-and-sweaters combos with Topshop's faux coat, or take the full shearling plunge in Acne's all-out-luxe jacket.
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