Runway vs. Reality: Fur You Can Actually Wear From Milan Fashion Week

An effort to steer you away from "Runway" ridiculousness and toward a sartorial "Reality" you might actually want to try

Hello, style fans. Here we are in Milan—third stop on the party train known as Europe's Men's Fashion Month. Last night Mary J. Blige kicked it off with some serious force, serenading the Caten brothers at the 20th anniversary runway show for their label Dsquared2. 

Milan Fashion Week is where most of the heavyweights show. Collections tend to be pretty commercial (read: wearable) although occasionally unremarkable. Yet like all runway shows, there are those overambitious looks that work only on the catwalk, as well as the flat-out disasters that cause even the most forward-thinking stylists to roll their eyes (the Nascar crashes of the fashion world, if you will).

It's these misses that tend to turn your attention away from a trend you might actually want to incorporate into your wardrobe. 

So in a new daily feature, we're showcasing these hits and misses in hopes of steering you away from "Runway" ridiculousness and into a sartorial "Reality" you might actually want to try. 

Today's Trend: Fur


Fur at Milan Fashion Week, F/W 2015: overdone at Dsquared2 (left) and just right at Corneliani.

Photographer: Venturelli/WireImage (Dsquared2); Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage (Corneliani)

So far Milan has shown a surprising amount of fur, synthetic or otherwise. But here's the thing about fur, gents: Like most trends borrowed from the ladies (such as those chromed eyelets at Costume National), they are intended to be executed sparingly.

Exhibit A: the full-length fur coat that was shown at DSquared2 (above left). It's way too aggressive of a look for the general population of mankind (unless your goal is to look like your great aunt Rose, who smells like mothballs and has lipstick-stained teeth—in which case, stop reading because we will be of no use to you here).

That doesn't mean fur is totally off-limits off of the runway. Try incorporating a little of the trend in small parts of your outerwear instead, such as a fur-trimmed lapel (seen on some great double-breasted topcoats) or the hoodie of this Corneliani bomber (above right). Like that felon Goldilocks would say, it's "just right."

Nic Screws is the style director at Bloomberg. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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