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The first time I remember seeing a celebrity look that I couldn’t live without was at age 9, agape in front of the TV as Lil’ Kim strutted around a color-changing dance floor in a series of loud fur coats (and a fur bikini) rapping about full-length chinchillas and Christian LaCroix.
My desire for a similarly over-the-top coat was quashed at the time by my sensible mother, but rekindled in recent years by avant-garde icons like Rihanna and Iris Apfel. Unfortunately, it was never fully realized thanks to a) my inability to afford/icky feelings about actual fur, and b) the dearth of bright, fun coat options for sizes 12 and above.
But a chance discovery has finally made my dream a possibility: fur designer Shaci’s line of colorful faux furs at Forever 21. The collection includes red, green, and orange shearling- and Mongolian lamb-inspired bombers, toppers, and lined denim jackets; a classic leopard coat; a blush pink vest for the aspiring Elle Woods; and plenty of colorblocking, houndstooth, and windowpane prints for when a single color just won’t do.
Best of all, unlike Shaci’s genuine furs (which can run above $3,000 and top out at a size L), almost all of the F21 pieces are available in sizes S to 3X, with prices ranging from $88 to $125. Scroll down to see for yourself why there’s never been a better time to go with the faux.