I love functional clothing. You could argue that all clothing is functional, serving to shelter our bodies from the elements, etc. But, I believe some pieces are more functional/versatile than others. Case in point–the shawl. Not only does a beautiful shawl have the power to add a certain je ne sais quoi to an outfit, it also imparts a layer of warmth on chilly fall nights when you need a soupcon of coverage as opposed to the whole shebang of a coat.

I also believe that most of us would get a lot more wear out of a wrap than a full-length fur coat. Don’t get me started on global warming…But really, I see this type of wrap as my generation’s version of the mink coat. It’s less in your face and a whole lot more practical…unless you live full-time in the North Pole.

If you love the idea of a shawl as much as I do, check out some of the coolest (no pun intended) ones currently in stores.

With its blue fox fur trim and soft cashmere paisley print, the Shaal-Nur Shawl from Etro is a showstopper, an all-eyes-on-me kind of wrap. It reminds me of something one would wear when visiting a storied locale like Moscow. Can’t you picture yourself in it among all those beautiful buildings with their Christmas ornament tops? Wear with leather leggings, as shown here, or with jeans. Dress it up or down. Either way, you’ll stand out. $1,700. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

 

 

Shaal-Nur Poppy Paisley Shawl w/ Fur Trim

 

Shaal-Nur Poppy Paisley Shawl w/ Fur Trim

Shaal-Nur Poppy Paisley Shawl w/ Fur Trim

Oscar de la Renta’s Dyed Silver Fox Fur Stole comes in a rich emerald green and is lined in silk. $3,950. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Silver Fox Stole w/ Tails

Silver Fox Stole w/ Tails

The Sofia Cashmere Shawl features floral embroidery and dyed fox fur trim. $1,395. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Cashmere Floral Embroidered Shawl w/ Fur Trim

 

Also from Sofia, this cashmere blend wrap boasts sequins and a fox fur trim. $1,495. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Cashmere-Blend Sequin Ruana Wrap w/ Fur Trim

 

Gorski’s Cashmere Cape with Fur Trim comes in an array of colors, including magenta. $1,895. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

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Cashmere Cape with Fox-Fur Trim

Paisley and Floral Cashmere Stole from Gorski. Love the elegant pompoms. $995. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Paisley & Floral Cashmere Stole w/ Fur Trim

Paisley & Floral Cashmere Stole w/ Fur Trim

Another stole from Gorski–this black fur-trim wool stole sells for $695. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Fur-Trim Wool Stole

Fur-Trim Wool Stole

Fur-Trim Wool Stole

Halston Heritage’s Rabbit Fur Stole is convertible. It can be worn as a sweater, scarf, or shawl, or off the shoulders. $795. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Convertible Fur Wrap

Convertible Fur Wrap

Convertible Fur Wrap

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