Now the weather has turned a bit colder I have something of a problem to confess to, I am a sheepskin addict. Tucked away in my wardrobe is a large collection of sheepskin jackets and coats in many guises. Even taking into account how old I am and the fact that sheepskin really is a life-lasting buy, I’ve over done it.
I have your standard Del-boy sheepskin coat, style-free, with leather buttons and trim, bought from ebay (Nurses Sheepskin is the best brand) that I’ve taken the collar off to make it look a bit more Marni. A long shaggy rock-chick sheepskin that makes me feel like I should be up on stage with Fleetwood Mac, a chocolate brown shaved sheepskin -bought decades ago from Heather Allan at London Fashion Week- which I still wear constantly, a couple of gilets, a beautiful River Island flying jacket my sis bought me for Christmas last year (ebay again) and one from Nigel Preston that’s older than my children and very nearly older than my relationship with middleagedad. And that’s before we get to the Uggs. Or hats. Or bed throws.
Until this week I had it under control, I haven’t bought any new sheepskin for years, because every time I see something new, guilt kicks in and I give myself a firm talking to. But then I went into Jigsaw and saw this knitted sheepskin jacket. Knitted sheepskin! Who knew? I don’t have any of that.
It is beyond soft, super light and utterly gorgeous to wear. I had to have it. I could be kidding myself here but it is very easy to make work with everything, it’s less jacket and more glamourous cardi, perfect with jeans, great over lighter weight dresses and very good with silk shirts and pencil skirts. It seems to be less knitted and more woven strips of finely cut sheepskin threaded into a fabric framework, Whatever, It’s way more than I should have spent at £395, I know I know, but remember sheepskin isn’t just for Christmas, it’s a lifetime buy. It comes in the teal above, pale blue (which is what I’ve bought) and the colour du jour, burgundy
You may remember that I’m channelling Barbara Hepworth this autumn as a style icon and I just happen to have this lovely photo of her below, wearing a big fur…it could be knitted sheepskin, right?
Am I the only one with this woolly issue?