The Handbook’s AW23 shearling edit is in. From investment coats you’ll treasure forever to trending high street jackets, gilets to add a cosy top layer to quirky shoes and accessories we rate, here’s our edit of the best pieces.

Shearling makes a return every Autumn/Winter and whilst the real deal is expensive, it is pretty timeless if you shop savvy. For those looking to invest a shearling jacket has become a bonafide classic. Think anything from an Acne aviator jacket – still just as cool over a decade since it was first launched – to Totême’s Instagram-famous shearling buckle jacket, which now comes in myriad shades from dove grey to chocolate brown.

On the flip side, the high street has never been better for shearling. Props must go to Whistles who have become masters of the material, working it into long dramatic coats to add to your evening wardrobe to soft gilets that will add a point of interest and another layer of warmth to your failsafe looks. Granted, the Whistles shearling is the real stuff and impeccably crafted so the price points remain high for high street. However, there are some really great faux shearlings on the high street too, notably Zara, who have just about everything from boho gilets to biker jackets and a faux shearling pair of ballet flats – rather impractical but oh so cute.

Scroll to shop our edit of the best coats, jackets, gilets and accessories below…

Citizens of Humanity Etta Shearling Coat

The Best Shearling Coats & Jackets

We don’t think we’ve ever seen such a good selection of shearling jackets and coats quite like AW23 is offering.

Starting with Citzens of Humanity’s off-white Etta shearling coat, which will add a super cosy last layer to party looks for years to come.

For something more day-to-day, COS’s cropped shearling jacket will look great layered over dark-wash denim and square-toe boots; whilst Loulou Studio’s Namo oversized double-breasted piece is what coat dreams are made of. Wear it over flared pants and a fine roll-neck top or go full-on ’60s style with a mini dress and knee-high boots.

Citizens Of Humanity’s long shearling coat is an investment for sure but it will add a luxe top layer to all your winter looks for years to come.


The Best Shearling Gilets

Zara Faux Fur Vest

A shearling gilet is a great way to add a point of interest to your look and keep snug during the cooler months. Marant’s padded faux shearling Feliz vest will add a tactile layer to. fine knit, whilst Topshop’s range of gilets play into the biker and aviator trends but can be layered over anything from a polo neck to a simple tee and even a sporty sweatshirt.


Zara Ballet Flats With Faux Shearling

The Best Shearling Shoes & Accessories

Slip into fuzzy Birkenstocks with scrunched cashmere socks or keep the cold wind out with Free People’s statement trapper hat, as shoes and accessories get a shearling makeover this season.

Zara’s faux shearling ballet flats may be deeply impractical but will add a coquettish charm to all your looks. Pair with black flared leggings and an oversized biker jacket to really lean into TikTok’s “wrong shoe theory.”


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