The Furse: Fall 2016s Plushest Accessory

Throughout the fall and winter months, staying warm while looking effortlessly fashion-forward seems to be every stylish New Yorker’s priority.  Fur proves itself as a valuable  accessory in the chillier months of the year, and for many previous seasons it declared its presence on the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter runways in the form of hats, scarves and coats. However, the newest addition to the fur accessory family is the “furse,” otherwise known as the fur purse.

Throughout Fall/Winter 2016 runway shows, the furse complimented many of the collections. It appeared as a handbag in the Alexander Wang show and a backpack in the Michael Kors show. Fur bags, available in a great array of different shapes, sizes, designs and colors, prove to be a versatile accessory for the colder months. This  roundup of the best furses will ensure that you keep up to date with the latest fashions while staying within a healthy budget.

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Zara.com / $49.90

Faux Fur Minaudiere from Zara

Whether you’re looking for a casual crossbody bag or a night-out clutch, this small, multicolored faux fur bag with a gold chain does it all. For a day look, it can be worn as a crossbody bag with boyfriend jeans and a pullover sweater. As for a night out, the gold chain can be folded inside the purse to create a clutch to accessorize black leather pants and over-the-knee boots.

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Urbanoutfitters.com / $162

Reversible Shearling Tote Bag from Urban Outfitters

Available in three colors (yellow, red and black), Urban Outfitters provides customers the opportunity to tote around their books in a stylish leather and shearling tote bag. The bag, finished with two handles for a “grab-and-go versatility,” perfectly adds an interesting touch of texture and color to any look.

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Kohls.com / $55

Lenore by La Regale Faux-Fur Flap Crossbody Bag from Kohl’s

Complete with faux-fur detailing, a leather flap front and twist-lock closure, this evening clutch is both sleek and plush. It is available online at Kohls.com in two colors — Gray/Brown and Black. This bag easily complements a dark burgundy sweater dress or a casual pair of jeans and long sleeve white tee.

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Forever21.com / $19.90

Faux Fur Mini Backpack from Forever 21 

Deviating away from solely furry handbags, Forever 21 sells an affordable mini fur backpack in both light pink and black. A mini backpack, effortlessly replacing the need for a handbag, is the perfect addition to any daytime fall or winter look where you need to keep your hands free. The backpack comes complete with adjustable shoulder straps and high-polish zippers.

Whether one chooses to rock a solid black furry clutch, a light pink fur backpack or a brown crossbody bag with fur accents, the furse provides a unique texture to any winter look. The versatility of color, shape and size of the plush accessory allows the furse to create stylistic flair, while ensuring an honest practicality.

Carson Kessler is a Contributing Writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.

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