There's always a lot of chat around winter coats during the months of November and December, but if experience has shown us anything, it's that the mercury really starts to plummet in January and February. The last month has seen a thick frost cover the ground every morning, and it shows so sign of disappearing over the next few weeks. So naturally, now is the time to be fishing out your winning winter warmers. The puffer is always a safe bet for insulating powers. However, its casual appeal is not always to everyone's taste. Enter the shearling jacket.
Whether it's retro-inspired aviators or more contemporary, clean-lined silhouettes, the shearling jacket has not only proved itself to be an icon in the outwear stakes, but it also happens to be experiencing a spike in popularity this season. Totême's leather-trimmed shearling particularly caught the imagination of the fashion crowd and has been spotted on countless Insta trend setters. Lesser-known label Cawley Studio has also been a firm Who What Wear favourite ever since its inception, and its striped Avis shearling jacket is firmly at the top of our wish list.
Of course, shearling jackets tend to come at the upper end of the price spectrum, whether from high-street or designer brands. However, there are some great faux iterations out there from the likes of Mango and COS. I would also recommend you check out second-hand sites, such as Etsy and Vestiaire Collective, which are packed full of high-quality, pre-loved styles for under £200. Unique, affordable and sustainable, it's a win-win situation really.
So if you're looking for a new winter warmer this January, you can't go wrong with a classic shearling jacket. Scroll down to see how our favourite influencers are wearing theirs, and shop our edit of the best shearlings available to buy now.