PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 December, 2011, 12:00am


Unless you're a pimp or a rapper-turned-fashion-designer, the fur coat can be a risky statement for a man to make. So how do you keep yourself warm and look cool at the same time?

Shearling has become a staple of the winter season - and not just in the women's department. If in the past it was associated with blue-collar workers and the great outdoors, it has now had a stylish makeover and is being used to line slim, fashion-forward jackets and coats such as the double-breasted corduroy coat from Gucci (HK$31,000, right).

Because shearling lining tends to add a lot of volume, it is best combined with a slim ensemble - either over an immaculately tailored suit or a pair of dark, slim-fit jeans. If you are going to wear a shearling coat over a blazer or a suit jacket, make sure that the coat is longer than the suit jacket.

For that devil-may-care vibe, there are plenty of shearling-lined bomber and aviator jackets on the market, including designs by Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. This aviator with chocolate brown lining from Loewe (HK$32,110) will work well with this season's brogue boots.

Shearling is also making its way into accessories - as in Boss Black's (HK$5,000) lace-up boots, which are fully lined in the cosy material. The perfect footwear when the temperature drops.

Add an element of flash to your look with a classic timepiece like this Rolex Yacht Master II in combination rose gold and steel (HK$191,000).