Pick a Style: How to Choose the Right Sheepskin Jacket
A winter coat is the biggest purchase of the year for most people in cooler climates, and now is the time to start looking for that perfect jacket, before the weather gets any colder and the best items sell out. On the other hand, it’s important to spend some time deciding exactly what you’re looking for before you make the purchase. That way, you don’t end up with a floor-length velvet coat that is beautiful but completely impractical for picking up groceries and traveling to and from work. When it comes to purchasing a men’s or women’s sheepskin coat, there are a number of factors you must consider before you make your choice, including the color, size and style of the jacket. Consider the following suggestions to find the coat that’s right for you:
It may be tempting to splurge on a brightly-colored jacket during these cold, dreary winter months, but if you consider your sheepskin coat a long-term investment, it would probably be better to stick with classic colors like black, brown, cream or beige that won’t end up looking dated down the road. For some people, it may make sense to purchase two jackets – one in a light color and one in a dark color – for different occasions. Some of our most popular colors for men’s and women’s shearling coats include Gold Misty, Sahara, Ranch and Ivory, although some people prefer different colors like Pink White or Grey.
One of the top reasons to purchase a sheepskin jacket is that the classic style of the garment will transcend current fashion trends and last you several years. That being said, there are a number of different options for style when it comes to choosing a shearling coat, especially for women. Our Ladies Columbine jacket, for instance, boasts a waist-hugging style with feminine lines, a notched collar and attractive wool trim down the front and around the bottom. On the other side of the spectrum, our Ladies Classic sheepskin coat features a shawl collar, oversized pockets and a mid-thigh length that is a little more formal. Similar to our suggestion for color, women may want to consider purchasing two shearling jackets, depending on where they will be most often worn. For example, a shorter coat goes great with laid-back weekend outfits, like jeans and a sweater, while a thigh-length shearling jacket is a better choice for a dressy evening on the town.
The appropriate size can be one of the most difficult things to determine when picking out a shearling jacket for yourself or another person. Fortunately, here at The Sheepherder, we use a simple and convenient fitting sheet for each customer to determine the proper size of his or her garment. When filling out your fitting sheet, which is submitted with each purchase, you’ll be asked for information about your height, weight, dress or suit size, shoulder measurement, chest/bust, arm length, waist/belly measurement and hips, so that we can ensure your sheepskin coat will be a perfect fit. All of our shearling garments are custom-made to order, so you can look forward to receiving a sheepskin jacket that was made specifically for you!
Five Stylish Sheepskin Accessories for Winter
It’s easy to throw fashion sense to the wind when it’s cold and gloomy outside, but just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean you have to hibernate under the covers all winter long, nor do you have to sacrifice style to keep warm when you do decide to venture outside the house. The great thing about cold weather is that it gives you the opportunity to experiment with layers, colors and prints, turning just a few everyday pieces and some carefully selected accessories into days of warm, stylish outfits. So in the spirit of making a wintertime style statement, we have compiled a list of the top five sheepskin accessories that will make you look and feel great during the upcoming winter season.
1. The Sheepskin Boot – A quality pair of sheepskin boots should be a part of everyone’s winter wardrobe; one, because they will keep you exceptionally warm in even the coldest weather, and two, because they can help expand your clothing options. For example, if you’re just dying to wear your favorite skirt and a pair of tights, but you woke up to a cold frost, pair the outfit with a high Minnetonka sheepskin boot and it won’t matter how chilly it is outside. Or, if you’re planning to stay around the house, try out a pair of luxurious shearling slippers and your toasty feet will thank you!
2. The Sheepskin Coat or Jacket – If you want to don a dressy outfit in winter and sheepskin boots aren’t an option, consider trading out your flimsy trench coat for a long shearling coat or jacket that is just as stylish and will keep you even warmer. There are a variety of style options when it comes to sheepskin jackets, including the Ladies Classic Sheepskin Coat and the Ladies Cattleman Sheepskin Coat, both of which hit below the hips and are appropriate for a casual evening or a night out on the town.
3. The Shearling Hat or Earband – When the weather outside is frightful, a beautiful, cozy sheepskin hat or earband is a delightful addition to any outfit. If you’re out running errands or picking the kids up from school, our Ladies Sheepskin Aviator Hat is the perfect solution for a chilly winter day. The classic design of the shearling bomber hat is timeless, and extra details like the Velcro chin strap help keep the heat in and the cold out. For outings that require dressier attire, check out our Ladies Sheepskin Earband, a more subtle, fashionable accessory guaranteed to keep your ears toasty warm.
4. Sheepskin Mittens or Designer Gloves – Nothing keeps your hands warmer in winter than a pair of authentic sheepskin mittens, made with soft wool on the inside and durable suede on the outside that blocks the chilly wind. For a more trendy and practical option, try our designer sheepskin gloves, available in a variety of colors to match virtually any outfit. These simple but sleek driving gloves are made from authentic sheepskin, so they are guaranteed to be exceptionally warm, comfortable and stylish, whether you’re going for a drive or talking a walk around town.
5. The Shearling Vest – Before the snow really starts to fall, you might be able to get away with just a sheepskin vest, which is custom-made to order and is guaranteed to be a perfect fit. The shearling vest is a versatile garment that can be worn year-round regardless of the weather, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. With shawl collars, slim feminine lines and genuine antler toggle closures, both our Ladies Silverheels and Ladies Wrangler Shearling Vests are stylish outerwear options for winter.
Get the Look for Less: Celebrity Sheepskin Jackets for Women
Ever see your favorite celebrities sporting beautiful sheepskin outerwear in magazines or online and wish you could own a similar shearling coat or pair of boots? Well, now you can, and at a price that won’t max out your credit card. Check out the fashionable sheepskin garments favored by Keira Knightley, Kate Middleton and other style-conscious celebrities and then peruse our selection of shearling products at The Sheepherder to get the look for less.
One of Keira Knightley’s favorite jackets to wear with a dressy outfit or casual top and pair of jeans is her tan sheepskin coat from Burberry’s 2009 collection. A similar shearling jacket from the 2011 Burberry collection carries a price tag of close to $4,500, but you can get the same look for less with our Ladies Cattleman Sheepskin Coat at The Sheepherder. This beautiful shearling jacket is stylish and versatile, and with the coat’s shawl collar and 3” rolled cuffs, you’ll stay warm all winter long!
A true queen of fashion, Kate Middleton looks great in everything from evening wear to a comfy pair of jeans and boots. In 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted walking her dog dressed in a short dark brown sheepskin jacket by LK Bennett, along with skinnny jeans, Le Chameau boots and a wool hat. Kate’s shearling coat probably cost around $1,200, but you can get the look for less with our Ladies Columbine Sheepskin Coat at The Sheepherder. The short, waist-hugging cut of the jacket is feminine, and the wool trim down the front and around the bottom are stylish and attractive.
Alexa Chung looks beautiful in this on-trend Emu sheepskin coat, which she has paired with a pretty beige dress for a finished, fashionable look. If you were to get your hands on a shearling coat identical to the British model’s, it would set you back a cool $1,500. Lucky for you, we have a similar women’s sheepskin jacket at The Sheepherder, so you can get the look for less! Check out our Ladies Highcountry Sheepskin Coat, which features a hip-length design perfect for wearing over a cocktail dress, jeans or leggings alike. The coat’s attractive wool trim and 3” roll cuffs are feminine, sophisticated and warm, for a garment that is both attractive and practical.
Sheepskin for the Home
The temperature outside is beginning to drop, but with our selection of cozy sheepskin quilts and pillows at The Sheepherder, there’s no reason why your home can’t be a place of ultimate warmth and comfort this fall and winter. Once this beautiful fall weather comes to an end and the temperature turns brisk, most of us will trade in our lightweight coats for something more substantial, like a luxurious sheepskin jacket. By incorporating just one shearling coat or a pair of sheepskin boots into your wardrobe, you can increase your warmth and comfort tenfold, so it makes sense to give your home the same wintertime treatment, right?
Warm and Cozy Shearling Home Goods
Besides adding an elegant but rustic element to your home décor, a sheepskin blanket, quilt or pillow can also provide some extra warmth, comfort, color and texture to any room. For living rooms with dark colors, hardwood floors and leather furniture, a thick sheepskin throw or set of shearling pillows incorporate a subtle softness to what may otherwise seem like a cold environment. All of our sheepskin home goods at The Sheepherder are handcrafted using authentic hides from domestic sheep raised commercially in the Rocky Mountain states. The wool skins are a valuable by-product, and are tanned and processed 100% in the United States.
Custom Sheepskin Accents for the Home
One of the great things about our shearling garments and home goods is that each product is one of a kind and can be custom-made based on your specifications. For example, take a look at our sheepskin pillows and you’ll see a variety of color options to choose from, allowing you to coordinate them with your home décor as accent pieces. Like all of the products we offer at The Sheepherder, our pillows are made from 100% sheepskin, inside and out. One side of the pillow features fleecy shearling in a unique color pattern, while the other side features leather or suede, and inside is soft wool batting, making these pillows a comfy place to rest your head after a long day.
Add Some Chic to Your Sanctuary
Sheepskin is a durable, natural material that is easy to care for and is minimalistic in design while also being extremely stylish and luxurious. In short, shearling is really on-trend right now, so incorporating a few subtle elements of sheepskin to your home is a great way to instantly update certain aspects of your décor without transforming the overall feel of your space. Other options for a touch of warmth in the home include sheepskin rugs, throws and cushions. And for the kids’ bedrooms, check out our adorable sheepskin bunnies and teddy bears, as always, made from authentic shearling.
Celebrate Wool Week With the Best Sheepskin Garments and Footwear
October 14 marks the beginning of the UK’s annual Wool Week event – a week-long national celebration of all things wool – and we thought this would be a great time to talk about the many benefits of a particular type of wool product – sheepskin. In the UK, Wool Week is hosted by The Campaign for Wool, a global endeavor initiated by the Prince of Wales in an effort to raise awareness about the unique, natural, sustainable benefits of wool garments and products. Here at The Sheepherder, we offer a variety of beautiful, durable sheepskin garments, footwear and accessories custom-made using genuine shearling hides, which feature smooth suede or leather on one side and soft, silky wool on the other.
The Campaign for Wool encourages collaboration between wool growers, fashion designers, manufacturers and retailers like The Sheepherder around the world, in order to help consumers see wool for what it really is: a beautiful, versatile product that is both renewable and biodegradable. According to the Campaign for Wool’s website, “Wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep, and is thus one hundred percent natural, not man-made. Since the Stone Age, it has been appreciated as one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science is yet to produce a fibre which matches its unique properties.”
At the end of its life, authentic wool is easily decomposed, whereas most synthetics degrade very slowly, and, because sheep produce a new fleece every year, wool is also considered to be renewable. In addition to these beneficial properties, wool is also a natural insulator, it is breathable, elastic and resilient, it is easily cared for and odor-resistant, and it is even appropriate for year-round wear, since wool constantly reacts to changes in body temperature and can maintain the wearer’s comfort in both warm and cold weather. It is for these reasons that the Prince of Wales launched The Campaign for Wool and continues to promote the use of wool both in garments and in the home.
Since 2010, the Campaign for Wool and its annual Wool Week initiative have helped bring about a renewed demand for wool around the world, and have seen a three-fold increase in the price farmers receive for their wool. This, in turn, helps wool manufacturers and retailers like us bring you the highest-quality sheepskin slippers, shearing jackets and more, for a price that will have you ordering something for the whole family. Check out our shearling garments, home goods and accessories, and celebrate Wool Week with a custom, hand-crafted sheepskin product today!
Top Five Sheepskin Jackets for Fall and Winter
The chilly weather we have had so far this month signals an end to summer and hints at a cold winter ahead. There’s no better time than now to add a genuine sheepskin jacket to your wardrobe, and here at The Sheepherder, we have a wide selection of shearling coats to suit any style. All of our shearling products are made from genuine sheepskin and are handmade to order, which means you receive a beautiful garment tailored to your specific size and color specifications. To better prepare you for the brisk weather that is just around the corner, we have compiled a list of our top five picks for shearling coats during fall and winter:
Cattleman Sheepskin Coat for Men and Women
Our Men’s Cattleman shearling jacket is a handsome coat custom-tailored for a masculine look and all-over protection from the winter chill. Our ladies’ version is a beautiful and versatile coat, appropriate for a day on the ranch or about town, keeping you toasty warm in fall or winter weather alike. The shawl collar and 3” roll cuffs on both sheepskin jackets work double duty – stylish accents that keep you warm all day and night.
Men’s and Ladies’ Classic Shearling Coat
The more traditional Classic sheepskin jacket is designed to be worn for either dressy or casual occasions, with oversized pockets and a leather-trimmed collar on the men’s version, and a shawl collar and 3” roll cuffs for the ladies. Our ladies’ Classic sheepskin coat is slightly longer than our other designs, which makes it a good choice for taller women. The jackets are finished off with genuine deer antler buttons that give them a natural and stylish appearance.
Rancher Sheepskin Jacket for Men and Women
Attractive wool-out seams make our Rancher shearling coat a popular jacket for both men and women, and western accents in the front and back yokes complete the rugged outdoorsy look. The Rancher sheepskin jacket features patch pockets, a notched collar and 3” roll cuffs on both versions, which will keep you cozy and provide some serious protection from the fall and winter weather.
Men’s Colorado Shearling Jacket
One of our favorite sheepskin jackets is the Colorado shearling coat for men, which features three panels on the front with wool-trimmed seams and genuine deer antler buttons for an attractive, natural look. Patch pockets, 3” roll cuffs and a shawl collar will keep you warm day and night, and, with a custom, hand-crafted design and a variety of color choices, the Colorado sheepskin jacket will be a perfect fit!
Columbine Sheepskin Coat for Women
Our Columbine shearling jacket for women boasts a feminine, waist-hugging design that makes the coat an elegant addition to any outfit. The sheepskin jacket features wool trim down the front and around the bottom, real deer antler buttons, and princess seams on the front and back, all of which add to the coat’s style and authenticity. A notched collar and 3” roll cuffs complete the look and ensure that you will stay comfortable and warm throughout the fall and winter.
Leather Biker Vests From the Sheepherder
Summer is the best time of year for hopping on the back of a motorcycle and hitting the open road, but with September already in full swing, cool fall temperatures may convince many otherwise adventurous people to enjoy the warmth of their homes instead. Fortunately, here at The Sheepherder, we offer a wide selection of attractive leather biker vests and other cozy skeepskin products that will keep you warm, comfortable and stylish, whether you actually own a motorcycle or just want to look like you do!
Custom-Made Sheepskin Garments
Genuine sheepskin is naturally a warm and luxurious material, and we dedicate as much time and energy necessary to preserve these qualities in all of our handmade shearling products at The Sheepherder. Each sheepskin jacket, vest and pair of slippers is custom-made to order using the highest-quality sheepskin, which features silky wool on one side and smooth suede or leather on the other side. As opposed to imitation shearling garments, the shearling we use at The Sheepherder naturally wicks away moisture from the body, keeping you cool in hot temperatures and warm in cold weather. As a result, our custom shearling jackets can be worn year-round, and our leather and sheepskin vests are popular choices for everyone from ranchers to motorcycle riders.
Genuine Elkskin Vests for Men
Take our men’s Rocky Mountain elkskin vest for example; its beautiful leather construction catches the eye, and its cotton fabric lining and attractive elk antler toggles with loop closures help keep the chill out, even on the back of a motorcycle in September. Pair this leather biker vest with your favorite jeans and a long-sleeve shirt and you’re ready to ride off into the sunset. For a more classic garment, check out our men’s Gambler leather vest with a sheepskin collar that adds plenty of extra warmth and a little pop of style as well. This sheepskin vest for men also features attractive antler buttons, and the small pockets sewn into the side seams are perfect for carrying a small wallet or set of keys when you’ve got your hands full.
Give the Gift of Sheepskin!
When it comes to warmth, style and durability, it’s hard to beat a genuine elkskin or sheepskin vest handcrafted to fit your individual specifications for fit and color. Check out our collection of genuine shearling garments for the whole family, and don’t forget, December is just a few months away, and our men’s sheepskins jackets and vests make great Christmas gifts for that lucky man in your life!
SJP Digs Sheepskin Boots
Sarah Jessica Parker has been a global fashion icon since her days playing Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, although her style in real life is far more refined than the wacky outfits she wore on the beloved television series. Today, the mother of three seems to favor casual jeans over cocktail dresses and definitely slips into comfortable and stylish sheepskin boots more often than Manolo Blahniks. Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t only treat herself to shearling boots though; her children are often spotted wearing the cozy and fashionable footwear as well, usually while walking around New York City with their mom. Before you know it, SJP’s long-time husband Matthew Broderick may be the proud owner of his own pair of men’s sheepskin boots as well!
For those of you who were devoted fans of Sex and the City, you may be shocked to learn that Sarah Jessica Parker has a favorite outfit that strays from the colorful and expensive high-fashion wardrobe she made famous on the show. Take a look at these photos of the actress and you’ll see that, in most cases, SJP prefers putting on a pair of comfortable jeans, a cozy sweater and warm sheepskin boots, whether she is running errands in New York City or spending time with her family at their second home in Ireland. More often than not, when Sarah Jessica Parker is out on the town, she is accompanied by her son James, or twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha, who sport their own adorable sheepskin boots for kids.
In most of the photos of SJP wearing shearling boots, the footwear looks the same: simple and tan or brown, sometimes with a small heel and sometimes with a sheepskin flap encircling the top of the boot for added warmth and an attractive touch. Comfortable, durable and stylish footwear is not always easy to find, but Sarah Jessica Parker proves that a good pair of shearling boots can be your go-to footwear for any outfit, season and locale. Sheepskin is a luxurious material that naturally wicks away moisture from the body, so shearling boots will keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. While most people wouldn’t be too quick to take fashion advice from Carrie Bradshaw when it comes to everyday wear, Sarah Jessica Parker definitely hit the target with her sheepskin boots!
Many people associate sheepskin footwear with cold winter weather, but the truth is that there are plenty of shearling boots, slippers and moccasins out there that are perfect for the warm summer months as well. All of our sheepskin products at The Sheepherder are handcrafted from the skins of domestic sheep raised in the Rocky Mountain states and are processed right here in the United States. When sheepskin is processed correctly, the material’s hollow fibers naturally wick away moisture from the body, keeping you cool even in hot weather. Shearling slippers and garments are also very comfortable and stylish, making them the perfect addition to any wardrobe throughout the year. The Sheepherder is an official Minnetonka retailer, and we offer a variety of sheepskin Minnetonka products for summer, including these favorites:
- Minnetonka Mens Hardsole Sheepskin Moccasin – This attractive shearling slipper is constructed with 100% shearling wool, featuring dense, soft sheepskin on the inside and a hard rubber indoor/outdoor sole that provides durability and traction.
- Minnetonka Ladies Shearling Mule Slipper – There’s nothing more convenient and comfortable than slipping into a pair of Minnetonka sheepskin mules, featuring an open back for easy on and off. The women’s shearling slippers are also constructed with a stylish band of sheepskin on the outside and a hard rubber slip-resistant bottom.
- Minnetonka Mens Twin Gore Shearling Slippers – Whether you’re walking around the house or around town, these sheepskin slippers for men will keep your feet comfortable and cool during the summer months. The footwear features elastic gores on either side so they are easier to get on and off, and also have a hard rubber indoor/outdoor sole.
- Minnetonka Ladies Sheepskin Ankle Boot – Slip on a pair of skinny jeans or short shorts and finish off the look with these shearling ankle boots for women, which provide a comfortable and stylish alternative to sandals. The ladies sheepskin boot features an attractive folded-over flap and a slip-resistant hard rubber sole for indoor or outdoor wear.
- Minnetonka Ladies Short Shearling Boot – Sheepskin boots are more popular than ever, and can be worn year-round for added warmth in the winter or cool, comfortable wear during the summer. These ladies shearling boots are attractive and stylish, and feature an indoor/outdoor rubber sole for traction and durability.
Quality Sheepskin Products at The Sheepherder
Minnetonka is one of the most trusted brands in sheepskin footwear, and we are proud to carry Minnetonka slippers, boots and moccasins among our own selection of fine shearling products. When you purchase a Minnetonka product from The Sheepherder, you can rest assured that you will receive a superior item constructed using only the highest-quality sheepskin available. Check out all of our sheepskin slippers and garments at The Sheepherder and treat yourself or a loved one to a genuine shearling product this summer!
Kate Middleton Receives Sheepskin Blanket as Gift for New Baby Boy!
Among the influx of baby presents Prince William and Kate Middleton have likely received following the birth of their bouncing baby boy, one of the best has to be the faux sheepskin blanket the new parents recently received from PETA, which is apparently a traditional gift to give newborns in some parts of the UK. The present came at just the right time and who doesn’t love a comfy, cozy sheepskin blanket? The only thing that could have made the baby gift better would be if the blanket was made from genuine sheepskin, like the shearling blankets and quilts handcrafted by our shop in Alma, Colorado. Not only is genuine sheepskin soft and cuddly, but it is also incredibly warm and extremely durable, making it the perfect gift for newborn babies and children of all ages.
Shearling Toys and Accessories for Kids
After pretty much constant anticipation since the couple announced their pregnancy in December 2012, Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their first child into the royal family on July 22, and we’re guessing the proud parents have been inundated with all sorts of baby gifts since their son was born. Like any new parents, they’ll want their little one to have everything he needs to be comfortable, warm and happy, and a genuine sheepskin blanket is a great start. Some of our most popular products at The Sheepherder are our children’s items, including our beautiful patchwork shearling quilt, sheepskin teddy bears and shearling bunnies – all of which are made from the highest-quality sheepskin hides tanned and processed right here in the United States.
Children’s Sheepskin Slippers and Outerwear
In addition to sheepskin blankets and children’s toys, we also carry a variety of shearling outerwear options for kids at The Sheepherder, including warm sheepskin slippers, shearling vests appropriate for year-round wear, and sheepskin aviator hats and earbands for older children. Like our men’s and women’s garments, our shearling products for kids are custom-made to order, which is a way for us to ensure that you receive the item that you want, hand-crafted to your exact specifications. Sheepskin in any form makes a great gift for newborn babies and young children, so the next time you’re shopping for a baby shower or birthday gift, follow the lead of Kate Middleton and Prince William and treat your little one to a luxurious sheepskin blanket!