fashion: the fluffy friend trend

I’m sure you have noticed the balls of fur dangling on practically every wealthy person’s bag lately. This trend was sparked by  Fendi back in fall 2013, and became a huge hit ever since. We see these furry friends hanging on the bags of celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Insta-famous fashionistas like @upcloseandstylish, and just about anybody who’s weekly salary is equivalent to my yearly income.

So of course, being somewhat into fashion, and loving all things cute and fluffy, I wanted to join the fur ball trend bandwagon. Lucky for me, I was able to find one of these loveable inanimate creatures for $75 and still with a fairly high-end brand name on it. Ted Baker launched their own furry friend, Lolaa, together with their AW15 collection. Though it was supposed to be an online and UK only product, the Yorkdale location somehow ended up with them in stock (hurry, there’s only a few left!). Otherwise, you could find them on the UK website.

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The Ted Baker one is super cute with button eyes and zipper ears, but if you’re looking for something more simple, Michael Kors also has one available. You can either purchase online, or take a look in store (if available near you). Unfortunately, there is just the one option, but if you are a little scared or unsure of how to take on this trend, this would be a good place to start. This one goes for $48 (Canadian).

IMG_6825Now, if you’re feeling more adventurous, and a little more money-conscious than even $50 can handle, you can check out a whole bunch of options on Etsy. Unlike a well-known name, like Ted Baker or Michael Kors, these sellers might not care so much about customer satisfaction if the product may fall apart within a week. That’s why it’s really hit-or-miss buying something online, particularly on Etsy or any other “no-name” or personally-owned store. If it’s a good product, then great, if not, then you’re out of luck!

Why did these little critters become so popular? In the case of Fendi buyers, it’s probably just another excuse for the extremely wealthy to continuously show off their money. For us middle-class folk (ok, fine, maybe the rich as well), it may be the desire to continue playing dress up. We no longer play with dolls or stuffed animals, and instead we find ways to continuously accessorize our belongings. Just like the trends of keychains for our phones, decorations hanging off our rear-view mirrors in the car, the furball accessories are just another excuse for us to dress something up.

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