When Faux is not a Faux Pas

When Faux is not a Faux Pas

You can’t fake style, but you can achieve a stylish look while opting for a fake option.

By Candice Jackson | 9th June 2015

Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it… or can afford the real thing. There are plenty of things that are faux that are great alternatives to the real deal.

While some fake things will always remain a faux pas, including faux smiles, laughter, personalities, Louis Vuitton and tacky hair extensions to name a few, there will always be some faux goodies.

Here are five ways where faux is not a faux pas:

1. Fur

You can get fun and creative with faux fur, without the judgement (and price tag) that often comes with wearing real fur. You can go for a bright coloured faux fur coat or a fur gilet that is perfect for Brisbane winters – not too cold, but cold enough to make us want to cover up.

When Faux is not a Faux Pas; Fur coasts and gilets

When Faux is not a Faux Pas; Fur coasts and gilets
Image credit (left to right): Asos River Island Oversized Faux Fur Jacket $144.50 ;Unreal_Fur Instagram of Dawn to Dusk coat $369 and; Asos Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat $99

2. Plants

Are you sahhh busy or just so far removed from being a green thumb that having to tend to a garden or even a single plant seems ridiculous? Plants are hard work - with all that watering, and all that sunlight....Ok, so there's not a lot to it, but for whatever the reason, keeping plants alive can be hard work, goddamn it! If you love the benefits plants bring to livening a space, but don’t want the responsibility of keeping the feature piece alive, faux plants are your new bestie! Fake plants don’t need to look rubbery and over-the-top with colour, just look for some of the more realistic looking plants from high-end homewares stores or florists. Another great way to incorporate faux plants and liven up the place is to use gorgeous vases, like the ones from Love Star shown below.

3. Tans

A real tan is not healthy and is definitely a faux pas! That’s why faux is the way to go when it comes to bronzing up. There are numerous self-tanning sprays and creams to get you from pale winter skin to beach-bronze ready. Don’t risk the damage of the sun - we've compiled our list of favourite self-tanners guaranteed to give you a bronzed glow worthy of Australian coasts. Check it out here.

St Tropez Best self-tanners | Style Magazines

4. ‘Sweet’ treats…

Faux sweet treats are definitely not a faux pas! Why wouldn’t you want to try a delicious treat without the sugar. Orawgi, Raw Paw Paw, Healthy Humans Mobile and numerous other 'raw' venues may have closed down (sigh), but there are still some great options for fake sugary treats if you know where to  look. Liquefy serve up sugar-free, dairy-free, preservative-free juices and treats, such as bliss balls and doughnuts, while new superfood cafe Pineapple Express offers paleo treats with a raw sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free base.

Bliss balls at Liquefy

Bliss balls at Liquefy

5. Ironic faux tees

Okay, so this one is debatable and relies solely on the quality, level of irony and how you style it. Ironic tees in the form of knocking off high-fashion brands can create an edgy-chic look - just check out the celebs who have worn knock-off Chanel shirts (and they can afford the real deal!)

When Faux is not a Faux Pas; Ironic Tees Image credits (from left to right): Pinterest: Lolobu ;Pintrest: Etsy and; Pintrest: Etsy

When Faux is not a Faux Pas; Ironic Tees
Image credits (from left to right): Pinterest: Lolobu ;Pinterest: Etsy and; Pinterest: Etsy

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.