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Shearling - a fancy term for sheepskin - first came into vogue after heroic aviators such as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh wore them alongside their aircraft, but their allure has soared to new heights this season thanks to designers and the eternal desire to keep warm in winter. Follow these steps for wearing the hirsute hide and you'll ascend the corporate ladder without much turbulence.

1) While Burberry's fluffy skins work for coasting down the runway, a go-to workplace alternative should skew longer and sleeker. Opt for car-coat lengths to cover your butt - both in the office and outside of it.

2) Don't go overboard with matching accessories - a pair of shearling gloves is enough. Speaking of accents, shy away from big, burly trim on collars and sleeves unless you've got the ego or rap career to match. (We're looking at you, Kanye West.)

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3) Opt for a piece less full, less bulky and cut closer to the body - much like the season's slickest suits. The fit is much more flattering, polished and professional this way, especially if you're piling on the layers underneath.

Styling by Corey Ng/Page One Management ( www.pageonemanagement.ca); grooming by David Goveia for TRESemmé/Judy Inc. ( www.judyinc.com).

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