Once upon a time, kings and queens snuggled into robes trimmed in ermine. Nowadays, Hollywood sweater girls are opting for a flashy ring around the collar. Sweaters with fur trim "are so glamorous," says actress Sela Ward. "They take you right back to the 1930s and '40s. And they're easy to wear." In fact, nape-nuzzling sweaters in luxe knits such as angora or cashmere (the fur is usually faux) are becoming a cover-up of choice. "They're great for when you're wearing something really simple like a T-shirt and jeans," says actress Elizabeth Berkley. "You put on one of these sweaters, and suddenly you just look amazing."
If you follow a few rules, that is. First, definitely dispense with flashy jewelry. "The fur is an accessory in itself," says L.A. fashion stylist Karin Labby, who garbs The X-Files' Gillian Anderson. Then there's the ultimate fur pas. "Beware of a collar that matches your hair color," Labby cautions. If it does, "everything is going to blend together, and you'll look like you need a depilatory."
with Steven Cojocaru in Los Angeles