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What about a post of fun vegan clothes and accessories? It’s not all hemp and caftans, I swear.
Indeed! I am not vegan myself, but have been consistently impressed by the vegan-friendly offerings on the market in recent years. My understanding is that truly vegan clothing and accessories include absolutely no animal products whatsoever: No wool, silk, down, leather, fur, feathers, nothing. So that means man-made materials, cotton, linen, rayon, and other plant-based fibers are all fair game. (Other materials I’m missing? Do tell!)
Here are some of my current faves, and I hope you vegan readers will chime in with more recommendations, too.
Anything by Prairie Underground
The photo of me up top shows the Long Cloak Hoodie, but I’m equally enamored of this Prairie Hoodie. And also EVERYTHING Prairie Underground makes. Prairie Underground is a company that creates clothing in small batches from materials that include organic cotton farmed sustainably and remnant/salvaged fabrics. Their garments are designed and ethically made in Seattle. So THAT’S a big boatload of awesome. And, of course, their designs are fun, flattering, comfortable, versatile, unique, and utterly gorgeous. I am perfectly comfortable with my raving fangirl status, thankyouverymuch.
And yes, $250 is a lot of money for a hoodie. Here’s how often I’ve worn mine. They’re investment pieces, but well worth the investment if you love them and will put them to good use during the cold months.
Perhaps an obvious pick, but Chuck Taylors are SUCH a classic I just had to throw ’em in. Not a practical shoe for most workplaces and not renowned for arch support, but fabulous for casual, funky, dressed-down weekend looks. Love them in red, but they come in a marvelous rainbow of colors.
Calvin Klein Five Pocket Ponte Pant – $69.50
I’ve sung the praises of ponte before, but allow me a reprise: Ponte is a double-knit interlock fabric that has stability and firmness in addition to flexibility and softness. This means it can be used in dresses, blazers, and more structured pieces and hold its shape but still maintain comfort and give. Best of both worlds, no? And most of the versions available now are cotton/synthetic blends, like the skinny pants shown above.
Karina Dresses Marisa – $160
You’ve seen me in my own Karina dresses – including the very one pictured above – and they are among the most comfortable, flattering, wrinkle-proof, adorable dresses I own. Plus, since they’re made from a stretchy microfiber, they’re 100% vegan!
Bella Brand Tees and Knits
Bella Stitched Long Sleeve Boatneck – $5.46 – $15.99
I consider Bella to be my personal American Apparel alternative, as the quality and cuts are similar but the brand is less smarmy/offensive overall. Sizing is a bit closer to the mall-store standard – I’m a size 8 dress, and take mediums – but still on the smaller side. Bella makes quality cottons in loads of colors and a mind-blowing number of styles. I own tons of their tanks and tees, and nabbed them all on Amazon for $3 to $5 apiece. BAHGAIN.
Matt & Nat Bags
Matt & Nat Plush Marvel – $124.99
There are tons of good-looking faux leather bags out there, but Matt & Nat consistently design edgy, colorful, fun bags that make the question of materials utterly irrelevant. Their wallets and satchels have been on my lust list for ages. I especially love their use of hardware and embellishment.
olsenHaus Paris Pump– $80.38
This brand’s tagline says it all: PURE VEGAN. And they have some of the most gorgeously styled pumps, wedges, and flats I’ve seen this season in a gorgeous array of colors. olsenHaus also goes in for the sculptural, so there are some magnificent sandals in the mix, too, though woefully few boots.
I realize that most of these are on the spendy side, but I assume you know where to get cotton knickers, jeans, and basics. There are plenty of vegan-friendly options available at big box stores – PVC shoes and bags, knits and chinos, metal jewelry and belts – but since many aren’t designed for long-term use, they may show wear after short amount of time. A generalization with exceptions, of course, but one I’ve found to be true through personal experience. The brands and styles I’ve recommended are, to my knowledge, completely free of animal byproducts, made from high-quality materials, and beautifully designed. The only brand here I haven’t worn, handled, or personally dealt with is olsenHaus, but having read many reviews I feel comfortable vouching for that brand as a good one.
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