Vegan Fashion is made from non-animal materials. It can be made from plant fibers, but also from man-made or mined materials. This direction in the clothing industry is animal friendly, so to speak. Read to learn more to find cheap chic vegan fashion.
- What is Vegan Fashion?
- What Materials Are used in Vegan Fashion?
- Where to Buy Cheap Chic Vegan Fashion in the US?
- The Gray Grounds
- Animal-friendly Motivation
- Environmental Motivations for Vegan Fashion
- Conclusions on Where to Find Cheap Vegan Fashion
- Non-vegan Look of the Day
- Top of the World Style Linkup Party No. 200
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What Is Vegan Fashion?
Recently, I gave a talk to a college group of women in engineering on how to dress as a female engineer. One of the young ladies asked me where to get a vegan bag that would not look cheap like most faux leather bags do. She wanted the bag to look professional. I referred her to my review from a couple of years ago of a Robert Matthew bag.
To make a long story short, her question started a discussion on vegan fashion. When you google the term a definition like Vegan Fashion encompasses clothes, shoes, bags and accessories made from non-animal sources. In other words, exclusion of wool, fur, genuine leather, silk, pearls, bones, or horn, just to name a few.
What Materials Are Used in Vegan Fashion?
It depends on what kind of item we are talking about. This Kata handbag on the upper left, for instance, is built with sturdy canvas cotton fabric to last long. Psst! It’s currently on sale for $49.97 (formerly $189.99) at Leafy Souls. The messenger bag on the upper right is made from PU leather with polyester lining. It has a cell phone pocket and an interior slot pocket, compartment as well as a zipper pocket, i.e., a perfect vegan work bag for the young woman engineer. The round bag in the middle on the left is made of rattan and PU leather. It’s one of the It bags this season. The Kathleen women’s elegant dress on the middle right is made from polyester. You can ditch the fabric belt and wear it with a statement belt to up the style from weekend to a Casual Friday outfit.
You can buy the above cheap chic vegan fashion at Leafy Souls.
The suede Willow PU suede sandals mimic a leather style look, but are PU leather. The sandals on the lower right are PU velvet. Of course, canvas shoes are vegan too and really chic with a floral summer dress like Taylor Swift‘s signature style. See this link for styling ideas with Old School sneakers.
Where to Buy Cheap Chic Vegan Fashion in the US
Great brands for Old School fabric sneakers are Van, Converse, SUNS, Blowfish, and Keds.
Zappos has really nice floral print Keds sneakers, as well as super chic Blowfish silver gray ones. Just to mention a few.
The clothing suggested by the Fashom is also vegan. See my review of my Fashom Box and their services.
Jord offers great vegan bags from sustainable resources. They use wood from old furniture for their wood watches.
The Gray Grounds
Like with a vegan diet it depends on what your reasons are for going with Vegan Fashion. When your motivation is cruelty free resources, you may accept horn from animals that routinely shed their antlers like reindeers and caribous. You may even use Arctic musk ox qiviut fashion when it is from Alaska as here the musk ox wool (called qiviut) from shedding is collected. However, some of the musk ox are domesticized to collect the wool. Sheared sheep, and goats may feel thermally uncomfortable and may be stressed during shearing. Therefore, shopping animal-friendly may be difficult.
Environmental Motivations for Vegan Fashion
For some the reasons for preferring vegan fashion are related to the environment. For instance, maximizing the profits of wool from sheep, and goats might lead to overgrazing. However, overgrazing harms soils, may lead to flooding, and affects precipitation recycling. Consequently, at least, the local water cycle, and weather change. This means on the long term, the local climate (average weather over several decades, typically 3 decades) changes.
Also, vegan or faux leather may be from fossil or natural (sustainable) resources. The production releases some health-adverse contaminants into the atmosphere. Read more on the making of faux leather. Read more on how environment-friendly fashion may be.
In fashion like in life nothing is cheap, and a compromise is often needed. Cheap may be needed by your budget, and that is fine. Everyone can spend a dollar only once. But be aware that vegan like sustainable or fast fashion is a selling model. Someone is always paying for it. Cheap vegan might be also fast fashion. This means information on what Fast Fashion is, and why it is important to avoid it, requires recognizing it. You can find advice on avoiding fast fashion to get a sustainable wardrobe at the link.Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone, somewhere is paying. - LUCY SIEGLE #quote #quoteoftheday Click To Tweet
Non-Vegan Look of the Day
I am wearing summer wool pants, a cotton T-shirt and a cotton denim jacket. The chelseas are partly canvas, but the rest is leather. It was a humid chilly day up here in the Interior. As you see, there’s still a lot of snow left to melt. At least the driveway is free as are the parking lots and sidewalks. Thus, lighter footwear is possible. Finally. Can’t wait for the sandals to come out. Well, probably not before May. 😉
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Top of the World Style Linkup Party No. 200
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Photos of me: G. Kramm
Photos of vegan products: Courtesy to Leafy Souls
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