Cruelty-free fashion is easier to find than ever; with approximately 500,000 Brits embracing veganism, its unsurprising that in the last few years, the vegan fashion industry has exploded. From Stella McCartney to Shrimps, new and established brands alike are challenging people’s assumptions about luxury fashion. Thanks to advances in the textile industry, we no longer equate quality or durability with the use of animal skins in our clothes and accessories; conscious consumers can feel better about what they’re wearing – without passing on style. These days, it’s cool to be kind, so adopt the trend with these faux-leather must-haves.
Vegan accessories are an easy way to bring sustainability to the everyday, and vegan shoes are likely to be the first port of call if you’re looking to adopt a greener lifestyle. PU leather shoes are a readily available, non-leather option that’s become increasingly popular – and not just with the eco-crowd; they’re largely more affordable than real leather shoes, so penny-saving shoppers are sure to love these too!
Forego your real leather bag for a more sustainable, faux leather version. Less is more when it comes to green living (the fewer things that end up in landfills the better!), so choosing a style that transcends seasonality is key. A vegan-friendly handbag in classic black has the versatility to suit almost any occasion; from go-to cocktail dresses to off-duty denim, the understated appeal of a structured shoulder bag means it can paired with virtually everything.
Leather skirts have readily become a firm fashion favourite since they have a day-to-night aesthetic that’s perfectly suited to the hectic schedules many of us face. Choose a tan or brown faux leather (or suede) skirt over a black one for a softer finish that’s likely to be more office-appropriate. A PU leather pencil skirt is an ideal choice for work or play – and a great way to bring vegan fashion to the boardroom.
Faux leather leggings make light work out of dressing up come the weekend. Whether you’ve got a smart-casual dinner date or a night out with the girls, they’re a great alternative to dresses when it comes to evening wear. Toughen up a pretty blouse or camisole with a matte black pair of pleather leggings and some killer heels; a contemporary option for any modern (and stylish) eco-warrior.
With a range of vegan jackets available on the market nowadays, you can save a cow and look fierce AF. Everyone knows that a great jacket is a must-have for any wardrobe; whether you opt for a faux leather biker or a classic two-tone number like the one below, layering up in style whilst staying sustainable is a cinch.