Vegan clothing—it’s a hot topic, but what does it even mean? Basically: Vegan clothing enthusiasts don’t wear any kind of clothing items that contain leather or animal skin, wool or animal hair, or fur, down, silk, or any other material that comes from or is tested on animals. A more comprehensive what-to-look-for list in on PETA’s website, but cotton, polyester, nylon, linen, and hemp are just a few examples of vegan materials.
I happen to be moving my wardrobe to vegan for a variety of reasons, the biggest being that I’ve been allergic to animal hair and fur since I was a kid. Luckily, these days there’s much more variety. The vegan clothes and shoes I buy look just like the real thing, and I don’t have to compromise on durability or warmth. If this is something you care about, here are some brands that offer stylish vegan clothing.
An important note: Not every item on every one of the below websites is vegan. It also doesn’t mean that other brands don’t have vegan options (Everlane has great all-cotton tees, for example). So, if you care about the topic, read the product information before you buy. If it’s not available on the webpage, most stores have a messaging/email system that will help get you the deets.
I love ASOS. (I might have been addicted to its inexpensive-and-trendy aesthetic when I was in my 20s. Still might be.) I know that I can count on it for the most variety on clothes, especially when I want something a bit more fashion-forward but don’t want to break the bank.
ASOS is particularly good at things like vegan coats—wool is, by and large, the go-to material for most brands’ heavier, cold weather items like outerwear and sweaters. It makes sense, but technology is starting to catch up. I actually have this purple jacket, and it’s just as warm and heavy as wool without being uncomfortable or itchy.