Whether you’re a vegan or not, wearing cruelty-free fashion is surprisingly easy and widely accessible. Check out our guide to shopping vegan fashion -- be prepared for a big surprise, as a significant portion of your current wardrobe probably already fits the bill!
- DO shop materials that are not made from animal by-products like denim, flannel, cotton, canvas, linen, viscose/rayon (a shiny textile that resembles silk), faux leather/pleather and our personal fab favorite, faux fur.
- DON’T pick textiles like wool, angora, cashmere, pure silk, fur, fleece and suede.
- Check the price. Most leather and patent leather-looking goods that are priced under $50 are more than likely not real leather. Three cheers for faux leather skater skirts, shorts and jogger pants!
- Inspect the tag. If you can’t tell what the textile is right away, take a quick peep at the inside tag for a description of what an item is made from.
- Hooray for manmade materials! Any shoes, purses, clothing and accessories with a “manmade materials” label is considered vegan.
...as well as stores that make “unintentional” vegan fashion (be sure to read the labels to see which options are indeed animal-friendly):
Also, take a look at PETA’s Vegan Fashion Awards winners for more top picks to shop.
Do you think you’ll become a vegan-conscious shopper? Share in the comments below!