Dressing Vegan — 6 Friendly Tips To Help You Find Cruelty-Free, Animal-Free Clothing
Dressing vegan, not to be confused with vegan dressing, is starting to get a little bit easier.
Perhaps it’s because so much of the world is waking up to the way that animals are treated, and looking for a change.
Whatever the cause, it’s a great thing for vegans — and animals — everywhere.
While it’s always been fairly easy to avoid products like fur, many other commonly used animal-derived materials seemed to be in absolutely everything.
It wasn’t that long ago that it was nearly impossible to get insulated clothing that wasn’t filled with goose or duck down, but now you can get just as much insulating power with cruelty-free materials.
Here are a few tips to help you find the products you’re looking for, without compromising on style or function.
- Feel Your Fur
Faux fur is not uncommon, and it’s a wonderful material when it doesn’t come from an animal.
Sometimes it’s so good though, it can be hard to tell them apart — unless you know what to look for.
Real fur feels just like your hair and will grow directionally, but faux fur feels more like shag and will be in straight rows.
You can also check the backing to make sure it’s fabric not skin, and you can often see the stitching from where they’ve sewn the faux fur on.
2. Know Your Fibers
Avoid these fabrics that are animal-derived — cashmere, silk, leather, suede, down, maribou, angora, mohair, wool, shearling, and pashmina.
Also, anything that has an animal’s name in it of course, like alligator, alpaca, or lambskin.
Your best bet is to look for cotton, linen, polyester, bamboo, hemp, denim, and nylon.
3. Read The Labels
Many items come with a list of materials, which makes your job fairly easy.
If the list contains animal alternatives, such as Primaloft instead of down insulation in a jacket — then you’re on the right track.
For clothes that don’t have a list of materials, check the care instructions.
It’s not a guaranteed method, but most animal products require special care or dry cleaning, while plant-based materials and modern synthetics can just be tossed in the washing machine.
4. Double-Check Vintage Items
Many new products today are being created vegan-friendly, but that’s less true of any vintage items you may find.
They’re also less likely to have a list of materials, so you really need to be thorough when looking them over.
Even buttons were often made of horn or mother of pearl.
5. Watch Out For Blends
Your new vest may look entirely vegan, but have a bit of animal products mixed into the blend.
It’s not uncommon, unfortunately, and often difficult to detect unless it says so on the tag.
Cotton with wool or silk, and acrylic with mohair, are popular and common blends that can easily go unnoticed if you’re not paying attention.
6. Trusted Sources
Finding a trusted source for cruelty-free clothing can be tricky, so once you find a good brand, don’t lose track of them.
Some popular brands with excellent vegan products include Stop Staring or Daddy O’s for vintage items, Herbivore Clothing for witty vegan t-shirts, or Frank & Oaks for high-quality sustainable winter gear complete with cruelty-free insulation.
There are lots of options out there that are vegan and sustainable, you really just need to know where — and how — to look.
With these tips, some attention to detail, and a bit of patience — you should have no problem stocking up your wardrobe with entirely animal-free products.
Because the best fashion statement is showing that you care!