Winter Vegan Fashion
I love clothes. Clothes clothes clothes. I love them, I love them all. Especially the thrifted, especially the vintage, especially the colorful, the pattern clashing, and always the vegan. I am inspired by the clothing and fashion of women like Beatrix Potter, Helena Bonham Carter (in Sweeney Todd and Les Miserables especially, but also in real life.) the artist and subject of my thesis Leonor Fini and Lori Petty in one of my all time favorite films, Tank Girl.
With these strong and beautiful women as inspiration, the act of selecting and donning apparel has never been more fun or creative, especially with the wintery weather of our new home in the Blue Ridge mountains. With them as my backdrop, I’ve been photographing my vegan clothes to share here on Veganland. When dressing for cold weather, be conscious of not only how and where the clothes you buy were made, but also of their content. Choose cotton instead of wool, acrylic linings in coats instead of down, and pleather boots over real leather. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be snug as a bug and cruelty free for the cold months, no matter what kind of weather Old Man Winter throws your way!
Non-down vegan coat, corduroys, 2nd hand snow boots, handmade scarf (made by my Mom), sock monkey mittens that I’ve had for ages. When looking for a winter coat, it’s very important to steer away from down. The process of harvesting down is cruel and painful for animals such as geese whose feathers are physically plucked out and used to line coats, pillows, and comforters among other things.
Pleather combat boots, 2nd hand tights, new coat and cotton knee socks (Christmas gifts!) Always spring for fake leather or shoes that don’t have any leathery quality at all and are made from vegan friendly ingredients like canvas.
close-up of the purple lace detailing on my new dress
Christmas day outfit: retro style red dress and a handmade scarf from my aunt
lovely cup of coffee at breakfast, vintage skirt (thrifted) and my new velvet coat
the same skirt, worn with green tights and my favorite mary jane’s
2nd hand gray tights and my old converses that I’ve had since highschool
skirt made from scrap materials, (gift from my mom), 2nd hand charcoal tights, the scarf from my aunt, an organic cotton t-shirt from the co-op I frequented during highschool (cut at the neck to take it from a shirt to a top), Threads for Thought hoodie, my new wellies (shout out to my wellie twin, Mel!), hand made necklace, and a hat that my mom made me
the same outfit, but with my purple coat
wellies in a field, sitting and admiring the view as we walk through the mountains.
purple coat, owl hat, pesky rabbit
both of which get a lot of use up here!
owl hat, second hand corduroys and snow boots, thrifted sweater and Turkish scarf brought back from Europe for me by Maddie, acrylic gauntlets
When it comes to cold weather clothes, make sure and check the temperature before you pick out your clothes, don’t forget to pattern clash, and layer! I love to mix two or even three or four different patterns together in one outfit. It’s quirky and fun, plus you often get to wear lots of your favorite clothes together this way. As for layers, I love wearing tights with socks or legwarmers over them and boots. You can also get the layered look with scarves, tops and sweaters.
Bisous! And stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where I give you several of my top picks for vegan-friendly winter ware!