When it comes to living a vegan lifestyle, people often forget that clothes factor into the equation. Yes, there is such a thing as vegan clothes! But what is it, why does it matter, and where can you get it?
Consumers are not only becoming more aware of where their food comes from, but also about how their clothes are produced. More and more of us are ditching wool, fur, and leather to seek out cruelty-free alternatives.
Major fashion brands are clueing into this too and are now providing sophisticated pieces – from designer labels to affordable basics – which makes it easy for us to find ethical wear that suits our style.
Additionally, a multitude of vegan clothing brands are popping up all the time that are both developing innovative new materials and utilizing existing materials to create beautiful harm-free garments.
By the way, if you want to learn more about what it means to be vegan and live a vegan lifestyle take a peek at my article on veganism.
Why Should We Care About Vegan Clothes?
For most of my life, I never gave a thought about the materials that went into my clothes and their impact; I only cared about if my clothes were trendy and chic. I thought sheep need to be sheared and that we were doing them a favor by using the wool for our own purposes.
The fact is that commercial production of clothing often uses cruel practices to obtain animal hairs, skins, and feathers where efficiency and output is valued over ethics. Companies often outsource leather and animal skin from developing countries where businesses have lower accountability and standards for animal welfare.
It’s actually surprising how many pieces of clothing contain animal materials. Most of us are familiar with the big ones – e.g. leather, fur, and wool – but there are others to look out for as well:
- Down (feathers commonly used to insulate winter jackets)
- Silk (extract from boiling silkworms)
- Angora (rabbit fur)
- Cashmere (soft hair from goats)
- Suede (derived from various animal skins)
Luckily, if you know where to shop, finding animal-free clothing is a breeze.
Here are some well-known brands making top quality vegan clothes!
Oh, before we get started, if you want to know all about vegan shoes check this guide out.
Vegan Leather BrandsFinding that perfect leather jacket is something that even vegans don’t have to miss out on. Vegan leather has taken off in the past few years, with cruelty-free versions available made from plant fibers and recycled materials.
Pleather, or synthetic leather, has been around for ages and is certainly vegan-friendly. Some brands use recycled polyester or plastic bottles to create their faux-leather items.
For those of us who want to ditch the plastic completely, more environmentally friendly options include Pinatex, made from pineapple leaves; Muskin, made from mushrooms; and Pellemela, made from dehydrated apple peels.
Here’s some notable brands making outstanding vegan leather items.
From faux-leather skirts, shorts, to bustiers, this American brand provides “cruelty-free women’s contemporary luxury” using PU (polyurethane) from recycled materials.
Created by sisters Komie and Meg, Delikate Rayne offers sophisticated, minimalistic clothing that not only looks classically stylish, but hopes to reverse the effects of fast fashion. Their designs are meant to last and not be discarded when the new fashion season hits.
This high-end vegetarian brand is one of the original pioneers of vegan leather clothing. Their “skin free” items throughout the various seasons have included jackets, shorts, and pants, in addition to their faux-leather purses.
Stella McCartney proudly state that their vegan leather products create 24 times less of an environmental impact than their traditional leather counterparts. That’s a win for everyone!
Vegan Everyday Wear Brands
Most of us would agree that what we wear in our day-to-day lives needs to be comfortable and stylish. Unfortunately, fast fashion has saturated the market, providing us with clothing that’s not meant to last and is intended to be discarded shortly after buying.
Many vegan clothing companies seem to have taken this into account, giving us options that not only look great but are durable and high-quality — meant to be worn and loved for a long time. Here’s some notable ones worth checking out.
Originating from the UK, Thought Clothing uses sustainable materials like organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp to create comfortable and classic clothing for men and women. They have a vegan clothing collection, and a quirky “sustainable socks” line that makes this company super unique.
Armed Angels proudly states that it’s 90% vegan, putting a PETA-approved logo on most of its products to assure customers that items contain no animal-derived components. We could all easily stock up our entire wardrobe from here, from denim, to coats, to t-shirts for both men and women.
With all denim items fully vegan, MUD Jeans is transparent about the entire manufacturing process, even going so far as to taking back old jeans for recycling. They currently are featuring a jean line collaboration with marine conservation society Sea Shepherd. The best part is their jeans come in a variety of styles and sizes, meaning everyone can find that perfect pair.
“Organic. Fair. Vegan” is how Recolution describes themselves, and this German brand has all sorts of everyday clothing items such as cardigans, shorts, and hoodies for both men and women. Their unique bicycle-themed line is worth checking out!
Using repurposed materials and 100% organic cotton, Alabama Chanin is exceptional in the fact that they produce sustainable hand-sewn clothing in Florence, Alabama, USA. They use storytelling and community as influences in the designs of sweatshirts, skirts, and coats.
In the Soulshine
Completely vegan and cruelty-free, In the Soulshine uses organic cotton and donates a portion of proceeds to animal charities. All items are made in Bali, and their collection of sweaters and t-shirts for men and women invoke laid-back beach vibes.
Vegan Coat Brands
As a Canadian, I can attest to the importance of having a long-lasting winter coat that’s well insulated to withstand those cold winters! The problem is that it’s quite difficult finding a coat that’s not made from down, wool, or fur. Fortunately, here are some wonderful brands which offer perfect coats for those freezing winter months.
LOVECO is a German vegan clothing website offering sophisticated and functional coats and clothing for both men and women. With a variety of styles and colors, the coats offered on their site are vegan-friendly and provide all the warmth you’d want from a winter coat.
Made in Canada, Wuxly coats are made to withstand temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius with a lining of recycled materials and a water-resistant vegan tech shell. The coats come in various styles to suit all tastes, with features and pockets to keep gadgets (and limbs!) warm and dry.
Hemp Tailor, Formerly Hoodlamb
“Fashion with a conscience” is what Hemp Tailor proudly declares, using hemp in its clothing because it’s a sustainable and high-quality material. They create attractive coats for both men in women, that are understated and classic.
Czech brand Ragwear is PETA-approved and has coats for men and women which are simple and stylish. Their prices are within the affordable range and they have many varieties of coats to please different preferences.
Vegan Formal Wear
You don’t need to sacrifice style to wear ethical clothing these days. The best part is not only looking good in an elegant gown or a tailored suit, but also feeling good about goes into your clothes. Here’s two notable brands worth checking out.
With 95% of its clothing being vegan, Dalia McPhee creates stunning formal gowns, and has been featured in magazines such as Vogue. With designs that are red carpet ready, these dresses are absolutely gorgeous and made with ethical materials.
Brave GentleMan, the first vegan menswear company, has some remarkable made-to-order suits. What’s most impressive is that this company has its own vegan versions of leather, wool, and silk made from recycled materials. Their “future-ivory” is made from tagua nuts, so even the buttons are vegan-friendly!
Vegan Lingerie Brands
With many highly sought lingerie items being silk based, finding vegan alternatives that are comfortable and soft can be a challenge. Luckily, here’s two vegan lingerie companies that are highly recommended.
With bras, panties, and nightwear that are consciously made, Sokoloff Lingerie hails from Montreal, Canada. Their lingerie is suitable for all shapes and sizes, with a plus-sized line available. They even have bridal and organic collections.
As a Green American certified business, WAMA underwear uses hemp material that’s naturally breathable and soft. Their underwear comes in a variety of styles and is available for both men and women.
Vegan Faux Fur Brands
Most people are aware of the ethical problems of wearing real fur, so fortunately vegan-friendly fur brands have become mainstream. It’s important to shop with a reputable brand such as these that we recommend, as some cheap faux furs have been known to contain traces of real animal fur, such as cat and dog.
Unreal Fur is a top-tier vegan fashion brand from Melbourne, Australia, providing the most in-vogue designs with equally high quality. From animal prints to sequins, these faux-fur jackets and coats are fun, stylish and colorful.
Having won several awards for their trendy and modern faux-fur designs, Jakke creates exquisite faux-fur coats, shawls, and hats for women. This London-based brand acknowledges the detrimental impact fur farming has on animals and the environment and aims to create pieces you can wear with a “clear conscience.”
Vegan Activewear Brands
Activewear is so prominent these days that people are even wearing it outside of the gym. It’s important to have quality clothing that fits right and is functional for exercising. Here are some brands that provide vegan-friendly activewear that make working out more enjoyable.
Blossom Yoga Wear
The UK-based Blossom Yoga Wear is an activewear brand that uses materials made from recycled bottles, which are also breathable and comfortable. They have leggings in funky colors and designs; yoga tops with inspirational text; and even an eco-friendly collection.
Using low-impact dyes, eco-friendly materials, and organic cotton, Alternative Apparel has many styles of t-shirts, leggings, shorts, and hoodies that are perfect for yoga or other sports, for both men and women.
These are just some of the brands out there that are truly making a difference in sustainable and ethical clothing, proving that we don’t need to sacrifice style or comfort by choosing vegan alternatives.
Have you shopped at any of these places? Are there any other vegan clothing brands you would recommend? Leave a comment below.
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