Hey friends, I’m Bly! You may have seen me on Autostraddle before, sharing my adventures on Button and Bly’s Travel Show, or in Life Of Bly, which chronicles my travels and vegan lifestyle. When I became vegan several years ago, I only concerned myself with my eating habits; only in the last few years have I realized it’s not solely about food, but about how I dress as well.
If you’ve recently made a lifestyle change, it can be tempting to trash all your non-vegan pieces and start over. You don’t have to throw out your whole closet — I admit I still own a pair of leather boots and a wool sweater or two! — but whenever you’re ready to buy new pieces, the good news is that vegan fashion has come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days of ugly pleather shoes; there are now plenty of cool cruelty-free options from belts, to bags, to down-alternative coats. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Quilted Sneakers 2. Peach Sneakers 3. Indigo Dyed Sneaker 4. Cat Sneakers
Casual cool and ethical shoes. They even have a pair for you cat lovers out there!
The Dharma Store
1. Veggies Shirt 2. Go Vegan Shirt 3. Vegan Shirt 4. Herbivore Shirt
Pick up one of The Dharma Store’s shirts, and really spell out what veganism means to you.
1. Black Belt 2. Black Barrel Backpack 3. Brown Attaché
Forgot all your accessories were leather? Doshi has vegan bags, wallets, and belts to help you fix that.
1. Biker Jacket 2. Penguin Button Down 3. Knit Sweater 4. Brown Oxfords
Women-owned, high-fashion vegan wear. (Sounds like “vote.”)
Save the Duck
1. Long Parka 2. Short Parka 3. Puffer Jacket
Finding a nice-looking, warm jacket that isn’t stuffed with down used to be difficult. Not anymore!
Wills Vegan Shoes
1. Desert Boots 2. Brown Oxfords 3. Black Patent Oxfords
If you’re looking for a dapper pair of shoes to dress up your outfit, Will’s is the best.
Rebuilding a wardrobe can be very costly and eco-unfriendly; it’s okay to take your time finding the best pieces for your aesthetic and your wallet. Make sure the vegan brands you’re buying from don’t use toxic chemicals or materials — and if you decide to get rid of your non-vegan items, why not gift them to a non-vegan friend who could really use them? Reducing your carbon footprint is good for the animals, too!
Thanks so much for this Bly! I turned vegan 1.5 years ago and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve kept all of my clothes from my pre-vegan years, but have been trying to buy cruelty-free (and fairtrade) clothes.
I urgently need some comfy, stylish shoes for work so Will’s Shoes is a great suggestion! Thank you!
Does anyone know some cruelty-free brands for clothes (that cater to plus size ladies) that are available in the UK? (or can be shipped here)
I am going to forward this to my mother. She became a vegan a couple of years ago
Thanks for making this list. I wanted to add another great vegan, woman-owned shop: Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather! I’ve been wearing their shoes for the past few years, and they have some excellent dapper styles as well as cowboy boots– https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ8p0WKBYjS/?taken-by=goodguysdontwearleather
I think all their shoes are made in Portugal, too.
MooShoes is another all-vegan shoe store (NYC, LA, and online).
Thank you for this. I went vegan for a few years, wasn’t for a week(was hard to do on vacation) and plan to avoid leather as much as I can.
Anyone know how well the Wills shoes hold up? We usually just buy the cheap shoes that are accidentally vegan, but I’ve love something sturdier and more comfortable! :)
They hold up quite well, actually! Good price for quality.
Another brand I really like and would like to add to this list is Bourgeois Bohème. They have great shoes for people of all gender presentation.
Yeaaahhhh!! thanks for this!
Personally, I am not a vegan but OHhhhhhhhhh a few of those shoes! Thanks for this!
I like this Dharma Store’s shirts vegan clothes. Highly recommend.
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