How to veganize your wardrobe

So how to veganize your wardrobe? a friend asked me. As some of you know, I have fully embraced veganism last year, having been on a plant-based diet for over a decade (read my story). While veganism itself can mean different things to different people, veganism is defined as going far beyond food because it is a lifestyle in its totality. I love animals, hence I don’t eat, buy and wear products that are made from animals. This is the ethos that I follow. I have made mistakes in the past, forgave myself and vowed to live and lead a cruelty-free life hereon.

How to veganize your wardrobe

I’m not going to sound holier-than-thou because I was once a slave to designer brands but one of the first few things that I did was to actually donate and sell my leather handbags and shoes. I have few more items left and my goal is to completely get rid of them by February. You’re probably asking why shouldn’t I just keep those expensive handbags? Well I don’t want to be reminded of my past and that’s how I am in general. I don’t want to be constantly hounded by my prior mistakes. I just want to move forward for heaven’s sake. I know that I am quite extreme in that respect so out of practicality, here some tips on how to veganize your wardrobe in 4 ways:

How to veganize your wardrobe

Stop buying. Remind yourself why you embraced veganism in the first place. Do you need mental and emotional reinforcement? I suggest that you watch the documentary Earthlings, it is a tough movie to watch but you need to see for yourself the cruelty involved in leather and fur production. HELL ON EARTH. I also suggest to follow Mercy for Animals on Facebook, they have graphic videos but if that’s the way that will open your eyes to the absolute truth, face your fear my friend. I did.

Support indie or up and coming vegan brands. With the rise in vegan population (more than 1.5 million Americans over the age of 17 are now vegan), the demand for vegan products is unprecedented. Google reports 90% increase in vegan search. The vegan leather industry is set to hit 85 billion dollars globally. Gone are the days when faux leather equates to poor quality. Unless you shop accidentally vegan, there are hundreds of brands now that produce stellar and well crafted vegan products. Amour Vert, Petit Vour, these are just some of the retailers that I frequently check for new vegan fashion releases. For relatively affordable options, shop Etsy or visit your local consignment shops. Farm Sanctuary lists vegan retailers, take a look.

Pare down your wardrobe. I know this advice is pretty generic but once you go vegan, practicing minimalism is not too far away. You may have noticed why I always wear black and I that seem to gravitate to the same style day in day out. I strive for practicality and minimalism. Before I buy something, I ask myself few times if that particular item can be used or worn multiple ways. Case in point, the scarf that I wore as headband for this photo is the same one I tie around my bag to accessorize.

Angela Roi Vegan Handbag Cher Tote

Lastly, check for alternatives. While leather and fur are top-of-mind when it comes to fashion, there are several other animal-derived items that are secretly lurking in your closet. Silk is made from cocoon of silkworms, cashmere from the undercoat of cashmere goats, shearling from sheep skin. Explore vegan alternatives such as rayon, organic cotton, linen, hemp, even recycled polyester (rPET).

Remember, veganism is not an embodiment of perfection. No one is born vegan unless your forefathers were. The advocacy we embrace is to thrive in a cruelty-free planet with the least harm to the animals, add the outstanding health benefits of a purely vegan diet (check out how to transition guide) of course!

Check out my video below if you’re looking for a new vegan tote bag.


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27 thoughts on “How To Veganize Your Wardrobe In Four Ways

  • After reading your post, I feel like even though I am not vegan, my wardrobe is all vegan! 🙂 I love pairing things too. 😀

  • I need a new vegan bag. My Christian Lacroix vegan tote is pooping out on me. It’s held up well but the straps are getting shredded since it’s the only bag I use.

  • There are so many more vegan options now than ever before!

    • thefabzilla

      Yes you’re right! And the quality is improving as more and more brands jump in the bandwagon

  • What a great post, Kath! I have a good friend who is shifting to a full vegan lifestyle, but she has VERY expensive designer shoes, clothes, handbags and wallets that she wants to sell. Did you sell via something like The Real Real, or did you find somewhere else that you prefer? I will send her over to check out this wonderful post!

    • thefabzilla

      Thank you my friend. I sold thru eBay, the real real is ok too coz it’s consignment. She can also use Facebook market place. Last Christmas I went to a swap meet to sell the remaining and not so expensive bags and shoes, they were gone in a flash, I haven’t even set up yet and the ladies started swarming. I have plenty of posts here that will help with her transition

  • I don’t need to watch the vile videos you recommend to know the it’s great to buy vegan products.

    • thefabzilla

      Good to know! It’s not for the faint of heart, those are just for people who want to know the reality behind and need reinforcement as far as switching to vegan choices

  • Glad to see there are so many great vegan options these days.

  • You look so cute girl!

  • I’m enjoying all your vegan posts! Looking lovely

  • 25 Sweetpeas

    Everything looks so nice! Plus that bag looks so roomy!

  • Yvette

    I like that you post about every aspect of being a vegan. Because it is a lifestyle not a trend or diet.

  • I was actually discussing this very topic with a colleague last weekend, and we found that both of us surprisingly had vegan wardrobes (cotton-only, inexpensive faux-leather bags and shoes)!

    • thefabzilla

      Yes, I am happy to know you have! Most people do so that’s a good start

  • That bag is gorgeous. You share some great tips, and I’m happy you have fully embrace your desired lifestyle.

    • thefabzilla

      Mahalo! I am happy to share the process. As someone who’s on plant-based diet for over a decade, I have seen how my health greatly improved. Extending it beyond food is even more liberating.

  • Great article on how to embrace your lifestyle. I think it all goes with that general “Be gentle with yourself” mantra that I keep hearing over and over.

  • Ehmkay nails

    I am guilty of still owning leather handbags. I can’t temember the last time I bought one, but I do still have some classic oldies. Maybe one day I’ll sell them

  • Love these tips! They’re so much more practical than what I’m used to hearing.

  • Really awesome post, Glad to see there are so many great vegan options these days.

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