9 Ways To Introduce Faux & Vegan Leather Fashion Into Your Wardrobe, Because These Pieces Are Seriously Chic
Most people think leather falls into one of two categories: either so high fashion that there's no way they can pull it off or something purely restricted to fetish wear. I'm here to prove those people very very wrong. You see, leather has seen a stratospheric rise in the apparel world. So much so that it has moved beyond jackets, boots, belts, and bags. The following leather fashion looks are the easiest ways to inject your everyday wardrobe with a little oomph.
As you may know, real leather does not come cheap. And as the impact of leather on the environment can be less than great, it's good to know that alternatives are more readily available than ever. As PETA reports, the leather-making process is renowned for using up lots of energy, can produce dangerous chemicals, and contributes to climate change. Plus it's not exactly animal friendly.
Happily faux leather is widely available on the high street and is much much cheaper, and there's also vegan leather (which, again, usually costs more but is guaranteed to be sustainable). Currently, the latter is only produced by designer brands looking to make a difference. Stella McCartney has been using vegetarian leather for quite some time but smaller names like Nanushka have also taken it upon themselves to produce ethical garments.
Some of these designs will set you back just over £100; some a lot more. If that's well above your budget, look to the high street for plenty more leather options. From shirts to pencil skirts, there are numerous ways to wear the fabric.
Bright Green Faux Leather Pencil Skirt
Another faux option, this pencil skirt is one leather look that's ideal for the office. It comes in several colour options. While mint green and light pink may signal spring, opt for black, grey, or vampy red for a darker mood. Available in UK size 8 to 14.
2. A Glamorous Option
Nanushka Nahar Knotted Vegan Leather Midi Dress
Sandra Sandor, the designer behind epic label Nanushka, paired this sultry vegan wrap dress with slipper-like shoes at her New York Fashion Week presentation. So that means you can totally do the same. Available in UK size XS to L; 8 to 14.
3. Your Next Go-To Dress
4. Wild West Style
5. A Truly Affordable Piece
6. Pleated Perfection
7. A Designer Discount
Nanushka Frank Croc-Effect Vegan Leather Overalls
Inspired by '90s Berlin fashion, these easy-to-wear overalls have been so heavily discounted that it'd be rude to refuse. Designed in a relatively loose fit, you can fit everything from baggy tees to snuggly sweaters underneath. Available in UK size XS to XL; 8 to 16.
8. An Understated Taste
Faux Leather Top With Contrasting Topstitching
If you want to ease your way into the leather life, take a gander at this ever-so-subtle top. Wear underneath a blazer for the ultimate discrete look or with leather trousers to really make a statement. Available in UK size XS to L; 6 to 14.
9. Button Up
With the right amount of TLC, these pieces will last for years.