This post is the third in a series of four.
The last but not the least of my battles to make my wardrobe fully vegan has been against wool. Have a check in your own closet and see what proportion of clothes include wool. It is just incredible! But before all of that, I had to be able to recognise what is the product behind the name lurking in my clothes.
Cashmere, challis, crepe, flannel, gabardine, mohair (also called angora), agora rabbit hair, alpaca, tartan, tweed, venetian… No matter what it’s called, wool always means suffering for animals. So it is important to spot it instantly in clothing. Wool is generally synonymous with warmth in Winter but woven wool is also used for fine suiting and tailored clothes like pants and dresses. Wool can even be found in delicate blouses and shawls and often in tiny amounts!
The transformation of my wardrobe, especially to get rid of wool, couldn’t have been done instantaneously, mainly for financial reasons. The first step was to stop the drift, meaning I definitively stopped buying clothes featuring wool. Then, bit-by-bit, I buy new pieces that progressively replace the old ones. I should confess that I still have a few jumpers made in cashmere in the back of my closet. The most expensive. When I look at them, I strangle myself thinking back to their prices! I look at them, I don’t wear them. Now that I have spoken to you about them, I will throw them away. What a relief! It’s good to speak with you.
I digress, sorry. Let’s go back to the point. Light fabrics are easily replaced by synthetic materials (see my previous post on how to get rid of silk) but, for Winter coats and jackets, things get slightly complicated. Acrylic looks like wool and makes a good substitute however, it has a little absorbency and tends to retain odours.
The most beautiful vegan coats and sweaters are definitively those made in cotton. For coats, I suggest reading my post about Winter coats.
For the first time this Winter, the luxury vegan brand Vaute Couture offered a collection devoted to sweaters. It was a marvel of elegance and simplicity. If you seek a bit further, you will see that the choice is endless in contemporary and high street non-vegan brands.
My “costly” selection from left: Armani Jeans (100% cotton, panel 100% viscose) £150.00; Love Moschino (Pure cotton) £180.00; Armani Jeans (Pure cotton) £175.00, Armani Jeans (pure cotton, panel 100% viscose) £180.00, Eileen Fischer (61% cotton, 39% nylon) £210.00.
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