Faux Fur: Hot or Not?
The following article was written by Ashley Palmer.
Faux fur seems to be a sticky issue for many animal activists. Some fear that wearing faux fur sends the message that real fur is fashionable. While others, like me, tend to disagree. But let me explain…
As a vegan, I choose to use my money as a way to vote. Whether I’m buying veggie burgers, cruelty-free mascara, or even a pair of vegan stilettos, I think that my dollar is one of the most powerful tools I have to influence social change. In my mind, buying faux fur sends the message that there is a market for that particular product, and buying it may encourage designers to incorporate faux—rather than real—fur into their collections.
If you need proof of the cruelty of the fur industry, check out this video:
If you want to send the message that you don’t have to hurt animals to feel beautiful, may I suggest you purchase one of these four fabulously faux-fur options?
SpiritHoods specialize in unique, vegan fur hoods that you wear as an accessory. They also carry cuddly coats like this one:
Give fur the “boot” in these cute booties. They would look great with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater!
Look like a rock star in this jacket, featuring a blend of olive, brown, and black faux fur.
A faux-fur collar can be a hard look to pull off, but paired with these vegan leather sleeves it looks both edgy and polished.
This thick, fuzzy jacket is extra-warm for winter weather.
Nothing’s cuter than looking like you have cute, furry paws.
New York-based Pelush knows that it’s only a matter of time before the fashion industry phases out fur entirely. Through new technology and collaborations with fabric-makers, Pelush offers luxurious vegan furs like this:
Stylish, compassionate, and sophisticated? Check, check, and check.
This oversized bomber jacket in embossed vegan fur is made by one of Urban Outfitter’s brands, and features a zip-front closure and snap-front hood.
I do, however, understand and respect why many people choose not to purchase any faux-fur products. For those of you who are like me and do wear fakes, I encourage you to also wear one of PETA’s pins to make it clear that your clothing was not made from animals.