Men’s Winter Fashion Forecast: Vegan Coats
The following article was written by former PETA intern and current vegan fashion finder Jared Misner.
That time of the year when Jack Frost is nipping at our noses is well upon us. It’s that time of the year when warm apple cider just tastes so much sweeter, when we gather with those we love the most to consider what we’re thankful for (can I get a Fur-Free Friday chant?), and when our holiday countdowns turn into a matter of days.
Hopefully, you’ve at least started your holiday shopping—because last year you vowed never to hold off until the last minute again. And hopefully, the annual rummaging through that one closet full of winter clothes doesn’t leave you with a tinge of winter regret over not having that perfect goes-with-anything coat.
But have no fear! You all have me to guide you on your own winter Wonderland of endless cruelty-free coats. Luckily, with the cruelty-free guide to cold-weather coats in tow, I’ll be your guide for which frocks deserve a “No” and which ones deserve a “Go.” Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to look like a marshmallow or a sack of old potatoes.
But certain others aren’t so lucky during winter. By choosing to shop sans cruelty, you’ll be helping save the thousands of sheep who are mutilated every year in a process called “mulesing” in which chunks of skin and flesh are cut from the backsides of the sheep. Cows aren’t spared either. The leather industry is one of the most abhorrent industries, with most leather coming from developing countries, such as India, where animal welfare laws are virtually non-existent.
Or this faux-leather winter jacket from Urban Outfitters:
If you’re looking for classic style without the cruelty, check out this wool-free pea coat from Vaute Couture:
And what’s better than a coat with synthetic leather that doesn’t involve supporting the cruelty of the leather industry? A cheap cruelty-free coat. Try this one from Macy’s for less than $50. And with a price tag this cheap, who could blame you for buying a few for those on your holiday list?
Winter gives you the best opportunities to create your own runway with your snugly fitting, flesh-free coats and jackets. Everyone on your wish list will be sure to love a new guilt-free holiday coat because no animal had to die to make them warm. And if you decide to just buy one for yourself, be sure to flaunt it well. But make sure you share the cider. No one likes a cider miser.