Contrary to what many consumers think, “shearling” is not simply sheared wool: The term refers to the skin of a yearling lamb who has been shorn once, shortly before slaughter. The lamb’s skin is tanned with the wool still on it. It can take 25 to 45 sheep hides to make just one shearling garment.
Vegan shearling, widely available from many retailers, is produced with none of shearling’s cruelty but is bursting with style and versatility. Here’s a look at some stylish vegan shearling items that feel great, keep you warm, and take cruelty to animals out of the equation.
Urban Outfitters carries a great selection of vegan leather and suede clothing, demonstrating that the ultimate combo is style and compassion.
We love this tan, ASOS bomber with a vegan shearling collar and cuffs.
We love to see high-fashion designers get in on the action, and Stella McCartney nails it every time.
We love the look of this cozy denim jacket by H&M—and that fuzzy vegan shearling collar!
This cardigan by Forever 21 is perfect for when you want to stay warm but don’t need the full coverage of a jacket or coat. Also available in black.
Keeping your hands warm shouldn’t hurt lambs, especially when you can get cozy vegan gloves like these from ASOS.
8. Arroyo Coat
This fantastic coat made by Outerknown is created from organic cotton, hemp, and recycled polyester. Eco- and animal-friendly clothing makes our hearts skip a beat.
10. Snug Boot
This drape-y vest by Forever 21 features a lined hood and front pockets.