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.
This vintage-inspired style from Brixton has an oversized fit that makes it perfect for winter layering.
Brixton’s Durham jacket features practical utility pockets and looks great thrown over your wool-free knitwear.
We love this brown ASOS bomber with a vegan shearling collar and cuffs.
We love the look of this cozy jacket by Express—and that fuzzy vegan shearling collar.
This stylish cropped number comes in three colors: cream or brown (vegan suede) and black (vegan leather).
The heavyweight Italian vegan suede material and recycled shearling lining make this coat feel and look luxe.
You’ll love the fit of this oversized biker jacket with cozy vegan shearling trim.
Keeping your hands warm shouldn’t hurt lambs, especially when you can get cozy vegan mittens like these from Apparis.
Match your mittens with these fluffy slippers, also from Apparis.
UGGs are ugly, so be sure to buy vegan shearling–lined boots like these trendy mini boots from PAWJ California.