By Cayla Mackey
If you sweat over the ethics of suede, then you’re going to love this summer trend for vegan suede. Lighter, far more ethical and much easier to clean than the real thing, vegan suede is a warm-weather must have, especially when cut into 70s style skirts, bags and accessories.
Also called microfiber or faux suede, vegan suede is breathable, supple, and perfect for summer since it can get wet without ruining and doesn’t easily stain. Whilst many vegan leathers aren’t so eco-friendly, vegan suede is more likely to be gentler on the planet, since much of it is made from recycled bottles and avoids the greenhouse emissions and water pollution of animal agriculture.
Here are a few pieces you can work into your everyday wardrobe to update your current collection without cruelty – not even your piggy bank will suffer!
For easy wearable fashion-forward pieces, look no further that the brand that defined “boho chic.” Free People goes out of their way to make shopping easier for vegans, even featuring a vegan section on their website. We’re particularly enamoured with this floppy hat, which flatters most face shapes and could easily be carried over into autumn.
The neutral shade of these strappy, vegan leather sandals means they look great with just about any outfit. We love the ensembles chosen by knotsandruffles.blogspot.co.uk to complement these hip heels!
“Our proposition is pretty simple,” says Artizia CEO Brian Hill. “We offer beautifully designed clothes that are on-trend, high quality, and of good value.” The award-winning company was founded in 1984 and is socially responsible: donate resources to help girls and women reach their full potential through nonprofit partners. We love this simple dress, which can be worn as is in summer, or with a long sleeved tee underneath when the weather gets a bit chillier.
Dress like a #girlboss with these edits from this edgy brand by CEO Sophia Amoruso! Nasty Gal gets its name from the Betty Davis song and pulls affordable on-trend items that help powerful women take charge of everyday situations. The company also runs the #Girlboss Foundation, which awards financial grants to women in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts, to help fund them on their way to becoming a #Girlboss and owning their future.
These lace up shorts are perfectly in line with Nasty Gal’s rock chick ethos and style, and great for festivals if I may say!
This one looks like you trawled through vintage store after vintage store to find an authentic 70s suede bag. But actually, it’s the result of a collaboration between designer Sam Edelman and Nasty Gal. We love the radiant diamond panels and braided ‘leather’ detailing.
It’s a simple cut that is super elegant, despite being a mini: this Babaton Hopper skirt is another item that can easily carry over to autumn; just add a sweater, tights and boots.
What would a vegan suede fashion list be without Ms Stella McCartney on it? This bag may be in the classic Falabella style, but the suede material and 70s fringe give it a twist of difference.
If you’re looking for a pair of shorts that drape and hang more like a skirt, Artizia has a super pair! The supple, soft material and elasticised waist will flatter any body shape, and the pockets add a bit of practicality to the design too.
Channel Janis Joplin (or Roger Daltrey, for that matter!) at Woodstock in this swinging 70s vest. Laser cut and swinging loose, it can be worn over a sweater, tee or dress.
The best part of this microfibre top is that it’s got something the women of the 70s were perhaps missing in their wardrobes: built in cups! That’s right: you can wear this with nothing underneath and still get the support you crave.