following article was written by Leigh-Anne Dennison.
One of your goals for 2012 may be to
dress for the job you want (not just the one you have)—either dressing to
impress in your own office or looking sharp for that upcoming job interview.
In the world of work apparel, wool
and silk tend to be two of the biggest fabric challenges to a vegan wardrobe,
while leather and suede dominate a vast array of professional footwear. But
seeking to improve your fiscal or other circumstances doesn't mean selling out your
principles. You may just need to shop a little more, be aware of which retailers
stock vegan clothing and accessories, and learn more about synthetic materials
that can look just as professional and pulled together as animal-based fabrics.
Suits Him Like a Suit
In lieu of wool (or wool-blend)
suits, look for cotton or linen. Cotton-poly blends are another option, and
today's versions are definitely not your
parent's polyester suits. Rather than silk, check out the ravishing feel and
drape of rayon (also called "viscose") for dresses and blouses. Men,
try a satin necktie as a suitable substitute for silk.
When it comes to pounding the
pavement, women may have an easier time finding pleather or faux-suede shoes,
but there are stylish, non-animal options for men out there if you look for
or Casual—Suits Me Just Fine
Not only has the quality of plant-based
and synthetic fabrics improved, the style and cuts of these wardrobe staples
have also become more sophisticated over the years. Designers and manufacturers
have dramatically improved how they
use them as well as how often they incorporate them into clothing lines. In
addition to being cruelty-free, many of these fabrics can also handle business
travel with minimal to no wrinkling—and they're often more affordable than their wool, silk,
cashmere, mohair, angora, or other animal-derived counterparts.
Relaxed or "business casual"
dress codes these days also mean that cotton khakis or chinos are acceptable
for men most days of the week, and ladies can show a little more flair with more
feminine dresses, skirts, and slightly funkier
shoes and accessories (a little attitude
isn't a bad thing).
A Look that
At the end of the day (or really at
the beginning, I guess), while it may take a little more time and research to
put together, you
can create a killer look for the
office while keeping kindness a staple in your work wardrobe.
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