New Look Vegan Range

Vegan footwear.

The problem I used to find with vegan footwear is that it just wasn’t that stylish. 

Functional, yes and good quality, well some arguably but not always fashionable.

Not only that but the solely vegan brands I’ve come across can be quite expensive. 

That is up until now with many of the high street retailers having seen the huge surge in demand for vegan products have brought out their own vegan ranges.

There was a time when we simply used to call it PVC and by some it was looked up on as cheap but gone are those days. Now it’s been rebranded as ‘vegan leather’ and is much more sought after.

I’m very much a casual dresser day to day but I like to look nice at the same time which means mostly I’m a t shirt, jeans and boots kind of girl so was delighted when last year, New Look who to be honest already had a great range of fashionable non leather footwear went a step further with the vegan labeling and brought out a whole new vegan range of shoes, boots and also handbags!

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Here’s what new Look have to say about their range.

What makes shoes and bags vegan?

If you thought that you were shopping vegan all along, you’re not alone. It’s easy to think that if it’s not leather, it must be team vegan. We went straight to the experts at The Vegan Society to discover more about the shoes and bags, and this is what we found…

The PU leather

Here’s a surprise: not all PU leather is vegan. Most PU leather is finished with ground-cut leather sprays to give it a textured appearance, which features animal product. These vegan styles are leather-spray free.

The adhesives

Some adhesives, like glue and tape, are prepared using collagen from mammals, insects, fish, and products found in mammal milk. Unlike other shoes and bags, ours are free from any liquids and bonding materials that
have animal traces or produce.

The metal hardware

Metal is vegan. However, the process that it goes through to prevent it from rusting often isn’t. Most zips, poppers and other hardware details are exposed to chemical treatments with elements that feature animal products. We keep our supply chain transparent. This ensures that the hardware and adhesives on our vegan shoes and bags do not undergo chemical treatments that contain animal products.

Black boots that easily go on over skinny jeans are a must for me so these black boots were the first thing that went in my shopping basket.

And I fully believe that if you find something you like, you should buy it in every colour way so I also added the dark red (ox blood in name only) too!

And of course I couldn’t resist these stone faux snake heeled knee highs at £44.99 . . . 

When the boots arrived, they all fit perfectly. Sizes can vary shop to shop but I’d say these have it right so when ordering, order the size you usually are.

Oh and I bought A handbag too, because a girl can obviously never have too many handbags!

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As a whole I’m hugely impressed with the collection, there’s a broad range of styles to suit all tastes and it’s affordable and cruelty free.

Click Here to shop online during lockdown and fingers crossed that we’re allowed back out to shop in store soon!

 

Shop Vintage & Say No To Fast Fashion

You know that moment when you see a picture of someone wearing the most amazing dress – only it’s vintage so you know you’re never going to be able to find the exact same one? Devastating right?

Well I saw a picture last week on Immodesty Blaize’s instagram of her wearing a beautiful baby blue 70’s maxi number, and blue isn’t even a colour I usually wear unless it’s denim but the dress was just sooo pretty.

Anyway, I popped in  to Beyond Retro’s Soho branch yesterday and found not the exact same dress but something very similar in peach!

It’s the simple things in life, like finding the perfect dress and because it’s vintage, knowing it’s highly unlikely you’ll bump in to anybody else wearing the same thing.

And because it’s vintage, you’re also taking a step away from the fast fashion, throwaway culture that is now.

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In times gone buy clothes were built to last, classic cuts and styles made well and to stand the test of time.

Whether down to war and therefore a lack of fabric, lack of money, ration or general austerity, there was a make do and mend, waste not want not culture that seems very far away from today.

The environmental aspect on fast fashion is huge, not only do the chemicals used in the production of crops and fibres that are tuned in to garments contribute to different forms of pollution including water, air and soil, they of course also play their part in climate change, the  fashion industry is responsible for 10 % of the carbon footprint of the world. 

In the UK alone people spent over £50 000 000 on throw away fashion, items bought that would  be out of fashion and thrown away before the Autumn/Winter season.

Then more often than not, these clothes end up in landfill and we just don’t have space.

I’ve been as guilty as anybody in the past, I had a big sort out in my walk in wardrobe just this year and found numerous items that I’d bought and never worn, lots still with labels attached but fast fashion is so last season.

What can you do?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Buy less.

Buy quality rather than quantity, clothes that will last.

Don’t jump on to fashion trends, buy classic items that are timeless and if you do happen to buy something that you love but was very much on trend, don’t throw it way, chances are it will come back in fashion.

Buy vintage or second hand, there are unwanted clothes out there that need love.

Swap clothes that you’re bored of with friends.

Learn to sew, customize and turn old items in to something new.

 

Faux Fur Checks

There’s absolutely nothing glamorous about wearing fur, why would anybody other than a complete psycho want to wear the skin of another creature on their body?

The only creature that need to wear fur is the animal it belongs to in the first place.

Faux fur however, looks great and I for one love it!

I’ve heard it said before that wearing faux fur promotes the wearing of real fur, what rubbish.

Granted that with farmed fur from China being imported and illegally and falsely being labelled and mis sold as faux, you have to be careful and it’s this cruel trade that needs to be stopped.

There are ways to check that the fur you’re buying is definitely faux and if it is and only polyester was harmed in the making of a garment then I see no reason why it can’t be worn.

Of course, if you have any doubts when shopping, it goes without saying, avoid.

To check your fur is faux:

Look at the tips

The tips of the hairs in real fur taper and have pointed ends, whereas the hairs on faux fur are blunt where they have been cut in the manufacturing process.

Look at the base

Part the hair to see how it is attached. Animal fur has a leathery backing because it’s attached to the animal’s skin, but faux fur will have a material woven backing.

Hairs on real fur will also be different lengths, while faux fur tends to be more uniform.

Burn it

I wouldn’t recommend you do this in a shop, but you could do it on something you already own. Trim a few hairs and set fire to them (safely). Real animal fur singes and smells like burning hair, faux fur melts and will probably smell like burning plastic, also when it cools, it will be hard and plasticky.

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