Vegan Leather Has Gone Glam

Innovative Designers like Stella McCartney have made animal-friendly fabrics hotter than leather.

Let’s face it, vegan leather has a bawdy past. It came into the world as a cheap substitute for cowhide, and it was used only in the manufacturing of substandard garments and accessories. Nicknamed “pleather” (plastic + leather), the faux animal fabric was easily scratched, torn and melted. It was the exact opposite of leather, which is so durable that motorcycle riders wear it from head to toe to protect themselves in the case of a fall. As animal cruelty protesters and environmentalists began to adapt savvier tactics in the late 1990s, a new, upscale market was born for garments and accessories made with faux leather. It took a few decades to get it right, but there is no denying that vegan leather has arrived. Whether you are strictly against the consumption of animal products or just a dedicated follower of fashion, it’s time to give “pleather” another chance.

Pants & Shorts

Blank Denim Dark Web Vegan Leather Shorts

Faux leather shorts are a sexy alternative to skirts for a night out. They also pair well with a blazer for a casual office look, and can be worn with tights when the weather gets cooler this fall.

$88, shopbop.com


David Lerner Vegan Barlow Leggings

With a modicum of stretch, David Lerner’s vegan leggings fit like a glove.

$143, shopbop.com


Blank Denim Mid-Rise Vegan Leather Skinny Denim

Just like jeans, but with an extra injection of va-voom.

$98, shopbop.com


Nanushka Africa Vegan Leather Cropped Pants

A loose pant silhouette is in the forecast for fall. Pair with heels and a statement necklace for a dressy look, or with designer sneakers and a t-shirt when you want to chill.

$440, net-a-porter.com


Jackets


BB Dakota Amelie Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

For cool summer nights and the first frost of fall, a vegan leather moto fits the bill.

$52.50, shopbop.com


BB Dakota Vegan Leather Peppin Jacket

Oversized lapels and a closure-free front give the Peppin its cool-girl cache.

$87, shopbop.com


Stella McCartney Faux Leather Jacket

McCartney’s asymmetric faux leather jacket with zip detailing is street style at its zenith.

$460.50, saksfifthavenue.com


Cédric Charlier Hooded Faux Leather Jacket

You can’t go wrong with a faux leather hoodie. It’s your go-to topper for jeans, skirts, dresses and leggings. Pairs well with heels or designer kicks, and it will never go out of style.

$739.50, saksfifthavenue.com


Dresses, Skirts, Shirts

Nanushka Penelope
Vegan Leather Wrap Dress

We know what you’re thinking. A leather dress in July? Yep, Nanushka’s faux leather wrap dress is from the Fall/Winter 2018 collection and just dropped in stores. But it will sell out long before the weather cools down enough to wear it. You’re welcome.

$685, net-a-porter.com


Nanushka Kate Cropped Leather Top

Nanushka’s faux leather Kate top is made for summer. Pair it with a maxi skirt and sandals for a breezy bohemian look.

$150.50, net-a-porter.com


Max Azria Faux Leather Wrapped Front Skirt

Max Azria’s faux leather wrap skirt + sleeveless white t-shirt= You’re good to go

$74.25, saksfifthavenue.com


Theory Faux Leather Skinny Dress

The recasting of the iconic 90s slip dress in faux leather is pure genius. Put a t-shirt under it when the weather cools off (like the cool girls did back in the day).

$295, saksfifthavenue.com


Shoes

Stella McCartney Faux Leather Platform Oxfords

McCartney’s platform oxfords play well with skirts, jeans and slacks. A shock-absorbing sub-soul adds comfort and slip-free walking. BONUS: they will make you four inches taller.

$840, saksfifthavenue.com


Aquazzura Sundance Metallic Faux Leather Platforms

Thanks to Aquazzura, disco thrills are now available in faux leather.

$895, net-a-porter.comGreymer Faux Leather Medina Mules

The monochromatic execution of the Medina Mule puts the emphasis on the inventive texture.

$190, shopbop.com


Bags

Stella McCartney Faux Leather Star Handbag

Room for all of your essentials and a catchy star motif. We see you, Stella.

$560, saksfifthavenue.com


Bao Bao Issey Miyaki Faux Leather Tote

This is what you carry when your super-mod ensemble in head-to-toe black needs a focal point.

$425, saksfifthavenue.com


Tory Burch Ella Faux Leather Mini Tote

The perfect little tote for your daily essentials, quality constructed in faux leather.

$178, saksfifthavenue.com


Elizabeth and James
Cutout Petite Faux Leather Market Shopper

Dress it up or dress it down, but you can’t deny the simple elegance of the Elizabeth and James petite shopper.

$138, saksfifthavenue.com

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