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Curious about what makes a fashion item “vegan”? Simply put, it doesn’t use any animal by-products—meaning no leather, suede, wool, silk, or feathers. Luckily, it’s become easier to find cute and affordable vegan clothing and accessories. Ethically sourced and “green” apparel is also becoming easier to find, and e-commerce has put a world of unique apparel and accessories at everyone’s fingertips—even if you live miles from the nearest shopping center.

Ultimately my move toward a more minimal closet means I’m not the shopaholic I once was, but if you fancy a good shopping spree, here are some of the sites and stores I recommend. There’s a good mix of fashion-forward clothing shops, ethical fashion retailers, and natural/veg-friendly beauty sources.

  • Bohme—slightly boho apparel and a great jewelry section.
  • Etsy—you name it, it probably exists on this site, from quirky apparel and accessories to hand-crafted jewelry and even vegan beauty goods. If you want to support small-time artists, this is a great way to do it (and many shops offer gift cards for special occasions!).
  • Eyes of the World Imports—very sadly, this brick-and-mortar shop doesn’t sell online. But whenever I travel through Southern Idaho, I make an effort to swing through Boise and stop in for a peek around–it’s brimming with apparel, accessories, jewelry and home goods from around the world!
  • Fashion Conscience—a little pricey, and you’ll need to convert from pounds sterling, but there are some hidden gems on the site.
  • Fred Meyer—if you’re lucky enough to live close to one of these, they have a great natural section with brands like Pacifica and Alba Botanica. (If you don’t have a natural grocer in town, they’re also a great place to find tofu and dairy-free items like cheese and ice cream.)
  • Global Girlfriend—fair-trade apparel and accessories; the site turns the money back to the women artisans who create these pieces to help lift them out of poverty.
  • H&M—affordable clothes in a wide range of styles, from business to casual to party wear.
  • Lulu’s—great selection of vegan shoes. Their apparel is pretty cute too.
  • Modcloth—amazing range of sizes and tons of unique styles, plus they’re constantly running sales. They offer more than just apparel—they have jewelry, accessories and funky stuff for the home, too.
  • Natural Grocers—I’ve found that their selection is hit-and-miss compared to my local natural foods store, but they do have some good sales on their health & beauty items.
  • Novica—unique fair-trade apparel, jewelry and accessories.
  • Payless ShoeSource—low-cost vegan shoes.
  • People Tree—can be pricey, but they have some really gorgeous dresses. Look for their sales.
  • Sephora—everyone knows this store, but you might be surprised by how many vegan and socially conscious brands they carry.
  • Soap.com—surprising selection of natural/vegan beauty products. If you’re struggling to find your favorite brands close to home and don’t want to pay high shipping fees ordering individually from the brand sites, this is a good place to round them all up–they offer free two-day shipping on orders of $49 or more and $5.99 flat-rate shipping on orders under $49.
  • Target—affordable fashion and plenty of vegan shoes and handbags. Some stores also have a decent natural beauty section.
  • Threads for Thought—really cute casual styles.
  • TJ Maxx—some hidden gems on the dress racks. I’ve also found some really cute vegan-friendly shoes and handbags in the accessories department, though there are lots of leather ones too, so read the tags carefully.
  • ULTA stores—they have a growing selection of natural and cruelty-free brands, plus their in-house brand is not tested on animals. The rewards of membership mean I almost never pay full-price for items and typically cash in hundreds of dollars worth of rewards at the end of each year!

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