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Fashion October 15, 2014 posted by

6 Women’s Vegan Shoes You’ll Love

6 Women’s Vegan Shoes You’ll Love

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I‘ve spoken before about the ethical dilemma of leather vs. non leather and six months on I’ll still not entirely sure what the answer is.  Personally as a vegetarian I’m happy to wear vintage or secondhand leather or new vegetable tanned leather, but equally I understand that not everyone is happy wearing leather.

If you’re not happy wearing animal based products then I’ve been on the lookout for some stylish women’s vegan shoes.  I think I’ve done alright – I’ve found a selection for most occasions that I think you’ll love:

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Here are some lovely women’s vegan shoes, from the top:

Esprit Women have a lovely range of vegan PETA approved shoes.  I think Esprit may have had a fairly checkered past with regards to ethical issues, but seem to be making roads to resolve this.  This association with PETA just launched in July, and I hope it’s the start of good things to come from this high street retailer.  I’m liking these lace up ankle boots (£55) and these tiger print trainers (£45) from their vegan range.

I’m a little bit in love with these teal Oxford style vegan heels from Beyond Skin (£71).  Alas, they only have them left in small sizes otherwise I’d have these in a heartbeat….

Good old TOMS UK have some funky women’s vegan shoes in stock.  I love this zebra print pair (£39.99) – they’d look great with skinny jeans.

These ethical tan brogues (£87) from Bourgeois Boheme are so pretty.  I do like a good pair of brogues, they make wonderful shoes for autumn.

Finally Inkkas have some lovely hand made and fair-trade vegan trainers.  I’m especially taken with these grey ones (£44) with their jazzy South American fabric panelling.  What a way to brighten up an outfit!

Which ones are your favourite?

Fashion October 13, 2014 posted by

Your Ethical Style: Kayleigh Innes

Your Ethical Style: Kayleigh Innes

Today Kayleigh Innes from the blog Wonderchebs is sharing her ethical style with Moral Fibres readers.  Kayleigh is based in Scotland and as well as being a student, is also an ethical fashion and beauty blogger AND a photography editor.  I’m honoured that she took some time out of her busy schedule to take part in today’s Your Ethical Style!

Over to Kayleigh:

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Hi Kayleigh, can you share with us three fun facts about you? 

1.  My papa is a photographer, and when I was younger he taught me how to use all his beautiful old film cameras. Now, I collect vintage cameras dating back to the 30s and 40s.

2.  I have a bald patch on my head from when I fell as a child and cracked my skull.

3.  I’ve watched all nine seasons of The Office US, from start to finish, five times.  I’m obsessed!

 Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?

I actually did an ethical shopping guide on my blog, which lists some of my favourite shops, but I mostly buy from charity/thrift stores or from some of my favourite brands; such as People Tree, or from the ASOS Green Room.

 What’s the last ethical item that you bought?

I’ve bought lots of wee bits and pieces but the last big purchase that I made was an Urban Country pink felt satchel for Uni.

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Is there anything ethical or secondhand that you are lusting over at the moment? 

I’m obsessed with the Love Sweater from Chinti and Parker, but it’s a little bit out of my price range.

Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?

If you don’t have a big budget, then charity or vintage shops are probably the easiest and cheapest ways to shop ethically.

 Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?

I don’t wear leather, and so it’s sometimes difficult to find nice, high-quality bags or shoes that don’t have leather straps or lining.

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Where do you get your style inspiration from?

My desire to shop ethically comes from my Auntie Camilla: she also doesn’t wear leather and has lots of cool eclectic pieces from local off-beat brands.  My style inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere.  Even the looks on the pages of Vogue can be re-styled and re-created with ethical pieces.

What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?

One year when my mum was clearing out her wardrobe I came across an awesome silk blouse, and instantly fell in love.  I don’t wear it often because I’m scared to damage it, but it’s still one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.

 What would be your ultimate thrifted find?

I bought a gorgeous little vintage navy & tan handbag, and every time I wore it I got tons of compliments.  It was such a good bag, but after years and years of use the strap finally broke and I’ve never been able to find another quite as nice.

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Finally, Kayleigh, can you share three ethical style tips with us:

1.  If you’ve got a bit of extra cash to spend, invest in some quality, staple pieces that you know you’ll get a lot of wear out of and will last you years.

2.  Customise vintage pieces with lace, studs or new buttons to make them more unique and modern.

3.  Keep checking back in thrift/vintage/charity shops for hidden gems, you never know when something great is going to pop up and you have to be quick to swoop in and get it!

Thanks for taking part Kayleigh!  You can follow Kayleigh’s blog, Wonderchebs here and find her on Twitter or Instagram.  New to Moral Fibres?  You can also check out the other Your Ethical Style posts!

Do you want to share your ethical style with Moral Fibres readers?  Whatever your age, sex, size, style, budget or location I’d love to feature you to show that ethical fashion is for everyone!  Get in touch via moralfibres@gmail.com to take part in Your Ethical Style!  There are no barriers to taking part – you don’t have to be a blogger to be featured!

Fashion October 7, 2014 posted by

Ethical Menswear for Autumn

Ethical Menswear for Autumn

Last week I shared my women’s ethical picks for autumn, and not wanting you guys out there to feel left out I’ve put together my ethical menswear picks for autumn too.

There is a lot of grey in the shops right now, so if you like grey you’re in for a treat!  If grey isn’t quite your thing then scroll down for some brighter coloured ethical menswear suggestions!

Everything I’ve featured is £65 or under, with some items starting from £15 – so there’s something for everyone!

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Revolutions Jumper by Rapanui (£39.95) – a cosy casual jumper for the weekend – don’t you just love the pattern?

Henry Raglan Sweatshirt (affiliate link) by People Tree (£68) – Moral Fibres readers can get an exclusive 10% off all full priced mens and womens clothing and accessories at People Tree with the code ‘FIBRE10‘ – making this top £61.20!

Fairtrade Snowflake Beanie by Black Yak (£15) – fleece lined for those cold autumnal mornings!

Baseball T-Shirt by Komodo via Ethical Superstore (£17.50).  Great for under a hoodie

Henley Jumper (affiliate link) by Howies (£59).  This looks so soft and warm, and impeccably stylish.

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Hemp Jeans (affiliate link) by Braintree Clothing (£49.90) ps: if you spent over £50 at Braintree Clothing you can get free UK delivery with the code ‘BAMBOO‘!  Use before 24th December 2014!

Freedom In The Mountains T-Shirt (£30) by Idioma via Brothers We Stand.  I recently came across Brothers We Stand – they have a great selection of casual and affordable ethical menswear, such as this stylish ethical t-shirt.

Free Tibet Trainers by Komodo (£65) – ethically made, supports a good cause and the soles are made from recycled rubber too.  High fives all round!

Salvage Sweatshirt by Brothers We Stand (£35) – cosy, ethical and made from 100% recycled materials!

Fashion October 3, 2014 posted by

Ethical Womens Autumn Clothes

Ethical Womens Autumn Clothes

And just like that it’s autumn!  Time to start digging out your autumn clothes from under the bed or from the back of the wardrobe and start wrapping yourself up warm.  If you’re in need of some new autumn clothes and can’t find anything suitable secondhand then here are my favourite ethical clothing picks for autumn from some of my favourite ethical retailers.  As always they’re budget friendly – each piece costs under £50.

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Breton Top (£29.95) from Seasalt.  A good Breton top never goes out of style, and this one from Seasalt is ideal for layering to keep you cosy.

Checked Pussybow Blouse (£49) from Bibico.  Moral Fibres sponsor Bibico has a stunning ethical autumn/winter collection this year – this checked pussybow blouse is one of my favourites (also pictured above).  It would work so well with jeans or smart trousers, for work or play.  You can get 10% off your first order if you sign up to their mailing list too!

Bobble Hat (£18) from Fair+True.  I love a good bobble hat, and this one from Fair+True, with it’s shock of bright yellow, is probably my favourite!  On my shopping list for sure.

Embroidered Shirt (£45) from Nomads.  To be honest I always thought that Nomads clothes weren’t really for me, but then I found this beautiful embroidered shirt and my whole perception of Nomads has changed.  How stunning is this?

Nomads Skinny Jeans* (AFFILIATE LINK) (£39.95) available via Ethical Superstore.  Also available in light blue.  Again, another lovely Nomads find!  These stylish and reasonably priced fairtrade skinny jeans are out of stock on the Nomads website, but I found them in stock in Ethical Superstore.  I wear my skinny jeans tucked into boots over autumn.

Gilet (£45) from Seasalt.  I know people have mixed feelings on gilets, and to be honest, style wise,  I’m kind of on the fence about them.   But I do own one for purely practical reasons, and it’s so cosy for nipping out to the shops or for going on walks when it’s too hot for a jacket, but too cold to go without anything.  This one from Seasalt is a great ethical gilet option.

 What are you wearing this autumn?

ps: don’t forget to enter the big ethical fashion giveaway!  It ends at 12am on Friday so get in there quick!

 

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