Pleather and Pirate Boots

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Today’s outfit for another cold, snowy day- maroon pleather pants, a warm cardigan, and boots with enough grip to keep me from sliding across the pavement as I walk to my car.  If you’re in a snowy climate like I currently am, you know it can be hard to find cute boots that actually allow for walking around safely in the snow.  Smooth-soled boots are definitely not gonna cut it today.

This necklace is from one of my favorite Etsy shops.  I love finding high-quality handmade jewelry and supporting fellow artists.

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Cardigan by Caramela. Pants by Marks & Spencer. Boots by Dirty Laundry, from Alternative Outfitters. Necklace by Tina Tarnoff.

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Texture and Pattern

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Today’s outfit is about mixing interesting textures and patterns.  Pants with a velvety textured pattern, a crocheted top, and mixed bracelets.  The olive green tank adds some subtle color.

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Sweater by White House Black Market. Tank by H&M. Pants by Topshop. Boots by Novacas, from MooShoes.

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It’s Freezing Outside

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I haven’t posted in a while because it’s been so cold outside.  And by cold, I mean that a layer of frost forms on the INSIDE of my apartment window at night.

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So here are a few poorly executed indoor selfies of today’s outfit before I head out to class!

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Shirt by J. Crew (purchased resale). Jeans by Jessica Simpson. Scarf from World Market. Bracelet by Pasha Jewellery, which has now become Treaty. Owl earrings by Green Tree Jewelry. Out of focus boots by Wanted.

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Handmade Bracelet Sets

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Since I have some time off from classes, I’ve been working on new jewelry.  All my most recent creations have been bracelet sets, partly because I like wearing tons of bracelets together.  I also like the challenge of designing multiple pieces that aren’t exactly the same but still fit together cohesively.

I usually use some re-purposed beads in my jewelry.  These come from broken strands of jewelry that people give me, damaged antique/vintage pieces or mismatched components that I buy, and sometimes older pieces of my own that have broken.  Recycling cool components into new pieces of jewelry is my favorite part of the process.

Here are some of this week’s creations, available for purchase in my Etsy shop!

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Merry Christmas!

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Red and green for a simple Christmas outfit, in the form of this red pleather skirt and green handmade acrylic scarf from a local farmers market.  I don’t remember where I got this sparkly silver bracelet.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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Shirt by H&M. Skirt by BCBGMAXAZRIA. Boots by Novacas, from MooShoes.

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Floral Leggings

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Today’s outfit contains a couple of mystery pieces.  I’ve had this hat for so long that I don’t even know where I got it, let alone who designed it.  These leggings have a brand name in them, but I can’t figure out what it is and my online searches didn’t yield any results.  But whatever they are, I love the floral and skull design on these leggings.  Wearing leggings with crazy designs is easier than you think- just pair them with solid, neutral pieces to balance out the craziness.

The necklace is a lion charm that I bought and attached to a chain.

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Tunic by Apricot. Boots by Novacas, from MooShoes.

 

Icy Winter Weather

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Just a quick post with today’s outfit for running errands in the icy winter weather.  This is one of my favorite sweaters to wear when I just want to be warm and casual.

As usual, there are a couple of hand-me-downs thrown into the mix.  This time it’s a pair of gloves and a Hobo bag (non-leather, of course).  I’m also wearing a necklace of my own design, featuring paper beads that I handmade from magazine pages.

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Sweater by Apricot. Tank by White House Black Market. Jeans and hat by H&M. Scarf by Marks and Spencer. Gloves by Isotoner. Bag by Hobo International. Boots by Novacas, from MooShoes.  Necklace by Amanda Bess.

Favorite Things

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Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love wearing boots, leggings, and long comfortable tops.  Fall fashion doesn’t have to mean leather and wool!  This tunic and these leggings are two of my favorite things to wear.  Both are super comfortable but still cute, and the shine of the leggings makes them look just a little bit dressed up.  And hoods are just fun.

Boho Hemp is a UK-based company that sells eco-friendly clothing like this tunic by Nomads, which is made from soy and organic cotton.  Sustainable and still stylish.

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Tunic by Nomads, from Boho Hemp. Vintage necklace. Leggings by Tracy Evans. Boots by Novacas, from Moo Shoes.

Super Casual on Election Day

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Vintage hand-me-downs can be fun, not to mention cheap.  And recycling and reusing clothing is a great way to reduce consumption and save money.  Here’s my super casual Election Day outfit, complete with hand-me-down sweatshirt and hat.  I’m in love with these boots, my most recent shoe purchase: The Scooter by Novacas.  Nice boots can make even an outfit this casual look a bit more polished.

And of course, I’m rocking my “I voted” sticker.


Vintage sweatshirt.  Hat by San Diego Hat Co. Tank top by Emily Blu, purchased resale.  Jeans by Jessica Simpson.  Boots by Novacas, from MooShoes.

 

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Welcome to Vegan Clotheshorse!

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I’m Amanda, and I’m here to share information and advice on all things vegan fashion.  I’d like to show the world that avoiding clothing made from animals does not doom one to a lifetime of being unfashionable.  Vegans love high-quality apparel, too!  And there’s no need to go broke paying for it, either, because a few really good pieces will take you a long way.

We wear clothing every day, but how often do we stop to think about the effects of our clothing purchases?  Just like choosing to avoid animal-derived foods, avoiding clothing made from animals is a way of reducing suffering.  The conventional fashion industry is built around materials produced through the suffering and slaughter of sentient beings, which is cruel, unnecessary, inefficient, and unsustainable.  But it doesn’t have to be like that, and this is being proven every day by great companies making superior products without torturing animals or exploiting humans to do so.

Join me on my mission to show the world what vegan fashionistas already know- that great style doesn’t have to be heartless.

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