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What To Wear: Winter Clothes

With wool, fur or faux fur, and down being pretty standard materials for winter clothing, it can be a challenge to find kind clothes for the cooler months. Since we’re well into winter, I wanted to check in with you all and see what you’re wearing to stay warm. Here’s how I shop for the wintermonths on both the west and east coast:

When I shop, I look for second-hand clothes first. Some great second hand shops in LA are Wasteland, Crossroads Trading Company, and Buffalo Exchange. They offer a range of items from fancy pants style vintage and designer labels to gently used items from your more mainstream stores. Second hand shops like Blue Bird on Larchmont in LA are a great place to look for kids’ clothes too. Next to Washington Square Park in NYC there is a great used kid’s store – we got Bear a snow suit last year to keep him warm while we were there through the winter . Kids grow so fast; they tend not to wear clothes that long, so there’s a ton of gently used apparel for them if you know where to look.

Vegan Winter Wardrobe

If I can’t find what I need in second-hand stores, I buy new, but stick to eco-friendly, vegan brands. Vaute Couture makes awesome 100% vegan coats and accessories. I have a Vaute Couture coat that I live in during the colder months. It’s so comfy and warm; it got me through my visit to NYC last year and it’s so cute! I like having the warmth of a blanket but not looking like I’m wearing one around town. Companies like Loomstate, and shoe company Olsen Haus are striving to make apparel that’s eco, animal-friendly, and chic…so all you kind fashionistas can still get your style fix!

Where do you get your winter clothes? 

Share your shopping tips in the comments below.


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  • Jessa Lytle

    I work outdoors year-round in Michigan, so finding vegan apparel that can really hold its own against the elements has been quite the task. Fleece socks and base layers are my staples. I love Patagonia brand for all outerwear. They sell durable cold-weather gear with synthetic insulation instead of goose down, and they also focus on reuse and recycling. You can return any old Patagonia product to the company and they will reuse it, recycle it into new fabric, or make it into a new product.

  • Naomi Jade Davis

    I agree, second hand stores like ‘Crossroads’ are fantastic for winter warmers at a good price!
    Thanks for this post, i’ll have to look into those vegan clothing brands!

  • Veronika Kolar

    Hi, thx for this post, this winter I have been really struggling with new purchase of warm boots. Everything had at least tiny stripe of leather on it. I gagve up and still wear my old thin shoes even in this tough Michigan winter :-(
    Do you have any reccomendations?

    • Lark Smith

      Moo Shoes is a vegan shoe store that also sells boots. I’ve never bought any boots from them, but I bought a pair of athletic shoes from their NYC store last year and I love them. If you see any boots you are interested in you might want to wait a few more weeks and see if they go on sale.

      • Sabrina Louise

        Worst customer service ever, and their products are not very durable. I was very disappointed.

    • yfp md

      you can look at an online shop called Will’s Vegan shoes, they have boots and booties that are warm and weather resistant.