Lettuce for a second be your fashion edu-ma-ca-tors:
Yes, superstores like Target sell gobs of horrid plastics n’ dried pigs ears, but they also supply us vegan fashionistas with a well deserved dose of cruelty-free designer goodies. We get our ethical fashion fix on at mainstays like MooShoes, OlsenHaus, and our other faves, but sometimes even the greenest gal needs to cheat for a designer junk food fix. We all know Kale is best, but sometimes a bitch needs a damn brownie. It’s now become common place to find seriously luxe and noted designers like Jovovich-Hawk, Isaac Mizrahi, Anya Hindmarch, Sigerson Morrison, and Alexander McQueen dipping their silver spoons into the world of the working class by lending their design skills to the average Josie at Target, or to find leather-free kitten heels by Abaete, Lela Rose and alice+olivia gracing the perfunctory racks at Payless. Lucky us! Although not always the most eco of items (but if we get really technical about it – the environmental catastrophe of leather tanning and cattle raising ain’t nothing compared to a pair or two of low-gassing plastic shoes), these cruelty-free pieces give our credit cards a low impact work out for maximum design output. Since Target (and Kmart, Walmart, et al) produce so many units for so little dough, they use the cheapest materials possible. Cheers to our luck, veganistas, they are usually synthetics, cottons, and pvc’s. Perfect for our animal-skin free bodices. Bargain shopping fashion addicts usually snatch up entire collections in minutes (only to throw it on ebay for double the price), so our advice is to buy online or head over to the store as soon as collections become available. From an ethical perspective we know shopping at these superstores is NOT ideal (according to their Responsible Shopper Profile, Target is “the subject of repeated allegations of sweatshop sourcing worldwide”) so we keep it to a very once-in-a-while minimum… but when you live as clean as we do, this very occasional splurge is still better than an elitist romp over to Manolo B’s. Plus, we never said we were perfect. Just perfectly coiffed.
Here’s a taste of the dream basics available for less than two glasses of decent champagne and a bag of edamame;
Since all the suckers have bought everything at full price, go enjoy some post-Holiday sale shopping!
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