I wear white after Labour Day and florals in winter. When it comes to fashion, I break all the rules. If something doesn’t make sense to me (e.g. not wearing white after Labour Day) or if I like something (e.g. florals), I’ll wear it if I want to no matter what season.
Ever since childhood I abhorred real fur because I knew it belonged to an animal that had to be killed. My dad was a hunter at the time and it left a very traumatic memory. I know the reality of the bloodshed that people who wear fur don’t even think about. That is a “fashion trend” I will never follow because I don’t want animals to suffer and die for fashion. It’s needless and cruel.
That’s why I’m happy that there are alternatives. My faux fur jacket is soft as a kitten but man-made. It’s warm and hand washable. I have the look without cruelty.
Even when we think wool and angora doesn’t do any harm to animals, we are sadly mistaken. There was even a time when spoonbills, flamingos, herons, and egrets were killed by the millions for their plumes because of the elaborate hats woman wore. These birds could have become extinct if it weren’t for the shift in fashion trends, thanks to the flappers of the roaring 20s.
The animal print scarf is inherited from my mom; she always wore scarves, it was her trademark. I love fashion inspired by nature and animals, however, my love for animals makes me very aware of what I buy–or rather–what I won’t buy–no fur, no leather, no wool and no angora.
How important is fashion to you? Would you wear animal products if you found out the extent of cruelty that animals suffer for fashion? I would hope we all care enough to be informed.
Thank you for reading! Happy January! Stay warm!
Let’s make the world a better place with compassion.