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Dressing the Part of the Vegan Professional

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We all know the dilemma. You have a job interview, you’ve got the skills to wow the person you’re meeting with and the charisma to move mountains. But you’re not sure how you’re going to convey your message with the way you look. Time to go vegan shopping!

It may feel like the world is aligned against your values when it comes to dressing like a professional, and not using animal products. Leather shoes, leather briefcases, wool skirts and pants. There are lots of vegan clothes that look great if we want to go hiking or out to dinner, but well-made vegan clothes that are brimming with executive class and style are harder to come by.

What is a professional vegan to do? Our options aren’t exactly appealing: spend hours traversing through a landscape of consumerism to find the perfect pair of expensive vegan shoes, or settle for leather ones with a heavy conscience?

But take heart! Here’s a list of online businesses selling vegan business attire. Take a deep breath, and forge ahead, into the online world of vegan shopping for business professionals. Look through these sites and you will likely find the perfect clothes, accessories and shoes to rock your next business meeting - vegan style.

Alternative Outfitters

This place is a vegan clothing and accessory delight!!  It’s broken up by category for easy vegan shopping: casual, formal, accessories, men, women. My personal favorite is the Shiraleah Jennifer Medium Orange Vegan Tote, a stylish orangish brown bag that can be dressed up or down.

Right now Alternative Outfitters offers free shipping for orders over $100, and you can follow them on Twitter.

Toms Shoes

I’m not even going to try to hide my pro-Toms bias.  Not everything on their site is vegan, but they more than make up for it with their one-for-one philosophy.  Every time you buy a pair of shoes from TOMS, they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need.  You get a pair of awesome shoes that are in line with your vegan values, (my favorite are black vegan wrap boots) the the company makes some money, and a kid gets something she or he desperately needs to better their life.  Everyone wins!

No Harm

This company sells high-end ethically made vegan dress shoes and accessories specifically for men. Walk into any meeting feeling suave and confident in these cruelty-free shoes!

The Vegan Store

Selling a variety of products – from vegan suits for men to cruelty-free makeup, the professional vegan is sure to find some items of interest here.

The Professional Vegan

This is a blog specifically for professional vegans – and they regularly recommend professional vegan clothing items. Be sure to check them out for ideas. 

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out PETA’s Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing for an extensive list of companies selling vegan attire.

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Andrea I'm busy learning, living and experiencing life while being sure to fit some fun in along the way. 'Cause let's face it: one of the most gratifying simple pleasures is laughter.

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