Being vegan used to be way harder 20 years ago.
Even if you managed to only eat plant-based food, when it came to your clothes you didn’t have much choice over what you wore and where it came from.
Back then vegan clothing was almost non-existent beyond the basics. Thankfully in 2020, today’s generations have more choices which let them make more compassionate choices without sacrificing style.
The designer fashions that used to only grace the runways of New York, Paris and London have now made their way to the vegan community.
Originally vegan clothing was stupidly expensive which kept it out of reach of most people.
The good news is we now have many affordable vegan fashion brands that make stylish yet sustainable, cruelty-free clothing and accessories available to us all.
We;re lucky to have a wealth of pioneering vegan fashion entrepreneurs out there, but here’s our favourite 5 cheap vegan clothing brands in 2020:
Noize has a mission statement that we adore. They say:
“We’ve democratized cruelty-free in an otherwise cruel and elitist space: fashion outerwear.”
Can you relate to that? If you’ve ever been into a high-fashion store and had the sales assistant look down on you, you’ll know what they’re talking about.
They focus on cruelty free jackets for men, women and children with a few accessories like bags and masks.
Most of these jackets cost around $100 and use high-tech synthetic fabrics that look, feel and perform as well as animal fabrics to keep you warm, comfortable and stylish.
This PETA approved brand also has a solid plus size range for the fuller figured vegans out there.
Noize’s jacket range is expansive, covering parkas, puffers, windbreakers, rain jackets, bombers, faux-furs and vegan leathers.
All of their jackets are filled with 100% recycled plastic bottles making their jackets sustainable as well as stylish.
Matt & Nat
This fast growing vegan brand fashion brand focuses on vegan leather products like bags, accessories and shoes.
They launched in 1995 with no animal products being used whatsoever. In 2007 they took things to the next level by using 100% recycled plastic for the linings of their products.
More impressive is the 21 plastic bottles recycled for every bag they make and the rest of their range is made with sustainable materials like recycled nylons, cork and rubber.
Matt & Nat work hard to reduce their environmental impact further by using PU (polyurethane) more than PVC when possible because of its lesser impact on the planet.
With products as cheap as a $50 pair of heels Matt & Nat is a bona fide cheap vegan clothing brand. That quality and pricing has made the brand so popular you can find them in over 800 boutiques across Canada, the United States, the UK, Japan, Germany and Australia.
Sometimes you don’t need super stylish, you just need the basics like tees, pants, dresses and sweats.
Affordable basics are what Alternative Apparel does best – in fact, this PETA approved brand is going head to head with American Apparel.
All of their products are designed to be sustainable, made from soft eco-fabrics, organic and pima cotton.
Unlike the cheap t-shirts common with affordable fashion brands, Alternative Apparel’s range is made with upcycled cotton fibres which feel heavier and softer than most t-shorts giving that premium feel.
Alternative Apparel’s products cover tops, bottoms and accessories for men, women and children.
Forbes described PACT as a “Sustainable, environmentally friendly clothing manufacturer” and the Huff Post said their clothes were “Sexy, fashionably designed, and comfortable”.
Better still, this Boulder, Colorado brands products are super affordable with leggings under $30, 4 t-shirts for $40 and boxer shorts under $10.
When you consider the majority of their products use Organic cotton and PACT are Fair Trade and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified – that’s an awesome combination of ethical plus affordable.
PACT’s range includes clothing products for men, women, kids and babies plus a bed and bath range.
One of our favourite things about PACT is their humourously named “Fit Happens Guarantee”. Any clothes you order should fit perfectly first time, but if they don’t, you can claim a free size exchange or a full refund within 60 days of purchase – that’s a nice touch.
PACT also offers a solid 20% off your first order.
From sweaters to wedding outfits this womenswear brand has some of the most stylish vegan clothes we’ve seen and 1.6 million Instagram followers agree.
Reformation hit our “Yes button” for so many things:
- Endorsed by PETA
- Many products are made partially from recycled vintage clothing
- They’ve been 100% carbon-neutral since 2015
- They publish the totals for all the resources they use, save, and offset
- They’re partners with the Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation Project and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) Water Restoration Program to help put back some of the resources they use
- They’ve protected 1,000 acres of the Amazon Rainforest from deforestation, contributed 27 million gallons of freshwater to critically dewatered rivers and wetlands in California, and purchased landfill gas offsets
Reformation also makes it super easy to order and return anything that doesn’t fit or if you simply change your mind. They offer free express shipping on all orders (with no minimum order) and 21 day free return shipping in the U.S plus easy returns for international customers.
We also love the fact that the price you see on the website is the price you pay, They don’t add taxes, duties or shipping costs once you get to the cart.
In 2020 we have so many cruelty free and ethical clothing choices. With veganism growing in popularity the cost of fashionable vegan clothing is falling, making them accessible to everyone.
Who are your favourite vegan based fashion brands we need to know about?
Let us know in the comments.
Hey! We’re Miriam & Skye, two digital nomads travelling the world year round searching for the best vegan food, fashion and beauty products. We share the best of everything we find. Miriam is from Mexico City (but lived in the U.S ) and Skye is from London, UK. When we’re not blogging here, we’re busy discovering new cities, watching The Office (UK) reruns and finding quiet coffee shops and libraries around the world. Read More About Us Here.