A little less than a year ago, I wrote a post called My Five Favorites in My Closet. It was one of my favorite posts to create, mainly because I love shooting my own blog pictures, and of course, writing about my favorite things! Now that I'm vegan and I transitioned my closet into one free of animal products, I thought it would be fun to revisit my closet and narrow down my five current favorites!
The pieces I selected are a mix of high-end items and affordable pieces. Of course, you don't need to spend thousands to have a beautiful closet! Like the last post I included the prices so you can get a feel of how I like to shop. I love utilizing sales and I always go through a criteria in my head before I hit Purchase to make sure that I actually like it and a hype isn't clouding my judgement, I will use it enough, and I can make it work in my budget.
Let's get on to my closet favorites!
I first saw this bag online in the beginning of the year, and I fell in love with it. Stella McCartney is the world's first and only luxury cruelty-free brand- Stella herself is a vegetarian and does not use any fur or leather in her designs and is dedicated to making sustainable and ethical fashion. Of course, as a luxury brand, Stella's gorgeous vegan bags do come with a hefty price tag.
I was hesitant on shelling out $1800 for the bag- it would be the most I'd ever spent on a piece of clothing. I finally pulled the trigger and ordered it (thankfully not at full price!) and it just arrived in the mail. 2015 was a really hard year for me in my personal life, and part of me felt the need to treat myself!
This bag is smooth ivory vegan leather with eyelet details, and a buttery vegan suede lining, complete with a gold chain strap. Not only do I love the way it looks and feels, but it also symbolizes to me that choosing vegan doesn't mean giving up anything- you can still have luxury and designer if you crave it, while still making conscious choices (that may sound superficial but it's true!) This is my dream bag and I'm don't regret it one bit.
Kristine Lily sent over this gorgeous bangle as a gift, and I am amazed with how well it pairs with almost any outfit. The metal is great quality and sturdy so it hold up to bending when putting the bracelet on and taking it off. I love the subtlety of the small druzy stones- they are just shiny enough and look minimalistic and dainty in their setting.
Here's proof that some things are here to stay! This dress was in my last My Five Favorites post, and it's still one of my most beloved pieces. I wear this dress so often that people who know me can even recognize it- whenever I wear it my friend remarks, "Hey, Julia's wearing her polka dot dress again!" However, I actually haven't worn it on the blog in a while now, so I'm thinking I might have to bring back an outfit with this dress. It's the most high quality thing I've ever found at H&M, and it was the most amazing deal now that I consider how much I've worn it.
I've written about how much I love these shoes by Wills London, a 100% vegan shoes brand based in the UK. The designer Will is so kind and recently released these two-toned pumps, and he sent over a pair to me! I styled them and talked about them in this post, and I've worn them so many times since.
These are super versatile and incredibly high quality- I also have a pair of riding boots from Wills London and I am stunned with the incredible craftsmanship. The vegan leather he uses is absolutely beautiful and so realistic. The vegan fashion industry is innovating every day and creating amazing sustainable materials! Wills London shoes are ethically made from the material to the manufacturing process. It's definitely worth checking out!
This is a definite favorite. I wore and wrote about it in this post, and yes, I still haven't had any opportunity to wear this beauty. This was something I bought not because I particularly needed a new fancy dress, but because it made me feel a special way. The feeling you should chase when you're in the dressing room is when you put something on and it makes you feel like the best version of yourself! Feeling confident and beautiful is so important, and this dress gave me that.
What are your favorite pieces in your closet? Let me know in the comments.