I could have titled this post “vegan” sweaters for clickbait, but *insert eye roll emoji* – sweaters aren’t vegan, people are vegan. Anyway, the reader question I got was with regard to having a wool/cashmere allergy instead of an ethical aversion to wearing animal products.
The object here was to find sweaters or coats not made from wool or cashmere. The reader has developed an allergy, but asked about alpaca, since it’s supposed to be hypoallergenic. I have no experience with having a fiber allergy, so I can’t speak how alpaca fares in relation to wool/cashmere – does anyone else have any input or experience with that?
I, personally, wear tons of old cashmere and alpaca when it’s cold and don’t think I could manage without them for maximum warmth. But I do think you could be warm while layering cotton pieces, especially ones of varying weight.
First, I would recommend the Clyde trench (or jacket) by Elizabeth Suzann as a great outer layer; it works nicely over a chunky sweater IMO. Second, if budget permits, I would just go straight to Mara Hoffman and buy one of her AMAZING coats, like this organic cotton puffer jacket , and wear the shit out of it with anything and everything. My corduroy Fatima jacket is pretty warm too, layered, if you’re into pink corduroy 🙂
I found lots of cotton alternative sweaters, jackets and coats below, many secondhand, and as hard as I tried to stick to 100% cotton, there are a lot of blends in there, as well as some secondhand rayon and modal.
Enjoy! And please let me know any other suggestions in the comments.
Mara Hoffman Rayon Long sweater (secondhand) : $116
Reformation Annie Cardigan (recycled cotton/polyester) | $148
T by Alexander Wang cotton/modal cardigan (secondhand) | $72 – small
Zadig & Voltaire cotton cardigan (secondhand) | $164 – medium
Ulla Johnson Amara Cotton knit coat (secondhand) | $320 – small
how beautiful is this!!!??
Eskandar oversized cotton cardigan (secondhand) | $236 – one size
Brochu Walker knit open cotton/nylon cardigan (secondhand) | $86
3.1 Oversized cotton/nylon cardigan | $86 – small
(this is my favorite!! I’m very tempted…)