The look of leather will emerge as a strong fashion trend for winter 2009. If you appreciate the look of leather but disapprove of the fact that it’s taken from an animal, you can still be in style this winter by wearing the cruelty free leather alternative known as pleather. Wearing pleather clothing is a humane way to enjoy the look of leather without the guilt of wearing something that once belonged to a living, breathing animal.
What exactly is pleather? Pleather is a synthetic, cruelty free leather that’s derived from plastic. It was initially manufactured as a less expensive alternative to natural leather but has since been adopted by PETA and other animal rights organizations as a cruelty free leather alternative. More recently, Jenna Jameson has been promoting pleather clothing through a series of racy ads endorsed by PETA urging women to “pleather themselves.” Other celebrities who have promoted the purchase of pleather clothing as a leather alternative include Alicia Silverstone, Drew Barrymore, and Pamela Anderson.
Besides being a cruelty free leather alternative, pleather clothing has certain advantages. It’s less expensive than real leather and tends to last longer and feel lighter to the touch. The fashion world seems to be taking notice as more designers such as Gucci and Prada add this synthetic form of leather to their fashion lines. Pleather is no longer the leather for those who can’t afford the real thing but the leather of the humane and animal friendly fashionistas.
Another advantage of pleather clothing is the ease of care and cleaning. Whereas leather usually needs to be taken to the dry cleaners to remove spots and stains, pleather can be wiped clean with a warm, damp cloth and a small amount of diluted dish detergent. The price of cleaning natural leather goods can be cost prohibitive for some people making it an impractical purchase. Pleather, on the other hand, can cost up to two-thirds less than real leather and doesn’t require frequent trips to the cleaners.
Pleather clothing can be found in a variety of garment styles including jeans, pants, and skirts and due to the ease of dying this fabric, it comes in an array of colors not often found in leather such as gold, silver, and pastels. It tends to have more breathability than leather and its softer texture allows for greater freedom of movement.
If you want to dress like a biker chick this winter or just want to follow the style, consider buying pleather clothing as a cruelty free leather alternative. You’ll be saving money and helping the animal movement at the same time.