How To Wear The Shearling Trend, Without Skinning Any Adorable Sheep

When shopping one of this season's biggest trends, why not shop cruelty-free?
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When shopping one of this season's biggest trends, why not shop cruelty-free?

One of the biggest trends this fall (and almost every fall for that matter) without a doubt is shearling. That’s right, sheepskin is all the rage once again, and why shouldn’t it be? It’s warm, cozy, soft and thick, and it adds texture to an otherwise drab outfit. The only issue? That comfy sheepskin is supposed to be on, I don’t know, maybe… a sheep!

Alyssa Garrison Shearling

Now don’t worry, I’m not going to get all preachy on you here or anything like that. I’m not perfect, and in the past I have absolutely bought animal product fashion (occasionally I still do in very special circumstances). That being said, sheepskin is one of those fabrics that translates easily to faux form, and I daresay it's even better without the weird wet-sheep smell that comes with the real thing. Plus, I find most of the time consumers aren’t even aware of what they're buying when they choose real shearling over faux. 

Despite its misleading name, shearling is not shorn off sheep like wool, which can be done without cruelty by ethical farmers. Shearling is the skin of the sheep, taken right after a sheep has been shorn for its wool, which means everything from UGG boots to shearling trim on coats is actually the flesh of our wooly friends. When you see shearling, think dead Lamb Chops.

alyssa garrison shearling

But not to fear! Just because you don't want the blood of cute little sheep on your hands (erm, on your credit card?) doesn't mean you can't enjoy the wondrous layering material that is shearling. There are tons of beautiful, thick, warm (and not to mention cheaper) faux versions out there, and just like faux fur, I actually like the look and texture of them better. Here are some of my favourites: 

Share your shearling faves! I can't get enough right now!