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“Accessorize!” That is what we are always told. Accessories are the key to pumping up any outfit you might have picked for the day. As fashionistas we long to wear the best of the best, but in reality not everyone has a budget to purchase designer wear.

How do you make a Target blouse look great? Add some amazing accessories! Unfortunately the American Fashion Culture has always gravitated toward Leather, Fur, and Animal Skins (alligator, snake, etc) but my desire is to introduce the uncharted territory of Vegan Wear.

We are not talking Pleather, ” I would never!” We are exploring bags, shoes, and jackets in an environmentally friendly and highly esthetic way. Be excited. Go green!

Here are a few of my favorite designers and the pieces that I love for this upcoming Spring 2012.

Matt&Nat – A Handbag and accessory designer who rules the vegan fashion world, making sustainable and exceptional quality accessories.

My favorite bag by them right now is the Jorja Handbag. It’s on sale for $88 and comes in amazing colours like a poppy orange, creme, beige, and black. Completely Vegan, looks and feels like leather.

In a search for a good belt? Matt&Nat is king. Take a look at this Gossip Belt (on sale, $18). A double wrap-around great for your high-waisted skirt of long shirt dress.

As for Jackets, a good quality faux leather jacket can be hard to find. But they’re out there. Here is one on Modcloth.com , called the Rock Garden Jacket ($88). Perfect for spring as it has a warmth factor of a 2 out of 5. Pro: It goes up to a large and will fit a larger bust . Con: if you have short arms, the sleeves will probably be too long.

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! We love shoes. Here is a beautiful Spring ready shoe that will go with a dress or a pair of nice jeans. Sold on Veganchic.com for $25. The Elegan Vegan Dress Shoe will be perfect for any occasion.

If you have any questions about more vegan alternatives, please comment and I contact you with more information. Happy Shopping!