Alicia Silverstone would rather go naked than wear wool. “If you’re trying to avoid wool, why not make that leap?” she suggests in a related video that’s part of PETA’s new #WoolFreeWinter campaign. The biggest thing that people always say to me is, ‘Oh, but they just shear the sheep! They don’t kill the sheep.’” The video then cuts to graphic images of sheep being tortured for their wool, the very fabric that’s in the sweater you are probably wearing right now.
Navigating fall/winter trends can be daunting enough without having to stress about cleaning and caring for those cold-weather staples in the face of unpredictable weather. From boho-chic suede to luxurious velvet, read more for how to prep, clean and take care of the season’s most stylish (and trickiest) fabrics. There’s nary a season on fashion’s calendar that doesn’t include a bit of leather. And while you know to spray your knee-high boots before heading outside, are you doing the same with your new pencil skirt or cross-body bag? Depending on how often you wear the item in question, David Mesquita, of New York City’s premium leather service shop The Leather Spa, says you should be spraying with a water repellent once every few weeks, to seal the pores of the leather.