Faux Leather Pants

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Leather pants have been wrapping up rock stars in sleek, sexy style for decades. Even when they seem to disappear off the fashion radar, they don’t stay gone for very long. As they have in the past and are sure to do in the future, leather pants are making a comeback.

The look and style of leather pants may not change significantly from one generation to the next but lifestyles do. Today, more and more people are becoming aware of how their own lifestyle affects the world we now live in. Even celebrities realize the importance of the personal choices they make, because poor choices can often lead to bad publicity and negative press. Celebrities are also aware that the choices they make often have a huge influence on the fans and people who follow what they do.

Activist issues, such as animal rights issues, often play a large role in determining what is socially acceptable. With so many celebrities taking a stand on issues such as these, certain styles have become quite unpopular. Wearing real fur, for example, is now considered mostly un-cool. Even leather, while still a popular choice for jackets, shoes, bags and pants, is sometimes a controversial subject.

Pleather leggings.The good news is that today there are stylish alternatives to animal based clothing like leather and fur. Faux leather, which is imitation leather, is made using cloth fabric that is treated with a plastic or rubber coating, depending on whether it is used for clothing or upholstry. For instance, check out this shot of singer Rihanna wearing latex leggings.  These hip, stylish leggings are faux leather but they still make this sexy, talented celebrity as hot as ever. Not all celebrities wear fake leather to make an activist statement. Some choose faux leather because it just makes them look good!

Another reason why faux leather is so popular is because it is almost always considerably less expensive than real leather. You can find faux leather celebrity inspired tight skinny pants online for as little as $20.00 per pair, where real leather pants can set you back as much as $500-$1500 per pair! Matte vinyl is another type of fabric that functions as a great imitation leather and is much cheaper to buy by the yard than real leather. Another common term for fake leather is pleather, a term invented by combining plastic and leather.

If you are considering buying an item that is made out of pleather, make sure it’s the kind made from polyurethane and not PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Polyurethane is more breathable than PVC and typically less stiff. Another advantage pleather has over leather, besides the cost, is that it is much more lightweight. This really helps with wearing faux leather pants instead of real leather because you are less likely to sweat.

Of course black is the most popular color for imitation leather pants and it is hard to find faux leather pants in any other color. But if you have a sewing machine and know how to sew, it is easy to find faux leather fabric in many different colors. Since buying fake leather fabric is

much cheaper than purchasing real leather, you can easily make your own custom pair of faux leather pants in your favorite color.

So whether you’re a vegan, an animal lover, or just into the latest trends in hip, cool fashion, faux leather is widely available as an inexpensive alternative to real leather. It doesn’t end with leather pants, either. There are all kind of other clothing and accessories you can buy that are made from faux leather. The only hard part sometimes is telling the difference!

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Faux Leather Makes Headlines

Olivia Munn pleather boots.There was a bit of an uproar recently when actress Olivia Munn was posing for photos in front of a billboard she did with PETA to boycott circuses because of the inhumane treatment of circus elephants. The controversy was over the boots she was wearing. Many people thought they were made out of leather. Olivia set the record straight when she tweeted that her boots were actually faux leather.

You might wonder why make such a big deal about a pair of leather boots? She was there to bring awareness to circus elephants, not cows. However, when a celebrity decides to go public on a heated and controversial issue like animal rights, people expect them to stay true to their cause. There is no room for hypocrisy once you take a stand.

People had a right to be upset about the leather boots. What most people aren’t aware of is the fact that in addition to the horrendous treatment that animals suffer when being raised and slaughtered for their hides, the process for treating the leather to keep it from literally rotting while you wear it involves a nasty mix of toxic chemicals. After all, leather is literally the skin stripped off of a dead animal and it takes large amounts of energy and chemicals such as formaldehyde, cyanide based dyes and finishes and pollutants such as lime sludge, sulfides and acids to keep the hide from decomposing. The adverse environmental impact far outweighs that of imitation leather, a.k.a. faux leather.

Perhaps the one good thing that came out of the Olivia Munn boot-gate is the fact that so many people were actually fooled by the faux leather boots. Today’s imitation leather, made with synthetic materials such as matte vinyl, looks so close to the real thing that most people can’t tell the difference.

If the environmental and cruelty-free issues aren’t enough to make you want to try a fake leather alternative, then the difference in price should. Real leather clothing and shoes can cost a small fortune. For instance, a tall women’s leather pair of boots at Zappos sells for $398.00. A similar pair of women’s tall faux leather boots sells for $19.99 at Old Navy. So its easy to get the celebrity look without paying the celebrity price.

When you’re looking to buy clothing, shoes or accessories that are made from imitation leather, make sure it says faux leather or pleather. Pleather is a synthetic fabric that combines plastic with a cloth type of fabric, resulting in fabric that closely resembles leather, hence the name pleather.

Its hard to look at real leather the same way once the ugly truth comes out about how it is made and where most of it is sourced. Even when leather products are made in other countries, such as Italy, the leather is often acquired from the cheapest source. Most leather comes from China or India, where animal rights and environmental regulations don’t exist. A visit to PETA’s website will supply you with plenty of nightmarish, disturbing videos of how animals are treated and slaughtered in these places.

Taking all of this into consideration, faux leather stands out as a much better choice than leather. Imitation leather means no animal had to suffer. Faux leather is better for the environment. In most cases, people can’t tell the difference between fake leather and the real deal. Pleather or any type of faux leather is almost always less expensive. And as more people become aware of the negative issues associated with leather, imitation leather is becoming more and more popular. Celebrities in the know are embracing faux leather because it is super stylish and you can wear it guilt free. So give faux leather a try and see how easy it is to live leather-free.

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Be A Hero And Buy Faux Leather

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hayden panettiere wearing faux leatherWhy would a celebrity who can afford the finest clothing available wear imitation leather? Anyone who is a fan of the hit NBC show “Heros” knows the name Hayden Panettiere. But did you know when Hayden isn’t saving her own skin on the show, using her amazing powers to self heal, that she might be saving the skin of a marine animal?

Panettiere is well known for being an animal rights activist and is a spokesperson for the Save The Whales Again Campaign. In late 2007, she joined a peaceful demonstration in Taiji, Japan, to stop Japanese fishermen who were brutally butchering dolphins in the now notorious dolphin killing cove. She and five other surfers actually became the target of the angry fishermen who turned on the protesters, who were paddling in the water on surfboards. It was all caught on tape and was featured in the documentary “The Cove”, which won an Oscar in 2009.

So it was no surprise to see Hayden Panettiere in this black faux leather jacket from Express, a company who gets that animal friendly faux leather is super cool.

What exactly is faux leather? Maybe a nicer way of saying fake leather, a term with other aliases, such as pleather. The term pleather comes from combining plastic and leather. Imitation leather has several advantages over real leather, the first being that it is not made from the hide of an animal. Many people other than vegetarians and animal rights activists do not feel right about causing the death of an animal to harvest its skin. Fake leather is considerably less expensive than real leather and is also lighter and easier to clean and care for.

How is faux leather, made? Pleather was originally made from PVC, (polyvinyl chloride) which made the fabric very shiny, stiff and un-breathable. It can now be made from polyurethane, which allows air to pass through more easily. Many designers who make clothes out of imitation leather use a fabric called matte vinyl. Matte Vinyl is a shiny, stretchy fabric that comes in a variety of colors and closely resembles genuine leather. You can buy matte vinyl from fabric stores that carry it and it usually sells for about $7.00-$10.00 per yard.

If you’re wondering what type of products are commonly made using faux leather, the list would include pretty much everything you could imagine that can be made from real leather. Imitation leather clothing includes faux leather jackets, vests, skirts, pants, chaps, belts, boots, shoes and hats. Office chairs, sofas, loveseats, dining chairs, recliners and ottomans are all examples of furniture that can be upholstered with imitation leather. Other products that are often made or covered with fake leather include computer laptop cases, brief cases, CD cases, cell phone cases, luggage, wallets, handbags and purses.

Caring for faux leather is very easy and often adds to the appeal of choosing it over the real deal. If you have furniture or car upholstery made from imitation leather and it needs cleaning, simply use warm, soapy water and a rag. Gently scrub small areas until clean, then use a dry rag to wipe away the excess moisture. Faux leather cleaning products can also be used to restore items to their original shine. Washing fake leather is much easier than trying to clean clothing made from real leather. Most faux leather clothing can be hand washed using a mild detergent and some can be machine washed using cold water on the gentle cycle. Do not use bleach and do not iron imitation leather.

So the next time you see your favorite celebrity wearing a cool leather jacket or maybe some awesome leather pants, look a little closer. Can you tell if it’s the real deal or if its faux fabulous?