If anyone's the poster child for stylish, ethical living, it's Chloé Jo Davis. The New York-based, UK-born activist worked as a party promoter and then as celebrity liaison at Farm Sanctuary before she created Girlie Girl Army -- the "glamazon guide to conscious living." The website covers everything from fashion to wellness to animal rescue, with a robust contributor list of movers and shakers in the cruelty-free world, including Victoria Moran of "Main Street Vegan," Olsenhaus designer Elizabeth Olsen, and Marisa Miller Wolfson of Vegucated. The site's fanbase is equally impressive, with celebrities like Emily Deschanel and Simone Reyes singing the praises of Girlie Girl Army's decidedly sleek, sharp take on all things eco- and animal-friendly.
True to its name, the "army" is ever-expanding, and ever-inclusive. While the online landscape can be ultra-competitive, Davis has found success through fostering community instead of rivalry. She's featured writing from like-minded bloggers such as The Little Foxes' Ashlee Piper, The Discerning Brute's Joshua Katcher, and Mama Glow's Latham Thomas on her site, and Davis herself stars in an About.com video series highlighting eco-friendly living.
Davis is also involved in a plethora of other ethical-living-related activities, including TV appearances and animal rescue, not to mention raising two kids (with a third on the way). And she does it all in style. She's known for her fashion prowess -- the multi-tasker has made the rounds at runway shows and been featured in Italian Elle, for starters -- and her sexy, sophisticated ensembles.
Add it all up for the ultimate proof that the most compassionate choices can also be the coolest choices. "You don't have to sacrifice a thing, and there are perfect equivalents of all animal products -- be it in food, beauty, or fashion," Davis said.
She also shared her style tips, what's next on her busy calendar, and the indie jewelry designer she can't get over.
How would you describe your personal style?
I used to say high glam drag queen; now it's more creative eco-mommy. I'm pregnant with my third baby, so I wear a mixture of great vintage, organics, and leftovers from my party girl days that I can breastfeed in.
What are some other ways your style has evolved over the past few years?
It's more about comfort than dressing to impressing on a day-to-day [basis]. I always say I was the girl who could put on fake eyelashes in a moving taxi and run the length of the city in 6-inch heels. Now I thank the goddesses for fake Uggs and a good, well-fitting pair of sweatpants! I learned how to be comfortable with no make up or accoutrements. My most gorgeous accessories are my little boys, Panther and Freedom.
What's your go-to apparel item for this transitional period heading into cold weather?
A great army jacket. People malign fast fashion, and rightfully so, but some of it does last as long as any other brand. I have an H&M army jacket that I've been wearing for 15 years, and it always looks cool. I'm also going to grab [this season's new] velvet ruby cape jacket from Vaute Couture. I love a high-low mix. Even in my glam girl days, I always threw in something dirty or messy looking. I was a LES rock 'n' roll girl in my late teens and early 20s, and I'll always be a little bit of that rebellious girl -- even as a mom on the Upper East Side.
Who are some of your favorite designers of all-time?
Just aesthetically I love Temperley, Mara Hoffman, and Missoni. But ethically I adore Daniel Silverstein's Zero Waste collection. He's a real innovator. I live for Stella McCartney's sportier looks. I wear Dalia gowns to a lot of events because they are really glam and well made. Also, she labels her dresses as vegan. Jewelry designer Adina Mills is a witchy magician of wearable art. I am mad for her work. I love Hatch for high-end maternity. Bravado makes the best nursing bras. I could go on and on.
Want more? See our full interview with Chloé in The Stylish Kind Magazine.