By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
A defining fashion statement, outerwear is the last item we put on before stepping out into the world. A key element of our wardrobe, outerwear classics include the wool, trench, faux fur, or puffer coat, and lighter items such as the blazer, biker or denim jacket, which are signature pieces in our seasonal closet. Here are eight of our favorite eco-conscious brands, whose evergreen designs and innovative production go far beyond just keeping us warm.
Every girl needs a well-cut denim jacket with a hint of vintage from a great wash in her closet. The Mina is the perfect combination of tomboy and feminine for any season, and an essential in your wardrobe to layer in with any look. ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty, incorporates recycled packaging and reduces their shipping carbon footprint, utilizes clean water and non-toxic chemicals, and works with a GOTS-certified vendor for all their organic cotton, creating garments that are as good as they look.
A puffer jacket is a versatile, beloved piece once cooler climates arrive. The soft, cozy, and easy to wear Trino™ is topped with Bluesign® certified, fluorine-free, Durable Water Repellent, and its fill is a combination of TENCEL™ and recycled polyester, to keep you warm without negative impacts on animal welfare. Carbon neutral due to a combination of sustainable practices, including carbon credits, and using natural and recycled materials, Allbirds are redefining eco-conscious style.
A great winter coat that is both stylish and warm, is an investment that will become an evergreen in your wardrobe for years to come. The Sophia Check is a chic, 100% traceable wool coat, full-length, belted and with deep, side, flap pockets to keep hands warm. Produced with sustainable and organic materials. Stella McCartney is the pioneer of eco-couture, incorporating sustainability, animal welfare, impact, innovation, and eco-friendly practices as the foundation of her brand.
PC: Stella McCartney
On chillier days, it’s time to bring out the faux fur and add a little glamour to our cool weather wardrobe. The Espresso Manhattan Mink is an easy addition to any look, from brunch with the girls to a dinner date with our other half. The Manhattan Mink is plush, well-designed, and fabulous, looking anything other than faux, but with all of the ethical credentials needed. Founded by Donna Salyers over 30 years ago from a belief that fashion could be cruelty-free, Fabulous Furs is a pioneer in faux fur, committed to craftsmanship, from their fabrics to their manufacturing.
PC: Fabulous Furs
When spring showers - or any showers - fall, a stylish poncho is an essential. One of the most versatile pieces in our wardrobes, this can take us from Niagara Falls to Machu Picchu, while handling our urban life in between. The ReNew is spacious and boxy, with handy front pockets. Produced from 100% recycled materials, derived from plastic bottles - 26 per poncho - Everlane is committed to ethical factories and radical transparency throughout their brand.
A fitted blazer is an essential in any girl’s closet, elegantly taking her from business strategy meetings to happy hour, effortlessly paired with a pencil skirt or skinnies and heels. The Fitted Blazer answers all our style needs with its lapels, cuff buttons, lining and back vent, and is produced according to H&M’s strict Sustainability Commitment, which includes fair wages and good working conditions. Additionally, the brand encourages recycling of past-worn fashion in their stores, supports innovation in eco-friendly fabric manufacturers, and has a goal to be climate positive by 2040.
PC: H&M Conscious Collection
The trench will never go out of style, especially when it’s a conscious, updated version of the old classic. The Marlow’s silhouette, double-breasted button front, patch pockets and waist tie, make it the perfect addition to go with all of your favorite looks. Christy Dawn has been committed to sustainability since their inception by repurposing fabrics, and utilizing organic cotton and dyes. The brand also launched the Farm-to-Closet initiative with Oshandi, whose community includes a regenerative cotton farm and farmers, and a supply chain of local craftsmen who practice traditional and organic techniques that replenish the health of the soil, the planet, and its people.
PC: Christy Dawn
The classic motorbike jacket is an iconic, American, and well-loved staple in any style-conscious girl’s closet. The Draden is a cruelty-free take on the original, featuring zip-front closure, pill snaps, buckle belt at hem, zippered waist pockets, decorative flap pocket and chest pocket, and zippered sleeve cuffs. Produced using animal-friendly and recycled materials. Matt & Nat have been at the forefront of vegan fashion and accessories, and continuously strive to improve their materials to be kind to our planet, diligently visiting each factory in their supply chain to ensure fair working conditions.
PC: Matt & Nat