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