Living in New York –or any large city– you might feel more pressure to always look “together” –even if you’re not feeling it. And let’s be honest, it can be especially hard when you’re not feeling your best. Here’s a little style secret: A great winter coat (and shoes) can get you through most situations. Underneath you can be wearing basic jeans and a simple t-shirt but nothing compares to throwing on a super stylish coat to complete your outfit.
While it may be tempting to look at trends (and grab a Y2K faux shearling coat), hit the pause button and think about your coat as a valuable investment. So find something you will love for the long run and don’t waste money on trends. And especially steer clear from the nightmare that is shoddily made Shein coats whose buttonholes aren’t even aligned.
Here are 16 coats that we’ve highlighted out of our No Kill-approved brands. These are classic silhouettes with interesting details and ready to go with any choice of layers underneath. All of the coats are made to last. It is high quality that doesn’t come at the cost of child labor.
16 ethically made winter coats to help coax you outdoors and level up your wardrobe.
Starting out as an LA vintage clothing store in 2009, Reformation is now synonymous with cute sustainable fashion that is also accessible. Beside their well known summer staples, Reformation also carries many chic winter wears, enough to strike a chord with anyone. While offering a wide range of fashion, the company still maintains its status as a pioneer in sustainable fashion, thanks to its ethical practices towards the people behind the clothing production. Reformation has its own factory in LA, and is also transparent about its international vendor network. The company employs third-party social assessment to objectively gauge its environmental impact, and it is a 100% carbon neutral company.
Boden is the embodiment of classic, no-frills coats – those that you can find in old movies, but somehow still perfectly, practically elegant in today’s context. Established in the ‘80s by a British family whose mission was to make clothes that last a lifetime, their buttons that stay buttoned and cashmere that you can actually wear and wash and, well, live in. Boden’s motto? “No rubbish clothes”. Now a global company, throughout its 30 years Boden has never been about fast fashion and fads – only timeless style. Boden publishes a traceable factory map on its website. On top of that, 95% of its womenswear clothing is made without any virgin polyester.
Eileen Fisher is one of the first certified B Corporations that paved the way for honest, ethical practices in fashion. It does more than manufacture clothes responsibly. Here, you will find unique designs that have been “pared to its simple, pure essence”, to effortlessly fit in any wardrobe. The ultra minimalist designs are crafted with Fisher’s renowned responsible wool, tencell, and recycled fibers. Eileen Fisher also has two circular programs called Renew and Waste No More, where post-consumer products can be turned into new items.
Another B-corp that we cannot miss out on: Frank and Oak. The Canadian fashion brand earned the prestigious certification in 2019, just 7 years after its foundation in 2012. Aside from their signature puffer coats, Frank and Oak does have coats for lighter winter wear. Made to seamlessly fit into modern living, the athleisure-inspired clothes are versatile pieces that will go well from desk to dinner. And they incorporate innovative fabrics, like hemp and seawool –a type of yarn made from recycled polyester and oyster shell composites.
If you are a fan of the ‘90s, or just love effortlessly chic pieces, Filippa K is for you. Founded by Swedish designer Filippa Knutsson in 1993, the brand makes “wearable, aesthetically-balanced pieces that stand the test of time”. Each year, Filippa K publishes its annual sustainability report where you can trace down its index on fiber use, traceability, longevity of wear, circularity, climate impact, and workers’ treatment. Filippa K’s coats are made with expert craftsmanship and attention to detail, so although they are more costly, they can be a good investment piece. (and currently ALL of these are on sale.)