Ethical Fashion Guide – Coats & Jumpers
Stay warm and look snazzy!
We are heading into colder months now (if you live in the UK like me) and I would imagine a few of you are wondering about the availability of ethical, and vegan, warm coats and jumpers. Well this list will provide you with a range of different options, and some information about a few ethical brands that are worth keeping in mind when you shop for your winter wardrobe!
Hoodlamb – Ladies Nordic Parka
Everyone needs a good, reliable coat as the weather is getting colder and rainier. I know that fur trimmed, down-filled coats are very popular and I believe this coat from Hoodlamb provides an excellent alternative. Hoodlamb are a completely vegan PETA approved company, who use hemp in the manufacturing of their products. They have a great deal of detail about their practices on their website.
They provide coats for Sea Shepard – an international non-profit conservation society who travel to some of the coldest parts of the world to protect our oceans’ habitats and wildlife – so you know they are really warm! I love the cut of this coat because it’s long and has a hood – nothing worse than a cold back and head. A range of colours are available, but I love the classic black as it will go with any outfit. I have tried one of these coats on and my partner has one – this is a very high quality coat and a great investment!
Vaute – The Castro Parka in Black
Puffy down-filled coats are becoming ever popular and Vaute have produced the perfect cruelty-free alternative. YAY. Vaute pronounced ‘vote’ are a high fashion brand that are completely vegan, using high quality recycled and organic fabrics to produce fashion forward warm coats whilst demonstrating ethical practice. Their mission statement is that you vote every time you spend money and they provide a cruelty-free one when it comes to choosing a coat. I have one of their coats and, although pricey, it was a worthwhile investment I will treasure. This is a lovely long coat with a hood, it’s windproof, water resistant and made from closed loop recycled synthetic fibres. Plus it comes in a variety of colours.
Thought – Isa Organic Cotton Rain Jacket
Perhaps for the slightly lighter autumn days, when you need something showerproof and… yellow. Ethical consumer (a fantastic website that really provide the gold standard in assessing the ethical practices of companies) have ranked Thought (formerly Braintree) highly on their list of alternative clothing shops, which means they have demonstrated transparency in their environmental and political practices.
This lovely yellow number has a drawstring waist for a more flattering shape, it comes with a hood and has hidden armcuffs to keep you well insulated – I hate a draft up the sleeve don’t you? I love the colour of this coat and as yellow coats are very popular with many high street brands here is a better alternative. If you want something a tad warmer just buy a size up and stick a lovely warm jumper underneath! Speaking of which…
Know the Origin – Garrow
Beautifully cut, fitted jumpers are everywhere, and having excellent basics are a staple for any wardrobe. Enter, Know the Origin, ethical consumers top alternative clothing brand that boasts minimalistic designs with extensive transparency regarding their ethics, you can even follow their manufacturing process from seed to garment on their website. This could be dressed up with some smart trousers with great boots for a smarter look or paired with some comfy jeans, trainers and a favourite coat for exploring the great outdoors. A must have piece at an affordable price, from a brand that demonstrates exactly how to produce Fair Trade, organic garments in the most ethical way possible!
People Tree – Larsen Jumper Orange
Made from 100% organic cotton this lovely pumpkin coloured jumper is perfect for autumn! If more traditional looking knitwear is your thing then this one is ideal. I know avoiding wool can be tricky but brands like People Tree who are dedicated to Fair Trade and sustainable practice, are often a good bet when trying to find vegan alternatives. People Tree are both transparent about their practice and hugely involved in supporting designers and garment makers from around the world and ensuring that their work is paid for fairly and that the environmental concerns in making garments is always considered. There is a lot of information on their website about their practice and their website has a huge range of clothes – and a generous sale section. Really worth a look.
Greenfibres – Women’s Organic Cotton Casual Sweater
Greenfibres are probably best known for their amazing organic line of bedding and towels but they also produce wonderful organic clothing that is certified by the Soil Association (see my previous post). I got the opportunity to visit their shop in Totnes recently and all of their clothing is beautifully made, to a high quality and it feels so very soft. I have included this sweatshirt as I think this is a great basic for layering or a comfy top for more casual day, that being said you could dress this up with a collared shirt and some smarter trousers too. Their website is well labelled, but they do sell some non-vegan items so check the labels before you purchase.
Hopefully this has provided you with a few ideas in regard to your winter wardrobe, and perhaps even a few ideas for gifts for yourself or others. Coming up soon – more clothing posts including warm boots! If you would like to know more about me or see a lot of photos of my bunnies you can follow me here.