Keep yourself warm and snuggly in a vegan winter coat.
As with all vegan items, two categories exist. There are those that are intentionally vegan, and often certified as such, and there are those that happen to be vegan.
Below you will find everything you need to know when shopping for a vegan winter coat.
HAPPENS TO BE VEGAN
Start by searching websites for inexpensive stores like Kohl’s, JC Penney and Target. Scroll through the results while comparing to the info below.
Most will have a break down like this:
Terms to Look For:
~ Faux, Synthetic, Polyester
~ Acrylic, Nylon
~ Down-Alternative, Featherless
~ Microsuede, Microfleece, Fleece
~ Textile, Cloth, Fabric
~ Fully-lined (for warmth, just be sure the lining is synthetic)
Avoid Listings With:
~ Leather, Suede, Nubuck, Calf-Skin, Lamb Skin and other euphemisms for animal’s skin
~ Fur (only faux-fur is vegan), Coyote, Rabbit, Angora and other animal names
~ Down, Feathers, Down Powder, “Ethical Down” and “Humane Down” (There’s no such thing. Just because they don’t live pluck or force feed animals, doesn’t mean they aren’t still being horrifically abused, exploited and held against their wills in awful conditions.)
~ Wool, Lambswool, Cashmere, Alpaca, Boiled Wool (Google Mulesing if you’re unclear on the ethics of wool)
~ Silk (Rare on a coat but could be used in the lining.)
Be Sure To:
~ Read the materials listed for the shell, lining, hood and trim. Some companies break it down even further (ex: buttons, tabs, toggles, cuffs, collar, etc.)
~ There have been recent exposes on companies claiming to use faux fur, only to be discovered that they are using real fur.
~ Animals are being factory farmed and viciously killed at higher than ever before rates. Their tortured bodies are being sold inexpensively. So it isn’t far fetched for inexpensive brands to mass produce fast fashion pieces with animal parts. So be vigilant and remember that if something seems too real, it might just be.
~ I often read the reviews to see if anyone mentions receiving an item that wasn’t vegan even though the website claimed/implied it was.
~ When you find a coat to order, cross-reference it with a few other websites to make sure the materials are vegan. Some sites like Amazon, often do not list all of the materials.
~ Always check the return policy, just in case you discover upon arrival that it isn’t vegan after all.
~ Remember that you can only tell so much online. Don’t beat yourself up. Just send it back and order a different one.
Here are a Few to Get you Started:
With Kohl’s sales, discounts and promo codes, they are a sure thing for an affordable coat.
Available in Women’s & Women’s Plus
Croft & Barrow Hooded Peacoat – I love the shawl-like hood on this gorgeous peacoat. Princess seams add to the feminine and sophisticated look. Comes in a variety of colors, including plaid. Prices around $150
Croft & Barrow Hooded Quilted Stadium Jacket – Reviews say that the polyester outer layer is semi-waterproof and soft to the touch. Comes in three colors. Prices around $100
Champion Herringbone Coaches Parka – Heavyweight synthetic down insulation, detachable hood and even has a media pocket. Prices around $75
Docker’s Hooded Bomber Jacket – Heavyweight insulation and water-resistant. Prices around $110
Men’s Big & Tall
Excelled Double Breasted Jacket – Heavyweight insulation in a classic style. Prices around $64
New Balance 3-in-1 Colorblock Softshell Systems Jacket – Wind and water-resistant. Lots of zippable pockets. Priced around $56
Women’s, Women’s Tall and Women’s Plus
Free Country Radiance 3-in-1 Systems Jacket – I love a 3-in-1, me. The perfect choice for a minimalist. Raincoat, spring/fall jacket and winter coat all in one. Fleece lined collar, water and wind resistant. Prices around $112
Excelled Faux-Fur Trim Long Puffer Jacket – Keep warm from the top of your head down to your knees. Priced around $150
KC Collections Bus Stop Puffer Coat – Polar fleece lined hood, long length, zippered pockets. Prices around $80
IZOD Diamond-Quilted Puffer Jacket with Hood – Polar Fleece lining, Large front pockets with button closure. Priced around $100
ZeroXposure Ranger Mountain Parka – Keep super warm in this heavyweight parka with storm flap and giant pockets for thick gloves. Prices around $140 Women’s
Puffer with Faux Fur Trim Hood – Princess seams, narrows at the waist and priced around $42.
Toggle Hooded Peacoat – There’s nothing like the classic style of a toggle coat. This one is designed for warmer winter locations and has a hood. Prices around $45
Champion Men’s Arctic Parka – Generous hood, fitted around the waist, wind and water-resistant. Prices around $40
Men’s Big & Tall
Sadly, Target doesn’t offer a vegan winter coat in Big and Tall.
Primaloft is the warmest vegan insulator. You can get everything from coats, ski pants, duvets and pet beds with Primaloft. They often use recycled materials, are light weight, non-bulky and breathable.
Be vigilant when you’re shopping though, as a few of their products also contain goose down/feathers.
Primaloft Packaway Hooded Jacket – Comes in many gorgeous colors, such as the Bright Lapiz above. Not only will this coat keep you warm to -15°F, but it also packs into its own pouch for easy travel. Elastic sleeves, zip pockets and fabric covered zipper. Prices around $149
Men’s & Men’s Tall
Primaloft Packaway Hooded Jacket – Comes in a variety of color. Not only will this coat keep you warm to -15°F, but it also packs into its own pouch for easy travel. Elastic sleeves, zip pockets, and fabric covered zipper. Prices around $129
Find loads more Primaloft vests, jackets, coats and more at:
SAVE THE DUCK is a vegan coat company based in Italy. They offer amazing waterproof, breathable and cruelty-free stylish warm coats!
They even offer women’s plus and men’s big & tall for many of their designs. The price is higher but these durable, high-quality, coats are an investment. You’ll have it for decades.
They offer awesome features such as abrasion resistance, breathability, double slider zippers and styles appropriate for the outdoors and city life.
VAUTE offers sophisticated designs for men and women, up to XXL for each. These couture coats are offered in classic styles, which is a wonderful bonus as their cost is higher than most due to their high-quality.
It’s great to know that they will remain in style throughout the decades they’ll be keeping you warm. This is a truly vegan company owned and operated by a vegan woman with a big heart for all animals.