Ethical Winter Coats and How to Pick One for You

Okay I’ll finally admit it…winter is coming :(. I am a HUGE believer in investing in a great winter coat. I bought a new winter coat last year from Hessnatur (saaadly, closed US shop) but before that I used the same one for 5 years!!! A couple of reasons why I splurge on a coat: 1) A good warm coat, even at a bargain, will not be cheap…so might as well! 2) I hate being cold! HATE!

So if it’s getting chilly around you here are some tips at choosing your next winter coat.

choosing an ethical winter coat


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  • Look for classic styles– This does NOT mean boring, but a coat that you feel you’ll still love in the next 3 years, because a good winter coat will last at least that long!
  • Choose a basic color or a color you LOVE– Gray, camel, fatigue green, and black will literally go with everything but if your favorite color is purple or yellow or blue go ahead invest in your favorite color! But if you’re just experimenting with a color, I feel it’s probably not the best idea to splurge on a winter coat in that color. ..who knows how you’ll feel next year?
  • Leave a little extra room– Okay so this might be a personal choice, but I like the option of wearing chunky chunky sweaters and since I depend on my coat lasting a few years some weight gain and loss, I tend to get a coat that is a size larger to accommodate for these things.
  • Think of what you need– My old winter coat did not have a hood and so for 5 years I was in search of hats!!! I missed having a hood so darn much! So as always when you’re shopping be thoughtful, think of the details you need in a winter coat…hood? pockets? high neck?

Now friends, here are my picks for ethical winter coats!

ethical winter coatsL-R: Ceiba Wool Coat$245 $99 / Fair + True Contrast Coat – $217.16 / American Apparel Wool Coat – $185 / Nau Synfill Cloak – $230 / Vaute Couture: Velveteen$430 $304, Belden- $400 $320, Emily$450 $360

Okay confession(!), I may buy this Nau Synfill Cloak, I like that it’s a little more urban and a totally different look than the Hessnatur coat from last year.

So friends, is it getting chilly where you are?!?!



  1. Jenmarie November 6, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    I had the same one for years too and I was sick of it! I finally got a new one last year and it’s warmer and so much more chic. I just love it. I have been thinking of getting another one though because this new one I have is really really nice and I wouldn’t want to wear it certain places, you know? Love the coats you pulled together in this post, so pretty!

  2. Diana Mieczan November 6, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    Yup, it’s coat time around here as well and I love the 3rd one:) It looks cozy yet stylish:) Have a great and snug afternoon, love.
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  3. Marissa November 7, 2013 / 11:11 am

    I love these picks (and tips), especially that colorblock coat. I agree – in the Northeast, investing in a good winter coat is a must.
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  4. Julia | Fair for All Shopping Guide November 9, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    I bought a made-in-USA black wool pea coat last year, and it’s holding up very well! I forget where I got it, I believe it was a Navy surplus website. It has those cute classic anchor buttons, which I love!
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  5. jesse.anne.o November 12, 2013 / 11:11 am

    The Emily by Vaute Couture is the warmest coat I’ve had, including poly-filled parkas and Spiewaks. It’s insane.
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  6. FASHION TALES November 15, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    Great picks! I tend to keep my coats for a long time, so I agree a good qualtiy coat is key, as well as one you love. A coat should definitely have room enough to layer knits. I was trying to find a pink, or emerald colour coat, but have not yet. 🙂 Hope you’re doing great dear.
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