The 7 Best Vegan Coats and Jackets of 2021

Slay sustainably with these vegan outerwear options

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The Rundown
Sophistication is the name of the game with our top pick, made with 100 percent vegan 'wool.'
For robust winter warmth at affordable prices, look no further than this puffer.
Did we mention this coat oozes functionality as well as flair?
Italian brand and B-Corp Save The Duck is here to help you stay warm without feathers.
This parka is warm enough for winter, but smart enough for your day-to-day life.
Best Leather Alternative:
Noize Demi Jacket at Noize.com
Get the leather look without any of the cruelty with this oversized vegan leather blazer.
Easy to pack down small into a stuff sack, this jacket is ideal for your next adventure.

Staying firm to a commitment to a vegan lifestyle can feel challenging when it comes to buying a quality winter coat, thanks to the proliferation of animal-derived products used across the fashion industry. But, as the demand for vegan fashion continues on its trend of rapid upward growth, options abound for keeping your wardrobe as plant-based as your diet. Down, wool, fur and leather are out; vegan coats and jackets that use synthetic materials are in. 

Sustainability often underpins the reason people turn vegan, so it’s only right that we point out that, in its crusade to use cruelty-free fabrics, the vegan fashion industry does lean heavily on fabrics that may not be the most eco-friendly, such as plastics derived from the fossil fuel industry. Because of how new many of these technical fabrics are, it also remains to be seen how well they will last—which is why working out the most ethical option for your outerwear can leave you feeling lost at sea.

To help you navigate this uncertainty, we’ve compiled this guide to the best vegan coats, alongside our guide to the most eco-friendly jackets. Both lists bring together ethical companies to help you make an informed decision about the most sustainable choice for you and your wardrobe.

Ahead, find out list of vegan coats and jackets to keep you warm all winter.

Best Overall: Matt & Nat Evie Vegan Coat

Matt & Nat Evie Vegan Coat

Sophistication is the name of the game with our top pick, the striking, long double-breasted coat from Matt and Nat. Available in glamorous black or classic camel, it’s woven from 100 percent vegan "wool" (aka a blend of polyester, viscose, and spandex), with a fully-recycled lining for warmth. 

Smart enough for the office or a formal night out, this gorgeous coat promises to leave no stains on your conscience thanks to the brand’s full commitment to using only vegan fabrics in their garments.

Best Budget: Alpine North Mens Vegan Down Winter Puffer Coat

For robust winter warmth at affordable prices, look no further than this puffer, packed full of vegan down. Made from polyester fibers, this alternative to traditional duck or goose feathers has been manufactured in Montreal to conquer even the harshest of winters. It will keep you cozy down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit, without compromising on your vegan values. 

Plenty of pockets designed for both keeping your hands warm and your phone and keys safe make this a truly practical addition to your winter wardrobe. A padded hood and water-repellent outer shell also promise to keep you warm and dry, whatever the weather.

Best Luxury: Wuxley Bay Parka

Wuxley Bay Parka

Nothing says professional, urban chic like a smart parka coat. Tailored and slim-fit to keep the heat up without losing out on style, Wuxly’s Bay parka uses industry-leading insulation that’s 100 percent cruelty-free. The PrimaLoft® Gold technology, a form of vegan down made from 55 percent waste plastic actually outperforms the real thing when wet thanks to its superior capacity to retain heat. Toasty!

Did we mention this coat oozes functionality as well as flair? Multiple pockets offer a space to store your essentials, including an insulated cell pocket to stop your phone from dropping to below zero temperatures. A water-resistant shell keeps you dry in any downpours, while the adjustable hood keeps the wind out of your face on blustery occasions. Even better still, it’s rated 4 out of 5 for warmth and can retain 98 percent of body heat—which means this’ll see you through even the coldest of winters.

Best Down Alternative: Save The Duck Giga Hooded Coat with Faux Lambskin Lining

Save The Duck WOMEN'S GIGA HOODED COAT WITH FAUX LAMBSKIN LINING

Sumptuously cozy puffers can feel like the stuff of mythical dreams when you’re a vegan. But, dream again: Italian brand and B-Corp Save The Duck is here to help you stay warm without feather down. We love their Giga hooded coat, a longline puffer filled with their PLUMTECH® down. It's ideal for cold and wet weather, because it’s both water and wind repellent and moisture-wicking.

Engineered from high-density nylon to be both lightweight and fluffy, this coat comes with a superbly snug synthetic lambskin lining for extra warmth. What’s more, it should come as no surprise that Save The Duck has won industry award after industry award for its commitment to cruelty-free fashion, and was even recognized as PETA’s brand of the year in 2019.

Best for Winter: Helly Hansen Dubliner Parka

We’ve already waxed lyrical about parkas, but we’re not quite finished. Helly Hansen’s take on this classic winter coat is both slick in styling and practical in both price and features. Seam sealed and made from a fully waterproof outer shell packed with synthetic, PrimaLoft® Black insulation, it’s warm enough for winter, but smart enough for your day-to-day life. 

While this brand may use some animal products in their other garments (although only from producers who follow the highest of animal welfare standards), this parka is 100 percent cruelty-free. A faux fur lining keeps the hood, and your face, warm against even the coldest winter air.

Best Leather Alternative: Noize Demi Jacket

Noize Demi Jacket

Get the leather look without any of the cruelty with this slick, oversized vegan leather blazer. Guaranteed to make a statement, you can find this coat in half a dozen different shades, from electric blue steel to subtle tuscany blush. 

Crafted from 100 percent polyurethane, this jacket is built to last, making this a win for eco-friendly alternatives to animal products. Better still, this vegan coat is destined to become a statement piece in your wardrobe, with water-resistant qualities and stellar ethical credentials thanks to the brand’s commitment to using only PETA-approved fabrics.

Best for Travel: Patagonia Nano Puff® Hoody

Patagonia Women's Nano Puff® Hoody

Patagonia has long been leading the pack when it comes to sustainable, ethically sourced activewear—much of which incorporates recycled and fair trade materials—so it’s no surprise that their Nano Puff hoody (available in styles designed for both men and women) finds its way onto this list. 

There’s a lot to boast about when it comes to this high-performance puffer. It’s made from a 100 percent recycled polyester shell filled with PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco (another round of polyester, this time at least 55% of which is from recycled post-consumer waste). Since 2020, the insulation has been made using low carbon-emission manufacturing technology to further reduce its impact. 

Easy to pack down small into a stuff sack, it’s perfect as an additional layer beneath a waterproof jacket or as a standalone coat on cooler days. So, wherever the location of your next adventure, make sure you’ve packed this versatile coat. 

Final Verdict

Down can seem like the biggest sticking point when it comes to assembling a fully vegan closet, which is why the Giga Hooded Coat from Save The Duck (view at Farfetch) is such a brilliant option for a stylish city jacket. Patagonia’s Nano Puff Hoody (view at Backcountry) is a great alternative if you’re seeking a more versatile choice, that’s a match for both travel and active adventures.

For a smart statement piece in your wardrobe, our top choice, Evie Vegan Coat (view at Matt & Nat), is the little black dress of the vegan coat world—guaranteed to make quite the impression, without leaving any unwelcoming ethical imprint.

Why Trust Treehugger?

Steph Dyson has long been an advocate for choosing long-lasting clothing over fast fashion, and sees opting for ethical and eco-friendly choices a clear extension of this commitment. With extensive backcountry experience in both her home country of the UK and across some of the remotest parts of South America, she’s an expert when it comes to quality activewear and has put many of the top brands through their paces.