The 8 Best Vegan Coats and Jackets of 2022

Our top choice is the Evie Vegan Coat from Matt & Nat for its classic cut.

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Staying committed 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 demand for vegan fashion continues to grow, so have options for keeping your wardrobe as plant-based as your diet.

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 the best vegan coats and jackets to keep you warm all winter.

Best Overall: Matt & Nat Evie Vegan Coat

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Matt & Nat Evie Vegan Coat

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Sophistication is the name of the game with our top pick, the striking, long double-breasted coat from Matt & Nat. Available in glamorous black or classic camel, it’s woven from 100% 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 classic cut will look fashion able for decades to come and would make a great addition to a capsule wardrobe.

Matt & Nat is committed to using only vegan fabrics in its garments. If you're looking for a different style, you can browse the company's full outwear line knowing that all the items are free from animal-derived materials.

Best Budget: Alpine North Mens Vegan Down Winter Puffer Coat

Alpine North Mens Vegan Down Winter Puffer Coat

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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: Wuxly Palais Parka

Wuxly Palais Parka

Wuxly

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

Velvet lined pockets offer a space to store your essentials, and keep your hands warm in below zero temperatures. A deep, adjustable hood keeps the wind out of your face on blustery occasions. It’s rated for -15 to -13 degrees, so it will see you through even the coldest of winters. The coat comes with a five year warranty, and comes in burgundy red, army green, black, and gray.

Wuxly is a Certified B Corp, which means it's committed to people and planet over profit.

Best Down Alternative: Save the Duck Lewis Men’s Puffer Jacket

Save the Duck Lewis Men’s Puffer Jacket

Save the Duck

Finding 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. The Lewis Puffer Jacket is OEKO-TEX certified, which means it’s free from concerning chemicals. It’s made with waterproof polyester, and has two zippered side pockets. It's ideal for cold and wet weather, because it’s both water and wind repellent and moisture-wicking.

What’s more, not only is Save The Duck a PETA-approved brand, it 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

Helly Hansen Dubliner Parka

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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% cruelty-free. A faux fur lining keeps the hood, and your face, warm against even the coldest winter air.

Best Leather Alternative: Noize Jutta Mid Length Vegan Leather Jacket

Noize Jutta Mid Length Vegan Leather Jacket

Noize

Get the classic leather look without any of the cruelty with this mid length jacket from Noize. It has versatile styling options, because can wear it with or without the detachable belt. It has four exterior pockets, and one interior pocket. Available in black and taupe, it's made with a polyurethane shell and polyester lining.

The brand only uses PETA-approved fabrics, and seeks to make durable garments that can last through many years.

Best for Travel: Patagonia Nano Puff® Hoody

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Patagonia Women's Nano Puff® Hoody

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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 the 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% 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. 

Best Reversible: Frank And Oak Printed Skyline Maxi Bomber

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Frank and Oak Printed Skyline Maxi Bomber

Frank and Oak

For slim-fitting puffer that still makes a statement, we love the Skyline Maxi Bomber. It’s reversible, with smooth black shell on one side, and a sophisticated prints with quilting on the reverse. It has bomber-style collar and cuffs, but but the hem falls to an above-the-knee length. Made from a blend of new and recycled polyester, this jacket is both wind and water resistant. A subtle loop at the back of the neck allow you to hang it on a hook.

Frank And Oak is a Certified B Corporation, and ships its products in recyclable packaging. 

Final Verdict

For a smart statement piece in your wardrobe, our top choice is the Evie Vegan Coat because it's a classic cut without any unwelcome animal products.

Down can seem like the biggest sticking point when it comes to assembling a fully vegan closet, but the Nano Puff hoody from Patagonia and Save The Duck Lewis Puffer are both feather-free.

What to Consider When Shopping for a Vegan Coat or Jacket

Avoid Animal-Based Materials

If you want to avoid animal derived materials, you’ll want a jacket that doesn’t use wool, down, silk, leather, or fur. 

You can also look for the PETA-Approved Vegan logo or certification.

Sustainable Vegan Materials

Some products marketed as vegan, particularly vegan leather, are often made from plastic (basically “pleather”) and other metro-based synthetic materials. These materials often require a lot of energy to make, and are a source of micro plastic pollution. When possible, it’s better to pick fabrics and leather alternatives that are plant-based or recycled. When it comes to vegan leather, there are a number of new options on the markets, including cactus leather and Piñatex, which is derived from pineapple skin. 

If you do pick outerwear made with plastic-based materials and fibers, keeping it out of the washing machine and spot-cleaning it instead is good way to reduce the micro plastic pollution associated with laundry.

It’s also good to keep in mind that the most sustainable garment is the one you already have, so consider continuing to wear what’s already in your closet before your shop for something new. 

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.

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