After a record-setting summer of heat across most of the United States, it's finally fall -- which means you probably need a jacket.
Whether you're looking for a modern trench to take on your cool-weather travels, a cozy wool cape for chilly nights, a vintage-inspired pop of color, a casual anorak, or a go-anywhere blazer, these eco-friendly options have got you covered.
1. Nau Shroud of Purrin
The Shroud of Purrin trenchcoat from Nau is the best of both worlds: a stand-up collar, zippered pockets, extended cuffs, and a water-resistant recycled polyester exterior fabric mean it's tough enough to keep you dry and warm on dreary October days and at windy football games -- but the diagonal zipper, double-needle stitching, and crisp lines mean it's tailored enough to wear on your next urban vacation.
Nau also promises that the coat is "super compressible" -- so you won't be second-guessing that decision to visit London in November. (Shroud of Purrin trench, $380)
2. H. Fredriksson Batwing Coat
Few actives are cozier on blustery fall days than wrapping up in a big blanket with a cup of tea and your favorite eco-documentary: The H. Fredriksson Batwing Coat brings that comfort to everything from your commute to a weekend stroll through the park.
The coat is a black tweed made from reclaimed wool (read: it goes with everything) and the adjustable collar can act as a turtleneck or fold down to make room for a stylish scarf. (H Fredriksson Batwing coat, $465)
3. Orla Kiely Trench
Add a pop of color to cloudy days with the vintage-inspired, vibrant Orla Kiely trench coat from Fair Trade company People Tree.
The rounded collar, back-buttoned pleat, simple tie, and gathered shoulders give this coat an uber-feminine style, while the tiny falling leaf print (on organic, Fair Trade-certified cotton) is a natural choice for autumn.
Not sure you can pull off the color? It also comes in a muted charcoal gray. (Orla Kiely trench coat, £150 or about $240)
4. Stewart + Brown Hooded Anorak
Dressy trench coats have their place in your closet -- for wearing over dresses and work clothes, for avoiding puddle splatter on wet days -- but this go-anywhere hooded anorak from Stewart + Brown was designed for "days when you need to grab something cute and easy and run out the door," says the company.
The organic French terry cotton jacket has contrasting buttons over a drawstring waist for a no-fuss fit, and the lined hood and asymmetrical hem make the anorak fashionable and functional. (Stewart + Brown hooded anorak, $284)
5. Prana Parissa Jacket
Going from tank tops to trenches is a weather-based blow to your sense -- we know. Bridge the gap between warm end-of-summer days and freezing cold winters with the Parissa jacket from Prana.
Made from 100 percent organic cotton with metal buttons, the jacket is part tailored blazer and part welcome extra layer -- so it's the kind of piece you'll want to have on hand to wear with jeans, skirts, or dresses when those unexpected chilly winds pop up. (Prana Parissa jacket, $74)
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