08 Dec

The Ultimate Guide to More Sustainable Outerwear

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If you’re curious about how you can make the switch to responsible fashion during the colder months, here’s our ultimate guide to more ethically-minded and sustainable outerwear sorted by several world regions.

Outerwear for every occasion

Whether you’re looking into slow fashion for the first time or need some new pieces, supporting better fashion brands can be a great option for sourcing versatile and even performance-based threads.

When it comes to outerwear, finding what you need can be overwhelming with the plethora of styles, materials, and fits available. At Good On You, our mission is to help you understand how brands impact the issues you care about. In line with this ethos, we’ve created a special list of our favourite more sustainable outerwear pieces for everyone divided by region—Oceania, Asia, UK, North America, and Europe.

Scroll on to spot gorgeous puffers ready for any winter storm, vegan leather jackets, waterproof parkas, and more.

Oceania

Kalaurie

Rated: Great
A woman wearing a chic trench by Kalaurie.

State of Emergency Trench – Ships internationally from Australia

The State of Emergency Trench is a unlined, statement trench jacket featuring adjustable ruched sleeves with ties, a waist belt, side inseam pockets, back split, and a relaxed fit.

Stunning designs, beautifully made, to the highest ethical standards—Kalaurie is one of those labels that gives you a rush of excitement when you first find it. This is a Melbourne brand that makes capsule collections, with an emphasis on signature shirt tailoring. There are so many reasons to love Kalaurie, and it rates highly in all three categories.

The pieces are available in 2XS-2XL.

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Kowtow

Rated: Good
A woman wearing a green workwear jacket by Kowtow.

Worker Jacket in Forest Denim – Ships internationally from Australia

This lightweight denim jacket is perfect for any season. Featuring oversized patch pockets and finished with a contrast topstitching, the Worker Jacket has a relaxed, boxy fit and fastens at the front with nickel-free metal tacks.

Kowtow uses organic, fair trade cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce its clothes. It designs elegant, timeless womenswear, and also has a range of ceramics.

Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

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Maggie Marilyn

Rated: Good
A woman wearing a sustainable blazer by Maggie Marilyn.

Have The Faith Blazer Green – Ships internationally from Australia

The queen of blazers, Maggie Marilyn is changing the outerwear game.

Need-to-know designer Maggie Marilyn’s clothes are defined by her strong sense of luxury and fresh point of view. Inspired to create collections that are sustainable as well as beautiful, the New Zealand-based label utilises organic cottons and ethically produced silks to craft effortlessly glamorous designs.

Sizes available are XS-L.

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Shop Maggie Marilyn @ Farfetch.

Shop Maggie Marilyn Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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Bianca Spender

Rated: Good
A chic, more sustainable long coat by Bianca Spender.

Khaki Check Wool Copenhagen Coat – Ships internationally from Australia

Bianca Spender has truly outdone herself with this iconic wool coat. At once a striking peak lapel, this double-breasted, ¾  length coat is perfect to slide your hands into and throw on to wear out to the theatre or dinner.

Bianca Spender is Australian fashion royalty, who has taken sustainability into the heart of her label. From smart workwear to statement gowns, this is a label that employs the highest standards of design and quality. Bianca Spender uses deadstock fabric and natural fibres, making all her garments in Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited factories.

Find the range in S-L.

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Asia

The R Collective

Rated: Great
A woman wearing a long, chic sustainable coat by The R Collective.

Hove Coat – Ships internationally from Hong Kong

Elegantly draped, the Hove Coat is a double-breasted jacket tailored with a dropped shoulder line. Its slightly puffed sleeves add a feminine feel to the classic silhouette.

The R Collective’s womenswear collections are made by reusing rescued excess materials from leading luxury brands and reputable manufacturers. The brand uses a high-proportion of lower-impact materials, which limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. It also ensures the payment of a living wage in its supply chain.

The garments are offered in two sizes: XS-S and M-L.

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Shop The R Collective.

Norlha

Rated: Good
A unisex conscious jacket by Norlha.

Unisex Patch Pocket Shirt Jacket – Ships internationally from China

Norlha creates slow, more sustainable luxury fashion, made by nomads turned artisans on the Tibetan Plateau.

This rugged, unisex overshirt is made from densely woven 100% yak wool based on an original design from Norlha Atelier. With patch pockets on the chest and deep welt pockets at the sides, it offers practical, everyday comfort and will soften over time, gradually becoming like a second skin.

Items are available in sizes S-L.

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Shop Norlha.

United Kingdom

Culthread

Rated: Great
A sleek, more conscious puffer vest by Culthread.

Arundel Sky Blue Sleeveless Puffer Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

Looking for a Canada Goose alternative? Look no further. This deadstock-based sleeveless puffer is a winter staple.

Culthread is a UK-based clothing label that offers stylish, practical, and everlasting jackets and accessories from vegan and deadstock materials. Culthread’s goal is to make quality coats and lifestyle products that you will want to wear and treasure forever.

Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Culthread @ Immaculate Vegan.

Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
A timeless, conscious blazer by Mother of Pearl.

Romy Tan Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

Chic blazers reimagined—the Romy is fashioned in a blend of TENCEL™ lyocell and organic cotton.

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand from the UK that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain.

Find most products in UK sizes 6-16.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Ninety Percent

Rated: Good
A woman wearing a jacket by Ninety Percent.

Lilium Organic Cotton Denim Shirt – Ships internationally from the UK

Two-in-one, this organic cotton denim shirt can be worn as an outerwear-style piece or just as a shirt, making it truly versatile from casual to smart and day to night.

Ninety Percent is a British label that offers everyday essentials, sharing 90% of distributed profits between five charitable causes and those who make their collections happen.

Find collections in UK sizes 2XS-2XL.

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People Tree

Rated: Great
A chic, boxy jacket by People Tree.

Sally Twill Jacket in Black – Ships internationally from the UK

Eco-fashion pioneer and leader People Tree is a seriously responsible brand and one of our favourites. The Sally Twill Jacket in black denim is a staple statement piece. Featuring a boxy, oversize cut that falls just below hip-height, it will layer over sweaters with ease.

The brand uses lower-impact materials and addresses labour risks by adopting the Fairtrade International – Small Producers Organisations Code of Conduct.

Find most products in UK sizes 6-18.

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Shop People Tree UK.

Shop People Tree EU.

Shop People Tree @ Wearwell.

North America

Wuxly Movement

Rated: Good
A heavy-duty parka by Canadian Wuxly.

Men’s ELK Parka – Ships internationally from Canada

This heavy-duty parka will surely keep you warm this winter.

Wuxly Movement is a Canadian brand that produces outerwear designed to be a unique combination of tech-based and recycled materials for elite performance. Drawing on Canada’s heritage in quality manufacturing, the founder saw an opportunity to innovate using sustainable materials all while peacefully leaving animals out of the equation.

Find the range in 2XS-3XL.

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BEDI

Rated: Good
An extra-long Parka by BEDI.

Orsola Extended Parka – Ships internationally from Canada

Handmade in Montreal, BEDI’s Extended Parka is a closet staple for all winters to come.

Canadian-brand BEDI creates handmade bags, knits and outerwear driven by a creative ethos to wear a better tomorrow. It promotes circularity with its careful selection of lower-impact materials, from upcycled airline seat leather and fishnets, to vegan cactus leather and more sustainably grown cotton. Driven by a slow fashion ethos, its pieces are grounded in utility and constructed for life, intended for you and beyond.

Find the range in sizes in XS-XL.

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Patagonia

Rated: Good
A woman wearing a long, durable parka by American Patagonia.

Women’s Down With It Parka – Ships internationally from the US

Patagonia is a brand that truly lives and breathes the great outdoors. One of our favourites, this parka is made for weathering any kind of storm. Patagonia’s knee-length parka has a 100% recycled polyester shell and a removable, insulated hood.

The brand also has strong labour rights and is committed to reducing its energy use and emissions.

It stocks sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop Patagonia @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

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The North Face

Rated: Good
A woman wearing a gorgeous red parka by The North Face.

Women’s Plus Metropolis Parka – Ships internationally from the US

The slim-fit Women’s Plus Metropolis Parka is a water-repellent, 550-fill down jacket that keeps your upper body, hips, and thighs warm and protected from harsh winter weather.

For more than 50 years, The North Face has made activewear and outdoor sports gear that exceeds expectations. The brand has good policies to eliminate hazardous chemicals in its supply chain and uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled materials.

Find the range in XS-3XL.

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Shop The North Face Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop The North Face Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

tentree

Rated: Good
A woman wearing a sustainable jacket by tentree.

EcoLoft Zip Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

Making your cosy fall dreams a reality, this recycled sherpa fleece ticks all the boxes. No need to stress about pilling—tentree has harnessed the power of sustainability to create an anti-pill fabric for long-lasting wear.

Canadian brand tentree believes big change starts small. All tentree’s products are created with an Earth-first approach, meaning they’re made in fair, safe working conditions, and constructed using more sustainably sourced and recycled materials.

tentree’s super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples are typically available from XS-XL.

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Outerknown

Rated: Good
A man wearing a workwear jacket by Outerknown.

Men’s Journey Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a responsible brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources.

The brand’s Journey Jacket is a M65-inspired, mid-weight jacket in 4oz organic cotton and hemp blend twill. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association.

Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Outerknown.

Shop Outerknown @ Wearwell.

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Europe

Deadwood

Rated: Good
A woman wearing a vegan leather coat by DEADWOOD.

Vanian Cactus Coat – Ships internationally from Sweden

Looking for the perfect vegan leather jacket? Deadwood’s products are setting a new standard—this long coat is made from a vegan cactus leather alternative, similar to full-grain leather in a rather stiff hand feel.

Stockholm-based Deadwood creates recycled leather clothes, aiming to reinvent how we think about fashion. It recycles cut-offs created during the manufacturing process and traces suppliers in all of its supply chain.

Find the garments in sizes XS-XL.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great
A classic denim jacket by ARMEDANGELS.

Velitaa Retro Denim Jacket – Ships internationally from Germany

Affordable, ethical, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a top score overall from us. This retro-style denim jacket is a classic closet staple for all seasons. The brand covers all the basics for women, men, and kids.

Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting pieces are made from lower-impact and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad.

Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Armedangels.

Shop Armedangels @ Earthkind.

Shop Armedangels @ Veneka.

ZEROBARRACENTO

Rated: Good
A long camel coat by ZEROBARRACENTO.

Tanzen Lux Camel Coat – Ships internationally from Italy

ZEROBARRACENTO is an Italian brand that creates zero-waste silhouettes that celebrate the personality of those who wear it. This extra long coat in 100% recycled camel is a timeless and gender-neutral piece.

Made in Italy with high quality materials, it’s developed making use of the distinctive zero-waste technique, speciality of ZEROBARRACENTO.

You can find most pieces in sizes S-L.

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LANIUS

Rated: Good
A long check coat by LANIUS.

Long Check Jacket – Ships internationally from Germany

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“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. With a wide fit, unlined, and extra long, this jacket is perfect for layering looks—the two-tone check and the slightly hairy structure give the jacket a certain shirt character.

The German brand uses more eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.

LANIUS’ clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Dedicated

Rated: Great
A man in a DEDICATED jacket.

Padded Jacket Vallentuna Corduroy Tiger Brown – Ships internationally from Sweden

Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. This padded jacket in corduroy is a great unisex, transitional piece.

All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style.

Find the clothes in XS-XL.

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Shop Dedicated @ Earthkind.

ISTO.

Rated: Good
A man wearing a conscious jacket by ISTO.

Work Jacket – Ships internationally from Portugal

Tailored for perfection and softened with an organic wash, ISTO.’s Work Jacket is inspired by one of the most classic garments of modern times—the French Veste de Travail.

The brand uses organic and non-synthetic materials, and is incredibly transparent in showing you the true cost of your clothes when you go to purchase a piece for your wardrobe.

The range is available in XS-XL.

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