I have an admission: I wear wool. #gasp. I own a bunch of sweaters, ties, and coats before I made “the switch,” and I can’t bear to throw them out. I want to replace everything, but apart from the money, it has been hard finding vegan clothes suitable for the office. A particularly vexing issue has been trying to find a replacement for my wool overcoat. The choice for acceptable, cruelty free winter coats is surprisingly limited, even more so than shoes. Even if you can find a nice synthetic coat, it’s often filled with down. I figured I can’t be the only one who is having trouble with this, so I thought this would be a good time to launch the first in a series of What We Wear – clothes you need, but have a hard time going vegan with.
We narrowed our choices down using a few criteria:
1. Professional in a business casual setting. Didn’t have to be long enough to cover a suit, but had to go below the waist by a few inches at least. A lapel was preferable but not required. Hood was not a plus, but that wasn’t a deal breaker. Dark color, preferably black. Not puffy.
2. Warm. This was the hardest thing. There are plenty of cotton and synthetic rain coats with no insulation. We needed one for winter, so it would have to have some kind of synthetic lining – thinsulate, polyester (what else?). No down.
3. Reasonably priced. Another limiting factor, but this wasn’t too much of an obstacle. More expensive coats universally use animal products.
Available at Eddie Bauer