It’s finally time to the shake the dust off our winter coats! Coats are an amazing way to bring an outfit to life, however, if you are feeling less than excited about the prospect of wearing that bobbly old thing that you bought in the Christmas sales five years ago, then it may be time to invest in a new one. Buying a coat that is both practical, well-made and timeless will ensure that it will not only last for years, but will also age with grace and make you excited to wear it time and time again. Let’s check out some ways that you can wrap up warm this winter in an ethical and sustainable way. Investing in quality over quantity will not only save you money but will also ensure that you and our planet look and feel fabulous year after year.
1. Charity & Vintage Shops
Charity and vintage shops are full of hidden gems. The coats they stock have often already stood the test of time. Before the fast-fashion movement and when fashion did not represent a sweat-shop rat-race, garments were made with love and care. Vintage coats are often excellent quality and are made with the best quality fabrics. Leather jackets are amazing to buy from vintage or charity shops, and the age of the jacket only adds to the character.
TOP TIP: When buying coats second-hand, always check out the fabric label. 100% Wool? Yes please. Also check for missing buttons/tears etc. But rest-assured, charity and vintage shops are often very diligent in their quality checks, and a garment should already be flagged and reduced if there are any obvious imperfections.
Everlane offer a curated selection of amazing coats and jackets that are both practical and timeless in style. Everlane pride themselves on their ethical factories and radical transparency. They also claim to source the finest materials, producing garments that are made to last for many years.
WE WANT: Their Italian ReWool (recycled wool) coats and Trench coats are particularly tempting and will never go out of style.
3. ASOS Marketplace
Shopping at ASOS marketplace is an amazing way to support independent sellers and find unique pieces at a cheaper price than retail. The Marketplace is full of pre-loved gems and is the perfect spot to find a twist on a classic and play around with your style. Perhaps opt for a leather mac or an oversized denim jacket.
TOP TIP: Just make sure that you are sticking with the classic tailoring shapes or really high quality fabrics so that you know you’ll keep that coat for a lifetime.
Although slightly more expensive, Wolf & Badger carefully select an array of sustainable and ethically made garments. The coats are produced by independent designers and so they are often slightly more creative and unique in design. The high quality will certainly be there, meaning that it will last you for many years.
TOP TIP: When buying from here, make sure that you love your chosen piece and are confident that you have outfits to wear it with. This is not a platform for impulsive purchasing, but instead is about really investing in a coat and a designer that you adore.
5. Farfetch Pre-owned
And now for the real luxury. Farfetch preowned offers the most beautiful pre-loved designer coats. From Burberry, to Louis Vuitton and Hermès, this really is the platform to make the investment of a lifetime. Farfetch Pre-owned represents a circular economy and is the ultimate treat.
WE WANT: Opt for a classic Burberry Mac or a fabulous Chanel Wool coat.