Look Good Feel Good Outerwear

Written by on October 17, 2012 in Fashion, Women - Comments Off on Look Good Feel Good Outerwear

Get ready for the chilly days ahead with outwear that can withstand the elements and your high standards when it comes to style. It’s time to pass-on that boxy barn coat to a girlfriend because there are just too many luxurious and eco-friendly options available now not to upgrade your street style.

Elizabeth Roberts makes outerwear with a Parisian sensibility.  Roberts herself is smart and stylish busy mother and entrepreneur. She was looking for something that was functional and could make the transition from the sidelines on the soccer field to dinner out.  Unable to find something that met her standards in both arenas, she created her own on the back of napkin while sitting in a Paris café on vacation. Dedicated exclusively to outerwear, the line also includes patented Smart Shield technology which blocks the EMF waves emitted from that cell phone in your pocket.  The Le Sportif is one of those pieces that could go over a pair of jeans as easily as it could an elegant LBD.



















If you’re going for maximum warmth, there’s none better than Patagonia. This company has built a reputation for superior quality with an impeccable record when it comes to sustainability. In fact, they are widely regarded as industry leaders in this regard. They also make one of the most stylish down jacket in the marketplace. Their Downtown Loft Parka is not only waterproof with patented Deluge DWR technology, it’s also ultrawarm with premium 800-fill goose down. They take great pains to ensure that their down is not live-plucked (rather it’s comes as a by-product of the meat industry), so you can feel good as well as snug in this beautiful coat that comes in black, gray, and lava (pictured here).


Eileen Fisher has been steadily moving their aesthetic into a more fashion-forward range. The Funnel Neck Coat is a fine example. This architecturally styled swing coat in boiled wool is as elegant as it is warm. The versatility of the piece is classic Eileen Fisher who makes clothing that can serve multiple purposes. She is also one of the larger brands that is overtly committed not only to sustainability but substantive causes that support the empowerment of women and girls all over the world. Indeed the list of causes that have engendered the active involvement of this retailer is impressive including a Leadership Grant Program for women and girls.

Indie retailer, Vaute Couture, should not be overlooked. Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart has been making haute couture vegan coats (vaute) since 2009. She is nearly unmatched in the ecofashion outerwear niche for ethical high-style. Indeed Alicia Silverstone wrote, “I love the styles, but what I love even more what the company stands for.”

Hilgart, a vegan herself, has created amazing coats using no animal products anywhere in the process. Their most popular coat, the wax-coated Havana Belden, is sexy and classic all at once with a collar that can be worn three different ways. The Emily style takes the Belden a step further in “edge” with zipper details on the arms, a tie at the waist, and a removable hood. This style is available in a synthetic wool fabric.

Enjoy the cooler weather in style and substance this year.


About the Author


Oceana Lott travels the world and writes about ethical fashion from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to her blog, titled Oceana’s Canvas, you can follow her on Twitter at OceanasCanavas, Facebook at Oceana’s Canvas – Ethical Style, and Pinterest at Oceana’s Canvas.