Many fashion brands are doing away with single-season styles, opting instead for timeless outerwear that’s designed to last longer and look good with as many outfits as possible. Some companies are also finding ways to be more sustainable and waste conscious, either by reusing materials or choosing cruelty-free alternatives. If you’re in need of a new winter coat, we’ve rounded up a selection of woolly wraps, practical wind-resistant jackets and unapologetically bright and bold styles that’ll banish those seasonal blues.
For colour and ethical stuffing, Adelaide label Toast Society creates vivid puffer jackets in hues such as raspberry, sea mist and cinnamon. The practical and sporty coats are filled with a cruelty-free polyester down, which will keep you dry and warm even in a storm. Prices start at $219.
When only minimalist styles will do, Bondi-born label Venroy has puffer jackets for men and women, starting at $300. Its olive green or black men’s jacket has a casual folded down collar, a curved hem and water-repellent nylon outer material. The women’s version is slightly cropped, has a bulkier collar and a hem toggle for extra secure insulation.
Minimal waste and gender neutral, Patagonia’s puffer jackets ($379.95) are stuffed with 100 per cent recycled down (using reclaimed duck and goose down). The soft, 70 per cent recycled polyester shell jackets come in sage-khaki, black and an orangey-brown. What really sets them apart is the hand-warming pockets, lined with micro brushed jersey. True bushwalking luxury.
Japanese retailer Uniqlo – king of the ultra light down jacket – has released a range of unisex styles made using recycled (85 per cent grey duck) down. The range is a product of its new in-store recycling program. Coats cost $129.90, and they’re available in muted grey, dark orange, brown, and dark green.
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Slow-fashion brand Friends With Frank creates transeasonal clothing that’s made either in Melbourne or in China, depending on the item. The company’s ethos is to be transparent with customers about its materials and processes. Its Harriet teddy coat ($399) is made from faux shearling polyester. It’s ideal for layering, available in oatmeal, tan, sage and black, and the coats are fully lined, with spacious pockets and concealed fastenings. Friends With Frank also has a Matilda trench ($599) crafted from double-faced Australian wool in camel, black and ecru (beige).
Inspired by the simple pleasure of a daily walk, Oroton’s autumn/winter 21 collection includes a quilted parka in bone-white ($549). The elegant, boxy fit jacket doesn’t look like something you’d throw on for a skip across the fields, but Oroton says it’s made of weather-resistant nylon, so at least it’ll keep you dry as you nip out to grab a coffee.
Inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian minimalist aesthetics, Adelaide-based Good Studios makes small-capsule ranges in classic designs. Each item is Australian made with locally sourced wool, often in neutral colours. Its melton trench, is available in burgundy, midnight blue and cedar. And each $419 coat features sustainably farmed tagua nut buttons, deep pockets and a tie belt. Buy one and they’ll plant a native tree on your behalf.
So popular, you may already own one: Assembly Label’s double-breasted wool coat comes in safe caramel, oat and navy. It’s made from 100 per cent wool, is manufactured in China, and right now you’ll need to preorder the $200 coat for its next June restock.
If you’ve got a piggy bank ready to smash, this investment coat will keep you cosy for years to come. Lee Mathews’s Florentine cashmere cocoon coat is made from a blend of 80 per cent wool, 20 per cent cashmere, and it’ll set you back $1529. The relaxed silhouette is ideal for layering over large knits, and each one has roomy patch pockets for storing all your secrets. Choose from army green, camel or ever-fashionable black.
Sydney label Noble is all about having minimal impact on the environment. Its checked Selia coat is made using deadstock fabric sourced from Italy. The 80 per cent cotton, 20 per cent polyester trench is surprisingly insulated. It has a waist tie, deep pockets and comes in three sizes.
For a lightweight option, Melbourne-based Handsom has a trench-style raincoat made from 100 per cent Italian wool. The hooded trench ($315) comes in one size (suitable for sizes 6 to 14) and has a large hood for protecting just-washed locks. Its houndstooth outer is also waterproof, plus those secure popper buttons will keep it from flapping open as you rush to catch the bus.