“I LOVE this weather!” a friend texted today. “Sweaters, scarves, jackets…!” Jackets, indeed. Whether long, short, tailored, or swing, a really great coat has transformative power, turning otherwise drab outfits into full-ensemble looks. Choose one with strong line, decorative details, texture, or color that telegraphs your core sense of style. Here, six bold toppers to help you step into the season, sustainably.
IT’S A CINCH
Canadian designer Leanne McElroy embodies eco-chic. Favoring retro-classic lines with dramatic touches (such as this wide pop-up collar), the designer’s longevity-minded style sensibility makes good sense in times like these. In lightweight organic cotton, the sophisticated Azalea is a smart choice for transitioning into colder weather.
The Kiera zip-up sweater by Gramicci is just the thing to cozy up in while cycling in the country this weekend. Knit with a sturdy hemp/organic cotton blend, this trim topper has the cutest details: a high ribbed collar, elbow patches, a cable-knit yoke, and oversized pockets—just right for toting freshly plucked apples.
A style perennial, the biker jacket carries a hint of daredevilry that gives any outfit a bold edge. Season after season, Oslo-based design group FIN creates socially responsible, sustainable collections with serious high-fashion chic. Made of organically grown, fair trade-certified cotton, this trim jacket leaves behind no footprint—it’s carbon neutral.
Swing into fall with Stewart + Brown’s roomy topper. Simply cut, this organic cotton classic boasts fine tailoring details like princess seaming and hidden side pockets. Wide hemp/silk cuffs and a fold-over collar add a subtly luxe touch to a versatile silhouette that takes you from the farmers’ market to an evening string quartet with ease.
TAKE THE A-LINE
Looking for a standout fall coat? California designer Kelly Barry has style and attitude all wrapped up. With a collarless neckline, notched three-quarter sleeves, and a rivet-studded yoke, her Adella A-line is a modern spin on a mid-century classic. Kelly B is made locally with forward-thinking materials like this coat’s organic cotton/recycled poly-fiber blend.
With a couture-quality coat like Lara Miller’s Ryan, you could be barenaked underneath and still look like a million bucks. Here, Miller’s signature asymmetry and minimalism is all gussied up with a delicately ruffled collar that would outshine Queen Elizabeth’s. Made sustainably with a hemp/wool/lyocell blend, this coat’s a wardrobe investment that’ll pay you back in style dividends—and compliments—for years to come.