While fur and leather may frequently be splashed across front pages of high fashion magazines, conscious consumers are now recognizing the unbelievable amount of animal cruelty that lurks behind these stylish designs. For those who want to stay warm as well as cruelty-free this winter, these fashionable outerwear pieces have all been approved by PETA.

Eddie Bauer
While you may believe that your winter coat is already cruelty-free, many do not realize that the soft down that their coat is lined with has actually come from animals. While it does have some fantastic insulating qualities, there are many other alternatives available, and these guarantee to keep you just as warm. Eddie Bauer is a brand that makes use of Weatheredge, which is a synthetic insulation fabric that is extremely effective. This technology can be found in the brand’s Girl on the Go Trench Coat, which offers complete weather protection with a sleek silhouette. The princess seams used ensure that the coat fits your body well, while the adjustable and removable hood give you a few different options when it comes to wearing this coat.

Stella McCartney

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Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney has been a huge advocate for cruelty-free fashion for a while now, and this brand is continuously being endorsed by PETA. Some of the brand’s faux fur highlights for this season include the Fur Free Fur Dan Coat and the Fur Free Fur Linen Alexis Waistcoat. Both of these pieces are available in a few different colors, and are beautifully sophisticated, created with the softest of fabrics.

Marmot creates outerwear that can stand up to the harshest of weather conditions, and because their primary form of insulation in these garments is a polyester-based fabric called Thermal R, which is known for being extremely lightweight but warm and durable, they are able to offer a range of cruelty-free products. From short jackets to sleek vests to longer coats, there are some great PETA approved options to be found at Marmot.

Forever 21

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Forever 21
For those that like the trendy aesthetic of Forever 21, you will be happy to know that this brand offers a wide range of cruelty-free items. This season, their Faux Fur Mock Neck Coat can be styled for both day and night, while the Faux Suede Mock Neck Jacket will add an edgy appeal to just about any look. There are also a number of faux fur pieces that are guaranteed to give your style some added glam, from the Oversized Faux Fur Coat to the Faux Fur-Trimmed Jacket.

While PETA may often receive a fair bit of negative press, the way in which they unabashedly support animal welfare is inspiring to many. More and more brands are now realizing the downfall to using animal-derived components in their garments, and it is likely that, in the future, there will be even more cruelty-free fashion ranges to choose from. There is already an increasing number of “vegan fashion” available, even by well-established brands, and by purchasing these options as much as possible, you will be helping to create an increase in demand for cruelty-free clothing.