Do you live in Alaska? Do you have dreams of sleeping in an Icelandic igloo? Do you spend more time than the average human searching through the freezer for vegan ice cream? (Am I projecting?) Well, either way, brrr.


When times are excessively cold, you may start to second-guess your animal-friendly stance, thinking, “I don’t want animals to be killed for wool, fur trim, or down feathers, but it’s gonna be so cold …”

Snap out of it!


Vegan winter wardrobes are real, and they’re spectacular. Here are some of our favorite finds for staying warm in the face of wicked weather.

Jackets, Coats, and Parkas

Canada Goose? Gag. Anyone who’s opposed to looking like an evil doofus wouldn’t be caught dead framing their face with animal fur or covering their body with goose feathers. You can’t pull it off, hunni. It’s not OK for companies to torment and kill animals for jackets (or for any reason), and when you require heavy-duty winter gear, you can still refuse to pay for animal abuse. These compassionate brands have got you covered, with all the cute and cozy options you need:

Some well-known brands, like The North Face, also offer warm, cruelty-free jackets—just make sure you check the tags and only buy items made of 100 percent vegan materials before purchasing. (Click here if you need some help figuring out which materials to look for and which to avoid.)


We know that your li’l piggies need to stay warm ‘n’ toasty, too, while you trek through the tundra. So let’s talk about UGG: It’s a greedy company that profits from torturing animals, and to that, we say #boybye #boycotted. Look for vegan boots from these brands instead:


Scarves are so cute. #AmIRite But hey—you know what’s not cute? Putting tight bands on lambs’ scrotums until they become necrotic and fall off. I didn’t make that up (that’d be weird if I did)—the wool industry actually does this to sheep. Let’s skip the gruesome castrations this winter, shall we? Try some vegan scarves, like ones offered by these brands:


Socks can have wool in them sometimes, especially ones marketed as “extra-warm.” But hello—in this millennium, we use technology (not animals) to get the job done, and socks are no exception. Your search for comfortable, durable, sweat-wicking socks that keep your feet warm and dry without the use of animals ends here.

  • Darn Tough Vermont: The Coolmax Zuni Micro Crew Cushion Sock is designed for hiking but works well for winter walks, too (available in men’s and women’s).
  • Wrightsock: The Adventure Crew Sock is a double-layer sock made of Dri-Wright. The two layers help prevent blisters and wick sweat (available in men’s and women’s).
  • Jackpine: The Two Four Sevens are designed for everyday use but are also great for walking in cold weather. Made of MaxDry polyester, these cushioned socks are reinforced to stop them from slipping and bunching (available in men’s and women’s).


You’ll need full use of your phalanges if you get caught in a blizzard and need to send an SOS text (or, more importantly, post pictures of your vegan hot chocolate on Instagram)—so keep them from freezing with these vegan gloves:


Your head is a fairly important part of your body, so be nice to it by keeping it warm—and be nice to animals by not paying for them to be killed.  ? Here are some good options:


Staying warm doesn’t have to mean condemning animals to hell on Earth—the cruelty and exploitation inherent in the wool, fur, and down industries mean that buying winter gear made from animal parts is never the way to go. These recommended items should help you narrow down your choices in the seemingly endless sea of fashionable, warm, animal-friendly options.

sheep used for wool

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals 

If you decide to stray from this list, fine—just be sure to look out for and avoid animal-derived materials that you might see listed on labels. These include alpaca, angora, calfskin, camel hair, cashmere, down, felt, flannel, fleece, fur, leather, mohair, pashmina, shearling, sheepskin, silk, suede, tweed, wool, and others.

Opt instead for vegan materials like Tencel, modal, bamboo, and viscose (which are highly sustainable)—as well as acrylic, corduroy, cotton, cotton flannel, denim, elastic, faux fur, flannelette, imitation leather, leatherette, linen, moleskin, muslin, nylon, polyester, polyester fleece, rayon, rubber, Spandex, Ultrasuede, velour, and velveteen.