You may have seen the news this week about the new labels in Patagonia shorts. Just four words appear on the underside of the labels: Vote the a**holes out.
This isn’t just cheeky resistance; Patagonia is a company that’s always stood up for the environment, so it’s right on brand for them to get loud about any leaders who are ignoring — or flat-out denying — the undeniable impact of climate change. (Though we can imagine which leaders in particular they’re calling out.)
Note that the labels are only placed in Patagonia’s adult-sized Road to Regenerative Stand Up Shorts, so you don’t have to run to your kids’ closet in a panic, parents.
So if you want to continue supporting the brand that has always lived its mission to combat the climate crisis in multiple ways, I thought I’d put together some of our favorite fall Patagonia jackets for the whole family. Even though they don’t have any hidden messages under the labels. Yet.
Shop your values, friends. It feels good.
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Fall jackets for women…
As we transition into fall, a lightweight waterproof jacket like Patagonia’s City Rain Coat is a great staple to have in your closet. And it comes in four gorgeous colors. It will keep you dry as you run your kids back and forth from their remote learning pod, or while you stand on line to vote this fall. ($229, available at Nordstrom or Patagonia)
Need a transitional piece that keeps you warm as the mercury dips? (Yes, climate change creates abnormally cold temperatures too.) Patagonia Radalie Water-Repellent, Thermogreen-Insulated Parka will keep you legit warm this winter, and while the copper is fun, the forge grey color is stylish enough for women who keep trying to wean off of all-black coats! I love that it’s versatile enough to keep you warm when we’re backyard grilling into November — seeing as how lots of us will be embracing the friluftsliv lifestyle this winter to beat the COVID boredom. ($159, available at Nordstrom or Patagonia; also available in girls sizes for $99)
If you prefer a longer silhouette in a fall parka that’s a little more stylish than sporty, be sure to check out the Radiale Long Parka which is just as water-repellant and comfy as the the shorter version above. That shape is just so flattering! And the length is nice for those of us who want to keep a few layers hidden underneath — or just pair it over warm leggings when we are racing around doing errands. Just note that it’s suggested you order one size up. ($199 at Nordstrom)
Fall jackets for men…
If you’re a guy who likes the quilted fall jacket look — and that fabulous grey color — I’ve found just the thing for you. Pagatonia’s Down Sweater Hoodie is windproof and water-repellant, and the hoodie will keep him truly warm no matter how long he’s outside. The 800-fill power goose down makes sure of that. And accounts for the higher price. Very smart investment piece that will last for years — as it should be. ($279, available at Nordstrom or in more colors at Patagonia)
I asked my high school-aged son what he’d want in a jacket for fall, and he said, “long sleeves, a hoodie, and comfy like a sweatshirt.” So I think Patagonia’s Pack-In Pullover is a jacket he’d actually wear, which is a big deal. Am I the only parent of a teen boy who refuses to wear a coat all winter long? That goes for some grown men I know, too. Find five great colors including solids and contrast color blocking, like the Basin Green option here. ($189, available at Patagonia)
Fall jackets for kids and teens…
My kids’ Patagonia jackets have held up long enough for us to pass them down from big brother to little sister and on down the line, and they’re still holding strong. So I’m all for spending more on a fall jacket from here, even if they seem expensive for kids.
For a teen girl, I’m loving this oversized bomber jacket style Synchilla Shelled Jacket from Patagonia with an ultra-high collar to keep out the wind. It’s roomy and comfortable but still offers some shape. And the water-repellent exterior and fleece lining mean she’ll stay extra warm while she’s outside. And, can I just say I love the blue look for fall? ($179 in women’s sizes, available at Patagonia)
If you’ve got an active younger kid, I highly recommend Patagonia’s Baby Down Sweater Jackets in sizes 3m-5T. The recycled goose down fill keeps kids warm, but it’s not so puffy that they’ll look like the kid from A Christmas Story. They have lots of patterns to choose from, as well as solid colors that may help you with the hand-me-down factor. ($99 at Patagonia)
And if your’e shopping for a bigger kid, find a big boys version of the Water-Repellant Reversible Down Sweater Jacket from Patagonia with that hoodie kids love. And yes, girls can wear it too. ($149, Nordstrom)