When you think of sherpa, it’s likely you think of warmth; soft throw blankets and teddy coats that wrap you up in a layer of pure comfort. It makes sense, considering that sherpa is a textile that has the look and feel of wool. It’s also known as faux sheepskin or faux shearling, created in likeness to the real material but made of polyester, cotton, or a blend of both fibers. It’s just as warm and because of its natural or synthetic make-up, sherpa is a great vegan-friendly alternative to wool. It’s also plush, soft, and supremely cozy for winter months.
In the last few years, sherpa jackets have risen in popularity—no doubt spurred by the shearling showstoppers presented by the likes of Acne Studios, Burberry, and Max Mara. Despite its emergence as a breakthrough trend, there’s no end in sight for the style: this category of outerwear has cemented itself as a mainstay for fall and winter, and without doubt, will become timeless in your wardrobe. From full teddy coats to jackets featuring leather or suede detailing, there’s a sherpa style for everyone.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of searching. Below are the best sherpa jackets to invest in now (and wear for years to come).