It’s time to layer up against the brisk fall air—and what fall wardrobe is complete without a leather jacket? There’s no need for eco-conscious and animal-loving fashionistas to miss out on this closet staple. Stylish faux leather jackets are easy to come by and are available in every cut, fit and color imaginable. A vegan leather jacket never seemed like a must for me until I came across the Black Swan Heart Vegan Jacket in black (pictured in the upper right hand corner in Teal Blue) at the Wallflower Boutique in downtown Santa Cruz. Ever since eyeing that beauty, I’ve realized just how versatile and handy an animal-friendly version of a classic leather jacket would be. Pictured here are some great options: in the center, the Distressed Faux Leather Jacket from Sam Edelman; upper right, Jack by BB Dakota Hit the Bricks Jacket in Red and, below that, the same designer’s What Motors Most Jacket (this company has lots of great vegan leather jackets); bottom left, the BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket. Throw one of these on with a slinky tee, soft scarf, your favorite jeans and vegan booties for a fall-ready casual look.