Our picks of the ethical fall fashion collections for this year will make you glad summer’s over!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
We don’t really ‘do’ seasonal trends here at Eluxe, because that just encourages, you know – needless overconsumption to keep up with ‘fashion’. But there can be no denying that as the weather gets chillier, it’s time to add some heavier clothing to your closet.
What we did notice from keeping our eye on the so-called trends from the fashion runways this season, though, is that it seems fashion is finally changing. For example? Menswear and womenswear are being presented together on the runways. Brands are questioning the very notion of seasons (finally!). And of course, more ethical fall fashion collections are being shown, as consumers increasingly demand clothing made with sustainable fabrics and by circular production methods.
For example? These brands below are rocking the ethical fall fashion collections with everything from innovative production methods to the use of all-natural, ethically sourced fabrics to create wardrobe must-haves for the chillier season.
Whether you’re after a cosy sweater, statement trousers, or just a basic work shirt, you’ll find it here in our picks of the ethical fall fashion collections.
Main image credit: Stylée.fr
Our Picks of The Ethical Fall Fashion Collections 2020
Luxurious, versatile silk—that you can throw in the wash? Yep, Everlane has made this a reality! Their Washable Silk Relaxed Shirt is less sheer and more durable than other kinds of silk, which means you can wash it right alongside your other clothes. Easy to wear and easy to clean, this top is perfect for those days when you’re not sure how the weather will be – this top matches shorts, jeans, skirts…you name it!
Not too keen on this simple style? Try some of their all-cotton sweaters, like the one below. It’s thick, warm, and looks great over one of their shirts when the chill sets in.
What we love most: These affordable basics by Everlane have the environment – and classic style – in mind. The brand is focused on making sustainable wardrobe staples that should stay chic and last for decades.
Let’s face it – knitwear can be a bit on the dull side at times. I mean, how many times have you worn a black-sweater-and-jeans combo? Warm, yes. Original, no.
Luckily, Amour Vert has created sustainable knits this season that come in a variety of colours, shapes and styles that will brighten up your fall! The brand’s cuts and drapes are so expertly done, it’s like wearing couture, but for a fraction of the price.
All Amour Vert’s pieces are created in limited quantities to reduce waste, and they only use sustainable fabrics, such as modal, Tencel or organic cotton, in their designs.
What we love most: This is possibly the most stylish sustainable fashion you’ll get for a decent price!
Who doesn’t need a great pair of jeans in the fall? And Reformation has just made what are indisputably the coolest jeans of the season!
Their Kayo style is an ultra high rise, skinny jean with a paperbag waist and a detachable belt. And if you’re not keen on such a high waist, their Star jeans are another great option. They feature a cleverly sewn star design on the derriere. We predict it will be much-copied by other brands!
What we love most: These blue jeans are green! They’re made from 41% recycled cotton, 41% TENCEL, and 18% Organically Grown Cotton.
If you’ve ever been to Peru, you’ll know that the alpacas there, which provide the wool for countless sweaters, are very well taken care of. They roam freely until it’s time for a haircut, and the result is super-warm, ethically made knitwear that’s timelessly stylish, with an ethnic touch. But if you prefer to go vegan, Peruvian Connection also uses plenty of Pima Cotton to create their designs, such as those below.
Peruvian Connection are experts in the ethical knitwear field, and their sustainable fall fashion collection features all the natural, earthy colours you’d expect to see in the Sacred Valley. Their wraps, scarves and jackets will keep you warm on the chilliest of nights!
What we love most: Alpaca wool, unlike sheep’s wool, keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold, and it’s never scratchy or uncomfortable. Peruvian alpaca is also dyed naturally, with plants.
Popular vegan bag brand Matt and Nat realised that vegans have a serious problem when it comes to winter wear! Coats are usually made of wool, leather or stuffed with down, leaving us out in the cold, literally.
The solution? Vegan friendly versions of the most popular winter coat styles, from ‘cashmere’ and ‘down filled’ puffa coats to the super classic ‘leather’ biker jacket. All with handbags to match, of course!
What we love most: The whole collection is 100% cruelty free, ethically made, and that vegan leather jacket has our name all over it!
Think cardigans are for your grannie? That turtlenecks are for 1970s bachelors? Think again! Ninety Percent’s organic cotton cardis and roll necks are very NOW. They look great dressed up with skirts or tailored trousers. When paired with track pants or tights, they become streetwear. Versatile, classic, and made from organic cotton. What more could you ask for?
What we love most: Ninety Percent is so-called because that’s how much of their profits they donate to good causes! Wow, right?
High waisted pants are definitely trending this season. And they don’t get more gorgeous than the sharply tailored trousers by King & Tuckfield! These also feature floor-sweeping cuffs that look great with a heeled shoe or sneakers. Each pair is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using quality fabrics like merino wool or organic cotton.
What we love most: King & Tuckfield founder Stacey Wood is inspired by ‘50s British style, which she translates in a way that feels at once fresh and classic.
If you’re worried that fall means an end to fun summer patterns and colours, never fear! HOST & VAR’s autumn collection is all about vibrant vibes!
Their collection for the season was inspired by the height of the disco age and Studio 54. You’ll find exciting, unique patterns specially commissioned from fabric designer Amelia Graham, printed on biodegradable, vegan-friendly cupro.
What we love most: The gorgeous, retro feeling to the cuts of the clothing. Think: Bishop sleeves, maxi dresses, and high waisted trousers.
Are you worried about the environmental impact of cashmere? The sustainable solution is Riley Studio’s sweaters! They’re hand crafted in Scotland, using Re.VersoTM yarn from Italy. This recycled cashmere demonstrates the latest in eco- innovative technology and plays an integral part in working towards a circular economy. Made up of pre consumer textile waste, this innovative yarn offers the same quality as virgin cashmere, but with a much smaller carbon footprint.
What we love most: Apart from being super eco-friendly, Riley Studio’s styles are eternally chic, and unisex, too!
10. Rothy’s Shoes
All those trousers, sweaters and wraps mentioned above are lovely. But what will you wear on your feet?
Rothy’s purveys an incredible collection of chic sneakers, trainers and flats that not only look amazing with any fall outfit, but are also super-eco-friendly. They’re created from bottles and other plastic refuse that was rescued from over 30 miles of coastline. But that’s not all: Rothy’s uses a zero-waste, 3D knitting technique to create their styles, too.
What we love most: All of Rothy’s shoes are 100% vegan friendly!
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