Ethical Fall Wardrobe Essentials We Love

You don’t need many ethical fall wardrobe essentials to look great this season! These are some of the best

By Emily Spenatto

We know about the importance of having exciting pieces in your closet. Ones that everyone will stop in their tracks for and say, “Where’d you get that?!” But before you run to fast-fashion stores for cheap, exciting fall trends, consider their effect on three ethical pillars: the environment, society, and your wallet!

You can still shop for eye-catching, ethical fall wardrobe essentials without compromising those three ethical pillars. To best identify these essentials, you’ll need to keep some things in mind:

  1. Will I wear it year after year? Avoid trends and choose timeless classics that will look fresh this season and a few years down the road.
  2. What else does it match in my closet? The idea behind an ethical wardrobe is to ensure almost every top can be matched with almost every bottom; that your shoes and underwear could be worn with at least half of what’s in your closet.
  3. Are the fibres all sustainable? When your garment is at the end of its useful life, will it be able to be recycled, or could it simply biodegrade? A good choice is TENCEL™ branded specialty fibers. These are derived from raw material wood. A truly sustainable and comfortable fiber, TENCEL is a game changer for the textile industry. 

Wondering which fall wardrobe essentials you should focus on this (and probably next) year? We’ve come up with a few, below. These should be much-loved classics that you’ll wear year after year. And the best part? When you’re done, the materials of these garments won’t damage the earth when disposed of properly!

Ethical Fall Wardrobe Essentials

ethical fall wardrobe essentials 

1. A Good Pair Of Trainers

We know that vegan trainers have basically replaced heels as the shoe of choice for the 2020s. And, they’re comfortable, too!

Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a truly ethical brand that sources responsibly. Many trainers contain synthetic foam in their soles.

Our pick: Allbirds Women’s Tree Runners come in every color you could imagine, and are a real treat for your feet! These trainers are made with TENCEL fibers sourced from Eucalyptus trees. They’re exceptional because they’re made with SweetFoam®, the first carbon negative, green EVA. And the laces? 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. That’s a win-win. Add this pair of trainers to your list of must-have ethical wardrobe essentials. 

allbird trainers

2. A Chunky Sweater

A chunky sweater is always one of those ethical fall wardrobe essentials we should have in our closet!  Ethical knitwear is comforting, warm, and can be used to layer clothes when fall weather gets a bit weird. 

Our pick: This Dedicated. Rutbo Blocks sweater is vegan and on the list of ethical wardrobe essentials to feel good about. It’s made from 50% organic cotton and 50% TENCEL™ Lyocell. In addition to supporting sustainable practices, Dedicated. supports artists and creatives from all over the world … and they ship worldwide! 

colorblock sweater

3. A Beautiful Turtleneck 

Not only are they effortlessly chic, but turtlenecks are perfect for layering for the fall and winter months. Looking back at fashion trends over the years, turtlenecks have long been one of those ethical fall wardrobe essentials for all genders and ages. 

Our pick: Closed makes gorgeous ethical wardrobe essentials. We particularly love their new TENCEL and cotton long-sleeve blouse with a gorgeous pussy bow. This jersey-like knit covers two trends in one: turtlenecks and pussy bows! It’s sourced from Caifai, a small, Portuguese family business that ethically supports 140 employees.

ethical fall wardrobe essentials

4. An Oversized Blazer 

Whether you’re on a date, having lunch with friends, running errands, or going on a job interview: an oversized blazer works. Not only are these jackets comfortable, but they are also smart and chic! Fast fashion brands have capitalized on the blazer trend in all colours and fabrics. Look for one made from TENCEL branded fibers or cupro, a fibre made from cotton waste.

Our pick: Skip the fast-fashion lines and head to Aritzia for more ethical wardrobe essentials, like their Babaton Power Linen Blazer. Shoulder pads can be added to bring even more power to its wearer, too! We love how this one piece can serve multiple purposes and looks. This blazer is made with 36% TENCEL™ Lyocell and the lining is 100% cupro.

ethical fall wardrobe essentials

5. Cropped Jeans

Jeans are that fashion must-have that need no explanation. We can argue whether or not skinny jeans are a thing of the past, but one thing is for certain: denim continues to be one of the most polluting textiles. Good thing there are now more eco-friendly denim brands than ever! A good, slightly cropped pair is our pick for one of those ethical fall wardrobe essentials that can circulate through nearly every outfit. 

Our pick: For your next denim purchase, try Kings of Indigo. The Alice jeans are part of a collection that uses no new cotton. They’re dyed with Kitotex, which is a non-polluting polymer that is made from recycling food waste. It’s time to say goodbye to hazardous chemicals in the denim industry!

ethical fall wardrobe essentials

All images courtesy the brands. Main image: Artizia Scond image: Kings of Indigo

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