We’re on the cusp of Autumn, and it’s time to replenish the ol’ wardrobe with lovely scarves, gloves, sweaters and trousers! (…and boots and socks and hats and stockings… oh my!)
So, I’ve decided to compose a concise selection of my fall apparel wishlist, a mixture of the chicest, comfiest, greenest, most organically lovely things I could find. Now I simply need to find someone who will be a dear and buy me all these fabulous things! (My birthday’s coming up, wink…)
COATS/JACKETS: Check out Nau, a performance-chic line of smartly tailored, impeccably constructed outdoor basics–tees, pants, jackets, long johns– for men and women on the move. Nau operates on the design philosophy of “beauty, performance, and sustainability”, and they utilize organic cotton and recycled materials in all of their brilliant items. (And somehow all their stuff looks like it could go from forest to city in a snap).
Nau could easily slide into this category as well, with such great layering pieces and neutral colors, they are great for staple items. For shirts, I always run to American Apparel. Not only are their goods actually made in America, but they offer some organic cotton options along with their standard pieces (and they have so many color options!)
You can’t go wrong with Patagonia. They’ve been around for several decades, and are so involved in helping to keep a healthy environment for the world that I can’t even begin to list their green certifications, initiatives and programs. Their clothes last forEVER too! I’ve had a pair of their Capilene long johns since I was 15, and they are still in fantastic shape.
SHOES/BOOTS: Yes, we’ve posted about them here before, but I cannot get enough of TOMS shoes! Their new Wrap Boots for fall are on the absolute top of my list, and with their pioneering premise of “one-for-one”, you can feel great about buying something so fabulous for yourself (because you know a cute little kid gets a new pair of shoes too!)
Another great brand for shoes is Terra Plana. There are re-used elements in every Terra Plana shoe, from recycled PET bottles for mesh and recycled rice husks for sole materials, to recycled leather and foam for footbeds. They were also winners of an Observer Ethical Fashion Award in 2007.
Blue jeans- ya gotta have them. Loomstate makes some gorgeous pairs, all produced from certified organic cotton, in a variety of washes and cuts. They also have great men’s and women’s staple items–shirts, jackets, dresses–, all made in organic cotton as well. Good Society, for jeans with a fabulous, snug fit, and in a variety of colors, if you wish. Also made in… yes, organic cotton! Love that stuff!
ACCESSORIES: HATS/SCARVES/GLOVES/EVERYTHING ELSE!
For the fun stuff of fall, woolen caps and mittens, woven scarves and silky kerchiefs, there is no place I love more than a good ol’ second-hand shop! Thrift stores are the best for accessories because not only are you being uber eco-conscious by shopping pre-used, but there are always SO many funky, unusual, rare items that can be found.
For finding a great vintage shop near you, try The Thrift Shopper. This website’s search engine will find all the best places to shop in your area, even in small towns. Another option is Fashiondig, where you can break your search down by decade, department, designer or shop.
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