1 Zady wool coat
2 Kowtow organic cotton (longer in the back)
3 Emerson Fry Imperial Yarn wool scarf
4 Laura Siegel Quilted diamond print leggings
5 Melissa Joy Manning gold bar hug earrings (recycled 14k gold) | $125 at MJM
6 Veja sustainable sneakers
7 Angela Roi vegan bucket bag
8 Eileen Fisher slouchy pants | $178 at Nordstrom
9 Scarf shop fine organic cotton scarf (on me)
10 Melissa Joy Manning gold v necklace | $450
11 Kowtow cropped architectural jacket |
12 Eileen Fisher organic cotton scoop neck tee | $98 at Rodale’s
13 Fortress of Inca D’orsay oxfords | $218 at Kaight
14 James Perse skinny maxi dress | (on me)
15 Emerson Fry Yoshi sweater | (on me)
16 Melissa Joy Manning recycled gold & silver pendant necklace | $150
17 Fortress of Inca Adriana Coco bootie | $218
18 Matt & Nat vegan crossbody/clutch | $90 at Zady (on me)
As a follow-up to my previous sustainable fall wardrobe, I wanted to do one that fits a more minimal aesthetic, and with a very limited color palette (stuff I would wear, basically, and I do wear/own many of the pieces featured). This is a wardrobe for fall, mostly, or if you live in a rather mild winter climate as I do. Of course, you can just add a heavier/warmer coat and layers if you need more warmth to any of these outfits.
Keeping that in mind, the entire wardrobe is very casual, but still chic and put-together in my opinion. I think it can work equally well for stay-at-home moms, creative jobs, work-from-home positions, or just weekend warriors.
For my purposes in this case, “sustainable” means second-hand, organic cotton, traceable wool, ethically made, etc., and NOT only made in the US. Of course, in my opinion, you can make any piece in your wardrobe sustainable by wearing it often and taking care of it, instead of treating it like disposable fashion.
On to the pieces – I’ve included multiple options for each piece here so you could choose which one you prefer. Ideally you would need only one of each piece, although personally, I have a hard time sticking to just one white blouse, for example, but I’m trying!
1 Dark wash jeans : Eileen Fisher | Big Star
2 Black leggings : Under the canopy (organic cotton) | Laura Siegel Quilted diamond print leggings | Kowtow
3 Black Slouchy pants : Eileen Fisher (on me) & Eileen Fisher (charcoal)| Miakoda (organic cotton) | Kowtow (organic cotton)
4 White blouse : Zady organic cotton | Kowtow organic cotton (longer in the back) | Eileen Fisher organic cotton
5 Black Blouse : Objects without meaning cupro (sold out)| Kowtow organic cotton
6 Turtleneck sweater : Everlane cashmere (not sustainable, but transparent) – on me
7 Crewneck sweater : Zady alpaca pullover (on me)
8 Slouchy sweater : Emerson Fry Yoshi sweater (great for layering over long sleeves and under coats) | Emerson Fry wool triangle sweater (HUGE, and cozy for wearing with leggings & boots – on me) | Eileen Fisher organic cotton cropped boxy sweater
9 Black Cardigan : Zady Alpaca cardigan | Everlane cashmere (not sustainable, but “transparent” – on me)
10-15 Five Tees/tanks for layering : Groceries organic cotton v-necks (on sale for $24 in lots of colors) | Emerson Fry Linen crew tees | Emerson Fry organic cotton arc tank | Kowtow tunic
16 Black Blazer/jacket : Kowtow organic cotton (dark green) | tons of secondhand options | Kowtow cropped jacket
19 Scarf : Emerson Fry Imperial Yarn wool scarf | Scarf shop fine organic cotton scarf
20 Bag : Angela Roi vegan bucket bag | Matt & Nat vegan pouch
21 Boots/Booties : Bhava vegan mahogany ankle booties | Fortress of Inca Adriana Coco
22 Oxfords (or loafers) : Fortress of Inca d’orsay oxfords
23 Sneakers : Veja (gray /on me/ – gold – white)
Rodale’s (full of organic and sustainable clothing, beauty and home items)
Kowtow (New Zealand-based minimalist designer, nearly everything is organic cotton)
The Reformation (uses mostly surplus fabric, sustainable materials, probably the most sustainable/eco-friendly clothing manufacturer in the US)
Hackwith Design House (Minneapolis-based independent designer)
Elizabeth Suzann (Nashville-based designer)
Garmentory is a good resource for smaller, independent designers as well as Kowtow’s organic cotton line. Use my referral link for a $20 account credit on your first order!
Eileen Fisher (many organic cotton and sustainable styles, company aims to be entirely sustainable in 5 years)
The Real Real (luxury/designer consignment)
Zady (a marketplace for conscious shoppers + their own essentials collection of sustainable clothing)
Emerson Fry (made in the US, sustainable fabrics, small batches)
Fortress of Inca shoes (handcrafted in Peru)
Melissa Joy Manning jewelry (responsibly made, most pieces are made from recycled metals)
Jeans + White or black blouse + Crewneck sweater
Jeans + layering long-sleeve tee + EF Yoshi sweater
Jeans + EF Triangle sweater
Jeans + Turtleneck sweater
Jeans + white blouse + EF yoshi sweater
Jeans + white/black blouse + alpaca cardigan
Jeans + layering tee + alpaca cardigan
Leggings + long sleeve layering tee + EF yoshi sweater
Leggings + EF triangle sweater
Leggings + white button front shirt + coat
Black Slouchy pants + Alpaca crewneck sweater
Black Slouchy pants + layering tee + alpaca cardigan
Black Slouchy pants + white blouse + crewneck sweater
Black Slouchy pants + White blouse + alpaca cardigan
Slouchy pants + White layering top + Eileen Fisher boxy cropped sweater
Maxi dress + EF yoshi sweater
Maxi Dress + alpaca cardigan
Maxi dress + alpaca pullover
Maxi dress + Turtleneck sweater
Maxi dress + coat + scarf
+ so many more…..
Substitute black jeans for leggings if you don’t tend to wear leggings much. Substitute slim ankle pants for the slouchy pants if you prefer a slimmer silhouette. Substitute one of the sweaters for a cropped style if you have one you like. Leave out the maxi dress if you don’t wear dresses in the fall/winter.
What do you think? How many pieces do you have in your winter/fall wardrobe? Do you tend to wear the same things? What do you buy multiples of?
Edited to add more sustainable winter appropriate items, because clearly I have no idea how to dress for very cold weather!!
Organic cotton tights by PACT (also available at Whole Foods)
Nau Imperial Down jacket (love the overlap neckline on this)
L.L. Bean Duck boot (made in Maine, still – shearling lined)
Icebreaker merino wool layers (sustainable wool traceable back to the sheep in New Zealand)
Patagonia baselayers (using a lot of recycled materials and merino wool)
Coclico leather boots
Any other suggestions?