As the leaves turn and the air crisps, another essential shift looms. The shift from sun dresses to denim and open-toed to chunky boots. Sweater season and all things fall offer endless possibilities for cozy layers and interesting textures. It’s also important to remember that a good sustainable closet does not need to be replenished with a fall haul once every season but instead be filled with evergreen options that transcend trends and last a lifetime.
Layer with Love
Layers are essential, especially if you’re from a place with a slower start to fall. Places where it’s nippy in the morning, 70 by noon, and bitingly cold at night. For your base layer, opt for something form-fitting and lightweight. From there, think sweaters––something slightly oversized but nothing too chunky, and finish it off with a coat or blazer. Layering not only creates flattering dimensions but also gives you options throughout your day.
“Fall Up” Any Look
Fall fashion is made iconic by its earthy and warm hues like burgundy, mustard yellow, forest green, and plum, but you don’t have to do a whole earth tone refresh every seasonal shift. You can “fall up” a look by mixing and matching what you already have with closet staples like blue and black denim and corduroy pants. Consider re-wearing something you wore in spring, like a loud floral top. Warm it up by pairing it with muted tones and a darker pant, and layer on an oversized denim jacket or coat with a scarf. This way, you’re allowing the floral to be more of an accent piece and letting the muted tones and outerwear take center stage.
Textures are Key
Texture pieces are a visual representation of coziness and add depth to your fall look. Pair a chunky cable knit sweater with leather leggings or a skinny jean. Add a preppy polo underneath with a popped collar, offering a mix of texture and genre.
Accessorize (We’re Talking About Flair, Baby)
When temperatures drop, the tenancy can be to get a little lax with styling. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, a broach, hoop earrings, or a chunky necklace keeps your fit sharp without compromising warmth or comfort. It’s possible to take the same jeans and tee through all four seasons, changing only the accessories and outerwear you style with.
Dare We Say Denim?
The seasonless appeal of denim makes having a couple of pairs of great jeans one of the most sustainable things you can own. Typically, fashion folks suggest darker or distressed denim in autumn, but we feel all washes work for all seasons. It’s just about what you wear with it. A classic light blue wash with a white t-shirt, leather jacket, Chelsea boots and gold hoops offer a classic look that easily carries you from fall to winter. Finish it off with a red lip for a signature style that can be replicated time after time, season after season.
Truth is, you’re likely more prepped for this season than you think. There’s no need to panic buy coats and sweaters only to let them linger in the back of your closet for ages. Look around and get creative with the things you already have. If you’re in the market for a few new basics, opt for recycled, organic cotton t-shirts and well-made denim from eco-friendly brands. Recycle the staple outfits that make you feel best, and mix them up by adding jewelry and other accessories. Sustainable fashion doesn’t mean not buying new things. It means making thoughtful decisions when it comes to your wardrobe and buying quality clothes that last.