Add these sustainable pieces to your autumn wardrobe
Fall is fashion’s favourite season, and that means there are loads of amazing new trends and pieces available to update your wardrobe with. But, if you’re trying to shop more consciously and have less of an impact on the planet, you might need a little guidance on what to buy and who to buy it from.
Read on for a list of seven pieces to consider from seven brands you can trust, thanks to the fact that they all have Positive Luxury’s stamp of approval – the Butterfly Mark. If you want to know even more about each of these brands, click here to find out what they are doing for Positive Week.
A floral skirt
Florals might seem like an unusual choice for autumn but can really freshen up an outfit and brighten up a dreary day. This asymmetric skirt from Benedetti Life works in a parrot pattern to liven up the floral print even more. Since it’s made with organic cotton and zero toxic chemicals were used in its production, you can feel good about buying and wearing it. And, thanks to the colour palette and silhouette, it’s also not a seasonal piece, which means you can wear it through the spring and summer, too.
Benedetti Life Asymmetric Parrot Skirt, £377, benedetti.life
A cashmere turtleneck
Cosiness is key this time of year, and there’s no better way to get it than with a super soft turtleneck jumper. Bodas sources their cashmere from Scotland, and then finishes it in a family-owned Welsh mill. The weave is relaxed, so it’s warm, but still breathable. This will be a staple item in your fall and winter wardrobe, both because of its mid-weight feel and neutral grey shade.
Bodas Cashmere Turtleneck, £395, bodas.co.uk
Everyone needs a great pair of reliable, well-made black flats. If you think that means they have to be boring, think again. This pair from Kmana put a twist on a black, flat shoe with a mule silhouette, and small, silver studs. They’re also made with vegetable-tanned leather, which means no chemicals in the dying process. Wear them on their own, with tights, or even with brightly-coloured socks if you’re feeling adventurous.
Kmana Ali Bey Studded Babouche shoes, £225, kmanaconcept.com
A patterned jumpsuit
Like a dress in the summer, a jumpsuit in the autumn is the ideal way to assemble an outfit with just one piece. The Chloe jumpsuit from Danielle Fichera is made with sustainable Italian cotton and finished with a waist tie to give a little shape to its structured silhouette. Pair it with heeled boots and a blazer for a work-ready look, or layer it underneath a cropped jumper for a cosy weekend outfit.
Chloe Jumpsuit, £730, daniellefichera.com
A jewel-tone jumper
When it gets chilly outside, jumpers are always the answer. Round out your collection of go-to knits and work in a bright colour with a subtle print. This honeycomb-patterned jumper from Glenevan Mill is handmade in Scotland, and its cobalt blue Italian cashmere is the perfect pop of colour for any autumnal outfit. It’s a beautiful piece that will quickly become key part of your cold-weather wardrobe for years to come.
Glenevan Mill Gerard Jumper, £895, glenevan-mill.com
A painterly scarf
Patterned scarves are a great way to liven up a neutral jacket while you’re adding extra warmth, of course. This one from Lalela has the perfect autumnal colour palette, and the artwork was created by two little girls from Zimbabwe. It’s made with wool, silk and cashmere, so it has a lightweight but still cosy feel.
Lalela Mary Quant Scarf, £150, lalela.com
A python bag
Python-embossed leather is huge trend for fall 2019, showing up on everything from hats to trousers to boots. The best way to take on a trend-driven textile like this one is to choose a classic silhouette, like the Akira bag from Vana. With its structured shape, top handle and cross-body strap, you’ll keep wearing it even if the python trend goes away. And, the leather is sustainably sourced and CITES-certified.
Vana Mini Akira Bag, £1,612, vana-shree.com