The leaves are finally turning and, the nights are drawing in and there is a definite crispness in the air. It means one thing and one thing only - time to get your Autumn/Winter wardrobe sorted! With that in mind we have put together our Autumn Fashion Guide to help get your wardrobe ready for the season ahead. Grab yourself a pot of organic tea and enjoy!
DETOX YOUR WARDROBE AND GET BACK TO BASICS
First things first - Autumn is a great time to detox wardrobe so that you have a clean palate to start from. If you have unwanted clothes that you can’t alter to suit put them up on a specialist fashion re-sale site or take them to your local charity shop. Whatever you do please don’t put them in the trash. 350,000 tons worth of clothes end up in land fill in the US each year and our earth can’t take it.
Invest in some really good basics. Starting from the bottom (literally!) Danish brand Woron have made a beautiful line of simple soft bras and briefs made from sustainably produced Modal (derived from Beech Wood). Modal is harder wearing, cooler and softer than cotton and thanks to its unique properties uses much less water to produce. The results are sublime - underwear perfection that feels as good as it looks.
Choosing some simple separates that go with everything will also stand you in good stead for the changing seasons. These are the pieces that will form the basis for your entire wardrobe - you can layer them, mix and match them and create so many looks from just a few simple styles. We adore Kowtow’s organic cotton Building Blocks pieces such as their Oversize Dress, Long Sleeve T Shirt and black Turtle Neck,. The cotton is super soft and premium and we will be living in such easy to dress pieces long past Autumn!
INVEST IN A GOOD COAT
A good winter coat is an essential investment. We have two favourites that will last way beyond one season. The first, for the warmer winter months, is a classic trench. The trench has really come into its own in recent years - its a classic design that goes with everything and will always look stylish. Luckily for ethically minded shoppers, New Zealand based Kowtow have just launched the aptly named Keepsake Trench, crafted from 100% Organic and Fair Trade cotton twill. It is tough, functional but bang on in the style stakes.
WINTERS TRENDS WE LOVE
There is no reason that shopping ethically necessarily means avoiding the latest trends and themes. We couldn’t resist putting together an ethical slant to some of the most important trends - check them out - you can mix and match stand out statement pieces with basics for a pared down look. Choosing to follow trends doesn’t mean only wearing these items for a season - shopping sustainably is about pieces that will fit into a trend but are also timeless in their beauty and quality making you want to wear them year after year:
Summer was all about 70’s revival and whilst that trend continues to some extent into Fall, there is also a big 80’s influence coming back into the equation. Think more volume in the silhouette, including billowing sleeves and tapered trousers. Statement prints and show off metallics work particularly well for this trend. At Gather&See, Blake LDN's Pepe Skirt is a great example of how to get the 80’s look without overdoing it - a knitted skirt in a rich golden hue - it has just the right amount of sass.
The AW15 shows once again touched upon geometry and design with a Japanese aesthetic becoming increasingly popular. This is an easy to do trend, that works well in ethical fabrics like organic cotton. Kowtow have nailed it with their beautiful Kintsugi and Raku Dresses whilst the amazing Osei Duro, who work with tailors in Ghana to produce Fair Trade fashion, have a wonderful batik print long Column Skirt and Maena Shell top pictured above, that also work brilliantly for this look.
Checks of all kinds - tartans, houndstooths, plaid - work brilliantly for Fall as they add depth and texture to an ensemble. The beauty with this trend is the diversity on offer - choose colours that suit your skin tone and types of check that flatter your figure. We can’t get enough of Beaumont Organic’s easy to wear Leigh Shirt Dress in navy and green seen above - great worn over jeans, leggings or just as is with some ankle boots. Meanwhile Osei Duro’s Houndstooth batik print looks sharp and current both as a jacket and pants - great worn with this season’s must have plain black turtle neck.