Fall Transitional Eco Wear

Written by on September 7, 2012 in Fashion, Women - Comments Off on Fall Transitional Eco Wear

There’s a growing warmth to the light just as the nights begin to cool at this time of year. That means it’s time to relegate lighter weight and brightly colored items to towards the back of the closet, and bring mid-weight, richer-toned pieces forward.

This can be a very creative period as you explore new pairings from your summer wardrobe with autumn items. Switch out that white denim jacket for a black and white herringbone blazer over your red poppy summer jeans, and you’re ready for a day in the city with your girlfriends. The same can be done with that striped dress you’ve been wearing to work the past couple months.

The rules around wearing white beyond the first part of September have definitely relaxed, so don’t be afraid to keep those white twills in the mix. Skip the neon top, though, instead go with a deep cerulean blue three-quarter-sleeve wrap top and mustard colored jacket.


Have fun creating a bit of textural tension in your ensemble. Layer a long shaggy wool vest over a pair of shorts and sheer long-sleeved blouse in warmer colors, then top off with black booties and a fedora. If you’ve been carrying a bright colored straw tote all summer, it’s time to switch to a bag in darker colors or richly hued leathers like those from Gucci.

Many early fall collections from eco-friendly designers are already out. Stella McCartney is currently offering jewel-toned blue and black brocade blazers with contrasting lapels and matching skater style skirt as well as some white poplin dresses and dark wash skinny jeans with blue cuffs. Architectural coats have returned and she has them in the perfect transitional of taupe and another in more of the royal blue blue. Additionally there are a couple black capes that would look smart over a summer sheath dress.

New arrivals from sustainable stalwart, Rag and Bone, include a whimsical leather coat with tails, brown and beige chunky sweaters, a cream cowl neck shell, and a black open weave slub knit top. Note, there is much more black in many of the collections for fall. Some are even saying, “black is the new black”. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are among a growing cadre of luxury designers who are putting thought into how they produce their clothing so that there is minimal negative impact on people and the environment. Moreover, their ethical practices are fairly invisible to the consumer to whom they market quality and their unique brand of style.


Giorgio Armani is also in this category.  He has supported Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge initiative in years past. He also has beautiful jackets for fall on the site. Additionally you will find high-waisted straight leg jeans in a dark wash as well as a short-sleeved sweaters in blue, royal purple and black. There is also a wide variety of dresses for every occasion this season in various weights from cool sleeveless to warm fitted light-weight woo-blend styles.

It’s a good time to pick up a couple pieces to get you through the warm days and cool nights of the season.


About the Author


Oceana Lott travels the world and writes about ethical fashion from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to her blog, titled Oceana’s Canvas, you can follow her on Twitter at OceanasCanavas, Facebook at Oceana’s Canvas – Ethical Style, and Pinterest at Oceana’s Canvas.