Tired of stripes? Carrie Parry’s circus-inspired Dot Dress is spot-on. Fairly made in New York City with a luxurious blend of recycled polyester and spandex jersey, the sleek sheath is perfect for layering with long-sleeved shirts and sweaters.
No need to have a cow to get a slice of the leather action this fall. Free People’s pleated vegan-leather skirt only looks like the genuine article—it’s made of 100 percent polyurethane and completely cruelty-free.
TARTAN WITH A TWIST
From Alexander McQueen to Vivienne Westwood, tartan’s fashion reign isn’t ending anytime soon. This plaid number from Pendleton’s Portland Collection, made in the United States from 100 percent virgin wool, is a sterling example why.
Get your cowgirl on with an ankle-length prairie skirt by one of our go-to designer gals, Gretchen Jones. Made in New York City, where the former Portlander now resides, the skirt features an original print for twirling at the next barn-raising.
GOTTA HAVE PEPLUM
Featuring a mind-bending digital print, derived from a photo of roasting coffee beans in Uganda, David Peck’s Sasha dress presents a romantic sweetheart bustline and peplum detailing. It’s stitched in Houston from 100 percent organic cotton, with 10 percent of its proceeds benefiting the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative.
Remember when the worst fashion faux pas you could make was to be too matchy-matchy? Fall takes mixing complementary (and not-so-complementary) styles to the extreme. For a foolproof look, pair Fair + True’s fair-trade tailored blouse with ASOS Africa’s artisan-crafted side-panel pant, but only if you dare.
PLAY ON LACE
H&M piled on the charm with its second Conscience Collection, an expanded range of sustainable dresses, jackets, separates, and shoes that includes this knee-length fitted number in 100 percent organic-cotton lace.
Dramatic jewelry punches up even the most nondescript of attire, but Lizzie Fortunato Jewels’ “Frivolous Tonight” necklace isn’t about to take itself too seriously. Replete with vintage findings, tribal cross-stitched designs, and over-the-top charm, this is one future heirloom your grandchildren will be fighting over when you’re six feet under.
PANTS THAT POP
With fall’s trousers available in every conceivable hue, there’s never been a better time to let your true colors shine. Among our favorites is the slim, tapered jean from the IOU Project, a burgeoning social enterprise that harnesses smartphone technology to connect you to the workers in the supply chain.
NEW COLORS ON THE BLOCK
Color-blocking is the word on everyone’s lips, but whether the trend has staying power remains to be seen. If you must indulge, consider investing in a statement purse such as GUNAS’s eye-popping saddlebag. It’s made of vegan materials and will be a looker and “laster” for years to come.
The mercury may be falling but lip colors are only getting hotter for fall. For an all-natural, nontoxic lipstick, try Primitive’s conditioning gloss in “Morocco.” Packed with healthful ingredients like jojoba oil, Shea butter, and Vitamin E extract, the lip-smacker delivers a rich terracotta hue without any nasty synthetics.