JACKETS & COATS FOR FALL & WINTER

MILITARY JACKET BY RIALTO JEAN PROJECT
VEST TRENCH COAT BY COSSAC
JACKET BY MOVINUN
BLAZER JACQUARD BY ALCHEMIST FASHION

  • RIALTO JEAN PROJECT $ 425

This military jacket reminds me of my own original military jacket I stole from my mum who stole it from my grandfather who actually worked at the Austrian military. Mine is vintage from the 60s and the Rialto Jean Project jacket is American made vintage and hand painted to give it that edgy touch. Handcrafted in an art studio at South Street Seaport in NYC. “Rialto Jean Project benefits children through art, with proceeds going to support innovative art therapy programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and New York – Presbyterian Hospital.”
This jacket is making me think about painting my own jacket. What do you guys think? Should I do that DIY?

  • COSSAC £160.00

A trench coat is definitely a must in every closet. This vest trench without sleeves is a classic with a twist. It adds layers to a fall outfit and makes basic outfits look interesting. I picture this with jeans, heeled boots and a basic t-shirt. Made from 100% tencel and ethically manufactured in Poland.

  • MOVINUN 228,00 €

I see this jean fabric coat giving warmth and edge to a girly mini dress in Fall. It says “Our voices speak the future’s path” on the back which is a hidden fair fashion message. Your purchasing choices do determine how our world looks in the future. I love this thoughtful touch. The coat is made ethically by people with disabilities from 100% organic cotton.

  • ALCHEMIST €249.00

This Blazer combines two trends of this fall: blazers and metallics. Apart from that blazers can make a basic outfit look chic. This one could dress up a basic jeans and t-shirt outfit, make your dress or jumpsuit for the bar or night out outfit a little more warm and your office look more fashionable. Ethically made in Macedonia – Alchemist is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation – and shipped in biodegradable packaging.

SWEATER WEATHER

 

 

SWEATER IN BLACK BY LANIUS
COCO JUMPER IN PECAN BY PRIMNESS
ISADORA SWEATER IN BLACK BY ARMED ANGELS

  • LANIUS €79.90

The sweater I chose is laid back and casual. It’s a bit cropped and hooded and available in black and blush pink (the “MADE FAIR” wording is a t-shirt underneath). I’d wear this to the gym or balance out the casualness by wearing it athleisure style with a tight high waisted skirt and sneakers or heels.

It’s made from GOTS certified organic cotton and is ethically manufactured.

  • PRIMNESS $185.00

This sweater gives me serious Yeezy vibes but with a girly colour choice. I’d wear this one with jeans, a choker and sneakers or flats for a casual day and maybe add a jacket if I’d leave the flat hehe

To spice it up I’d wear heeled overknee boots over the jeans. The sweater is available in 3 other colours is made from 100% organic cotton.

  • ARMED ANGELS €59.90

A classic turtleneck has to be in a list of sweaters and pullovers. It’s timeless. A turtleneck  looks good on anyone. It’s a no brainer. Jeans or black pants and flats, heels or boots will look great with the black turtleneck. Add statement earrings for a little extra touch. The price of this pullover is not scary at all and I think it’s a good first piece of fair fashion in your closet. Made from 100% cotton, part of the Fair Wear Foundation and using Fairtrade materials, Armed Angels is one of my favourite earth and people saving labels.

 

7 FAIR TOPS ON OCTOBER 7th

 

SIMONE TWIST TOP IN RED BY PEOPLE TREE
EGLE TOP BY NOUMENON
NINA T-SHIRT IN BLACK BY JAN’N JUNE
ESME CHIFFON TOP BY ESSENTIALS FOR ZULA
SKINITA BAMBOO TOP BY KOMODO
CAMI CROP IN WHITE BY GROCERIES APPAREL
IVONNE STRIPE SHIRT BY PEOPLE TREE

  • PEOPLE TREE £49.00

Pair this red top with jeans and flats or sneakers for warmer days or change the flats for boots and add a jacket for cooler days and nights. “For over 25 years, People Tree has partnered with Fair Trade producers, garment workers, artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco fashion collections.”

  • NOUMENON 128.00

This top can be worn with a cute lace bralette underneath and some high waisted pants along with a vegan leather jacket and heels and if you want to add a little extra than wear a hat with it. “Every fabric and garment finds its origin in Europe, to reduce as much CO2 as possible. Furthermore the ink used for the prints are environmentally friendly. Also, the brandlabels are made from recycled cotton and the tags are made of recycled paper.”

  • JAN’N JUNE 45.00

This one gives me real Jacky O vibes. A real classic. Put on some black pants, this top, sunglasses, a big structured purse and some slides or loafers and you’ll look elegant af. “The Fair Fashion startup JAN ‘N JUNE was founded by Anna and Jula in Hamburg in 2014. The idea was to create a sustainable, affordable, fair and High Fashion Brand.”

  • ESSENTIALS FOR ZULA €29.16

I love basics with a twist. With this top the little extra is the back. Essentials for Zula also offer bralettes with amazing back details that go perfectly with tops like this one. “All of our garments are made in-house to ensure that all pieces are crafted with the highest integrity and honesty. The garments are ethically produced and locally sourced in Thailand.”

  • KOMODO £45.00

A black classic turtleneck. Timeless and elegant for fall and Winter and definitely a must. I’m really thinking of getting this one since I moved to London and am not able to steal my mum’s turtle neck anymore. “Komodo has been a pioneer brand, promoting the use and development of Organic Cotton, Hemp, Bamboo, Tencel and other natural fibres since the early 90s. Equally important was the welfare of the suppliers and people who work in the small factory units that make our clothes.”

  • GROCERIES APPAREL $48.00

Sticking to the basics. That white slightly cropped cami can be worn under see-through tops like the Noumenon one above or with a cardigan, chunky scarf and thick pants to balance out the winter-bulkiness. “We manufacture in our own Los Angeles, CA factory to ensure our standards are fully executed. Vertically-integrated, local, and traceable production maximizes quality, efficiency, and employee pay, and minimizes redundancy, waste and our carbon footprint.”

  • PEOPLE TREE £75.00

There are a million ways you can wear a blouse. A blouse is your friend, people. This striped one would look so good with a blazer or a coat, jeans, sunglasses and heeled boots. Plus, not just a blouse is a must in every closet but also a piece by People Tree.

What’s your favourite? Let me know what you think of these tops!

 

 

 

6 FAIR TOPS ON OCTOBER 6th

JUNIPER TOP FLAME BY THOREAU

HERBAL TANK BY GROCERIES APPAREL

BASIC LONG SLEEVE TEE BY COSSAC

ORGANIC BLOUSE BY MOVINUN

MARAIS TOP BY THOREAU

MIA TOP MARIGOLD DAISY BY THOREAU

  • THOREAU £139.00

Made from reclaimed crepe and manufactured in the UK this top is the reason why I love creating these fashion picks. The design is so chic and not at all what everyone expects from ethical and sustainable fashion. The label is using sustainable practices like minimal water and energy usage leaving a light carbon footprint.

  • GROCERIES APPAREL $80.00

Groceries Apparel manufacture basics made in LA from recycled cotton, recycled plastic, linen, hemp, eucalyptus and organic cotton. Their off-the-shoulder top is can be casually worn with boyfriend jeans and sneakers or dressed up with a statement necklace, heels and black pants to dinner and bar hopping.

  • COSSAC £35.00

Another basic, another million ways to wear this top. Made from ethically sourced cotton  in Europe making sure that the workers are working under fair conditions. The best part? For just £35 you can have a piece of clothing in your closet that is better quality, does not contribute to slave labour and is saving the environment! Every time you’ll wear this, you’ll feel like you do something to change the world to the better!

  • MOVINUN 94,00 €

A white blouse with a twist. The sleeves are cropped which makes the blouse less stiff looking, the neckline is not daring which makes it work appropriate and on the sides there are decorative bows which I love about this blouse! Made from GOTS certified organic cotton, this blouse is sustainable, good for the planet and made under fair working conditions.

  • THOREAU £119.00 & £149.00

Another white blouse, completely different design. The fabric of this top is a recycled cotton and linen mix which makes the blouse more loose and flowy, rather than structured. The sleeves are long with a super cute ruffle design that screams ‘Livia’. The collar and neckline  is work appropriate yet relaxed. I’m in love with this piece!

The last top I just had to include is another Thoreau blouse. Made from reclaimed crepe, manufactured in the UK and made with a light carbon footprint I fell in love with it immediately. The design is so so beautiful, I’m speechless!

BEST ETHICAL T-SHIRTS (€24-€70)

 

HEDI BASIC T SHIRT BY ARMED ANGELS
DAILY DAISY BY VATTER
OTTO IN WHITE BY JAN’N JUNE
SEVENTH RAY TOP BY GROCERIES APPAREL
T SHIRT IN WHITE BY CLOTH AND CO
WHITE FEMALE TEE BY ORGANIC BASICS

Now, I know that ethical fashion pieces can be a little expensive sometimes compared to fast fashion. I do have to acknowledge that fast fashion won’t last as long as ethical fashion pieces because the quality of sustainable fair fashion is better most times. Therefore, you can buy less and spend more money and you’ll probably even save money in the long run.
However, I do understand that not everyone has e.g. €150 in their bank account for a new dress. I want to show people though that even if your closet is not filled with 100% fair fashion clothing, everyone can at least own 1 item that is supporting ethical fashion companies. A basic t-shirt is a good start! These shirts won’t leave you broke at the end of the month.

  • ARMED ANGELS €24.90

Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, ethically produced in Portugal, Fair Wear Foundation

  • VATTER 39,00 €

Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, made in GOTS certified factories in Greece and Turkey, comes in 100% recycled packaging, using DHL GoGreen

  • JAN’N JUNE 30,00 

Made from 96% organic cotton (GOTS or IVN Best certified) and 4% elastane, made in Wroclaw, Poland (guaranteed full transparency)

  • GROCERIES APPAREL $68.00

Made from Eucalyptus Closed-loop Micro Lyocell, made in Los Angeles, minimising carbon footprint and waste

  • CLOTH AND CO $60.00

Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton jersey, made by a small women’s stitching unit in Southern India, available in 4 other colours

  • ORGANIC BASICS £ 26

Made from organic cotton (eco-certified) and elastane, made in Izmir Turkey,

 

 

 

 

JUMP INTO FALL!

 

THANDA ROMPER BY GNANA STUDIO
DREW ABSTARCT JUMPSUIT BY PEOPLE TREE
JUMPSUIT BY LANIUS
WRAP JUMPSUIT BY COSSAC
SUNSET JUMPSUIT BY THOREAU

  • GNANA €117.67 (on sale)

Owning two pieces by Gnana Studio already, I know the great quality of their clothing. This jumpsuit is made from organic cotton. I imagine this one-piece with a cool jacket and heels, ready for a night out at the bar. Gnana Studio only uses cruetly free, natural fabrics that are made into unique clothing pieces by hand in the founder Floriana’s atelier. The fabric wastes are send to a recycling company to be recylced.

  • PEOPLE TREE £109.00

This one is very special. The design is definitely unique and for those green Fashionistas out there. Put it on with a heels for the office and add a pair of statement earrings and a jacket for a night out. “How it’s made: Made by Creative Handicrafts, a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India. Tailors at Creative Handicrafts produce a gorgeous range of cotton garments for People Tree.”

  • LANIUS €219,90

The black Lanius romper has a sexy cutout detail in the back making it look very young and playful. It’s definitely very versatile: pair it with a vegan leather jacket and boots for a cool rocker chic look; a blazer, tights and flats for work & overknee boots and statement earrings for the bar or club. “LANIUS is GOTS-certified and uses materials that are controlled by independent institutes such as CERS and Control Union.”

  • COSSAC £140.00

The neckline of this jumpsuit is so sexy. The piece is available in black (made from tencel) and taupe (made from modal) and is perfectly suitable for an event and nightouts! “Sustainably designed and ethically produced, each quality garment is intended to be transeasonal, with the aim of minimising wastefulness and maximising usefulness.”

  • THOREAU £179.00

There’s a cutout in the back of this Thoreau jumpsuit while the neckline is more covering. This piece looks very timeless and elegant and can be dressed up with unique jewelry and heels and even worn to work or to class when paired with sneakers. Thoreau is a cruelty free label that also produces ethically and sustainably.

 

DRESS(ES) TO IMPRESS

 

ALONA DRESS IN NAVY BLUE BY PEOPLE TREE

ZOE VELVET PANTHER DRESS IN GREY BY JAN’N JUNE

BELL SLEEVE DRESS BY VETTA

SWING DRESS BY VETTA

DRESS BY MOVINUN

 

  • PEOPLE TREE

This navy coloured long sleeve dress makes organic cotton look so good! I imagine this with a long coat and heeled boots along with a big giant scarf in winter or simply with sneakers and a jacket for fall. People Tree is the mother of all fair fashion brands and it is also featured in THE fair fashion documentary ‘True Cost’.

  • JAN’N JUNE

Do you know that t-shirt under dress trend? Well, this is the dress for you if you love that look but don’t like to exploit Bangladeshi factory workers for it. The dress is made from organic cotton and manufactured in Poland. Jan’n June wants to keep toxicity in their fabrics low and transparency high.

  • VETTA

Dresses are for lazy days: Throw it on and you have an outfit. This is definitely a no-brainer-dress. It’s not tight on your stomach so you won’t be able to see that vegan food belly, it has a lot going on already so you won’t need to put on a lot of other clothes or accessories and it looks super comfortable. The coolest thing about this dress is that the belt can be worn as a choker scarf as well! I see this one with a jacket, casual boots and the belt wrapped around the neck as a choker. “The dress is made of rayon – a natural, biodegradable fiber, which is important because fossil-fuel based synthetics like polyester can take hundreds of years to decompose. The water used to process the fibers is recycled, and a sustainable treatment is used for discarded waste, to reduce any environmental impact.”

Vetta is about making the most out of your closet and keeping the number of pieces you own to a minimum. The black swing dress can be worn like in the photo or with a belt or even with the back side (which is full of cute buttons) as the front side.

  • MOVINUN

This dress makes your office outfit look way cooler. A pair of tights, heels, and a white blouse underneath for the day and without the blouse and wild hair for the night! No one will believe your dress is made from organic cotton and came in a recycled paper package! Movinun is all about fair, ethical and zero waste productions and organic materials.

 

FALL PICKS

 

PANTS STRAIGHT NEOPRENE IN BLACK BY Jan’n June

LAILA ROLL NECK TOP IN BLACK BY People Tree

MINI TOTE SHOULDER BAG IN OLIVE BY Alexandra K

JULIANNE FRILL TOP IN BLACK BY People Tree

MEDINE SWEATER IN BLACK BY Armed Angels

BENETE JUMPSUIT BY People Tree

LÉA BRALETTE BY Noumenon

Now, there are some things in the vegan & fair fashion world I’m completely obsessed about that I couldn’t dare to purchase. An Alexandra K bag is one of them. This green-coloured mini tote bag is literally ‘Fall fashion goals’. It’s made ethically from vegan leather in Poland and the brand try to incorporate organic and recycled materials, as well as support local companies.

A pair of non-jeans black pants is a must in every closet. The slit in this pair is unique and makes them more interesting. The pants are ethically made from recycled material by the sustainable label Jan’n June.

I have a confession to make – a fashion confession that is: I never buy basics. I get so distracted by finding extraordinary fair fashion pieces that I forget about the foundation of the closet: the basics. This black turtleneck is an absolute classic. I always used to steal my mom’s but I think it’s time to get my own Audrey-Hepburn-turtleneck. It’s made from organic cotton (ethically, of course) and I’d wear it with the black pants and some statement boots (I’ve done a blog post about this year’s best vegan boots).

The striped People Tree top is a little more risky but could look cute with a (vegan) leather jacket and black pants as well as boots or heels or even classy flats for those warmer Fall days. People Tree is one of the most well-known fair fashion labels out there. It is ethical and sustainable using a lot of organic fabrics. The design is more classy and work-appropriate.

Another staple that I need to get my hands on: a nice black sweater. This one by Armed Angels is GOTS certified and made from organic cotton.

Now back to the fun stuff. This bordeaux jumpsuit by Armed Angels is for those “don’t know what to wear”-days. Throw it on with a hat, gloves and boots and you’re perfectly dressed.

This crop top from Noumenon would look so cute with the grey pair of boots I included in my Fall shoe list. Noumenon is a Dutch label that produces only vegan, sustainable and ethical clothes (and some beauty products).

 

VEGAN BOOTS & SHOES FOR FALL

RHODA ORANGE ZIP BOOT BY Collection and Co

MARION HEELED BOOT BY Nae Vegan Shoes

CARINA MARRÓN BY Mireia Playa

BURGUNDY VINNIE SHOES BY beyond skin

NIGHTFALL BOOTS IN BLACK by Blanch

ELECTRA GREY BOOT BY Collection and Co

The beginning of September means that Fall is just around the corner. But stay calm, I know we all want sunshine and beaches all year round, however those shoes will make you crave brown leaves and pumpkin-spice lattes.

I imagine these orange boots with a pair of black pants and a black turtleneck in Fall and Winter to make a classic outfit pop! Collection and Co is an all vegan PETA-approved shoe brand that produces ethically in Greece and Portugal.

The black heeled boots are a staple in every Fall and Winter closet. They match every every outfit will look stylish for a long time! Nae is a Portuguese footwear brand with a vegan philosophy and concerned with environmental sustainability: it works with alternative materials to leather such as cork, ecological microfibers, pineapple leaves and PET – recycled plastic bottles.

The Mireia Playa boots are another variation of the heeled boot. The design, colour and material make them classy yet extraordinary! It’s a vegan brand that manufactures ethically in Spain. The unique design of Mireia Playa’s shoes is a real eye-catcher.

The burgundy coloured shoes are for those busy running-through-the-city-days. Looking chic while still being comfortable. Beyond Skin is another all vegan shoe brand that manufactures ethically in Spain. It has been awarded by the Observer and is PETA-approved as well.

I’ve seen the style of the buckled black boots quite often on Instagram and on several Fashion bloggers. Their ‘Wild West’ kind of feel make me want to put on a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt and walk through the streets of Shoreditch. I already own a pair of By Blanch shoes and love the quality and comfort! They produce vegan and ethically in Spain.

The last pair of shoes of this blog post is another pair by Collection and Co. They are a grey pair of pointed-toe heeled boots that are a nice change to a black pair of boots everyone is wearing during those colder months.

 

 

FAIR FASHION SWIMWEAR FOR SUMMER

MEL ONEPIECE BY Armeria £80

FRANESS ONEPIECE BY Essentials for Zula €58

HACIENDA BIKINI TOP & MANDALAY BOTTOMS IN CHERRY BY Reformation $78 & $78

PANAMA TOP & BOTTOMS BY Pura CHF 95 & CHF 95

KNOTTY SWIMSUIT IN BW BY Souldaze €120

First, the bad news: just like underwear, swimwear is also made in sweatshops in most cases – just like other clothing pieces. Meaning that cute bikinis are made by underpaid workers under terrible conditions. The worst thing that can happen to the workers in those factories? -DEATH. During the factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 more than one thousand workers died. Who wants blood on their swimsuits? Not me.

Now the good news: there are a lot of brands nowadays that either focus on sustainable and ethical manufacturing or are small, local companies that produce the bathing suits by hand in their little studios which is totally ethical and sweatshop free too!

The first bathing suit is made ethically in Bali and hand painted in the UK. I personally own a bikini from Armeria and have to say that it’s one of the best qualities I’ve ever seen in a swimsuit! The designs are super nice too! I wish I could have every single one of them 😉

A black swimsuit is a must in every closet. The one piece by Essentials for Zula has a nice strap design in the back and is ethically made in Thailand. Reformation is one of my favourite fair fashion brands. Now the’ve started their own swimwear line! The red two piece set is made ethically and sustainably in the USA. While manufacturing this garment the brand is reducing water, carbon dioxide and waste. The bikini by Pura reminds me of something Alexis Ren would wear. It has a strap detail in the back and  cheeky bottoms. Pura makes their swimwear by hand in Switzerland using European fabrics. The swimsuit by Souldaze is reversible and made ethically in Rome out of recycled fabrics. It has a cheeky design in the back.