It looks and feels like summer is categorically over. Boo! Hiss! Don’t worry, we’re in denial too. I resisted fishing out my winter coat and instead tried leaving the house defiantly in a cardigan, but that autumn breeze sent me marching straight back indoors with my tail between my legs. September is the time to start the gradual cross over from sandals to socks (or maybe try both at once).
The temperature shifts your attitude as well. In the summer, it’s hard to honestly focus at work when the sun is beating down outside and you can see a mirage of a thriving cocktail bar on the street below whenever you look out the window. But when autumn kicks in and the weather no longer beckons you outside, it’s time to knuckle down. Our ethical outfit matchmaking ideas have officially expired. That’s why we’ve thrown together three office wear outfits that go just swell with our Autumn Winter ‘16 collection.
One of the main things to watch out for when buying warm clothes for chillier weather is that coats and jumpers tend to be made of wool. Of course you may already be familiar with wool production, but for those who aren’t, here’s a brief background. Although it’s not immediately obvious, the production of wool overlooks animal welfare. As the shearers are generally paid for the amount of wool they shear, their main concern is to be fast, rather than careful or gentle. If you want to read more about the wool industry, PETA has some illuminating (and upsetting) information.
Bearing that in mind, we’ve found some tip top autumnal outfits that are blissfully wool-free, and certainly don’t compromise on style or cosiness.
[Images courtesy of People Tree, Nasty Gal and Kuyichi]
- Mini Disk Earrings in Brass, People Tree, £8. Handmade by Bombolulu, a Fair Trade social business in Kenya that provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities. These earrings are 1cm in diameter, so their circular simplicity would give a subtle touch of subdued glamour to this casual look.
- White Stripes Shoulder Bag, Nasty Gal, £51.08. Made with black vegan leather. We’re bowled over by the bold as brass zip details, giving this look a gritty urban feel. The gold zips are mirrored in the jewellery, giving this outfit a warm glow to contrast with the cold blue hues of the September skies.
- Farah Camel Faux Sheepskin Boots, Beyond Skin, £250. Water resistant, lined faux sheepskin and hand made in Spain. Can we all just take a moment to admire this downright gorgeous boots? Farah is a vintage-inspired over-the-knee boot and they’d look right at home with a pair of skinny jeans or tights and a mini skirt. Warning: once you put them on, you may not want to take them off. This is luxury vegan footwear at its finest, ticking the boxes for practicality, style and ethics all at once. Pre-orders on these boots will automatically have a £25 discount applied, so get clicking!
- Steel Grey Denim Trousers, Master&Muse x Kuyichi, £76. Organic Fair Trade cotton. These sleek jeans double up as a basic staple for your ethical autumn wardrobe.
- Casia Colour Block Top in Black, People Tree, £36. 100% organic Fair Trade certified cotton, made by Assisi Garments, which is a social enterprise in India. This colour block design echoes the black & white combo of the bag, and complements this look with its elegant simplicity.
- Minimal Bangle, People Tree, £18. Handmade brass bangle made by Bombolulu. This would be another warmly tinted cherry on the cake for this outfit, don’t you agree?
[Images courtesy of Stella McCartney, Matt & Nat, People Tree and Free People]
- Black Pom Pom Sweatshirt, Stella McCartney, £540. 100% cotton. This design will certainly help you stand out from the crowd, with the pom pom details making an otherwise plain jumper much more interesting.
- Vignelli Gravel Backpack, Matt & Nat, £115. 100% recycled nylon lining and faux leather. This modern bag’s clean cut grey works well alongside the dark green of the trousers.
- Zoe Classic Shirt in Eco White, People Tree, £55. 100% organic cotton, made by CAOS, an ethical enterprise based in South India that produces a wide range of woven clothing in organic cotton. We liked the slick tailoring of this particular shirt, perfect for that androgynous hipster vibe.
- High Waister Cropped Flare Trousers, Free People, £78. 100% vegan. These checked trousers are bang on trend and would be an ideal feature piece for this look.
- Roxie Black Horsebit Loafer, Beyond Skin, £125. 100% vegan faux leather shoes handmade in Spain. The horsebit detail is very much à la mode, and works a treat with those cropped trousers.
[Images courtesy of People Tree, Shrimps and Jill Milan]
- Magda Pencil Skirt in Navy, People Tree, £42. 97% Fair Trade certified organic cotton, 3% elastane, made by Assisi Garments. Pencil skirts are timeless wardrobe staples for work, and they upgrade any outfit from casual to classy.
- Lucile Black High Lace Ups, Beyond Skin, £140. 100% vegan faux leather upper and luxury Italian woven fabric insert. These gorgeous shoes mean business. Paired with the pencil skirt, they make for a powerful look for the office.
- Casia Colour Block Top in Black, People Tree, £36 (again). Did you spot this top from the first outfit? In the interests of slow fashion, it’s certainly a good thing to have versatile clothes.
- Plum Coat, Shrimps, £495. Faux fur designer fashion. This outlandish fluffy masterpiece is a prime example of how high end fashion is really embracing faux fur in all its glory. The colour block mimics that of the top, and the duo materials of the shoes and the bag.
- Black Patent Clutch, Jill Milan, £130.85. Italian faux patent leather. This elegant bag is described as being ready to go from the office to the bar, and the faux patent is echoed in the shoes.