By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
PC: Mink Shoes
A change in weather heralds a change in our wardrobe as fall brings us back to the opportunity to layer pieces, feel cozy yet chic in richer fabrics, and return to wearing fabulous footwear, like boots, again. A good foundation in our closet begins with pieces that are evergreen - those special items gathered over time, that have a permanent place from season to season. From there we build with new staples that are on-trend, and having consideration in our purchasing, choose items that are both kind to our planet and will stand the test of time. Nothing is a greater investment than the health of Mother Earth or consideration for others who live here, including our animal friends, and it’s an exciting time as vegan fashion continues to evolve into superior materials, designs and manufacturing. Now choosing plant-based pieces and being sustainably chic from head-to-toe, has never been easier or more in-vogue. Vegan fashion has come a long way, baby . . . Here are some of our favorite signature pieces for 2020 that while being cruelty-free and eco-conscious, add a little va-va-vroom to our fall style.
A jumpsuit is a must-have in any stylish girl’s closet, perfect for any occasion when we need to look a little chic. We love this for its compact knit, fitted waist and one-shoulder detail, and with its wide leg, we can pair it with boots, a strappy sandal or vegan sneakers and always look good. Made in Italy from 83% sustainable viscose, this stretchy little number can be traced all the way back to the forest.
PC: Stella McCartney
Even as the cooler temperatures arrive, a feminine strappy sandal is a must in our closet. Paired with a dress or with skinnies and accessorized with a chic jacket and purse, a great sandal elegantly completes the look. Beyond its beauty, the Venus are fashioned with cruelty-free uppers made from recycled plastic bottles, making a powerful statement beyond their polished style.
PC: Veerah New York
The classic Baguette never goes out of fashion, especially when it’s made with snake-embossed vegan leather and utilizes recycled plastic bottles in its lining. Large enough to carry our essentials (phone, id, credit card, keys and lip gloss),it’s the perfect purse to add a rock’n’roll edge to any outfit, especially with the environment's well being at this brand’s core.
PC: JW Pei
$195 USD each
A biker jacket is a timeless piece in any girl’s wardrobe, adding a little cool to any look. This beauty doesn’t disappoint having all the traditional details associated with a classic motorcycle jacket, but races beyond in its materials and ethos. Matt & Nat are pioneers in vegan and sustainable accessories having launched in 1995 with bags, and committing to only using recycled plastic bottles in their linings in 2007. This keeper will never lose its edge.
PC: Matt & Nat
A great outfit needs the perfect skinny belt and our favorite is this slim, patent design that chicly wraps twice around our waist and is embellished with a cute gold heart.
Made at their factory in Italy, we love the brand’s 20+ year commitment to making luxury vegan shoes and accessories, using quality, plant-based fabrics and organic, sustainable components. With Mink’s ethos at the heart of their designs, this belt will never go out of style.
PC: Mink Shoes
With a nod to fall’s re-emerging animal-print trend and its fitted bodice, relaxed skirt, adjustable wrist ties and subtle back keyhole, this little number can effortlessly go from business meetings to happy hour with the girls. What we love beyond its chic detailing and vegan credentials is the brand’s dedication to the environment. In production of this dress, 9.0 lbs. of carbon dioxide and 155.0 gal were saved, as well as no real leopards being harmed.
PC: The Reformation
One of the reasons we love fall is the opportunity to get our boots on again, and the first pair we always reach for are chic, black ankle boots. Handmade in Italywith smooth eco alter nappa, these booties, with their pointed toe and slim heel, effortlessly style up a dress or skinnies keeping us chic, yet feeling a little rock’n’roll at the same time. Blanlac’s ethos makes us feel really good about these boots, as beyond their commitment to protecting animals and our environment, a donation is made with purchase to help animals in-need.
The Trench always makes an appearance when fall arrives as it’s an easy piece to throw over any outfit, keeping us warm with the impending cooler temperatures. Beyond this statement coat giving us vegan credentials and fashionable detailing, the brand is run by women for women and has philanthropy at its core. This fabulous piece is also currently 25% off its original price, which will definitely keep some autumn chills at bay.
PC: Alice + Olivia
Bodysuits are a staple, and a girl should always have a leopard-print suit in her wardrobe. A perfect go-to when feeling bold and wanting to make a statement, this piece will turn heads from Zoom meetings to a dinner date, with its flattering design and fit. That the brand measures the carbon footprint of every garment they produce and provides a Climate Compensated label to illustrate they’ve covered the cost to make it neutral, just has us feeling wild.
A girl can never get enough skinnies in her wardrobe, and when fall arrives it’s time to switch into our favorite faux leather pair. Perfect for meetings, brunch or a hot socially distanced date, these chic pants are ultra comfortable with plenty of stretch, taking us from day to night in sustainable style. With J Brand’s commitment to environmentally conscious production, we feel smart and sexy rocking these.
Handcrafted with premium ostrich embossed rubber fabric, textured cotton lining and multiple zipper pockets, this luxury handbag has 24-karat gold-plated hardware and is PETA-approved. With three zippered pockets and large enough to carry our laptop, it’s our statement bag keeping us ethically chic while on the go.
On days when we want to add a little street style to our look, we grab our favorite sneakers. Whether in a dress or pants, a cool pair of sneaks adds a modern edge, especially if they’re rose gold and PETA-approved. Beyond their positive hue, sustainable production credentials and tree planted for each pair sold, what makes us walk on air is the brand’s focus on energy, and invitation to use our shoes as tools to explore our path and walk ignited. That's what we call happy feet.
PC: Divadi Life