A More Sustainable Fall Capsule Wardrobe
As the weather cools down, let’s take a look at how to create a sustainable fall capsule wardrobe. Think autumnal colors and transition pieces perfect to mix-and-match.
How to create the perfect fall capsule wardrobe
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: capsule wardrobes are the way to go. Not only do they make getting dressed in the morning simpler, they foster a more sustainable relationship with clothing.
What is a capsule wardrobe? It's basically a small collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories that are interchangeable, enabling you to build countless outfits from fewer items overall. By using neutral colors that pair well together perhaps with one accent color, in materials that complement each other, the “mix-and-match” process becomes second nature.
A capsule wardrobe for fall should contain transitional and layer able pieces for weather that can’t make up its mind, and ideally, is a mix of things you already own, pre-loved pieces, and a select few responsibly-made items from “Good” or “Great” brands if you need them.
The basic steps
Prefer a capsule guide to creating a capsule? We get it. Life is busy. Here are the bite-sized basics:
Take stock of what you have for the season and separate everything into repair, give away/sell, recycle, or keep
Make a list of what you’ll need for a fall capsule perfect for you, and store anything on the keep list that won’t work this season
Find any gaps and fill them with second hand, swapped, or new pieces
Fall is our favorite season for fashion because layering allows you to get creative with your clothes, and it’s easy to elevate an outfit from casual to chic with the simple addition of a light jacket or oversized scarf. This is a good place to start:
short and long sleeve tees
tops and blouses
sweaters or cardigans
comfortable jeans and pants
tights and socks
neutral shoes (boots, loafers, sneakers)
practical bags (oversized tote, crossbody bag)
knitted accessories (beanie, scarf)
Our favorite brands for a sustainable fall capsule
Need some inspo, or to fill a gap in your budding autumn capsule? Here are some of our favorite “Good” and “Great” brands.
Citizen Wolf uses revolutionary technology to give you high-quality custom fit t-shirts. It's so confident in its t-shirts that it guarantees they’ll be the best you’ve ever worn. After capturing your customizations, the brand hand makes each tee in Sydney from certified lower-impact fabrics like cotton, hemp, and Merino wool milled in Melbourne.
Eileen Fisher creates timeless, well-made clothes designed to work together, wear effortlessly, and be part of a responsible life cycle. The brand has also made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and uses lower-impact materials.
Boyish has all the quality, fit, and authentic washes that you could want without the harmful practices.
Everlane creates pieces you can wear for years, even decades, to come. Theysource the finest materials and factories from timeless products— like Grade-A cashmere sweaters, Italian shoes, and Peruvian Pima tees.
Inspired by Paris and the people who call it home, each one of their collections is a conversation with the city.
Affordable products shouldn't come at the cost of worker exploitation. Quince only partner with factories who meet or exceed global guidelines for workplace safety and equitable wages.