Our Editors' Ethical Capsules Wardrobes For Fall
Even though the temps are still warm in Los Angeles, The Good Trade team is diving headfirst into our fall wardrobes. Sweaters in 80 degree weather? You bet we’ll make it happen.
To keep us from overheating, we asked our team to pull together their dream mini capsule wardrobe inspired by our favorite fall staples—all from ethical and sustainable brands. The rules were that no capsule could exceed $500 (and only non-sale prices could be counted), and that each collection had to complete at least one outfit.
Read on to get a taste of our team’s personal style! Let us know in the comments below which capsule you’re dreaming about—or if you have favorites of your own.
Transitioning to a soft, neutral wardrobe is a centering and soothing way for me to welcome the season change during this stunning time of year. I feel my best in soft, sumptuous fabrics like silk, cashmere, and linen—and I find shades of beige and ivory to be the chicest colors regardless of the season. During fall, I especially love mixing relaxed silhouettes, neutral colors, and elegant textures for a refined, restrained look.
These tapered pants from VETTA are made from a linen/Tencel blend that is extremely wearable. The pants pair beautifully with an oversized sweater and boots or mules. This mockneck sweater from Everlane is one of my favorite pieces—I love that it gives a bit of 90’s flair to a timeless staple! A pointed toe shoe and circle hoop earrings tend to dress up any outfit, but, of course, what really matters is what’s underneath! ;) I’ve been eyeing this bralette from Stella McCartney for some time—all the lace and softness, please!!
Vetta Pants | $119
Everlane Cashmere | $100
Everlane Mules | $140
Soko Earrings | $50
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My fall fashion mantra is less is more. Because I’m not a huge fan of the cold weather (shocking, I know) I tend to go for more simplistic pieces that are easy to layer up in the fall and winter months. I’ve chosen some very simple items with toned down colors such as gray, navy blue, black and white. To avoid looking too much like a plain jane I’ve picked out a couple of accessories that’ll serve as my pops of color.
This black long-sleeve crewneck goes with just about anything—especially these classy white jeans, both of which are from Los Angeles Apparel (because who actually follows the no white after Labor Day rule, right?) For the chillier days, I’ve picked out this lovely, almost-navy blue jacket from LACAUSA, which I’m super excited to pair with this peachy quilted tote from Baggu. You can never go wrong with a mockneck long sleeve, so I grabbed this gray one from Everlane. I’m definitely a silver girl, so I went for the minimal editor hoops from Mejuri in silver. And lastly, I picked out an accessory that most wouldn’t expect—socks! I’ve had my eyes on these rusty-orange Pansy socks for a while. They’re the perfect pop of color for any chill outfit. All of these items I would more than likely wear with my hand-me-down sneakers that I basically live in.
LACAUSA Jacket | $132
Everlane Mockneck Tee | $25
Baggu Quilted Tote | $72
Pansy Socks | $9
Mejuri Earrings | $69
Total | $424
I like to start a capsule wardrobe by developing one stand-out look from my favorite pieces in my closet. Each piece in the look fits great, offer a seasonal color palette and is transitional in creating other effortless looks that I can wear throughout the season.
I love a great pair of high-waisted pants and these black wide-leg Reformation ones are made from recycled deadstock fabric that are the perfect go-to to create comfortable yet sophisticated looks. Another piece I make sure to have in my roster of go-tos for the season is a simple pullover that I can wear on a cozy day with sweatpants or add to my favorite pair of pants and throw on a trench. I love this one from Mate The Label—it is made locally in Los Angeles from 100% organic cotton french terry, making it ultra soft and cozy.
Shoes and accessories bring the look together for me no matter the season. I am in love with these mules from SUSI Studio made from recycled rubber, and this color is seasonless and timeless. These earrings from Soko are made from brass and ethically sourced horn created by artisans in Kenya and I love how unique and sophisticated they are. For my fingers, I love this little handmade asymmetrical gold ring from the brand Seaworthy, it's eye-catching yet minimal and can be worn with everything. This awesome 100% cotton canvas bag from Baggu is large enough for my laptop but small enough to use for everyday use and I love the soothing green tone perfect for fall and winter.
Reformation Jeans | $118
MATE The Label Pullover | $108
Seaworthy Ring | $48
SUSI Studio Mule | $115
Soko Earrings | $68
Baggu Bag | $32
Total | $489
While I do love pumpkin spice and everything nice, I’ve never been super drawn to fall neutrals (although rust orange has been showing up more in my wardrobe lately, which is fun!) So, for this dream capsule I’m sticking with what I know and love: pinks and blues! I love that almost all of these pieces can be worn year round, because when I do add a piece I love to my wardrobe, I tend to wear it often, regardless of the temperature.
I’m imagining how all of these pieces can work together—this Mokuyobi dress is the cutest garment ever, and it would be sweet paired with these blue flats from Native Shoes. The dress could be layered over these white jeans from Everlane or belted under this blue cardigan from Monsoon London. Or if I’m feeling adventurous, I might belt it over this jumpsuit from Back Beat Rags for a more dramatic silhouette! I can also imagine wearing the jumpsuit as-is for a warmer Los Angeles fall day, but might layer this black People Tree turtleneck under it if I’m feeling chilly. Bonus: cuff the legs of this jumpsuit in a little tight around the shins, and it would look swell with these vegan boots from Matisse.
Monsoon London Cardigan | $80
Matisse Vegan Boots | $90
People Tree Turtleneck | $55
Mokuyobi Shirtdress | $90
Everlane Jeans | $68
Native Shoes Flats | $45
Back Beat Rags Jumpsuit | $72
Total | $500
Fall in New York is one of my absolute favorite times of the year—the leaves are changing in full force, the air is crisp (read: not humid!), and there are so many festive activities to explore. And when it comes to cooler weather, I’m all about cardigans, oversized sweaters, and boots--I’d like to think of it as the 3 C’s: comfort, cozy, and chic.
My style in general is a lot of neutrals with one or two accent colors, usually pale pink and a deep violet or navy. Luckily, these all work well in autumn, too, so I’ll only need to add in a few pieces this year.
This blush box tee from The Summer House is so fun and something I would normally never wear, but it feels like a risk that would pay off. The color is stunning (and matches most of my other clothes), plus it’s boxy without feeling frumpy or too oversized. I love the collar detail the most, and I know I can layer it with a cardigan or scarf. I also wanted a top that would keep me warm while still looking chic, while also keeping my silhouette and not being too bulky. What I love about this top from Know The Origin is its faux turtleneck style and the fact that I can layer it up or down depending on the weather.
I so love the pattern and neutral colors of this People Tree dress, and I can imagine pairing it with leggings or tights that go with boots, booties, flats, you name it. It’s a great dress to wear to the office or to a night out. Love!
I know, I know—at $175, I blew through almost half my budget alone on these boots from Matt & Nat. But I promise I have a good explanation! I have plantar fasciitis which means that without good, sturdy shoes, my feet can be in pain even just walking a few blocks. And in the city, walking is everything, so I need boots that are appealing, comfortable, and made to last through the season.
Dark wash denim is about all that I wear (seriously, even my “black pants” are just black stretch jeggings), and what I love most about high-rise skinny jeans is that they can be hidden under an oversized tee or have one tucked in to them. Plus, they match everything and go well with my new black boots. They’re also universally flattering!
Finally, surviving NYC winters is impossible without a good scarf. I love that this scarf from Thought is a lightweight layer that gives me the burst of color I need, with the adorable little pom-poms on the ends.
The Summer House Box Tee | $34.98
People Tree Dress | $134
Know The Origin Turtleneck | $42.09
Thought Scarf | $39.42
Matt & Nat Vegan Boots |$175
Everlane Denim | $68
Total | $493.49
Emily Torres is an Editor at The Good Trade and the writer behind Ennaree, a blog dedicated to intentional, colorful living. She’s a Los Angeles transplant who was born and raised in Indiana, where she studied Creative Writing and Business at Indiana University. You can usually find her reading or writing, caring for her rabbits, or practicing at the hot yoga studio.