What To Wear: Autumn Style Done Ethically

By April 10, 2015Fashion

Buying ethical fashion doesn’t mean you have to break the bank or turn your wardrobe into a tree-loving hippie centre.

We’ve tackled a few of the current trends for you, finding alternatives with the same look, but that will green your conscience and your closet.

 Distressed Denim

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Say goodbye to the days of super skinny jeans and say hello to grungy, ripped and faded jeans.  And  when styled right they can look super classy! Team them with a black blazer and oversized men’s watch for a casual work lunch. We love the distressed denim style from Who What Wear!

Instead of forking out $280 for the Juicy Couture jeans on the left and contributing to their negative social and environmental impacts, opt for these distressed Cheap Monday jeans on the right for only $90! We’ve given Cheap Monday a Great rating, due to their high standard of working conditions and environmental concern, making them a great ethical choice.

Check out more of their amazing products on the Good On You Shop!


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Tan Leather Sandals


With 70s style hitting the latest international runways, tan leather sandals are back in force!

Instead of spending $460 on the strappy Balenciaga sandals, check out these stunning leather heeled sandals on the right by Marc Jacobs for only $288. We’ve given Marc Jacobs a Good Rating, due to their efforts to improve the brand’s impact on people, the planet and animals. Whereas Balenciaga is known for their oppressive working conditions and history of animal testing, making them a brand We Avoid!

We recommend wearing these sandals with a smart pencil skirt or fitted pants, perfect for a 70s take on your corporate outfit.


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Floral Pencil Skirt


Another major trend hitting the runways this season is floral skirts, adaptable for both smart and casual dressing. This is the perfect way to add a little colour to your wardrobe as we head into the cooler part of the year.

Instead of choosing this Kate Spade skirt on the left, which is known for its poor environmental policies, we’ve opted for this stunning Ginger & Smart Arcadia Skirt, retailing at only $399.

Plus, Ginger & Smart is ECA accredited due to their fair and safe working conditions. We know that this brand will steal your heart just as it did ours, so  don’t wait any longer and check out more of their products in the Shop!



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Flared Pants

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Keeping with the Farrah Fawcett theme, another 70s style-revival trend is flared pants, hitting the runways of Balmain and Alexander McQueen. These can easily be dressed up with a smart blazer and heels for the corporate woman, or dressed down with a cropped top and sandals for a boho, casual look. Our favourites are these Cue Pleat Flared Pants on the right, priced at only $219, compared to the DKNY trousers on the left, costing you over $1,500! Cue has also been ECA accredited, with the majority of their products being Australian made. While DKNY has received significant criticism for their use of animal fur and poor environmental practices, earning them a We Avoid rating. Now, must we really ask which ones you would rather buy?

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Leather Biker Jackets


Although leather jackets are a staple in the wardrobes of most women, designers have been focusing on more biker-style cuts on the latest runways. Leather is an extremely contentious issue in the ethical sphere, so one must ensure their products are coming from a reliable and ethical source. To ensure our leather goods are produced as ethically as possible, we prefer this White Suede Leather Tumble Jacket on the right, at the bargain price of $499. Good On You has given White Suede an Excellent Rating, as they are ECA accredited due to their exceptional efforts in improving the conditions for their Australian workers. This is definitely a smarter choice, compared to the $1,500 Dolce & Gabbana leather jacket on the left (just telling you the price makes us whimper a little). Even worse, Dolce & Gabbana lacks adequate transparency about the ethics and sustainability of their brand, making them a brand We Avoid!


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Are there other ways you have ‘greened’ the latest fashion trends in time for winter? Share your tips with us in the comments!



alysha-headshot_150 (1)Alysha Byrne is a law student and occasional food blogger. She is vegetarian, loves travelling and is a massive Francophile. When she’s not studying (and even when she is), you’ll find her seeking out the best coffee in Sydney.

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Alysha Byrne

Author Alysha Byrne

Alysha Byrne is a law student and occasional food blogger. She is vegetarian, loves travelling and is a massive Francophile. When she’s not studying (and even when she is), you’ll find her seeking out the best coffee in Sydney.

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