03 Mar

Your Sustainable Fall Capsule Wardrobe Guide

As the weather cools down, let’s take a look at how to create a sustainable fall capsule wardrobe. Think autumnal hues and transition pieces perfect to mix-and-match.

How to create the perfect autumn or 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? For the uninitiated or unconvinced, they’re 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 colours that pair well together perhaps with one accent colour, in materials that compliment each other, the “mix-and-match” process becomes second nature. For autumnal colour and texture palettes, we love earthy tones with pops of teal or soft pink with breathable linens and sturdy cottons.

A capsule wardrobe for fall or autumn should contain transitional and layerable 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 ethically-made items from “Good” or “Great” brands if you need them.

If you haven’t read our hero piece on creating capsules, head over there first. And if you landed in this pile of layerable earthy tones but fall is nowhere in sight, here are our curated guides to spring, summer, and winter capsules.

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 (inspiration below)

What to include

Fall is our favourite 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. Of course specific items depend on your location, style, and other needs, but this is a good place to start:

  • short and long sleeve tees
  • tops and blouses
  • sweaters or cardigans
  • windproof jacket
  • trench coat
  • longer dresses
  • comfortable jeans and pants
  • tights and socks
  • loungewear set
  • long pyjamas
  • neutral shoes (boots, loafers, sneakers)
  • neutral belt
  • practical bags (oversized tote, crossbody bag)
  • knitted accessories (beanie, scarf)

Our favourite brands for a sustainable fall capsule

Need some inspo, or to fill a gap in your budding autumn capsule? Here are some of our favourite “Good” and “Great” brands creating layerable basics to see you through transeasonal dressing.

Citizen Wolf

Rated: Great

The Relaxed Short Crew – Ships internationally from Australia

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 customisations, the brand hand makes each tee in Sydney from certified sustainable fabrics like cotton, hemp, and Merino wool milled in Melbourne.

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Etiko

Rated: Great

Unisex Black Long Sleeve T-Shirt Organic Fairtrade – Ships internationally from Australia

Etiko is an Australian designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. The brand constantly sets the bar for upholding and campaigning the human rights of people working in traditionally exploitative industry supply chains. Find the clothes in AU sizes 8-20, and the shoes in UK sizes 3-13.

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Shop Etiko.

Armedangels

Rated: Great

CEYLAAN Shirt – Ships internationally

Affordable, ethical, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a "Great" rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men, and kids. Armedangels' quality and long-lasting pieces are made from eco-friendly and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad. Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Opera Campi

Rated: Good

Zero Sweater – Ships internationally from Italy

Founded in 2017, Italian brand Opera Campi creates premium quality garments from locally-sourced raw materials. By using a balanced approach to sustainability, the brand makes conscious choices throughout its supply chain and donates 4% of its profits to social causes. The brand is inclusively sized from 3XS-3XL.

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The Common Good Company

Rated: Great

Plain Dane Black Box Fit Sweater – Ships internationally from Australia

The Common Good Company produces clothing using recycled materials, proving that there is not only a better way to produce but a better way to consume. Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-14.

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Franc

Rated: Good

The Cropped Cardi – Ships internationally from Canada

Franc is a Canadian brand that makes basics so you can enjoy a complete wardrobe built on timeless essentials. The brand ranks 'Good' on all fronts: it uses eco-friendly materials, pays a living wage and uses no animal products. Find most products in sizes XS to 3XL.

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Shop Franc.

A.BCH

Rated: Great

Raw Denim Trench Coat – Ships internationally from Australia

A.BCH is a Melbourne-based, Australian-made fashion label for individuals who care about garment provenance. It utilises renewable, organic, and recycled materials. Find the range in sizes XS-XL, or customise to fit you.

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No Nasties

Rated: Great

Ash Rose Barrel Midi – Ships internationally from India

Another leader when it comes to ethical fashion, No Nasties makes simple and stylish clothing from Fairtrade organic cotton in India where it is actively working to grow the ethical consumer market. Find styles in sizes 2XS-3XL.

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Boyish

Rated: Great

The Toby – Ships internationally from the US

Love the & Other Stories vibe, but hate their fast fashion business model? Boyish has all the quality, fit, and authentic washes that you could want without the harmful practices. Find sizes 2XS-XL.

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good

Flora Pant – Ships internationally from the US

Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, and by limiting each garment to short runs, the brand also reduces packaging waste and takes care of precious water resources. Find most products in XS-XL.

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Harvest & Mill

Rated: Great

Organic Heirloom Brown Jogger Pants –  Ships internationally from the US

Harvest & Mill pieces are grown, milled, and sewn exclusively in the US, supporting American organic cotton farmers and local sewing communities. The brand makes basics for everyone, always ensuring they are not dyed or bleached, greatly reducing the use of water, energy, and dye materials. Even better, by cultivating different varieties of cotton, the brand is able to bolster biodiversity, which is essential for ensuring healthy ecosystems and keeping our planet resilient in the face of climate change. Shop the range in sizes S-XL.

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Boody

Rated: Good

Goodnight Sleep Long Sleeve Set – Ships internationally from Australia

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is an Australian clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

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Christy Dawn

Rated: Great
Brown upcycled leather sustainable Chelsea boots by Christy Dawn.

The Chelsea Boot –  Ships internationally from the US

Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired women's clothing and footwear, locally made with surplus fabric. The US brand rates "Great", making it a fabulous boho option for your wardrobe. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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NOAH

Rated: Good

Vegan Tassel Loafer Lissandro – Ships internationally from Germany

NOAH creates cruelty-free and 100% vegan shoes and accessories. This German brand's high-quality and long-lasting shoes are hand-crafted in Italy, using a small proportion of eco-friendly material. Find them in EU sizes 35-42.

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Flamingos’ Life

Rated: Good

Roland V.5 Snow Ivory – Ships to the US and Europe from Spain

Flamingos' Life creates sneakers for men and women 100% animal-free. The brand uses eco-friendly and PETA vegan approved materials, including upcycled materials. Find the range in sizes 36-46.

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BEEN London

Rated: Great

Monier Bucket Tote – Ships internationally

BEEN London is a London-based brand turning waste into timeless accessories you’d want to use every day. All their products are made of materials that have been something else in a previous life, including recycled leather offcuts and plastic bottles.

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JAN ‘N JUNE

Rated: Great

Brooklyn Knit Beanie – Ships within the US

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Editor's note

Feature image via Whimsy + Row, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated “Good” or “Great”. We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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