Fall has arrived in SF in all its amazing and bizarre glory. For those who don't live in this city by the bay, unlike the rest of the county, our summers are not exactly warm. There's even a very famously misquoted phrase on the subject:
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" - not Mark Twain.
To celebrate the start of this glorious season, I thought I'd share with you all a few of the ethically made pieces I've had my eye on recently. You'll notice some typical fall attire, plus what might look like summer gear - but not to worry, San Francisco gets two to three weeks of blissful 70-80 degree weather every October - November. It's brief, but it's amazing. And it's something I plan for. Also, the Porter Moses family is going to Australia in November and will catch the start of their summer season, so that's why it's not weird that a denim mini is on this list.
I've already begun to build my fall wardrobe a bit, so the following list is broken into items I've already purchased, versus pieces I'm still searching for. I don't know what it is about this season, but all I want to drape myself in is navy and warm neutral tones. Give me your creams, your oatmeals, your ivories, and I'm pretty sure I'll be one happy camper. But enough with the prep, let's dive in!
I have been strategically searching for a handful of these fall items for some time, and am pleased to report that I have already located several of them. I recently thrifted a navy blazer, similar in style to the one pictured above from Zady but made from 100% wool, as well as a denim skirt, though I do love this urban renewal version from Urban Outfitters. So many people have been rocking the denim mini recently - it's such a throw back and I'm totally crushing.
I have also already purchased the two Everlane pieces pictured above (the blush silk tank and navy silk cami), and plan to explore a few of their upcoming releases (namely the stacked heel boots). I am one of those people who loves wearing silk, but has a hard time taking care of it. What can I say - I spill, I'm human, and I'm hoping these two tops will replace a few of the warn out blouses currently hanging in my closet.
I also scored myself a pair of Bryr clogs after standing in line for over an hour at their first ever sample sale. I snapped a great deal that day, but if you didn't get a chance to view my story, HOLY COW. WHAT A SALE. There were HUNDREDS of people standing on line, and I happened to be a part of the second group of people allowed to go in (thanks Laura!). It was definitely an awesome experience, and one that reminded me how amazing this city that I get to call home truly is.
Lastly, I purchased the Intentionally Blank heels (sold out in nude but available in black) from Garmentory, but have yet to get them in the mail. I'd like to wear them to a wedding coming up in October, but I'll have to get back to you on fit and style. I am also quite excited to explore what Garmentory has coming down the pike. If you're not familiar with the site, they feature a lot of independent and small batch designers, and I love how they plainly state how the brands they carry are made. It takes a lot of the guess work out, and they have a huge array of designers and styles to peruse.
Natural Denim: Man oh man do I want these two natural denim pieces from Taylor Stitch. Both the pants and the jacket have been on my list for a while now, and I am hoping they restock the jacket soon. The pants look like a high-waisted dream, and I can totally see the jacket looking amazing paired with my navy linen pants. Taylor Stitch is headquartered locally and makes most of their products in LA and SF.
Sweaters: I absolutely adore the ivory sweater that my grandma knit, and try to wear it whenever I can, but it is a STURDY piece of knitwear. I'm hoping to find something a bit more transitional, in a natural, neutral, or caramel color. Garmentory has one that I love, but at $630 I am going to go ahead and say that it is slightly out of my price range. I'm keeping my eyes peeled, though, and practicing my patience.
Open Back Blouse: Trendy af, ya know? I'm not holding my breath for this one, but it would be really nice to add to my fall rotation. I can see myself getting some good use out of something like this in Australia!
Navy Trench Dress: I love how Jessica styled this trench in her post so much so that I immediately tried to find one for myself. Looks like I haven't quite kicked that covet-based shopping reflex. In any case, I reached out to AYR to see if they could trace their manufacturing chain or would describe themselves as ethical, and have yet to hear back. Big time bummer. Since I'm not much of a dress person, I plan to take this one slow and try any ethically made trench dress options I can find before buying. I honestly don't know if I actually like this dress for me, or just like it on Jessica, but I am excited to find out.
Thanks so much for checking this little listy list out. I'd love to hear what you are interested in for fall. Anything striking your fancy? Have you seen any good navy trench dresses pop up in the ethical fashion world recently? Let me know!