Did you know that 67% of consumers take the sustainability of their clothes into consideration when looking for something new?
If this number surprises you, you’re not alone. Despite good intentions, ethical and sustainable shopping is still a small fraction of clothing purchases overall.
So what gives? Part of the reason for this mismatch is that finding sustainable clothes is not easy. One Google search and 20 tabs later, and you’ve found a bunch of brands you’ve never heard of without knowing who to trust.
That’s exactly why Eco-Stylist thoroughly researches every brand we recommend to you with Remake’s sustainable brand criteria. You can rest easy knowing your clothes were made to minimize their environmental impact and by people paid living wages.
With fall being one of the biggest fashion seasons of the year, shopping increases for pieces like jeans, shirts, boots, and sweaters. So how can you get the clothes you need for fall while reducing your environmental impact?
Here are 10 staple menswear pieces for fall, all from sustainable brands with ethical labor practices. These staple pieces are versatile and built to last, so you can wear them this fall, next fall, and beyond.
1) French Terry Sweatshirt | Tact & Stone
A french terry sweatshirt is a fall staple that’s useful all year long. Perfect for those chilly nights on the beach, layering in winter, and all day on your fall hike. Throw it over a button-up for a business casual look or wear it with some jeans for a classic casual outfit.
This Tact & Stone piece is made entirely from upcycled cotton & recycled polyester so it’s also a great way to be more eco-friendly. The fabric is GRS certified, chemical free, and saves a lot of water – 885 gallons worth compared to a conventional sweatshirt. Plus, the yarn factory runs on 50% renewable energy from solar power.
The start of your next conversation, this sweatshirt is ethically made right in LA. Use coupon code ECOSTYLIST20 for 20% off your order.
2) Dark Wash Jeans | Nudie Jeans
Nudie Jeans is a woman owned business based in Sweden with some of the most sustainable denim around. Chemical-free and made from 100% organic cotton is just the beginning for Nudie Jeans.
Nudie Jeans invests in circular fashion through their free repair services as well as their collection of second-hand Nudie jeans, which they repair & resell, or recycle. They are also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, an independent nonprofit that improves working conditions in the textile industry.
Shop | $185
3) Ambassador Blazer | Outerknown
The ambassador blazer is your go-to layering piece for fall into winter. Throw it over a tee for a more casual look or pair it with a button-up for that quick stop into the office.
Either way this wool piece provides a decent amount of warmth while being naturally antimicrobial and totally compostable. Outerknown is one of the highest ranking brands on Eco-Stylist, backing their commitment to People & Planet with their sustainable manufacturing and living wages.
Shop | $328
4) Oxford Shirt | Asket
This oxford shirt by Asket is especially handy for fall because the heavy organic cotton cloth will keep you warm while looking your best. With 7 colors to choose from, this will easily be a go-to piece you’ll wear for years to come.
ASKET is a Swedish menswear startup with a mission to provide timeless staple that don’t compromise on quality or your values. Forget the disposable fast fashion model; ASKET offers a single permanent collection you can wear year after year.
Shop | $110
5) Slim Chinos | Taylor Stitch
A solid pair of chinos belong in every man’s closet. They’re like jeans but even more versatile when it comes to dressing up or down.
The Taylor Stitch slim chinos are sustainably made from organic cotton. Taylor Stitch manufactures overseas but shows their commitment to living wages. They also invest in circularity with their new Restitch initiative, which is much like Patagonia’s Worn Wear.
Shop | $125
6) Recycled Wool Sweater | Patagonia
A good sweater tells the world you know how to dress. With the sophistication of a well-educated lumberjack, this sweater is sure to carry you from fall into winter.
Patagonia’s recycled wool sweater is sustainably made with 70% recycled wool, 26% recycled nylon, and 4% other fibers. Patagonia is one of the oldest sustainable fashion leaders.
They are a B Corporation, members of 1% for the planet, environmental film makers, environmental activists, and proponents of circular fashion through their repair services and Worn Wear initiatives.
Shop | $139
7) Autumn Shirt | Vustra
Vustra is changing the sustainable menswear game with their colorful patterned button-up shirts. Wear these button-ups with some jeans, under a sweater, or paired with a blazer.
These shirts have plenty of color already so wear them with all neutral colors for an easy look that’ll be sure to get you some compliments. Vustra is made from organic cotton with natural dyes and in Fair Trade factories.
Use coupon code ECOSTYLIST for 30% off at checkout.
8) Chelsea Boots | Adelante Shoe Co.
Chelsea boots have quickly secured their place in the menswear game. Slip them on with some blue jeans for an easy look that couldn’t be more fall.
Adelante is changing the ethical manufacturing landscape with their commitment to living wages. Un-satisfied with the available metrics, they developed their own living wage metric, the living well line, which you’ll find is better than any industry standards.
Adelante boots are handmade, built to last a lifetime, and completely resoleable. Get $20 off any purchase of $200 or more with code HANDCRAFTED20.
9) Low Top Sneakers | Nisolo
Monochromatic sneakers offer a great look that’s equally dapper with jeans as it is with a suit. The low top diego is an elevated take on the classic sneakers from our childhoods.
Wear it to work or while on vacation, it’s as versatile as it is comfortable. Handmade in an ethical factory in León, Mexico and certified carbon neutral.
Shop | $150
10) Basics Complete Pack | Organic Basics
Every man needs basics: underwear, socks, and tees. They are the closest fabrics to your skin, so why not arm yourself with natural fabrics made without chemicals?
The men’s complete pack from Organic Basics contains 1 tee, 2 boxers, and 2 pairs of socks, all made from GOTS certified organic cotton.
Organic Basics is a Denmark based sustainable brand committed to the environment with FSC certified packaging, organic cotton fabrics, and bluesign approved pieces. They are also committed to ethical manufacturing.
Looking for Fall Style Inspiration?
Our friends at Nudie Jeans asked us to help share their new fall collection: dubbed “Rainbow Mixtape.”
Besides really great jeans Nudie is one of Eco-Stylist’s highest ranking brands on sustainability. They’ve been promoting circularity for many years now by repairing jeans for free and reselling used Nudies.
This new fall collection is a celebration of Nudie Jeans 20 years of work. Here’s how they describe it:
“A thousand roads lead to Gothenburg. This is our hometown and an endless well of inspiration. We got the rain, the sunshine, and the fleeting moments in-between when a rainbow connects them both. This collection is an aesthetic exploration of Nudie Jeans and our influences over the past 20 years.”
Here I am wearing three pieces from their fall collection.
Check out Nudie Jeans fall collection.
Ready for Fall?
There’s 10 sustainable men’s clothing staples for your fall wardrobe. These pieces are all durable and versatile, so you can wear them often, and for years to come.
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*Cover image featuring the Fall 2021 collection by Nudie Jeans.
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Garik Himebaugh is the founder of Eco-Stylist, the go-to source for ethical clothing. He’s also an international speaker on sustainable fashion and a sustainable personal stylist. Garik loves coffee, climbing, and clothes.