Retail therapy. It’s always something to look forward to every payday or during the holidays. After all, it’s always fun to try out new clothes, shoes, and accessories and bring home a new piece that you look good in. But did you know that the fashion industry is hugely impacting the environment? According to Sustain Your Style, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world following the oil industry. If you can’t imagine the environmental impact of producing clothes in mass numbers, imagine this: textile factories often dump untreated toxic wastewaters into rivers and other water forms, harming aquatic life with its lead, mercury, arsenic, and other damaging chemicals.
The fashion industry also consumes a lot of water because cotton growers need to water the plants regularly. In fact, about 1.5 trillion liters of water are used up by the fashion industry annually, with 200 tons of fresh water required to dye just one ton of fabric. So what can we, as consumers, do about alleviating the pollution problem caused by the fashion industry? For one, we need to be conscious consumers. We must make an effort to find out how the clothes we buy are made of materials that are sustainable and made with processes that minimize environmental impact. Research on brands that have socially conscious values. Nordstrom helps consumers make a better choice by curating a set of products that are made of sustainably sourced materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester and materials with certifications like bluesign® and Fair Trade Certified™.
Nordstrom also curates products that are responsibly manufactured in factories that provide fair wages to their workers and efficiently manage the use of resources and their impact on the environment. In preparation for the new season, we’ve rounded up a list of sustainably sourced and responsibly manufactured pieces at Nordstrom. Let this be your guide for a more socially conscious Fall Fashion 2019 collection.
Fall Fashion 2019: Sustainably Sourced Clothing
Sustainably sourced clothing means that each piece is made of at least 50% sustainably sourced material, including organic cotton, recycled polyester and materials with certifications like bluesign® and Fair Trade Certified™. Here are our top picks for Fall.
1. VERO MODA Imagine Knit Pullover
This closet essential is perfect for the fall season, with its slouchy drop-shoulder sleeves and classic crewneck that goes best with a pair of dark jeans and some boots.It is made of 56% recycled polyester, 28% acrylic, 9% alpaca, and 7% wool. Shop at Nordstrom.
2. RAILS Ingrid Raw Hem Button-Up Shirt
This chic feminine classic button-up is a must-have this fall. It features a curved, raw-cut hem that can be casually be untucked. It comes in a delicate wild rose color that goes with any Fall-colored wardrobe. It features a front button closure, spread collar, long sleeves with button cuffs, and a chest patch pocket. Made of 100% rayon. Shop at Nordstrom.
3. EILEEN FISHER Scrunch Neck Tunic
Gear up for the cold weather with this stylish ruched turtleneck featuring a lengthened silhouette for extra coverage this Fall. It features a curved hem and long sleeves. Made of 93% Tencel® lyocell and 7% spandex. Shop at Nordstrom.
4. ELOQUII Button Front Crop Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Whether it’s brunch with the ladies or a night out with your significant other, this gorgeous jumpsuit is the perfect way to step into Fall. It features lustrous decorative buttons and sweeping wide legs in a cute, cropped length. It has a square neck, hidden back-zip closure, three-quarter sleeves, front slant pockets, and a removable sash. Made of 100% Tencel® lyocell. Shop at Nordstrom.
5. RAILS Collins Military Jacket
Level up your Fall casual wardrobe with this lightweight cropped jacket that comes in a gorgeous shade of sage, adding a gentle pop of color to your ensemble. It features epaulets, a back flap and a pair of cargo pockets, making for a stylish salute to the military trend that remains fashionable to this day. It features a hidden front-button closure, spread collar, long sleeves, chest flap-patch pockets, shoulder epaulets, back flap, and toggle-drawstring hem. Made with 60% Tencel® lyocell and 40% linen. Shop at Nordstrom.
6. SMYTHE Frontier Blouse
Basic is beautiful. Just like this Smythe Frontier Blouse that puts a stylish spin on any fall wardrobe. This floral-jacquard blouse is styled with puffy, shirred sleeves, covered buttons and delicate pintucking. It has a front button-and-loop closure, stand collar, and three-quarter sleeves with button cuffs. Made of 59% Tencel® lyocell and 41% polyester. Shop at Nordstrom.
7. ULLA JOHNSON Brando Wide Leg Crop Trousers
Pair that Smythe Frontier Blouse with this super chic wide leg crop trousers from Ulla Johnson. It features contrast stitching and an ultra-high seamed waist on these roomy pleated pants you’ll want to wear everywhere this season. Features a button fly, front slant pockets, and back welt pockets. Made of 55% Tencel® lyocell and 45% cotton. Shop at Nordstrom.
8. EILEEN FISHER Ballet Neck Organic Cotton Top
You won’t find a top more comfortable than this. Eileen Fisher created this ballet neck organic cotton top with comfort and style in mind. It features dropped shoulders on a loose-fitting top cut from 100% marled organic cotton with bracelet-length sleeves. Comes in a gorgeous charcoal color that’s easy to mix and match with your Fall wardrobe. Great paired with any pants of your choice. Shop at Nordstrom.
9. LIRA CLOTHING Declan Cinched Jacket
If you’re a fan of drapey layers, you’ll love this Declan jacket from Lira Clothing. This longline jacket features drawstring at the waist for a perfect fit. It has an open front, notched lapels, front welt pockets, and epaulets. Made of 100% Tencel® lyocell. Shop at Nordstrom.
10. ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY Essential Midlayer
Take a run outdoors with this stylish, super-fitted midlayer featuring thorough stretch coverage and ventilation where you need it. It features a front two-way zip closure, a mock neck with rib-knit trim, long sleeves with thumbhole cuffs, front zip pockets, and a mesh inset at lower back. Made of 79% recycled polyester and 21% spandex. Shop at Nordstrom.
Fall Fashion 2019: Responsibly Manufactured Clothing, Shoes and Accessories
1. RE/DONE ’70s Double Breasted Houndstooth Wool Blend Blazer
From the office to the streets, level up your style this Fall season with this ’70s-reproduction blazer, which features a recreation of the original houndstooth-check suiting fabric. It features a double-breasted button closure, peaked lapels, four-button cuffs, front flap pockets, and double back vents. Made of 75% wool and 25% polyamide, and crafted in Italy. Shop at Nordstrom.
2. REFORMATION Rio Sweatshirt
This super basic staple is a must-have for every Fall wardrobe. It’s a sporty-chic soft raglan-sleeve sweatshirt that features a cropped silhouette and an irresistibly slouchy fit, keeping you comfortable wherever you go. It features a crewneck and long raglan sleeves. Made of 45% modal, 34% recycled polyester, 13% recycled cotton, 5% lyocell, and 3% elastane. Shop at Nordstrom.
3. CHELSEA28 High Waist Plaid Pants
Pair that fun Reformation Rio Sweatshirt with this pair of high waist pants from Chelsea28. These high waist pants are styled in fiery plaid with flattering wide legs that provide a gorgeous silhouette as you walk down the street. It features a zip fly with button closure, with side pockets and back welt pockets. Made of 65% polyester, 33% rayon, and 2% spandex. Shop at Nordstrom.
4. DR. SCHOLL’S Come on Over Wedge Bootie
To complete the Fall grunge look, slip into these gorgeous booties from Dr. Scholl’s. The Come on Over Wedge Bootie features a hiker-inspired style that brings a sporty-chic appeal to any wardrobe. it is furnished with a generously cushioned footbed for all-day comfort as you strut the streets. It has a 2 1/4″ heel, 3 3/4″ shaft, and leather upper/textile lining/synthetic sole with a lace-up style. Shop at Nordstrom.
5. CHELSEA28 Cowl Neck Sweater
Add a soft touch of color to your Fall wardrobe with this slouchy cowl neck sweater from Chelsea28, which comes in a gorgeous burgundy rouge heather color. It features long sleeves with ribbed cuffs and a cowl neck. Made of 55% cotton, 26% polyester, 11% nylon, 5% wool, and 3% spandex. This versatile sweater is crafted in a factory that supports women worker empowerment through HERproject, which creates partnerships to enable workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. Shop at Nordstrom.
6. EILEEN FISHER Windowpane Plaid Stretch Wool Ankle Pants
The cowl neck sweater will go perfectly with these ankle pants from Eileen Fisher. These stretched wool pants provide a polished appearance with its plaid stretch wool material and tapered cut. It features an elasticized back waist with front slant pockets. It’s made of 97% wool and 3% spandex, which are bluesign®-approved fabric—a standard for environmentally responsible production. Shop at Nordstrom.
7. DR. SCHOLL’S Countdown Wedge Bootie
Cap off the look with these booties from Dr. Scholl’s. This bootie has a sensible stacked heel and lug sole that adds a sporty-chic look to any wardrobe. It has a 2 1/4″ heel, 4″ shaft, cushioned footbed, and a side zip closure for easy wear. It also has a leather and textile upper/textile lining/synthetic sole. Shop at Nordstrom.
8. REFORMATION Fern Boxy Turtleneck Yak Down Sweater
This fun sweater is a durable, soft and ultra-warming yak down that provides enough warmth on any cold day. It features a turtleneck and long bell sleeves that add a touch of style from the ’70s. It is made of 100% yak down in a gorgeous black marled color. Shop at Nordstrom.
9. PATAGONIA Cloud Country Waterproof Jacket
Gear up for rain and snow with this heritage-inspired jacket, which features a water-repellent finish that protects from wind and rain. It has a front zip closure with snap placket, an adjustable hood and adjustable snap cuffs, front zip-welt pockets, adjustable interior drawcord hem, and a fully seam-taped, 3-layer H2No® Performance Standard stretch-plain weave shell with a tricot backer. This jacket is made of 100% recycled polyester. Shop at Nordstrom.
10. REFORMATION York Coat
Gear up for the cold with this York Coat from Reformation. This woolly longline coat is styled in a double-breasted silhouette with a sleek shawl collar. It features a front button closure, shawl collar, long sleeves, and front flap pockets. Made of 68% wool, 23% polyester, 6% nylon, and 3% alpaca hair. Shop at Nordstrom.
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