The leaves around here are starting to change, and it’s time to pull out those boots and tights and get bundled up for FALL! You don’t have to hit the big box store to stock up on scarves and sweaters. Instead, you add some handmade love to your fall style this year and do something good for the planet while you support some handmade artists at the same time!
Why Buy Handmade?
Any time we spend money, we’re voting with our wallets, whether we meant to or not. What we buy tells manufacturers and retailers what types of products we want them to produce and sell. When you shop at the big box store – like a department store – for your fall fashion, you’re often voting for sweatshop labor, pollution and human rights violations, and mass-produced goods with no heart and soul.
This might seem like a bummer, but really it’s an opportunity! Instead of picking up mass-produced pieces this fall, you can add some handmade goodness to your fall wardrobe without giving up an ounce of style. I love fall colors, from muted greys to rich wine shades and even jewel tones, and these Etsy artisans have your fall color palette covered!
Handmade Fall Style Finds
The pieces pictured above are all via Etsy and made from reclaimed or organic materials, so you know that they’re not only supporting a handmade artist, but they’re good for the planet, too! Here’s a little bit about each piece above…
- Betsy & Bess repurposed this vibrant infinity scarf from a vintage skirt. Don’t you love how beautifully it drapes? You can wear it long or tie it up, depending on the look you’re going for.
- One of my favorite Etsy clothing-makers, Peirogi Picnic, made this sweet, cozy grey cardigan from a bulky men’s sweatshirt. The ruffled details and mis-matched buttons give it so much girlie character, you’d never guess it’s manly roots!
- I’d be cheating you guys if I didn’t mention Conscious Clothing in a roundup of fall style. I have one of their tunic-style hoodies, and it’s one of those things that I wear straight out of the wash every time. Their nomad dress looks just as comfy and warm – perfect for fall in rich purple!
Have you added any handmade touches to your fall wardrobe? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!