16 Affordable and Sustainable Pieces for an Autumn-Inspired Outfit

16 Affordable and Sustainable Pieces for an Autumn-Inspired Outfit

November is finally here, which means that we’re sipping our hot drinks, setting our clocks back an hour, and switching our summer floral prints to fall neutrals. For those of us here in the U.S., it also means that we’ve come to an end to our long election season (Hello, November 3rd). Deep breaths? Yes. Scrolling through our Pinterest boards and browsing Twitter memes as a form of escapism? That too. Retail therapy and/or window shopping? We’re right there with you.

Our Biweekly Outfit Pick: This late fall and winter season, we’re recommending comfy, cozy, and warm neutrals. Here is our styling pick of the week, with our two tiers: ($) Affordable and ($$) Splurge picks for different price points. We love a good sale and looking good at a reasonable price point. 

Our team vetted the outfit for quality, price, and sustainable or ethical practices, so you can breathe easy and focus on what matters to you.

1. Rust Brown Sweater

Nothing says comfy and cozy like a cable-knit sweater. From rolling out of bed to looking decent for Zoom meetings, it's a versatile piece to dress up or dress down. 

$ Affordable Pick: Lulu’s Heather Brown Cable Knit Sweater ($58)



$$ Splurge Pick: Everlane’s Oversized Alpaca Crew, in Dark Copper ($95)**

**What we love about this product: It's made of alpaca wool, which is a sustainable and natural fiber. Read more about sustainability and alpaca wool here for more information.

2. Dark Wash Denim

$ Affordable Pick: JDY Jake High Rise Skinny Jeans, in Gray ($24)

$$ Splurge Pick: Madewell Curvy High Rise Skinny Jeans, in Black Sea ($128)


3. Shoulder Bag

$ Affordable Pick: PRISM Emblem Convertible Bag, in Hazel Brown ($50)**

**What we love about this product: It’s convertible and has pockets for your mask, sanitizer, and keys. Plus, it’s made of vegan leather!

4. Heeled Ankle Booties

$ Affordable Pick: ASOS Design Rye Heeled Ankle Boots in Brown ($32)**

**What we love about this product: The booties are made of vegan suede!

$$ Splurge Pick: J.Crew Willa Suede Ankle Boots, in Rich Walnut ($198)

5. Nail Polish 

$ Affordable Pick: L.A. Colors Nude Gel Nail Polish, in Tender ($3)**

**What we love about this product: L.A. Colors doesn’t test on animals! Read more about their initiative here

$$ Splurge Pick: Pacifica’s 7 Free Nail Polish, in Fierce Femme ($9)

**What we love about this product: Pacifica's Nail Polish is vegan and cruelty-free, which means they don't test on animals! Read more about their initiative here.

6. Cat-Eye Sunnies

$ Affordable Pick: QUAY Australia After Hours Sunglasses ($25)

$$ Splurge Pick: CELINE Cat Eye Sunglasses ($450)

7. Neutral-Toned Eyeshadow

$ Affordable Pick: Colourpop’s Grandeur Shadow Palette ($14)**

**What we love about this product: Elevate your look, guilt-free, as Colourpop is a cruelty-free vegan brand that doesn’t test on animals. Read more about it here.


$$ Splurge Pick: Urban Decay’s Naked3 Palette ($54)**

**What we love about this product: All Urban Decay products are cruelty-free and many offerings are vegan. Read more about it here.

8. Gold Necklace 

$ Affordable Pick: MEJURI Iris Medallion ($65)

$$ Splurge Pick: Stone and Strand 14k Gold Diamond Necklace ($395)


For more of our style picks and takes on guilt-free, sustainable, and accessible style and career tips, join our biweekly SPECTRA newsletter here! Until then, we’re sending you lots of positivity (and reminding you to take care and drink enough water today).