Sunday, September 29, 2013

Chunky Knit Sweaters for Fall {eco-friendly, vintage, and organic}

5 fair trade handmade chunky knit sweater

There's nothing like pulling on an oversize knit sweater on a cool fall day. I especially love when ithe temperature is low enough to wear my biggest, fuzziest sweater, but not quite cold enough that I need a jacket.

While they are definitely having a trendy moment, I'm confident that big, soft, well-made sweaters will never go out of style. I'm still on a menswear kick, so right now I've been pairing mine with rolled up boyfriend jeans and patent oxfords. The bangles I'm wearing are by Mango Tree Bangles. They're hand-carved and hand-painted, and the mango trees are only cut down when they can no longer bear fruit.

In my humble opinion, the key to pulling off a big sweater is big hair, especially if there is a turtleneck, or you risk looking like you have a teeny tiny head. In order to avoid tiny head syndrome, I usually pile my hair up in a giant, messy bun. 

3 fair trade handmade chunky knit sweater

If you don't have a giant knit sweater but are currently in the market, Etsy is a great resource. They have plenty of handmade, vintage, and even made-to-order styles.

6 fair trade handmade chunky knit sweater

The red ($40), grey ($260) and navy ($425) sweaters are all handmade from Etsy, but the fair isle patterned sweater ($175) is made under fair labor conditions by Komodo, a sustainable apparel brand based out of the U.K.  Komodo uses merino wool is from non-mulesed live stock. Their wool garments are often hand-knitted and always hand-finished.

You can stay on-trend, eco-friendly and on budget with the two vintage options below, both of which are under $40. In creamy white mohair and a navy/black mix, they provide the perfect neutral palette to pull off this easy, comfy trend. 

7 fair trade handmade chunky knit sweater

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