Fall Eco Fashion Accessories: Drama, Color & Recycled Metal

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Studs, chains, simple boxy bags, booties and dramatic statement jewelry: all of these things are in for fall 2009, and there are seriously fabulous eco-friendly options for every single trend. Designers like Litter SF, Doloris Petunia and olsen Haus offer up some eye-popping accessories made from recycled, upcycled, organic and otherwise green materials.

Jewelry trends for fall 2009 bring in the drama with big, bold, shiny statement pieces. Doloris Petunia creates stunning custom statement necklaces (pictured above) made from pieces of old or broken jewelry – you can even send in your own, so dig through that junk drawer and put those sentimental bits of metal, beads and jewels to good use.

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When it comes to handbags, studs and simple boxy shapes are in. Roccobarocco’s black studded hobo in polished eco-leather is perfect as an everyday bag, while TEICH clutches – which come in an array of eye-popping colors and are made of responsibly sourced leather – are the perfect complement to your favorite LBD.

More great trends after the jump!


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Chains are big, and nobody does them better than Litter SF. Fierce eco chicks Mackenzie Burdick and Rachael Mann turn random bits of recycled metal into jaw-dropping accessories you’ll lust after at first glance. This custom antique brass reversible chainmail instantly turns an understated outfit into a head-turner.

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When booties hit the Fall 2008 runways, many of us groaned – can we pull these off? It turns out, this shape is more wearable than it looks, especially with some cutouts and color that break up the silhouette. So, we’re more than happy to wear them for another season. Pictured: ‘Brazil’ 100% vegan faux suede open-toed bootie by olsen Haus, left, and the Rachel Comey Bookmark Tassel Boot.

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Who doesn’t love cozy socks when the weather gets nippy – or better yet, chic cozy eco-friendly socks that come all the way up to your thighs? Sock Dreams is a sock fetishist’s dream come true, with a dazzling variety of socks made from organic and/or recycled materials that run the gamut between girlish and sexy. Check out the richly textured ‘O Chevrons’ and nubby ‘Slinky Knees’.

About Stephanie Rogers
Stephanie Rogers is a fashion- and beauty-obsessed freelance writer with an abiding love for kale and organic wine, living in Asheville, North Carolina.

7 Comments

  1. Love the socks! And the Dolores Petunia necklaces are great. Just a note, Litter is no longer able to only use junk chains – their demand is so high that they have to use new materials now as well. Sad – at some point they will probably make everything from new components.

  2. Those tights are AMAZING and I must have them. I’ve been looking for ecofriendly tights but they are hard to find, and I like thigh highs so you don’t have to deal with the waist part.

  3. Starre, I have several pairs and they’re amazing! I’m dying for the weather to get cooler so I can wear them all the time. Sock Dreams has a pretty awesome selection of eco-friendly stuff.

  4. I don’t even know where to start. Great array of beautiful fashion finds. I’m especially thrilled at the open toe booties!

  5. Stephanie,

    First of all, I am delighted that I found your site on Twitter. After perusing your content, I’m so impressed! Issues of sustainable fashion are near and dear to my heart, and I feature many vegan and green fashion and accessories in the “Green” section of my site http://www.ladylux.com/style/site/articles/cat/green/

    I am so in love with the statement necklaces from Doloris Petunia (they are all the rage this season, aren’t they?), and of course the booties from olsenHaus – we featured them front and center in our vegan shoes post: http://www.ladylux.com/style/site/article/lux-shoes-vegan-footwear-transformed-into-sexy-eco-chic-attire

    I look forward to reading more!

  6. I am all about anything recycled! The bold necklaces are so much fun! My husband is a jeweler for Priolo and Company, and uses only recycled metals and responsibly sourced gemstones. We can all make a difference and look beautiful!

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