Written by Amy Scalia
It’s odd to be thinking about what to wear this fall when it’s still so warm out, but blink and the trees will be golden, the air will be crisp, and you’ll be cozying up in all the comfy things.
If you find yourself more excited than usual to put together outfits for all the things you’re doing this fall, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s because last year was full of athleisure, sweatpants and PJs, and this year, we’re slowly incorporating more restaurant visits, office days and hangouts with friends into our schedule. It’s only natural to feel eager for a refreshed look and feel this fall.
“Fall, especially this one, is all about comfort and we are so here for it,” says Lindy Deal, UpWest's Curator of Comfort. “Comforting body, mind and spirit is what we’re all about, from the clothing we make, products we sell and the partnerships we form. This year, we’re taking comfort to a whole new level. Not only with super comfy waffle and ribbed textures perfect for fall, but with lots of sustainability efforts that make you feel extra good about what you’re wearing.”
Sustainable Sweaters and Cardigans
All UpWest sweaters this season are sustainably-made. For women the Curved Hem Crewneck Sweater and super-soft Sweater Hoodie, to the Cropped Cardigan and Dress Cardigan, as well as the Colorblock Crewneck Sweater and Lightweight V-Neck Sweater, they’re all made with recycled and sustainable materials. Same goes for the men’s new fall sweater styles, like the Shawl Collar Cardigan and Contrast Crewneck Sweater.
Denim Done Differently
Even the new UpWest Denim line is sustainable. “It’s denim done differently,” Deal says. “Our new sustainable material has a four-way super stretch, which makes it so much, more comfy. We also use less energy, less water and fewer chemicals during the ‘eco-wash’ process of creating it.”
You can find UpWest Denim in an All Day Denim Pull On Pant, an Overall, Legging, Jogger, and Short. “Our denim is so, so good. The leggings are so stretchy and comfy you could do yoga in them,” Deal says. “We also partnered our friends at DL1961 to offer a bunch of other styles. They’re a family-owned company making jeans in the best way possible for people and the planet.”
DL1961 denim styles include a Jacket, Dark Wash, Light Wash, Medium Wash, High Rise, Medium Rise, Deconstructed Wash, Tapered and Slim Jean fit. “Most jeans take about 1500 gallons of water to produce. DL1961 denim uses less than 10. But that’s just the start,” Deal explains. “They use clean dyes, solar power and recycled materials - like old denim and plastic bottles - to make your next pair of favorite jeans.”
Waffle, Waffle Everywhere
Other fall staples, like the Everyday Waffle Henley, are sustainably made. “Lots of waffle this season,” says Deal. Actually, our Women’s Waffle Henley is almost sold out already. Huge trend.” Other popular waffle pieces include the Favorite Waffle Crewneck Tee, Waffle Twist-Front Tee, Cozy Up Waffle Crewneck Tee, Waffle Tee Shirt Hoodie, Cropped Waffle Lounge Pant, Weekend Waffle Hoodie, Cozy Waffle Lounge Pant and Sleep Shirt, Waffle Mock Neck Sweatshirt, and Waffle-Trim Hoodie, as well as a Waffle Tee and Waffle Tank which are perfect for layering.
“In fall, it’s all about the layering. Temps can range so much, so it’s the perfect way to stay comfy in style,” Deal says. “Add a layer with a cardigan, jacket, sweatshirt or flannel. Layer over a t-shirt, tank, long-sleeve or even a dress.”
Deal says her favorite new UpWest dress styles are the Easy V Neck, Flannel Button Down and Mockneck Sweatshirt Dress. Other popular dress styles include the sustainably-made Midi T-Shirt Dress and Wear Everywhere Long Sleeve Sweatshirt Dress.
“For men, we’re loving the 4-in-1 Jacket where you get two jackets and two vest all at once. And the Easy Convertible Pant, a pull-on pant that converts into a short when you need it,” Deal says. “These pieces work overtime to keep you comfortable so you don’t have to.”
And while we’re all ready to be out and about a bit more, lounge and sleepwear still have a special place in our hearts. From a Super-Soft Lounge Bra and Sleep Short to Fleece Jogger and Unwind Wide-Leg Pant for women, and Unwind Lounge Pant, Comfy Lightweight Jogger and Fireside Moccasins for men, fall is when creatures of comfort can rejoice.
“I love our washable satin sleepwear. It’s cool, lightweight and super easy to care for. We also have a new Sleep Dress - our first time having a dress - plus new styles and fits in tops and bottoms,” says Deal. “I also love knowing that, especially right now with so much uncertainty in the world, we’re bringing a little more softness, comfort, sustainability and even better sleep to it. That’s something we need no matter the season of year - or life.”