It's about this time of year I just can't wait to pull on a long skirt or jeans, zip up my boots, and layer on a beautiful knit sweater. There's something inherently cozy about autumn, and that seems to call for comfy clothes — but I'm not talking your worn-to-death holey leggings and oversized sweatshirt from college. Don't stress: Because you can absolutely be relaxed and unrestricted, and still wear something with style and structure. Something like the selections below, which combine flair and functionality for fall — and beyond.

Feral Childe's Archer Field Jacket (above) is one of those wardrobe staples that's so classic, you'll be throwing it on over everything from denim to knee skirts for years to come. Made in New York City from a bonded cupro with just a hint of sheen, it's structured so it reads "professional" yet loose and relaxed enough in cut to be something you can relax in underneath.

This cute cat sweater from People Tree is an adorable addition to your weekend (or, if you're lucky, weekday) wardrobe; made in Nepal by a fairly paid worker's collective there. 

Prairie Underground's Vilette jacket is made from thick, soft organic cotton, and works as relaxed work-wear or as a layer on chilly early autumn evenings. 

This soft-as-sweatpants skirt from Amour Vert would absolutely be work-appropriate if paired with heeled boots and a smart jacket. Made in California from modal, its stripes are flattering-as-can-be. 

This urban zip sweater is a unique cut in a classic color; on sale at Nancy's Gone Green, it's just $50 for an absolutely classic piece made from organic cotton by Peruvian artisans paid fairly. 

Work-appropriate but since it's made from a knit cotton/silk/wool knit, this White Tent dress is bound to be comfortable too. Dress it up with heels and a structured bag or down with leggings and leather sandals for end-of-summer farmers marketing. 

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