Ethical and sustainable dresses for every occasion
Whether you are looking for an ethical and sustainable dress for your best friend’s wedding, a birthday, or maybe just a cute dress for your summer vacation you have come to the right place.
Of course, the most sustainable way to search for an outfit is in your closet, and you probably already have an amazing dress you could wear to the thing you are going to. So I really encourage you, to first look in your closet and have fun with adding different accessories to the dress and see how the look changes completely!
But if you have search through the whole closet and not a single dress seem appropriate don’t panic. I am here to help you find your ideal dress no matter the occasion.
It can sometimes be exhausting looking for the perfect outfit for a big happening if you are trying to apply the “less is more” mindset into your daily life and cutting down on consumption. But just because you are the coolest bad-ass sustainable babe doesn’t mean you can’t look amazing. You can still have a sustainable lifestyle while wearing your dream dress.
I have gathered some of the best sustainable and eco-friendly brands that make beautiful and chic dresses, which I guarantee will make you stand out from the crowd. They are all made in the most environmentally friendly way, have high ethical fashion standards, and do fashion as you’ve never seen before.
What is sustainable dresses?
When is a dress sustainable? And what does it even mean that something is sustainable? To answer the last question I’ve made a complete guide to what slow fashion, ethical fashion and sustainable fashion is right here.
To answer the question of whether a dress is sustainable or not, you have to look at the brand who made the dress and look at what the dress is made of. For a brand to be sustainable both the production, working conditions, and the materials used have to live up to certain values.
A brand has to have ethical working conditions which means the people who made your dress should be paid a fair salary and work under fair and safe conditions. The production should also do as little harm to the environment as possible, and it should benefit the local area where it is produced. So there is a lot of different rules and values a brand needs to follow before they can call themselves sustainable – so remember to check up on the brand and the materials of the dress before buying it.
Great sustainable brands for dresses
1. First up we have the sustainable brand Symbology. they create breathtaking one-of-a-kind handmade dresses, that you won’t find anywhere else. Their slogan is to make fair-trade sexy, and I really think they do a go job at that!
All their prints hold a symbolic meaning which symbolizes the deeper meaning behind this particular peace. They use sustainable fashion as a platform to empower women from all over the world and each piece of clothes is handmade by women from developing countries that all receive a fair wedge for their job. You can check out the brand and their amazing sustainable dresses at their website here.
2. Reformation is another brand that creates the most stunning eco-friendly dresses. Before you purchase an item from their website, you can see how much the production of the dress has affected the environment and how sustainable the dress is. You can also see exactly what kind of eco-friendly material the dress is made of.
Reformation put sustainability at the core of everything they do. The brand is focused on making the whole supply chain as sustainable as possible and they also count in the effects their use of the material has on specific areas of the natural resources in the world.
Because of this, they have partnered up with organizations such as Brazilian Rosewood Amazone Conservation Project to help put back some of the resources they have used to produce the clothes.
3. DÔEN is a brand owned by women who want to use their platform to fight for the things they are passionate about – the earth and women’s rights. They support women in all parts of their supply chain and are your go-to ethical fashion brand for chic sustainable dresses.
4. KOWTOW is on a mission. They want to preserve the planet and protect the people while making amazing clothes. This brand is committed to making a positive change in the way we do fashion, and they show that you can make minimalistic dresses from sustainable materials and with ethical production conditions. This is the brand for the minimalist looking for sustainable dresses.
5. Little Things is founded in India and focusses on making sustainable fashion luxurious, effortless and affordable. Sustainability has been a key value in the brand since day one. They are using handloom fabrics from different weaving communities in India, and are using all colors of the rainbow to make their innovative creations.
Top sustainable dresses for weddings
Whether you are seeking a sustainable bridal dress or an eco-friendly dress to wear to a wedding, here are some suggestions, that will make you look amazing on the day!
This one-of-a-kind wedding dress is so unique and is perfect if you want that vintage wedding dress look. The dress is by the brand Symbology and you can find this one and more on their website right here.
If you are looking for sustainable dresses that makes you stand out between the other weeding guest look no further. This dress is from the brand Reformation and will make stand out from the crowd. You can find the dress and other sustainable dresses at their site right here.
3. Maggie Marilyn
This yellow dress is perfect for a summer wedding outside. It is from the sustainable brand Maggie Marilyn and you can find it along with other beautiful dresses right here.
Sustainable summer dresses
If you are looking for the perfect, cute summer dress I have some that will make you look amazing and be a sustainable shopper at the same time! Take a look at the dresses below.
If you want a chic french-style summer dress DÔEN is your sustainable brand. They make Boheme dresses inspired by French style. You can find the dress and other sustainable clothes on their website here.
2. Christy Dawn
This sustainable dress is ideal for a summer getaway to the beach or a summer vacation. The dress is from the brand Christy Dawn and you can find it on their website along with the brand’s other designs right here.
3. Little Things
This light sustainable summer dress is from the brand Little things and is perfect for sightseeing in the city or city breaks. You can find it on their website along with other sustainable dresses right here.
KowTow is the minimalist brand and they make simple silhouettes and calm colors. If you are looking for a simple and modern summer dress, you should definitely check out their website right here.
Formal Sustainable dresses
If your are looking for a formal dress that is produced due to slow fashion values and rules here are some that will fit into the very formal happenings and events.
the sustainable brand Amor makes incredible, formal dresses that will make you fill like a princess. This green one looks like something taken from a movie, and will fit perfectly into a very formal event. You can find this dress and more on their website here.
This dress from the sustainable brand Hackwith is perfect for a formal event with an elegant lower back and an unexpected slits. You can find the dress on their website along with other styles right here.
The master of sustainable formal dresses is the Los Angeles based brand Frock L.A. They make dresses that will last year after year without going out of trend. You can find more formal dresses like the one above on their website here.