Sustainably Chic

10 Ethical Dresses for the Sustainable Fashionista

Conscious Lists, 2016 postsNatalie Kay

It's Sustainably Chic's 2nd Birthday

& we are going to celebrate it in style.

If you haven't already noticed, I love dresses. They are easy, feminine & I can't seem to get enough of them. Since starting the blog two years ago today, I've stumbled across several different brands with some of the sweetest dresses on the market - H&M can take a hike. Here are my favorite ones {in no particular order} from some of the best ethical fashion brands in the world. Enjoy! 

1. The Beach Cottage Dress by Mata Traders


A lovely sundress with pockets and buttons, the Beach Cottage is made at a fair trade women's cooperative in India, and is hand screen printed. With 100% cotton, this dress is light and perfect for the warmer months. Mata Traders is an ethical fashion company partnering with fair trade cooperatives in India and Nepal to bring us exciting & vibrant apparel and accessories. Here it is in action.

2. The Lattice Fitted Shift from Victoria Road


By Natalia Naveed, an emerging designer from Lahore, Pakistan, the patterns on this dress are influenced by Moroccan design with Western cuts and beautiful embroidery {stunning, right?}. It can easily be dressed up for a little cocktail party or worn with some flats for a more casual look. Read the blog post to learn more about Victoria Road. 

3. The Coco by IKURU


This babydoll style dress is extremely flattering with the pleated seam at the waist, and is light enough to wear through the warmer months. It is made from African wax print capulana fabrics, and even comes personalized with the maker's name on the tag. Such an awesome way to feel connected to the people who make your clothes. Read the blog post to learn more about IKURU.

4. The Amanda Tunic by Riyka

$150 {good news: it's on sale for $105!}

Created with love in Bulgaria {designed in London}, this dress {or tunic} is made from end of line cotton. The navy and yellow side panels give this smock dress an awesome focus point, and the chambray has a very light sheen making this dress stand out in a crowd. Read the blog post to learn more about Riyka. 

5. The Kelli Cold Shoulder Mini by LA Relaxed


Lookin' to show a little skin? This dress is feminine, romantic and made from tencel and organic cotton - so yes, very comfortable!! I've been living in LA Relaxed this summer, and can not wait to see their fall collection. Read the blog post to learn more about LA Relaxed.

6. The Kara Organic Cotton Chambray by Braintree


The Kara Chambray Dress is made from 100% organic cotton, and is a beautiful light denim blue. It drapes loosely around the waist, and has an exposed zipper in the back. Pair it with a belt or let the drop waist out. Lovely either way! Read the blog post to learn more about Braintree.

7. The Marais by KUI


My Marais Dress is a staple I can wear again and again, no matter the season or year. It is made from organic cotton and hemp and has a flattering drop waist and long cuffed sleeves.  KUI's understated silhouettes and natural fibers are the conscious consumer's dream. Read the blog post to learn more about KUI.

8. Huipil Women's Jumper by Siempre Viva


Handmade in the highlands of Southern Mexico, this jumper is made from cotton and decorated with a huipil - a hand loomed piece of textile made by Mayan women. They even have a matching one for your daughter :) Each purchase from Siempre Viva helps support sustainable employment. 

9. The Cambria by Tangente


This dress is extremely flattering with the horizontal chevron and bodice's cut. I've worn it quite a bit this summer! It is an easy thrown on, and extremely soft. Made in Canada, each piece is made with a lot of love and specifically for you. Need to hem it up? No problem - They will make it the perfect fit. 

10. The Stockholm Mini June Leaf by Winter Water Factory


Made right in the USA, this dress is made from 100% organic cotton. Seriously comfy, pair this dress with some flip flops, a hat and head to the day at the beach. When the cold rolls around, layer with tights and boots. This dress comes in multiple prints, but the June Leaf is my favorite! 


Have a favorite ethical dress? I'd love to see it! Post it in a comment below :)