11 Ethical and Sustainable Dresses You Need This Party Season

Featured Image: Whimsy + Row Sustainable Party Dress

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If you’re looking for a gorgeous sustainable party dress or ethical formal dress, you’re in the right place.

We’ve selected the best brands creating beautiful ethical and sustainable dresses which are guaranteed to look good this party season.

Let’s jump in.

1. Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn black sustainable dress, made from sustainable fabric. Perfect for summer or dressed up for cocktail parties.

Sustainability: Ethically made dresses created using sustainably up-cycled materials and fabrics, including organic cotton and regeneratively grown cotton.

Styles: Flowing maxi dresses, mini dress styles, midi dresses, maternity friendly dresses

Sizes: Petite XS-XL, XS-XL, Extended 1X-3X

Ships to: U.S. & International

Christy Dawn creates handmade timeless, versatile dresses designed to be cherished for years to come.

Dresses are created from organic cotton, or regeneratively grown cotton, without harmful chemicals or pesticides, making their fabric luxuriously soft and perfect for sensitive skin. In addition, their gorgeous prints and beautiful colors are responsibly created using organically certified dyes.

Christy Dawn is transparent about the dressmakers behind your clothes and has full price transparency for each dress.

2. Reformation

Reformation blue and white sustainable formal dress

Sustainability: Climate positive company, creating ethically made dresses from gorgeous low impact materials, including recycled and deadstock fabric.

Styles: mini dresses, midi dresses, maxi dresses, cocktail dresses, sundresses

Sizes: US sizes 0-24 / UK sizes 4-24 petite sizes available

Ships to: Worldwide

Reformation designs gorgeous sustainable dresses out there, with styles to suit every occasion. From midi dresses that compliment your curves to chic mini dresses, you’re pretty much guaranteed to look good in Reformation.

Ref creates and ships all of its products ethically in its Los Angeles factory, using environmentally sustainable production techniques. Reformation is a climate-neutral company, meaning it offsets all CO2 created in its supply chain and therefore lowers its carbon footprint. Ref is on track to be a carbon-positive company, meaning it will remove more CO2 from the atmosphere than it creates by 2025.

3. Baukjen

Baukjen white and black ethical dress

Sustainability: Certified B corporation, creating ethical and sustainable womenswear

Styles: Maxi dress and midi dress styles, wrap dresses, mini dresses

Sizes: US 2-14 / UK 6-18

Ships to: U.K., U.S., EU

Baukjen is a British designer creating chic ethical, and eco-conscious clothing, including stylish, sustainable dresses. Each of Baukjen’s delightfully designed dresses can be worn casually or dressed up and make the perfect addition to your sustainable wardrobe.

Baukjen also offers a clothes rental service, excellent if you’re looking for the perfect dress for a special occasion; simply rent the dress for a specified period, and return once the big day is over. Clothes rental is a great way to lower our clothing consumption, and it means clothes aren’t thrown away or hidden at the back of a closet once worn.

4. Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney sustainable maxi dress created in yellow silk

Sustainability: Luxury ethical and sustainable clothing brand using sustainable materials

Styles: Sustainable formal dresses, designer dresses

Sizes: US 0-8 / UK 6-12

Ships to: Worldwide

Luxury fashion brand Stella McCartney has been passionate about sustainable and ethical clothing for over two decades. The designer has pioneered vegan fashion and is committed to promoting good labor standards and protecting human rights.

The designer’s R.T.W. sustainable dress collection features a gorgeous selection of sustainable and ethical dresses, including unique maxi dresses perfect for a formal occasion and chic mini dresses created from responsible materials, including organic cotton and recycled fabrics.

5. Whimsy + Row

Whimsy + Row sustainable party dress in navy silk made in the USA, the design features a minimal dress made from silk

Sustainability: Carbon neutral, sustainable, and ethical clothing brand, creating all designs in their Los Angeles studio

Styles: Party dresses, silk slip dresses, summer dresses, wedding dresses and wedding guest dress styles

Sizes: XS-XL

Ships to: Free U.S. Shipping & International shipping (taxes may apply)

Whimsy + Row is an American sustainable clothing brand, producing its chic clothes ethically in their Los Angeles studio.

Their designs are brought to life with responsible and sustainable fabrics, including GRISOCARE, a blend of ECOVERAโ„ข VISCOSE, derived from certified renewable wood sources using an eco-responsible production process. This eco-friendly fabric is OEKOTEX STANDARD 100 certified and completely biodegradable.

Whimsy + Row also produces dresses from materials including organic cotton, linen, and deadstock fabric.

6. Monsoon S.E.W. Collection

Monsoon S.E.W Collection sustainable dress, party dress in black and gold

Sustainability: S.E.W. collection creates beautiful designs from sustainable fabrics, including recycled polyester and LENZING ECOVER.

Styles: Midi dresses, formal dresses, cocktail dresses, work dresses.

Sizes: U.K. 6-24

Ships to: U.K. & International

Monsoons S.E.W. collection delivers beautiful designs from sustainable fabric alternatives, including organic cotton, recycled polyester, and LENZING ECOVERO, a planet-friendly alternative to viscose.

The S.E.W. collection is a step in the right direction for Monsoon, committed to re-engineering their clothing practices to be more environmentally friendly.

7. Araks Silk Slip Dress

Araks blue slip dress pictured on Zoe Isabelle Kravitz

Sustainability: Handmade in N.Y.C., lingerie and slip dresses from eco-friendly fabrics

Styles: Silk slip dresses

Sizes: XS-XL

Ships to: U.S. & International

Araks is a sustainable brand specializing in consciously crafted lingerie and swimwear. We’ve showcased them here because their gorgeous Cadel silk slip dress is too good not to include.

If you’re looking for the perfect slip dress for summer days or to dress up for a formal occasion, the Cadel slip, created from 100% silk, comes in seven gorgeous colors and has been spotted on some famous faces, including Zoe Isabelle Kravitz.

Araks blue sustainable slip dress made from environmentally friendly materials

8. Datura

Sustainability: Dresses from natural fabrics, ethically made in N.Y.C.

Styles: Slip dresses, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits

Sizes: XS-XL

Ships to: U.S. & International (customers outside the U.S. must pay customs duty)

Datura creates timeless, hand-crafted dresses from consciously selected natural fabrics, including silk. Datura makes all of its designs ethically in its N.Y.C. studio.

This slow fashion brand creates versatile, classic, and season-less pieces, promoting the ethos of buying high-quality items that can be worn all year round instead of investing in low-quality pieces that fall apart after one season.

9. Vetta

Vetta capsule wardrobe collection, sustainable dress in black with tie back

Sustainability: Capsule wardrobe essentials from sustainable fabrics and responsible factories.

Styles: Versatile, sustainable dresses which can be dressed up or down

Sizes: XS-XL

Ships to: U.S. & Canada

Vetta creates amazing capsule collections built from practical, stylish pieces that allow you to transform your closet into a more thoughtful, conscious wardrobe; with only five pieces, you can create up to thirty different outfits.

Vetta uses sustainable materials such as Tencel and organic cotton; its sustainable dresses are super practical and can be worn formally and casually.

10. Siizu

Siizu sustainable wrap dress in black

Sustainability: 100% natural and 100% sustainably grown materials

Styles: Slip dresses, linen dresses, wrap dress styles

Sizes: S-L

Ships to: U.S. & International

Siizu is an affordable, sustainable fashion and ethical jewelry brand based in N.Y.C., creating playful, sustainable dresses and jumpsuits.

Siizu’s dresses are perfect for everyday wear and dressing up for a party or formal occasion. Siizu is transparent about all of the fabrics used and where it sources the fabric.

11. Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman luxury designer creating sustainable and ethical dresses

Sustainability: Ethical dresses created with organic materials including hemp, certified organic cotton, Tencel, and other natural fibers

Styles: Formal dress styles, mini dress, and shirtdress styles

Sizes: XXS-3X

Ships to: U.S. & International

Mara Hoffman is a luxury fashion designer creating cutting-edge garments from sustainable fabrics.

After realizing the need for sustainable and environmental change, in 2015, Mara Hoffman began a journey that has transformed its entire manufacturing process towards more sustainable and ethical production methods.

Mara Hoffman is committed to supporting a range of environmentally friendly organizations

striving for change within the fashion industry and beyond, these organizations include Fashion PositiveEarth Matter, and Canopy.

Wrapping Up: Sustainable and Ethical Dresses

We hope you enjoyed the article and you’ve found the perfect eco friendly dress. If you have any sustainable dress brands you think we should add to the list, please let us know in the comments below.

If you can’t decide between wearing a dress or skirt, take a look at our sustainable skirt guide to help you decide.

Make sure to also check out our guide on sustainable heels, to pair with your new dress!

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