Ethical Fashion

13 super chic brands making the most beautiful sustainable dresses for every occasion

August 7, 2019

Guest Post for FTG Magaizne

For many, summer is the season of fun especially when it comes to everyday dressing, which certainly includes the ultimate wardrobe staple – the dress. However, that is also a day-to-night year-round essential we need for so many occasions, which makes it reasonable to spend a bit more time and money to find the right one.

These are amazing eco-friendly brands that make the most beautiful dresses that are not only stylish and timeless but sustainable and ethical too. From natural fabrics to ethical and environmentally friendly production, they have it allI have rounded up 13 super chic brands making the most beautiful sustainable dresses for every occasion

Thinking of investing in an all-year piece for every occasion? Don’t miss these!

Amur

Photo: FTG via Amur
WHY WE LOVE IT: This New York City brand was born from the concept that great style doesn’t have to come at the expense of our environment—and that design can strike a balance between beauty and good intentions. All materials are environmentally friendly, whether organic and natural fabrics, reclaimed fibres that conserve material resources or trims made by artisan collectives in the developing world. These sustainable dresses are committed to supporting the work of artisans and empowering their communities. For the debut collection, they partnered with NEST, the nonprofit fair-trade organization, to develop hardware in collaboration with artisans in India and Vietnam.

PRICE RANGE: from £200 up to £700

DELIVERY: Unfortunately, the super chic brand only ships to U.S. and Canada at the moment, free 14 days refund on all full-price purchases.

Rias Jaipur

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WHY WE LOVE IT: The Indian label focuses on two ancient crafts of India, dabu and block printing; it is a cocktail of ancient printing techniques of Rajasthan. An attempt to keep these crafts alive, Rias is a bridge between the craftsmen’s’ skills and modern designs. From fibre to garment – everything is handmade which you can see in the finish and quality of the pieces and lest not forget super chic ! Their handspun khadi and hand block printing provides employment to a large number of people in various villages of West Bengal and Rajasthan, which results in a better standard of living for those involved. Great job!

PRICE RANGE: from £40 up to £80

DELIVERY: Free delivery for orders over £115; international shipping available.

Dôen

Photo: FTG via Dôen
WHY WE LOVE IT: Dôen is a fashion brand made of creative Los Angeles-based women. They support women in the workforce in all aspects of their organization, supply chain and community. Doen uses domestic production wherever possible and have carefully selected overseas manufacturing for their intricate hand-woven, hand embroidery and knit. Famous for their sustainble dresses , the brand has partners in California, India, Spain and Peru who share their commitment to their mission to decrease the gender gap at any point of the supply chain. Each season they also design a unique children’s style and donate 100% of those to benefit Room to Reads mission to promote gender equality and literacy.

PRICE RANGE: from £120 up to £330

DELIVERY: International shipping available.

Little Things

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WHY WE LOVE IT: An Indian label, Little Things is founded by Ankita Srivastava, a textile designer graduated from New Delhi. Sustainability is the ethos of the brand so most of the fabric is sourced from different weaving communities in India including the new fabric – Cupro. Known as vegan silk, Cupro is made from the waste of cotton. It also dyes easily, it’s anti-static and biodegradable. Sounds exciting!

PRICE RANGE: from £60 up to £190

DELIVERY: Free shipping within India, worldwide delivery available.

Kowtow

Photo: FTG via Kowtow
WHY WE LOVE IT: Founded in 2007 by Gosia Piatek, Kowtow has some heavy sustainable goals! Their garments are certified by non-profit, internationally recognized organizations. They support fair wages, no child labour and gender equality. Their fabrics are supplied through organic cotton farming while using environmentally friendly dyes and washes (GOTS certified) as well as regenerated fabric such as ECONYL in their garments. They also encourage the Take Back Programme, where instead of throwing away pieces you don’t wear anymore, you can send them back to recycle.

PRICE RANGE: from £90 up to £240

DELIVERY: Free UK and EU shipping for orders over €200.

 

Khara Kapas

Photo: FTG via Khara Kapas

WHY WE LOVE IT: The name of this brand means pure cotton in Hindi; they work with a variety of 100% cotton (organic, handloom and power loom) and a variety of eco-friendly dyes (vegetable and azo-free). Every dress is artisan handcrafted – not made in a sweatshop or in a large factory by industrial size machines. They also use large amounts of natural light to reduce the consumption of electricity in the factory. . The brands is proud to be fair trade meaning their artisans have higher than average market salary so most of them have been with the company for many years.

PRICE RANGE: from £68 up to £145

DELIVERY: International shipping available, including the UK

Christy Dawn

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WHY WE LOVE IT: The brand uses deadstock fabric to make their feminine garments. Instead of ending up in a landfill, the residual fabrics leftovers from major fashion houses are repurposed for their collections. Sometimes, they find just enough deadstock fabric to make one dress. For most brands, that wouldn’t be worth the effort which is what makes Christy Dawn unique as well as the fact that all dresses arrive in a wooden box, not a plastic bag. Fairtrade and ethical production is a very important part of the brand meaning all the pieces are made by seamstresses in Los Angeles.

PRICE RANGE: from £160 up to £270

DELIVERY: Worldwide delivery available but it comes priced around £25.

Pink City Prints

Photo: FTG via Pink City Prints

WHY WE LOVE IT: Owner of the Pink City prints, Molly Russell, founded this hand-made womenswear brands to celebrate the beauty of craft and sustainable fashion. She lives in Jaipur, India and works along-side block-printers, indigo dyers, embroiderers and weavers overseeing the whole process from start to finish. AThe brand is fair-trade and ethical too and they treat all the employees with care and respect, while the owner is also working with a women’s centre to teach them skills so they can provide for themselves. Amazing!

PRICE RANGE: from £125 up to £295

DELIVERY: UK shipping will cost you £5, while international £10.

Beulah

Photo: FTG via Beaulah

WHY WE LOVE IT

Determined to create a real difference after seeing the reality of modern-day slavery and exploitation of women, Natasha and Lavinia founded Beulah with the aim to empower women to break the cycle of poverty and achieve long-lasting freedom through skilled craft and employment. They use sustainably sourced materials while having craftsmanship, high quality and environmental consideration in mind.

PRICE RANGE: from £165 up to £550

DELIVERY: UK standard delivery will cost you £6, worldwide shipping available.

Maggie Marylin

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WHY WE LOVE IT

The brand was founded in New Zeland believing in transparency, caring and respecting people in their supply chain and enduring that the health of our planet is at the forefront of every decision they make. A huge part of their goal is to create a circular and regenerative business, which comes down to their fabric. . The brand will ship their products in fully biodegradable bags made from root starch (cassava) vegetable oil and a vegetable polymer, material that decomposes back to nature and dissolves in water.

PRICE RANGE: from £266 up to £644

DELIVERY: Free delivery to New Zeland; international shipping available from £16.

Red Sister Blue

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WHY WE LOVE IT

The brand makes beautiful dresses made of homemade khadi cotton! Khadi is a fabric that was originally propagated as the main uniform of choice in the fight for freedom and Mahatma Gandhi became its uncrowned ‘brand ambassador’. However, the fabric wasn’t accessible to many , and never ever considered as a trendy one. Luckily, Red Sister Blue has transformed that and created khadi pieces that are extremely breathable and comfortable ,unlike synthetic fibres such as polyester. Also, khadi is a low carbon-footprint fabric as it doesn’t need electricity or any kind of fuel for its production.

PRICE RANGE: from £115 up to £210

DELIVERY: Unfortunately, the brand currently only ships within India.

Maati

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WHY WE LOVE IT

Maati by Neha Kabra is a contemporary womenswear label from Udaipur, Rajasthan that makes simple yet stylish garments. Maati  is  an environmentally friendly and a PETA approved vegan brand. Their labels are made of seed paper and upcycle old fabric while using natural dyes. The brand also empowers the women in the village of Gajsinghpura as supporting and helping them with employment. As a result of this helping not only women but the empowerment of that area!

PRICE RANGE: from £30 up to £65

DELIVERY: Worldwide delivery available to most of the countries, price calculated at the checkout.

Shiksha Bhansali

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WHY WE LOVE IT

Founded in 2016 in India, Shiksha Bhansal created minimal, limitless and easy to style pieces based on the organic materials, zero waste and fair trade policies. This ruffle obsessed brand believes in the 4 C’s – comfortable, conscious, chic and classy!

PRICE RANGE: from £45 up to £55

DELIVERY: International shipping available, including the UK.

 

 


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13 Comments

  • Reply aisasami October 5, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I LOVE that jumpsuit from Little Things, it is so cute and pretty. But I love that dress from Rias Jaipur, it is so beautiful!

  • Reply Rhonda Albom October 5, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I think more of fashion should be heading this way. Reducing waste products from the garment industry and using sustainable fabrics and dyes has been a significant part of my daughter’s fashion school education.

    • Reply sonya vajifdar October 5, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Thats amazing I am so happy to hear this !

  • Reply Celebrate Woman Today October 5, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I love the sustainable products, and all these dresses look gorgeous on you!

  • Reply Shadrack biwot October 6, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Amazing. This is really the right direction where fashion industry should be headed

  • Reply tweenselmom October 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    All these dresses are super cool and airy. Glad I found them all in one post.

  • Reply Mudpiefridays October 6, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    These are amazing!!! wow!!! They all look good but I do have a fave! The red dress

  • Reply David Elliott October 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    These are some really beautiful dresses and prints. I love how fashionable they look. And my daughter will love how modest they all are. And the fact that they are sustainable too is awesome. I will pass this along to my daughter.

    • Reply sonya vajifdar October 6, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much !!

      • Reply Kristal October 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm

        I love these dresses that are sustainable and Eco friendly. I nowadays I think it’s so important to find brands that want to make the world a better place. These dresses are beautiful too!

  • Reply Laura October 7, 2019 at 5:45 am

    All these dresses look so beautiful and I like they are sustainable x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

  • Reply Sushmita October 7, 2019 at 5:48 am

    I am so happy to see that there are so many fashion brands providing sustainable clothing! Thanks for sharing this information. By the way, I loved the outfit by little things

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