Shop your summer wardrobe from sustainable fashion brands: these are the best dresses to invest in now, and love forever more.
With so many amazing new season summer dresses landing in stores and online, how do you know which one to choose? You could opt for a zesty green style, a one-shoulder iterations or a maxi dresses, but whichever style you go for, it’s best to consider the sustainable brands that are creating dream dresses you’ll want to wear way past just the one season.
Sustainable style starts with buying less and buying better. As the second largest polluter in the world, the environmental impact of the fashion industry cannot be overstated. With textiles accounting for 5.2% of all waste going to landfill, our taste for the occasional fast fashion binge is more than just a naughty habit. When it comes to building a collection of stylish pieces that will spark joy for years to come, the key lies in buying products that you’ll love forever, wear on multiple occasions and have been ethically and sustainably sourced.
Luckily, existing brands are creating more sustainable collections and new brands are starting out with the mindset that sustainability should come first and foremost.
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A new generation of labels are creating the fashion-conscious pieces that you love, but reworked with the timeless twists that will have you wearing them on heavy rotation for years to come. Not only are their pieces designed to withstand seasonal trends, but their fabric choices and manufacture processes are carefully selected to minimise their environmental impact.
Here are thirteen fashion brands that are taking big steps the fashion industry creating desirable and eco-friendly dresses you’ll love forever.
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Launching in March 2020 at the start of a global pandemic, sustainable fashion brand Omnes started a brand with a difference. Putting ethical practices at the forefront of its designs without sacrificing style, they’ve quickly become a go-to for dream dresses, tops, trousers and jumpsuits all made from sustainable materials.
From design to production, each amazing piece is consciously made. Omnes aims to make you want to wear what you buy on repeat to reduce landfill and waste. And with dresses as great as this poppy style, you’ll most definitely want to.
Fan of feel-good prints? Look no further than African brand Sika. With every piece handmade in Ghana using sustainable materials, the skilled artisans are also paid a fair wage and work in an ethical workplace.
Sika pieces are all handmade so each item is unique. With a plethora of ‘wow’ dresses that are too good to save for best, you’ll find so many occasions to wear them to each and every year.
House of Sunny
Loved by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, this model-approved label is one to watch. Based in east London, the brand works on a pre-order basis to avoid over production. Further reducing waste by only creating two collections per year, HOS has a slow fashion ethos that’s loved by fashion insiders everywhere.
Creating an air of nostalgia, you can spot the fun House of Sunny designs from a mile off. Want to make an order? It’ll also be delivered in plastic-free packaging that’s 100% biodegradable.
We Are Kin
East London-based slow fashion label We Are Kin is a destination for pieces you’ll want to add to your capsule wardrobe, with a twist. Basics such as midi dresses and blazers have been given a fresh look with effortless details, quirky cuts and a hint of print.
Made from end-of-line and sustainably sourced materials, the brand prides itself on putting the planet first. Not only this, but We Are Kin is also inclusive with standard sizes for all items being from 6-24. Can’t find your size? They’ll custom make any piece you have your eye on.
The team at Arkitaip searched high and low for a fabric that is natural, biodegradable and low impact; hence the entire collection being made from 100% European linen, with any excess of the fabric getting made into super cute scrunchies.
With a strong focus on an ethical supply chain, and attention to detail across the business, the mother and daughter duo are driven by creating a stylish pieces that are made to last whilst trying trying to reduce environmental impact and respect our planet.
Perfect Nomand is a resort wear brand that focuses on long lasting pieces that will never go out of fashion, aiming to slow down the cycle of throw away fashion.
These floor sweeping dresses in natural sunset tones, are all made from organic natural fabrics. The brand uses GOT (global organic trading standard) certified fabrics and manufacturers, which means no harsh pesticides, and reduces consumption of water than non-organic processes.
Alice Early creates environmentally and socially conscious products with collections cut and produced in London the carbon foot print of the business is low and Alice’s intends to make the business model made to order, which means no stock waste with over production, and minimal off-cuts waste.
Organic cottons, biodegradable wool and buttons made from the nut of the Tagua Palm, the fabrics used are low impact. All packaging is recyclable and even the delivery service is carbon neutral. So you could shop happy in the knowledge that your dress was made ethically and responsibly.
Isabel Manns strives to be ethically conscious in every part of the process, from the entire supply chain being based in the UK to keeping fabric wastage to an absolute minimum by using it to create scarves, and even sculptures.
Using mainly silk in her designs, and often creating doubled sided garments, one with a plain side another with a printed side, means style and function is at the forefront of the design process, essentially creating two dresses in one, lowering cost per wear.
Maggie Marilyn founded her eponymous brand to fulfill one mission, ‘to make a difference in an industry that was ready for change’. Building a brand that empowers all the people in the supply chain behind her garments, Maggie Marilyn leaves no aspect of the manufacture process unconsidered.
For instance, this cotton poplin dress has been mindfully made with transparency throughout the supply chain and uses GOT (global organic textile standard) certified cotton.
Mother of Pearl
Tracing every step of the material fabrication and manufacture process from the field to the final product, Mother of Pearl’s ethical credentials are truly exceptional. But you’ll know it better for its clean, minimalist designs.
With the brand’s signature relaxed-fit tailoring, this midi length dress is a hero wardrobe piece that can be styled for casual daytime chic or a sleek evening look.
Founded with the mission to bring sustainable fashion to everyone, Reformation considers the environmental impact of every aspect of its garment product and business practices. Where most major brands create quarterly profits reports, Reformation goes one step further and sends out quarterly sustainability reports to document its sustainable manufacture processes.
Mara Hoffman wants you to buy less, and that starts by ensuring that her pieces will last for years of regular wear – her garments even come with specific washing instructions to ensure that you’re using as little water as possible and ensuring the longevity of your garment.
Prioritising fair treatment of workers and artisans, the majority of Hoffman’s pieces are made in the USA. With puff sleeves and a loose, relaxed fit, this organic cotton sunshine yellow dress is what long summer days and carefree weekend getaways were made for.
Founded by a collective of creative minds based between Stockholm and London, Bite is the luxury womenswear label that doesn’t compromise when it comes to its environmental philosophy.
95% of the luxe materials used in its covetable designs are organic, recycled or low-impact. Consider this sensational cream wrap dress, a chic work wear style that will never date. Wear with black chunky sandals and super-sized bag.
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