With summer in full swing, the unmissable warm-weather essentials are as follows: sunglasses, sandals and The Dress. Whether your preferences lie with the maxi or the mini, the chic monochrome or the colourful prints, we’ve got a selection that will make summer shopping a dream. And these twelve beauties have an ethical edge, too.
The colourful yet versatile batik pattern of this loose shift dress makes it perfect for both work and weekend. Team with relaxed sliders or white trainers for a hint of colourful cool. Made in Ghana on a small-scale, Fair-Trade production.
Designer Daniella Samper of Ajaie Alaie incorporates the Indian philosophy of chakras into her sleek designs that are highly wearable and versatile. This chambray number features a concealed gold neodymium magnet to enhance the sacral chakra – and it is begging to be worn with elegant black sandals. Made in India with Fair Trade practices.
It was of course impossible to make a list of ethical dresses without including Free People. Safia Minney and her team of conscious creatives offer a knee-length shift with a subtle bird print – in organic cotton. Made by ethical enterprise Mandala in South India.
The perfect style for a summer party once your skin has acquired that golden hint of a tan, this certified-organic cotton number is seductive and romantic at the same time. Wear with nude heels and a gold-toned clutch. Made in Nepal.
Crafted from a breathable Japanese linen, this laid-back shirt dress is perfect for lazy Sundays. Add a faux-leather jacket if you feel chilly. Made in the USA from raw materials.
This flowing maxi dress is the perfect mix of comfort and elegance. Made in Bali from botanically dyed cotton and ideal to wear from the beach to the party.
A show-stopper if ever there was one, this gorgeous maxi dress features a dramatic open-back cut and a cutout silhouette that makes for a head-turning impact. And it’s not only glamorous but also kind – this number was made in the US with living wages.
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the maven of vegan coats, is behind this eye-catching, sweeping star-print maxi that’s crafted from recycled polyester fibres. Plus, it’s wrinkle-free, which makes it suitcase-friendly!
A lightweight crepe style with a romantic print that screams “summer” – as well as subtly whispers “ethical!”, thanks to Reformation’s clever RefScale initiative, which shows exactly how much resources you’re saving by shopping there.
A boho-lover’s dream if ever there was one, this dreamy organic cotton dress is the perfect match for sleek trainers or simple sandals – and flowers in your hair.
Sleek, simple elegance at its finest. This draped piece was made in Los Angeles from surplus tencel-blend twill by Animal Behavior, a 100% vegan brand.
A curved high-to-low hem offsets this breezy shirt dress in organic cotton from sustainable fashion brand Outsider. Made in India.
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