Ethical Fashion: Twelve Dresses That You’ll Wear All Summer

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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.


GatherandSee Osei Duro Ethical Fashion

Muto Dress by Osei Duro at Gather and See

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.



AjaieAjaie GatherandSee Ethical Fashion

Chambray On Repeat Shirt Dress by Ajaie Alaie at OfAKind

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.



People Tree Ethical Dress

Susannah Shift Dress by People Tree

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.



Synergy Clothing Modavanti Ethical Dress

Essential Infinity Dress by Synergy Clothing at Modavanti

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.



American Colors Toni Dress Zady Ethical


Toni Dress by American Colors at Zady

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.



AwaveAwake Ethica Ethical Dress

Backless String Dress by AwaveAwake at Ethica

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.



Bead and Reel Persephone Ethical Fashion

Persephone Colour-Blocked Dress by La Fille Colette at Bead & Reel

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.



Vaute Vanessa Maxi Dress

Vanessa Maxi Dress in Star Print, VAUTE

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!


Reformation Royce Dress

Royce Dress, Reformation

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.



Campion Organic Braintree Clothing Ethical

Campion Organic Cotton Dress at Braintree Clothing

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.



Animal Behavior Nocturnal Dress

Nocturnal Dress by Animal Behavior

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.



Outsider Fashion Ethical Dress

Maxi shirt dress in organic cotton by Outsider Fashion

A curved high-to-low hem offsets this breezy shirt dress in organic cotton from sustainable fashion brand Outsider. Made in India.


Header photo by Brandon Morgan via Unsplash


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Sascha Camilli

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A passionate changemaker, Sascha Camilli is the founder and editor-in-chief of Vilda Magazine. Born in Moscow and raised in Stockholm, she has also lived in Los Angeles, London, Milan and Florence, before landing in her current hometown of Brighton, UK. She was selected as one of GLAMOUR UK's Most Empowering Nu-Gen Activists and is a frequent public speaker on the topic of vegan fashion and material innovation. Her book Vegan Style is out now on Murdoch Books.

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