9 Sustainable and Ethical Dresses for Spring

Jess Kirby styling a white embroidered maxi dress and tan leather backpack for summer | 9 Sustainable and Ethical Dresses for Spring
french connection embroidered cotton eyelet maxi dress

There is still snow on the ground in Vermont, and yesterday we went snowboarding (our last runs of the season), BUT I am craving dress weather so bad. One of my favorite activities as of late has been going through old travel photos, and in doing so, I’m finding lots of style inspiration from years past. I rounded up some personal favorites and found similar styles of sustainable dresses for spring. These photos and dresses are old but I’ve put the brand in the caption so you can search for them on second-hand sites like Poshmark and ThredUp, you never know what you might find!

9 Sustainable and Ethical Dresses for Spring

One. Shop Secondhand

It doesn’t get more sustainable and ethical than shopping secondhand. There are so many great options now to buy online from sites like thredUP, Poshmark, and the Real Real. For brands like Free People, Anthro, and Faithfull I look on thredUP. My best piece of advice for shopping on their site is to get as specific as possible. For example to find dresses similar to the one above, I went to Premium>Dresses then chose the following filters: Midi>White,Ivory>Cotton and then chose my size. I use that method anytime I’m looking for something. You can also find brands like Doen on the Real Real.

Two. Sezane Midi Dress

This linen and organic cotton midi dress from Sezane has gorgeous embroidery and lace details, a flowy silhouette and a v-back neckline. This would easily transition into summer and fall. It would look so pretty layered under a cropped cardigan for cooler temps.

Three. Able Loretta Wrap Dress

I am a HUGE fan of Able and their mission to challenge and change the culture of the fashion industry. They are committed to ensuring women are paid a livable wage, as well as investing in their education and training. The Loretta wrap dress has gorgeous flowy sleeves and a wrap waist for a breezy, feminine silhouette. It would look great layered under their denim jacket.

Four. Christy Dawn Elle Dress

The floral print on this midi dress gives me visions of spring blossoms. I love the vintage feel of the cap sleeves with a ruffle detail. I learned about Christy Dawn through many of your recommendations. They use deadstock fabrics and organic cotton, and are committed to regenerative practices that go beyond sustainable materials.

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anthropologie botanical print silk midi dress

Five. Amour Vert Washable Silk Dress

I am always on the lookout for great silk midi dresses because they are just so versatile. To me they are a year round wardrobe piece because they can easily be layered with turtlenecks, sweaters, jackets and styled with sneakers, heels, booties, etc. I love that this style from Amour Vert is washable. It doesn’t get much easier than that! The print and silhouette reminds me of the botanical print silk dress I got several years ago (pictured above). I wore it to my fair share of bridal parties, weddings, and baby showers.

Six. Madewell Sweatshirt Tee Dress

Sweatpants but make it a dress. I’m sold. This style made with organic cotton looks really cozy and would be so cute styled with sneakers and a light jacket. A great working from home option for when you want to wear a dress but also feel really cozy. It would make a great cover-up for summer nights at the beach too.

Seven. Fanm Mon Machan Linen Dress

I discovered Fanm Mon over the summer and instantly fell in love with the stunning silhouettes and beautiful fabrics. Every dress is custom made, I got the Machan Linen Dress in peach which I can’t wait to wear this summer. I love the Sandras dress too.

Eight. Mie Mini Gozo Dress

Everything from the puffed sleeve to the cinched waist and open back is just perfection in this linen mini dress. This style will be gorgeous right into summer. Mie is also a Black woman-owned business and their pieces are made locally in Lagos, Nigeria where they are based.

Nine. Outerknown Neptune Tee Dress

I love a good maxi t-shirt dress, especially when it’s made from hemp and tencel lyocell. Soft, stretchy, a subtle side slit and a cute pocket detail, what more could you need? It would look great layered under a sweater and belted for cooler days.

faithfull the brand polka dot midi dress

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  1. Rach wrote:

    You always find the BEST sustainable pieces! Sezane is my favorite out of all of them but after you mentioned the Loretta Dress, I think I need to get that!


    3.11.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thanks Rach! It’s so pretty. I love the sleeves on the Loretta dress.

      3.11.21 | Reply
  2. Great compilation! I absolutely love that polka dot midi dress; can be paired with black boots or just flip flops to get that casual summer look. This season, dots in brighter colors, vintage-inspired silhouettes, and more graphic prints are in vogue.

    3.17.21 | Reply
  3. Marsetti wrote:

    Comment acheter cette robe ?
    Merci de me renseigner.

    faithfull the brand polka dot midi dress

    5.2.21 | Reply