20 Aug 15 Alternatives to the Iconic Wrap Dress
Google Ads knows my fashion taste, but they have yet to fully guess my ethics tastes. Case in point- they know my love for color and dresses. Diane von Furstenberg is an obvious option because she’s become iconic for her wrap dresses. It’s pretty simple to see why these easy dresses were such a hit. The wrap dress is pretty much universally flattering. My only problem is the ethics behind the brand. In Vogue’s article, “This is the Year Sustainable Fashion got Sexy” they mention that DVF now offers both real and fake fur as a win for sustainability, but we all know that’s really not a win at all. Things that look better are the brand’s transparency. They comply with the California Transparency In Supply Chains Act that tries to assure ethical supply chain practices and they disclose that they produce their clothes in the U.S., China, Korea, and Poland. Below are 15+ wrap dresses from ethical sources that you’ll definitely be able to trust and love.
Reformation is a brand that knows how to make a dress! This one is frilly and feminine with ruffled edges. The Refscale has the production savings at 8.0 lbs. of carbon dioxide, 2.0 gal. of water and 1.2 lbs. of waste.
Indah is known for it’s use of color and this wrap dress is no exception. It’s made with bamboo fiber and produced by hand in Bali.
Made by and for women, Bailey 44 knows how to design for the female body and their wrap dresses prove it. They design and produce everything locally in L.A.
A two-toned check pattern makes this wrap dress a happy combination of fun and ethical. The dress is made with woven organic cotton from artisans in India.
A classic dress that works to be as comfortable as it can be glamorous. Devinto is an eco-friendly label that makes everything by hand on Cape Cod. They work with natural fabrics, the wrap dress is made with a mix of bamboo and organic cotton.
Retro Hawaii has been a low key trend for a while, and this Cleobella wrap dress definitely embraces that. It’s crafted by hand in Bali using the beautiful traditional techniques of craftsmen on the island. Hand tooling, dyeing, and beading are featured throughout all their designs.
Is anyone thinking about Christmas parties yet? This is a perfect wrap dress to take into the cooler months! This velvet from Ash & Rose Collection is made in Boston with salvaged fabrics.
Ethical sizzle. This wrap dress lives up to the brand name Hot As Hell. It’s European flair with LA breeze. Hot as Hell partners with pioneering socially and environmentally conscious suppliers to make their lifestyle brand come to life.
Handmade by artisans in Bali, (a hot destination for ethical brands) Faithfull designs for the conscious traveler. The wrap dress is bold and recalls looks from vintage vacations.
Simple and easy, this is the perfect wrap dress for any day of the week that you need an animal print boost. It’s hand batiked and sewn in Ghana using traditional techniques and employing fairly paid artisans.
Be pretty in pastel with this lemon linen wrap dress from Dagny. It’s made with surplus fabric and a biodegradable dye. What’s makes it better? They partner with an ethical, women-owned and operated factory to produce the clothing.
Where Mountains Meet has worked with artisans from Bolivia to India and many places in between since they launched in 2015. They work to preserve traditional crafts and help make mindful design mainstream and it’s definitely paying off, producing beautiful pieces like this front wrap dress.
Be anything but basic in this baby blue wrap dress from Studio Verandah. The motifs are traditional Indian designs, and the production employs traditional Indian craft works like handloom and traditional washes and dyeing techniques.
From the simple design to the bold color, Everlane’s take on the wrap dress is classic. It’s made with wrinkle-resistant Japanese GoWeave fabric (which makes it easy to pack) and produced ethically in China.
Slow is the motto at Anna Kosturova. Everything she makes from bathing suits to wrap dresses takes up to a year to design and create. She employs intergenerational families of artisans in Bali in India to hand tie dye her clothing.
Another fall appropriate wrap dress! This one is from Galvan, a brand that crafts everything ethically in their London Studio. Embrace the season with this deep red color.