5 Sustainable Maxi Dresses to Add to Your Closet

The older sister of the mini dress or the younger sister of the gown? Maxi dresses are the middle ground of dress world. I actually looked up the history of the term “maxi dress” because I’m nerdy like that. I was also kind of confused because women have historically always worn long dresses, so why are they randomly called maxi’s now. Well, It all started with skirts. Maxi skirts were seen in Oscar de la Renta’s 1970’s collections as an alternative to the mini skirt. From there dresses that were featured in Doctor Zhivago were called “maxi dresses” and became really popular. These five looks are different styles of maxis.
This first style is a little bohemian the dress. To add to the bohemian vibe I added a pair of low sandals and 1970’s influenced cat- eye glasses. Style your hair with a loose braid to enhance that feel.

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With a focus on products, this is made with vegan PU.

People Tree Dress
Made with fair trade practices and ethically sourced cotton.

Cuyana saddle bag
Made by Italian artisans with Italian leather.

Artisans and Adventurers Earrings
Made by craftsmen in Kenya with locally sourced by-product materials like horn.

Carla Colour sunglasses
Made with sustainable acetate from wood pulp.
 This look is feminine in style. Finding your inner girl. The form is fitting, the colors are purples and pinks, and the pattern is- you guessed it. Floral.

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Reformation dress
Made with viscose and a sustainable production process that saves on water use, waste creation, and carbon dioxide making.

Nisolo boots
Made in partnership with an ethical factory in Leon, Mexico.

Cuyana Saddle bag
Same saddle bag, different maxi.

Dutch Basics earrings
Made fairly in the Netherlands and in Portugal.

Proof Eyewear Sunglasses
Made with sustainably sourced wood.

100 Percent Pure mascara
Made with completely natural ingredients like black tea, berries, and cocoa powder.

100 Percent Pure Lipstick
Made with a vegan formula that includes cocoa butter and cherries.
This is an artsy styled maxi dress for all creative types. Grab your paint kit or your journal and hit the park. (Is that too obvious?) The beret is added for effect, and because it’s a big trend this year.237069414

 

Ash & Rose dress
Handmade in Boston from salvaged velvet.

Kayu clutch
Made ethically in Bali with locally sourced shells and straw.

Alethia & Phos earrings
Certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council for using ethical practices and sustainable materials.

Proof Eyewear Sunglasses
Made with recycled aluminum.

Janessa Leone beret
Made in an employee-owned factory with ethical and sustainably sourced wool.

Susi Studio- Matilda
Made with recycled PU and rubber.
This maxi dress is styled for someone full of casual coolness. The styling is practical and the color palette has lots of blacks. But!!! The patterns are interesting because I can’t resist a cool pattern.
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Reformation dress
Different dress, same amazing sustainable production practices.

Alice Van Fleteren Earrings
Handmade with fair trade practices.

Proof Eyewear Sunglasses
Made with that sustainably sourced wood you might’ve heard about.

Fortress of Inca- CARMEN
Handmade by artisans in an ethical Peruvian facility with locally sourced vegetable tanned leather.

Purse and Clutch bag
The tassel and cotton are botanically dyed and made by artisans in Guatemala and the leather is made by Ethiopian artisans.

EcoVibe Apparel- Hat
Made with ethically sourced wool in the U.S.
This look is sophisticated. Obviously, everything I post is a quality material that will last. This style is made to last and makes a polished statement.

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Johanna Ortiz Dress
Made by indigenous artisans in Colombia.

SOUQ earrings
Handmade by artisans in Bali.

Veja shoes
Made in an ethical Brazilian factory with Brazilian wild rubber.

Nine to Five – Tablet Bag
Made with E.U. sourced vegetable tanned leather in Portugal,

EcoVibe Apparel-hat
Same ethical wool, different color hat.