Sustainable Dresses: 9 Looks for the Maxi Girl

The little secret behind maxi dresses is that they are super comfortable. (In fact, I believe this about most dresses.) I generally won’t buy a dress if I won’t feel happy with the fabric touching my skin, or the zipper on my back. The dress has to be comfortable. The other secret that I’ve probably harped on about before is that dresses make you look and feel so put together. Below are 9 of my favorite maxi dresses I’ve seen this summer and different ways to style them.

Victoria Road Dress– Made with Fair Trade Certification!

Bhava Studio Sandals– Made with sustainable cork and vegan materials. (Also their producer is India’s first female owner!)

John Hardy Bangle– Made by artisans in Bali that John has worked with for 25 years.

Shwood Sunglasses– Made with sustainably sourced wood and eco-friendly acetate.

Mother Erth Bag– It’s made from 100% upcycled materials.

Klements Scarf– Made with a slow ethos and hand dyed in the U.K.

Ecovibe Apparel Dress– Made in Portland with a modal/ polyester blend.

Pala Sunglasses– The frames are recycled plastic and the lenses are sustainable acetate.

Toko-Toko Bag– it’s canvas with a PU waterproof coating that is made by craftsmen in Indonesia.

Mia Shoes– Made with man-made materials.

Tagua Necklace– Handmade in the Czech Republic using old traditional techniques.

 

 

Cult Gaia Bag, Earrings, and Bangle

Bhava Studio Shoes– Handmade in Spain with eco-suede from Italy.

Carla Colour Sunglasses– Made with acetate that is sustainably derived from cotton.

Anna Borgia Dress– Handmade in San Francisco and the fabric is eco-friendly and made without any chemical treatments.

KYMA Sandals– Made with traditionally dried vegetable tanned leather.

Borgo de Nor Dress– Made ethically in the U.K.

Smoke x Mirrors Sunglasses– Made from cellulose acetate containing natural cotton and wood fibers.

AAKS bag– Founded by Akousa Afriyie-Kumi, AAKS aims to bring ancestral Ghanaian weaving techniques to the contemporary global stage.

Vicenza Wedges– Made with artisanal practices in Spain.

Vivienne Westwood Bag– Made in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative using recycled leather and waste.

Gioia Bini Dress– Made in Italy with ethical practices.

Monique Péan Earrings– Made with fair trade certified gold.

Soko Bracelet– Made from repurposed brass by ethically paid artisans.

KYMA sandals– Handcrafted by artisans in Greece using traditionally dried vegetable tanned leather.

Sophie Anderson Bag– It’s crafted using ancient weaving techniques, with every stitch sewn by a skilled group of female artisans in northern Peru.

Pippa Small Necklace– Pippa Small ethically sources materials from places such as Burma, Romania, and Afghanistan in order to provide opportunities for local craftspeople and revive traditional arts.

Jaline Dress– Handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques and natural silk.

Ibo Maraca Hat– Handcrafted in Greece. The hat also features a hand-painted design from a Greek artist.

Sunski Sunglasses– Built with eco-friendly recycled plastic and durable polycarbonate lenses.

Nisolo Sandals– Handmade by ethically paid craftsmen and using ethically sourced materials.

Klements Dress– The prints are hand painted and drawn, or created using the designer’s photography, and are then digitally printed onto luxury silks or cotton and hemmed in Italy and England.

Paradise Row Bag– Handcrafted in East London with vegetable tanned leather.

Salome Earrings– Handmade in the U.K.

Blue Planet Eyewear– Made with recycled plastic.

No.13 Necklace– Made with ethically sourced reindeer horn and recycled silver.

 

No. 13 Bracelet– Made in collaboration with Sami artisans who inhabit the Arctic circle, with reindeer antler that has shed naturally and recycled silver.

Carolina Wong Bag– Made with vegetable-tanned leather and organic cotton.

Dagny Dress– printed with a toxin-free process on soft, certified 100% organic cotton.

N’Damus London Earrings– Made with ethically and sustainably sourced materials.

Rafa USA Sandals– Handcrafted by artisans in L.A. who use ecologically friendly vegan materials.

Dharma Co. Sunglasses– Founded with the goal of providing well-designed, high-quality products at affordable prices, all backed by a social mission, Dharma Co. prides itself on using both ethical and sustainable practices.

Tomscanyi Dress-Handmade in Budapest with sustainable materials and practices.

Nine to Five Sandals– Made sustainably in Portugal with E.U. sourced materials.

Andy Wolf Sunglasses– Handcrafted in Italy with sustainable acetate.

N’Damus London Bag– Handcrafted with eco-friendly vegetable tanned leather.

Kassandra Lauren Gordon Earrings– Handmade in London out of recycled silver.

Neola Bracelet– Made with strict ethical and fair trade practices.