Sustainable Style | Eco Chic and Ethical Holiday Dresses

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1950s red velvet and tulle holiday dress

Sustainable Style

I’ve talked a lot about the reasons you should go green with your purchases in beauty and fashion so I thought it would be good to share some ethical holiday dress picks here on the blog to prove that eco and ethical fashion can be both beautiful AND affordable. There are several ways you can go about dressing ethically this holiday season. The first is by purchasing a used dress at either a thrift store or consignment shop. You can find some wonderful vintage dresses there or on etsy and both have some really affordable and beautiful holiday dress options which will be eco-friendly. If you want to abstain from purchasing anything which you don’t know the origin, the best way to go is with ethical holiday fashion picks from an etsy seller who hand makes their line of clothing or an online shop which specializes in selling only brands which craft their clothing from sustainable, local, and ethically traced sourced. They also tend to use earth-friendly materials, fight for a fair wage and fair trade when purchasing materials, and usually avoid using animal materials on the whole. Some of these can be on the more expensive side of things, but you may be surprised at how many of these options are either on-par with your regular holiday dress options or even cheaper, in some cases. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite ethically made holiday dresses you can wear this holiday season without a care ♥

Eco Chic and Ethical Holiday Dresses

 black organic holiday dress

Black Organic Holiday Dress

This dress is both cozy and stylish! I love that this particular etsy seller uses soy and organic materials and makes them locally in the USA.

ethical holiday dress

Speak and Spell Dress

This dress is crafted and hand-sewn with old pieces to create something beautiful and one a kind!

asos reclaimed vintage brocade smock dress

Asos Reclaimed Vintage Brocade Smock Dress

Vintage is a great way to keep things stylish without creating more waste or contributing to any manufacturing or business practices you’d rather not be a part of. Asos has a line of beautiful vintage pieces they’ve reclaimed which are stunning pieces for the holidays!

reclaimed vintage holiday dress

Asos Reclaimed Vintage Metallic Star Print Maxi Dress

Another Asos vintage dress, this gorgeous maxi dress has a beautiful star print in metallic silver and looks both comfy and cute!


Stunning Red Bouddi Shirt Dress

Braintree Clothing makes a number of ethical fashion pieces and this shirt dress looks like a gorgeous classy dress pick, especially if you live in a colder area! One thing I really love about Braintree is they give exact percentages for their fabrics used (this one is 25% organic cotton) and they have details on their commitment to sustainability, fabrics, ethics and company beliefs.

reclaimed vintage sequin dress

Reclaimed Vintage T-shirt Dress with Sequin Tassel

Another vintage piece from Asos, this t-shirt dress combines casual with fancy sequin tassels! I love items that combine comfort and style so this is a favorite of mine!

sika x asos ballet dress

Sika X Asos Ballet Dress

This ballet dress is handmade in collaboration with Asos and Sika, a brand which handcrafts clothing in Ghana (Africa). They use all natural materials and methods, selecting fabrics found in local markets and helping the local community as well.

bodycon dress

Ornate Knit Bodycon Dress

This gorgeous bodycon dress is a simple LBD with a stunning subtle design on it! The dress is handmade from remnant materials found in local fabric shops in Atlanta, Georgia, which helps support local businesses.

organic holiday dress

Organic Dyed Yarn Holiday Dress

This gorgeous holiday dress is handmade from organic cotton and hemp using low-reactive dyes and water-based printing to create a gorgeous dress that’s made locally in Pennsylvania!

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13 thoughts on “Sustainable Style | Eco Chic and Ethical Holiday Dresses

  1. November 17, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Thanks for sharing, those dresses are lovely!
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    1. November 18, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      of course 🙂 glad you like my picks Helene!

  2. November 17, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    My favorite is a tie between the first dress and the Ballet dress. I love them both. I also love the idea of getting a dress on Etsy. I never actually looked for clothing there before…usually just jewelry or craft stuff. Thanks!
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    1. November 18, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      me too! love Etsy’s dress options – they have some amazing designers on there! you will be hooked haha!

  3. Lisa Sharp
    November 18, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I wear vintage and vintage inspired clothing all year. I really love the suggestion of using vintage to be more eco-friendly. I got a new-to-me vintage coat and fur collar cardigan this fall and I can’t wait to wear both! The coat is red so it’s perfect for the holidays.
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    1. November 18, 2015 at 10:15 AM

      that’s awesome Lisa! Your coat and cardigan sounds lovely! hope you’ll blog them 🙂

  4. November 20, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    I love these options! My first priority is always that my clothing be vegan, but eco-friendly materials and ethically sourced are high on my list as well. I absolutely LOVE vintage shopping on etsy! So addictive.

    1. November 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

      Yeah. I haven’t switched my wardrobe over to all ethical fashion yet, but it’s a slow process that I’m working on. I love shopping on etsy as well!

  5. November 23, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Gorgeous, gorgeous picks! How awesome that it’s this easy to buy responsibly AND have pretty clothes, too!
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    1. November 25, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      thanks Rachel! I know! I think a lot of people imagine that ethical fashion is either hideous or ridiculously expensive and the truth is that it’s not that hard to adjust your shopping habits to purchase more ethically/eco-consciously.

  6. November 28, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    What beautiful dresses. I love the sparkly black vintage one from ASOS!
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  7. December 23, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    I always find great things on Asos! I wish they had a brick and morter so I could try things on! I love that brocade one!

    1. December 23, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      I know me too! They do have physical stores, but only in UK I think. brocade is so pretty 🙂

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