Here is are some of our favourite ethical dresses for spring summer 2013 via www.style-is.co.uk and ideas for how to wear them. The great thing about ethical dresses is that they are manufactured with respect for people and planet including being made in ethical factories or under fair trade principles and being made from sustainable fabrics including organic cotton. They make a great alternative to much of the fast fashion found on the high street which can often involve exploitation of workers in countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia. The ever changing trends, short life cycle and low quality manufacture of fast fashion is not sustainable. These ethical dresses not only look great but will also make you feel great and will last for ages.
We love the delicate print on this pretty dress, which also has a flattering fitted waist, high neck and capped sleeves. Komodo make ethical fashion under fair trade principles and this dress was made in Kathmandu in Nepal. We would wear it with some strappy sandals and add a pastel coloured clutch for a special occasion like a day at the races or a wedding over the summer.
This colourful dress is light weight, cool and easy to wear making it ideal for holidays in the sun, festivals and days at the seaside. We would wear it with a pair of gladiator sandals or fair trade baseball boots with a vintage denim jacket or light weight cardigan for slightly cooler days. It is made in a small ethical factory in bali.
This cute dress by ethical fashion pioneer, People Tree would be perfect for a romantic date with your man. The bodice is hand embroidered and the straps are also detachable. We would wear with tan coloured pump.
We love the way this dress does the sixties Peter Pan collar dress with a twist. The empire line style with a flared skirt is super flattering and it could be dressed up for the evening with heels or down for the daytime with flats depending on where you are going. Skunkfunk create sustainable fashion and try to minimise their impact on the environment by using eco friendly fabrics.
This strappy little dress is perfect for the beach with flip flops and a slouchy beach bag. We love Seasalt Cornwall for their nautically inspired and high quality clothes. They also use eco friendly fabrics and manufacture in the UK when possible.
For a really simple and effortless style, we would combine this Camilla Norrback dress with ankle boots and a neon clutch. The beauty of ethical dresses by Camilla Norback is that they are timeless and will last for many seasons to come. They are also made from sustainable fabrics.
For a designer choice, we love this Edun dress with its striking zebra inspired print. Any brightly coloured accessories and a pair of killer heels are the perfect accompaniment to this dress. Edun works to create long term sustainable opportunities in Africa by supporting manufacture, infra structure and community initiatives.