10 Stylish, Sustainable Dresses for Spring and Summer

With no shortage of graduations, weddings, reunions, and other special occasions, spring and summer are our favorite seasons to rock some ethical fashion. Especially when each piece has a beautiful story you can share.

We've curated a collection of 10 stunning, sustainably and consciously made dresses available on Made Trade for all your spring and summertime soirées.

 

Symbology Blooming Floral One Shoulder Dress in Coral + Gold

This dreamy one-shoulder dress from Symbology has just the right amount of movement to be both comfortable and flattering. The exquisite print on this flowy piece was block printed by hand by women artisans in India, who earn fair wages for their traditional crafts. 

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Vegan

Symbology fair trade one-shoulder dress

 

Tonlé Anja Dress - Gray with Willow

An elevated take on a t-shirt dress, this Tonlé piece is as versatile as it is stylish. The length makes it an ideal dress to wear during the day, but the side slit and detailing make it a beautiful dress to wear for a night out as well. This floral printed t-shirt dress was made using recycled jersey fabric from Cambodian garment factories by artisans earning fair wages.

Values: Fair Trade, Sustainable, Vegan

Zero waste dress

 

Altar Terra Cotta Mini Pocket Shift Dress

This lightweight tank dress is the perfect year-round piece—you can wear the dress alone on a hot summer day or layer it up with a turtleneck and tights through fall and beyond. The fun, yet practical, mini shift dress is made to order in Altar's studio in Portland, Oregon.

Values: Sustainable, USA Made, Vegan 

Altar sustainable shift dress made in Portland

 

Symbology Baby Cacti Midi Dress in Navy + Gold

This beautiful tiered dress from Symbology makes for an elegant, easy-to-wear piece for weddings, Easter brunch, or any other warm-weather engagement you've got on your calendar. The midi length, looser fit, and attached lining also make the dress a refreshingly comfortable piece to wear all day long.

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Vegan

Symbology hand block printed dress

 

Altar Cream Woven Batwing Dress

This dress is made for all-day comfort and style with its relaxed fit and below-the-knee hemline. Wear with or without leggings, tights, or even pants underneath. The semi-sheer crepe rayon can be played upon with a contrasting bra. The sleeves are three quarters and a batwing style. This dress will hit at the knee on most. Each piece is made to order in Portland, Oregon.

Values: Sustainable, USA Made, Vegan

Sustainable dress from slow fashion brand Altar

 

Symbology Baby Cacti Trapeze Dress

With a hi-low hemline, generous fit, and bell sleeves, this coral dress is guaranteed to be your next go-to spring and summer dress. The trapeze dress pairs well with slides or sandals for summer and can be worn through the seasons when paired with booties. This beautiful Symbology piece was made with traditional block printing techniques in India by women artisans  earning living wages for their heritage crafts.

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Vegan

Symbology artisan-made heritage dress

 

Tonlé Lilian Dress - Grey Natural Dye

With a flattering v-neck and waistband yoke, this maxi dress from Tonlé is a gorgeous piece to wear with heels to dinner, with sandals to your next weekend outing, or barefoot on the beach. The Tonlé piece is handcrafted using upcycled cotton jersey fabric scraps and naturally dyed with plant and mineral based dyes.

Values: Fair Trade, Sustainable, Vegan

Tonle zero waste dress made with natural dyes

 

Symbology Geometric Star Shirt Dress

Symbology's ethically-made, easy-fitting shirt dress comes with a fabric belt and slide slits, which makes it a comfy yet figure flattering piece you'll love wearing through the warm-weather months. The midi length and pockets also make it a functional dress for wearing to brunch with friends or a quick trip to the farmer's market!

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Vegan

Symbology ethical shirt dress

Altar Ember Grey Silky Shift Dress

This soft, silky shift dress from Altar is an effortlessly minimal piece worn alone and can be easily transformed for a fancy occasion with a statement necklace and bold heels or sandals. The stunning piece is crafted in Altar's studio in Portland from Cupro, a sustainable fabric made from regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter. 

Values: Sustainable, USA Made, Vegan

Altar sustainable dress made in Portland

 

Symbology Baby Cacti Shift Dress in Black and Cream

This simple, yet unique piece from Symbology has a subtle baby cacti print that we adore. The shift dress can be worn with strappy sandals through summer and pairs well with booties for chillier days. Symbology's garments are made consciously and sustainably—each piece handcrafted by women artisans natural fabrics and AZO-free dyes.

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Vegan

Symbology fair trade shift dress

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