10 Stylish Summer Dresses for the Conscious Consumer

Summer dresses

Florals, bright colors, and flowy skirts — spring and summer are our favorite seasons to rock 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 for all your warm-weather activities (or just for hanging out around the house) this year and far beyond.

1. Valani Vanna Hemp Dress — $348

Delicate and breezy, the Vanna Hemp Dress is the sustainable dress your wardrobe has been missing. With a stretch ruffle neckline and straps, full draped skirt with a handkerchief hem, and soft gathering, the Vanna Dress adds a touch of romance that can be dressed up or down. This midi-length dress is made with a plant-based material that regulates temperature to keep you comfortable year-round.

Summer dresses hemp dress

2. Altar Upcycled Batwing Dress in Black — $88

This versatile black dress is a great staple for anyone’s wardrobe and works perfectly for any occasion. With its chic design and lightweight feel, you’d never know this dress is made from leftover fabrics from the garment industry. This upcycled dress is sustainably made in-house in Portland, OR by women-owned ethical fashion brand Altar.

Summer dresses Upcycled Batwing Dress

3. ÉTICA Brisa Knit Dress — $128

Ethically made in Puebla, Mexico, ÉTICA’s Brisa Knit Dress is made with GOTS-certified organic cotton that’s grown without pesticides and artificial fertilizers, and uses less water than conventionally grown cotton. This elegantly minimalist dress is made by workers who enjoy living wages, health benefits, and free meals.

Summer dresses Brisa Knit Dress

4. LA Relaxed Tencel Hachi Swing Dress — $98

This Tencel Hachi Swing Dress is perfect for those spring days when it’s chillier in the mornings and warmer in the evenings. Made with a thoughtful blend of 96% TENCEL Lyocell and 4% Spandex, the resulting fabric has the coziness of a sweater knit with the moisture-wicking properties of eucalyptus. LA Relaxed makes all their clothes in small batches using fabrics sourced within 10 miles of their warehouse, ensuring as minimal a carbon footprint as possible.

Summer dresses Tencel Hachi Swing Dress

5. WVN Bluing Wave Montauk Dress — $212

Enjoy a sunny day at the boardwalk or a relaxing evening by the pool with this stunning Bluing Wave Montauk Dress. This easy-fitting, midi-length 100% organic cotton dress features beautiful block-printed designs using non-toxic dyes. WVN works exclusively with Fair Trade Certified factories.

Summer dresses Bluing Wave Montauk Dress

6. Mata Traders Sasha Sedona Stripe Shift Dress — $104

With its swirling pattern and bold, warm-toned colors, this desert-inspired dress’s modern silhouette evokes chic vibes and summer fun. Made with a blend of 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex, it’s intentionally made to be airy, flowy, and comfortable to wear all day long. Mata Traders makes their dresses in a fair trade women’s cooperative in India.

Summer dresses Sasha Sedona Stripe Shift Dress

7. Valani Sokha Banana Midi Dress in Lilac Rose — $298

This elegant dress by Valani is sure to be a favorite this summer! With its relaxed A-line silhouette, asymmetrical neckline, double flounce ruffle detail, and optional tie at the waist, this dress is stylishly designed and gorgeous. Sustainable and vegan, the dress’s body is composed of 100% banana viscose and the lining is made of 100% Tencel eucalyptus.

Summer dresses Sokha Banana Midi Dress

8. WVN Tank Sweater Dress — $88

Form-fitting and made with 80% organic cotton and 20% wool sweater knit, this cozy sweater dress is the ideal choice for springtime’s drastically shifting temperatures. Throw on a pair of sneakers for a simple casual look or pair with some heels and ethical jewelry to curate an outfit fit for going out on the town. WVN’s Tank Sweater Dress is ethically made in India in Fair Trade Certified factories.

Summer dresses Tank Sweater Dress

9. Mata Traders Katie Orchid Tigress Wrap Dress — $118

Take on the warmer weather with this beautiful, organic cotton wrap dress. Made in a Fair Trade women’s cooperative in India, this vibrant statement dress features a mesmerizing tiger and tattoo pattern. Pair with some minimalistic, understated jewelry, and you’re all set for whatever summertime adventures await!

Summer dresses Katie Orchid Tigress Wrap Dress

10. 337 Brand Mika T-Shirt Dress — $59

A t-shirt dress that’s as comfy as it is flattering. This heathered t-shirt dress is the ideal cut and length for running errands or meeting with friends outside in style. This timeless essential is made from organic cotton and mechanically processed bamboo. 337 Brand also plants one tree per order!

Summer dresses Mika T-Shirt Dress

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