The traditional fast fashion model has caused an over-saturation of both cheaply made goods and unsustainable processes of garment creation, and the shift towards weekly trends has not helped to stop this. This is why it’s so incredibly important to normalise the re-wearing of clothes. We’ve put together a list of seven ethically-made, completely re-wearable dresses you will be proud to re-wear time and time again. Whether it’s a classic shirt dress that you wear to work week after week, or a little black dress for weddings and after work drinks, you’ll be proud to outfit repeat these dresses.
01. Rib Tank Dress
Brand: Lois Hazel
Price: $155 AUD
The Rib Tank Dress by Melbourne-based ethical fashion brand Lois Hazel is comfortable and versatile, but definitely does not skimp in the looks department. Ethically-made and with a completely transparent supply chain, this dress is available GOTS certified Japanese cotton; comes in the colours coast and rose; and can be worn to any occasion, from dancing the night away with girlfriends to walking the afternoon away with the dog.
It hugs you in all the right places, has a generous amount of stretch, and will grow with you should the situation/s call for it (by situation/s we mean pregnancy or eating that extra piece of sourdough at brunch).
SHOP LOIS HAZEL HERE
02. Meli Tiered Sundress
Brand: Seer & Wilde
The Meli Tiered Sundress by New Zealand sustainable fashion company Seer & Wilde is one for the ages; kind of like a good bottle of red. This ethically-made full-length linen number is not only available in six different colours (black, white, moss, paprika, denim, and oatmeal), but also has adjustable straps (hello versatility) and a loose fit (hello third donut). The paneled, tiered design gives this dress a cutesy look, and the length and high-neck cut make it perfect for that Sunday afternoon picnic at the park.
SHOP SEER & WILDE HERE
03. V-Neck Mini Silk Slip Dress
Price: $ 314
The V-Neck Mini Silk Slip Dress by Australian ethical fashion label NATALIJA is the ultimate LBD. This silk slip can be worn with Veja’s or pumps, an Outland Denim jacket of a thrifted faux fur coat, and its simple bias cut will move with you and effortlessly flatter your curves, regardless of shape or size. What’s more is NATALIJA is a company that not only uses deadstock to craft 70% of their garments, but they’re extremely size inclusive as well, with this particular V-Neck Slip available in a size 4 to a size 18. Oh, and when you purchase from NATALIJA, $1 from every sale is put towards one of these three charities: Beyond Blue; Look Good Feel Good; and Dress For Success. Just some food for thought.
SHOP NATALIJA HERE
04. Forage Dress
Brand: ReCreate Clothing
The Forage Dress by New Zealand-based ethical fashion label ReCreate would be a serious contender for “Most Worn Ethically-Made Dress” should it ever find itself in your wardrobe. This sustainably-crafted dress is made from ReCreate’s own GOTS certified cotton/jersey blend – an iconic duo of fibres known for its comfort, stretch, and softness – in a Cambodian factory that adheres to strict ethical standards, including paying the employees a living wage and providing them with all the leave entitlements synonymous with a full-time working week. With its deep side slits, boxy sleeves, ankle-length finish, side seam pockets, and slightly tapered waist, the Forage Dress is ideal for both work and play. Oh, and it’s available in both black and sand. You’re welcome.
SHOP RECREATE HERE
05. Linen Tank Dress
Brand: One Fable
The Linen Tank Dress by One Fable – a Byron Bay-based company providing ethically and sustainably made garments and homewares to the dreamers of the world – is a dress with a difference. Yes, it’s available in both a dreamy ink laundered linen and a gorgeous sand linen crinkle, and yes, it has in-seam pockets and a flattering silhouette, but the process in which this dress was made is the hero of the piece. This dress was designed lovingly in Byron Bay, and produced by a small, completely women-led team in One Fable’s production facility in Bali. We do love a dress that does more than just make us look fabulous.
06. Sarah Linen Shirt Dress
Brand: Outland Denim
A dress is only as beautiful as the process in which it was made, and the Sarah Linen Shirt Dress by Australian ethical fashion company Outland Denim may just take the cake. Sarah is ethically, fairly, and sustainably-made in Cambodia; crafted with water, energy, and chemical reducing technology from 100% vegan materials; designed with an oversized, layerable, and buildable fit; available in both White Stripe and Dusty Rose Stripe; and helps provide opportunity, education, and financial freedom to survivors of the sex trafficking industry. So, if you’ve been on the hunt for an ethically-made, timeless, versatile shirt dress, Sarah is your girl.
SHOP OUTLAND DENIM HERE
07. Lexi Dress
What first caught our eye on Bilboa’s Lexi Dress was the fierce, unique Phoenix print. However, what made us jump for joy was when we found out that, unlike big fashion houses that design and then find the fabric to match, Bilboa designs their garments with the fabrics they have available, such as deadstock materials, cotton, hemp, and in the case of the Lexi Dress, linen. Aside from its ethical and sustainable mode of creation, this hand-made dress has a scoop neck, adjustable straps, and internal side seam pockets, and was designed to be trans-seasonal and trend-defying. That’s what we love to hear.
As you can probably tell, if there’s one thing we love here at Ethical Made Easy, it’s a good and re-wearable dress. By good and re-wearable we mean ethically-crafted from sustainably-sourced materials, and designed with “timeless” and “trans-seasonal” as the main criteria.
These 7 ethically-made dresses are not only beautiful to look at, but the processes in which they were made will also make you a proud outfit repeater. To be able to tell the story of how a garment was made, rather than the criminally cheap sale price you purchased it at, will always be the more valuable conversation starter.
These dresses won’t just make you proud to be an outfit repeater, though; they will also save you time (when choosing what to wear, because it’ll obviously be one of them), and money (because they are designed as timeless, trend-defying pieces that will last you for years to come).