A growing list of ethical, sustainable and timeless dress brands you'll be proud to outfit repeat. - Ethical Made Easy
A growing list of ethical, sustainable and timeless dress brands you’ll be proud to outfit repeat.

A growing list of ethical, sustainable and timeless dress brands you’ll be proud to outfit repeat.

Written by Lola Asaadi.

A growing list of ethical, sustainable and timeless dress brands you’ll be proud to outfit repeat.

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 Australian and New Zealand-based brands ethically and sustainable making completely re-wearable dresses you will be proud to 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.


Alcana

Location | Australia

There’s probably nothing more satisfying to us than seeing a brand adopt sustainable practices to produce ethical patterned dresses we would happily wear every day of the year, and Alcana is one of them. Alcana preserves the traditions of the artisans who create their sustainable dresses by weaving (literally and figuratively) their traditional textiles into them. Amongst Alcana’s array of dresses, including their organic cotton kaftans, linen maxi dresses, and hand-made midi dresses, you will find one that suits your own personal style, taste and ethics.

SHOP ALCANA, and take 10% off using the code ‘EME10’




Arraei Collective

Location | Canada

Arraei Collective is making our bohemian/linen/ethical fashion dreams come true with their range of stunning (and sustainable) dresses inspired completely by nature, from the eco-friendly fabrics to the beautiful colours. Hemp, linen, and cotton are the main fabrics (that are all biodegradable, might we add) used to create the Arraei Collective pieces, including their dreamy collection of sustainable bohemian dresses, from the silk mini dresses to the linen maxi dresses, and all of the beautiful dresses in between.

SHOP ARRAEI COLLECTIVE and use the code ‘Ethicalmadeeasy’ for 10% off.



BAIIA

Location | Australia

BAIIA stands for “one who has the capacity to change the world for the better”, and we can’t help but agree with how well this fits with the company’s ethos. This is a label that encompasses the idea of creating versatile swimwear for women by using recycled plastic that would otherwise be polluting our precious land and ocean, and clogging up our eco systems.

The fabric used to create BAIIA’s swimwear is certified Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX, and since their move into resortwear, they have chosen to opt for cotton to create their timeless ethical and sustainable dresses. Their dyes are water-based and have been certified by the GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standards), OEKO-TEX, and CLEAR TO WEAR. The garments are made by seamstresses in a Chinese factory that is completely child labour free, and provides its workers with holiday leave, sick pay, and a living wage (hallelujah!).

SHOP BAIIA, and take 10% off using ‘EME10’.





Bias Basics

Location | Australia

We may be Bias, but we’ve Basic-ally fallen in love with yet another sustainable fashion label crafting colourful ethical and sustainable dresses. There are three core styles in the Bias Basics collection with various shades to choose from, including rockpool, shell, sea, and algae, and the multi-functionality of each respective piece reflects this company’s absolute commitment to sustainability and positive change. One of Bias Basics’ core styles is the slip dress, a timeless, versatile, layer-able midi dress that suits every body shape, every taste, every style and every season. Go have a squiz if you don’t believe us.

SHOP BIAS BASICS, and take 10% off using the code ‘EME10932’.




Bilboa

Location | Australia

If you like being complimented, Bilboa is a brand to look at for your next colourful ethical and sustainable dress purchase. Unlike big fashion houses who design and then find the fabric to match, Bilboa designs for the fabric they have available. The hand-crafted garments are fun but flattering – in Bilboa’s own words, ‘elegant yet quirky’. We can all but guarantee these clothes will draw appreciative attention, and their collection of sustainable dresses – including cotton rib mini dresses, hemp/cotton maxi dresses and linen smock dresses – is no exception.

SHOP BILBOA, and use the code ‘EME10’ for 10% off.



Bird & Kite

Location | Australia

Bird + Kite is an ethical clothing company based in Bali that does female empowerment, fair working conditions, preservation of traditional artisan techniques, and charitable giving extremely well. Do you know what else they do well? Sustainable bohemian dresses. Bird + Kite has a beautiful range of dresses on offer, including cotton smock dresses, linen wrap dresses and full length cotton dresses, amongst many others. Head on over to check the range out for yourself.

SHOP BIRD + KITE



Esse

Location | New Zealand

Latin for ‘existence’ or ‘to be’, Esse was the name chosen to represent a brand whose focus was to invoke thoughtfulness. Esse’s design concept is beautiful, classic investment pieces, all of which seem to mix and match perfectly, and their range of colourful ethical and sustainable dresses is no exception. Figure-hugging bamboo maxi dresses, organic cotton dropwaist dresses, and strappy Tencel midi dresses are a few of the beautiful styles included in Esse’s range of ethical dresses, and there’s one for every style, taste and budget. 

SHOP ESSE, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.



fredric

Location | Australia

Phoebe Tonkin in fredric.
Phoebe Tonkin in fredric.

fredric is a Sydney-based ethical fashion label mindfully producing dynamic, engaging and playful women’s clothing for those of us who want to tread a little lighter. Whilst other companies in the ethical and sustainable fashion sphere aim to produce garments that are classic and simple in their design, fredric’s designs are playful and eye-catching and, of course, that don’t cost the planet or its people to make. fredric’s range of sustainable dresses, for example, are made up of GOTS certified organic cotton midi dresses and mini dresses, and each stays true to both fredric’s design concept and commitment to sustainability. 

SHOP FREDRIC



HALLE

Location | Australia

Based in the beautiful harbour city of Newcastle, Australia, HALLE is a label that celebrates a slower, more mindful way of living. When it comes to fabrics, HALLE garments are all made from natural fibres like linen and cotton, which are durable and prolong the garment’s lifespan. HALLE’s Bamboo Bias Dress, for example, is crafted from a bamboo & certified viscose blend satin back crepe, is designed to surpass trends and seasons, and is hand-made-to-order by HALLE’s founder, Olivia. HALLE’s conscious approach to ethical fashion invites the wearer to be more mindful when adding clothing to their wardrobe, and to fully appreciate the story behind their clothes.

SHOP HALLE



Harly Jae

Location | Canada

Harly Jae is a Canadian slow-fashion brand that is sustainably bringing to life timeless garments. These clothes, including a beautiful range of sustainable midi, mini and maxi dresses, are inspired by timeless vintage fashion, and Harly Jae has an overall goal to generate wardrobe staples that will last over many seasons. Linen, hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton are the fabrics selected for the Harly Jae sustainable bohemian dresses because of their minimal environmental impact, and this consideration of the planet from which these materials are sourced is at the forefront of Harly Jae’s practices.

SHOP HARLY JAE, and take 10% off using the code ‘EME10’.



JASMIIN

Location | United Kingdom

​JASMIIN is a contemporary womenswear label based in East London, UK that balances modernity and femininity, without compromising on sustainability. Each item is crafted individually as a timeless piece with the ability to transcend seasons, tastes and trends. JASMIIN’s range of colourful ethical and sustainable dresses, for instance, includes made-to-order organic cotton dresses and ready-to-ship TENCEL maxi dresses, so there is a dress for all tastes, styles and preferences.

SHOP JASMIIN



Kalaurie

Location | Australia

Created by Kalaurie Karl-Crooks, a fashion graduate based in Melbourne, Australia, Kalaurie wants the customer to understand the importance of clothing made with ethical values and how clothing can be a beautiful lifelong investment. Kalaurie presents annual limited edition capsule collections that are high quality, timeless and created with the utmost craftsmanship and consideration for the environment, and each garment – including the unique Kalaurie hand-made women’s dresses – is trans-seasonal, timeless and versatile.

SHOP KALAURIE


Layer’d

Location | Australia

Ethically made women’s dresses
Ethically made women’s dresses

Layer/d is an ethical fashion company totally dedicated to providing conscious consumers with beautiful garments that do not cost the planet or its people to make, and their range of exquisite sustainably-made dresses is absolutely no exception. Satin cotton maxi dresses, patterned women’s dresses and cotton maxi dresses are just a few of the dresses you can expect to find in Layer’d’s range, and each supports local manufacturers, reduces wastage, and was made in adherence to an ethical mode of production. That’s what we love to hear.

SHOP LAYER’D, and use the code ‘EME10’ for 10% off your first order.



Lois Hazel

Location | Australia

Ethical and sustainable dresses are Lois Hazel’s jam, and every one of the collections has not been brought about without complete transparency; transparency on the sourcing of their materials, the production behind each individual element, and the craftsmanship that’s gone into the creation of every piece.

Sustainable and ethical practices are at the core of Lois Hazel’s ethos. In a commitment to minimise their waste they incorporate dead stock, organic, and completely traceable fabrics into their collections. Dead stock is not a common term, so here’s the run down: it’s essentially leftover fabric from garment factories that is considered to be pre-consumer waste. Lois Hazel’s utilisation of this “waste” results in an array of multifunctional and versatile pieces that can ultimately be worn for years on end. That’s a big thumbs up from us at EME.

SHOP LOIS HAZEL, and use the code ‘EME10’ for 10% off.




Luna + Sun

Location | Australia

The Luna + Sun linen midi dresses and maxi dresses need to be seen to be believed. Luna + Sun is a completely cruelty free, vegan friendly label, and does not use any silk, wool, cashmere, leather, or any other material that was once an animal’s coat in their productions. Plant-based fabrics adhering to the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX are used for the Luna + Sun garments, garments that are made with an Ethical Clothing Australia accredited Brisbane manufacturer that ensures appropriate pay and safe working conditions for all employees. 

SHOP LUNA + SUN, and use the code EME15417 for 15% off.



madre natura

Location | Australia

Purpose-driven, sustainable, ethical and circular slow fashion brand madre natura is a Sydney-based company both crafting and designing with an optimistic outlook on the Australian fashion industry. Utilising crisp, subtle trims, quality and durable fabrics and natural and earthy colour palette, madre natura’s gender-neutral designs, including the sustainable dresses bearing the madre natura name, are a credit to the ethical and sustainable fashion movement.

SHOP MADRE NATURA



MANE Project

Location | New Zealand

MANE Project (Made At No Expense) is a New Zealand based company (founded in EME’s founders’ hometown, may we add), that is ethically and sustainably crafting high quality, on-trend, timeless and versatile garments that will be welcome additions to your sustainable wardrobe. Their colourful ethical and sustainable dresses range, for example, is made up of long sleeve floral midi dresses, full length puff sleeve cotton/linen dresses, and hypnotising mini dresses, and each has been designed with a season-less and trend-defying edge.

SHOP MANE PROJECT, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.



NATALIJA

Location | Australia

NATALIJA, the namesake label from Natalija Bouropoulos, is an Australian brand wholly focused on empowering women by providing them with eco-friendly, slowly-curated – and, in our opinion, completely exquisite – garments designed to stand the test of time. With full length linen dresses, tie up strap dresses and v-neck silk mini slip dresses, NATALIJA has a dress for all women, regardless of age, size and taste. 

SHOP NATALIJA, and take 10% off using ‘EME10’.



One Fable

Location | Australia

One Fable is a Byron Bay-based ethical and sustainable company providing beautiful garments and homewares to the dreamers of the world. With the help of talented makers all across the globe, One Fable is driven by its commitment to simplicity and natural beauty, and the exquisite garments produced under the One Fable name – including a beautifully-crafted selection of ethical and sustainable dresses – are a testament to this. They are, in their own words, “always creating with love, intention, and respect for both fibre, and those who work with it around the globe”, and we are so here for it.

SHOP ONE FABLE, and use the code ‘EME10’ for 10% off.



Outland Denim

Location | Australia

Outland Denim is an Australian ethical clothing company that is completely re-defining what it means to do good business, as well as providing conscious consumers with a vast range of ethical and sustainable dresses. As well as using organic cotton, natural dyes, and eco-friendly packaging, Outland Denim educates, employs, and empowers vulnerable members of the Cambodian community, including victims of sex trafficking.

As Outland has grown, they have also been able to welcome staff from varied vulnerable backgrounds, and allow their business model to centre on four key pillars: training, living wages, opportunity, and education. Not only are their employees working in a safe environment and earning a living wage but the profits are also enabling Outland to provide education and personal enrichment programs for their staff, including budgeting, women’s and infant health, computing, human trafficking awareness, English, and self defence.



SHOP OUTLAND DENIM , and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.





ReCreate

Location | New Zealand


New Zealand-based boutique fashion label ReCreate is well and truly helping to shake up the fashion industry by pulling it into the ethical and sustainable lane. Not only is their clothing (including their ethical and sustainable dresses) made under excellent Fairtrade working conditions, but the brand also uses only certified organic fabrics that are sustainably produced from crop to customer. Oh, and did we mention ReCreate has also become a 100% circular company?

ReCreate really is re-creating the fashion industry for the better by providing its customers with quality, ethically made clothes, and its sewers with a better future. ReCreate is empowering their workers, not exploiting them, and they’re leaving as little of a footprint on the earth in the process as possible.


SHOP RECREATE





Ricepaper The Label

Location | Australia

Ricepaper The Label is a Melbourne-based ethical fashion company. Designed in Kensington and made in Abbotsford, Ricepaper The Label is a brand that operates as a direct reflection of their name: with complete transparency (clever, right?). Eve Walton-Healey, the genius behind Ricepaper, began the brand in 2017, and since then it has blossomed into a thriving company dedicated to crafting simple, elegant, and ethical pieces – including a beautiful range of sustainable midi, maxi and mini dresses – designed to remain in your wardrobe through seasons and trends.

SHOP RICEPAPER THE LABEL, and use ‘Ethicalmadeeasy’ for 10% off.


RUPAHAUS

Location | Australia

Born from one woman’s desire to ethically thread the Indonesian, Australian, and German cultures together, RUPAHAUS has become a company focusing on interweaving traditional artisan methods with ethical and sustainable methods fit for the modern world—methods crucial to the sustainability of our planet. RUPAHAUS’ consciously curated range of ethical patterned dresses, for example, directly reflects the values by which the RUPAHAUS team operates. 

SHOP RUPAHAUS, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.




Selfe Studios

Location | Australia

Leandra Medine in Selfe Studios
Leandra Medine in Selfe Studios


Selfe Studios is a newly established Australian-based ethical fashion company placing an emphasis on slow and mindful production, and producing mindful essentials and ready-to-wear luxury lifestyle garments for the modern day woman.

Ethically designed and manufactured in Sydney, the ethical and sustainable dresses, tops, skirts and pants are made in collaboration with local industry at every stage of the process. Each “well-made” design is timeless, and features both a sculptured fit and beautiful artistry. What’s more is in order to adhere to a slow mode of production, Selfe Studios releases fewer volumes throughout the year, and ensures every single garment will carry the wearer through the years, the trends and the seasons.



SHOP SELFE STUDIOS, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.






Seer & Wilde

Location | New Zealand

New Zealand based brand Seer & Wilde is wholly focused on mindfully producing timeless swimwear and resort essentials in an ethical and sustainable way, including a generous range of ethical made mini, maxi and midi dresses. This is a brand for the highly sensitive women, the fierce women, the women who feel too deeply, and the women who want to change the world. Seer & Wilde is a brand for all women, everywhere, from the ones who proudly craft the garments to the ones who wear them with pride.

SHOP SEER & WILDE, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.



Sticks + Stone

Location | Australia

sticks + stone may break my bones but the label will never hurt me. That’s how it goes, right? Well, whether it is or not, sticks + stone, the label hurts absolutely nothing in the creation process of their garments, from the consumers who buy their goodies to the workers who made the clothing to, of course, our incredible earth. So, if you’re in the market for a sustainable dress that will defy seasons and trends (and bring plenty of compliments your way) sticks + stone is the ethical fashion label to see.

SHOP STICKS + STONE, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.



SUI

Location | India, Singapore

Based in India and Singapore, SUI is a sustainable fashion company consciously crafting trend-defying garments with as low an environmental impact as possible. Meaning “needle” in Hindi, SUI is all about connection: the connection between needle and thread, the connection between garment workers and the company they work for, and the connection between fashion and nature. All of SUI’s dresses are eco-friendly, organic, sustainably made and ethically sourced, and each looks just as beautiful as the process in which it was created.

SHOP SUI, and use the code ‘EME15 for 15% off your order.
Valid only to shoppers outside of India and Singapore.



SukkhaCitta

Location | Indonesia

SukkhaCitta is an ethical fashion company wholly focused on empowerment, ethical and sustainable production and environmental responsibility, and this is reflected in each and every single way this great business operates. SukkhaCitta’s colourful ethical and sustainable dresses, for example, are crafted from fabrics including eucalyptus fibre and handwoven raw cotton (amongst other natural fabrics), and were made by women who are creating a sustainable livelihood for themselves, their families and their communities.

SHOP SUKKHACITTA



Tasi Travels

Location | Australia

Tasi Travels is an Australian ethical fashion label producing “slow clothing for conscious wanderers.” Tasi Travels utilises a range of eco-friendly fabrics to bring their ethical women’s dresses to life, including Tencel and Lenzing Modal, and not only is each a breathable and durable material, but is made from wood pulp from certified sustainable forests. With floral midi dresses, bias cut Tencel dresses, and flattering wrap dresses, Tasi Travels has a dress for every sustainable wardrobe.

Ethically made women’s dresses
Ethically made women’s dresses

SHOP TASI TRAVELS, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off your first order.



The ANJELMS Project

Location | Australia

“The ANJELMS Project aims to create collections ethically produced through sustainable and socially responsible practices while using fashion as a vehicle to protect and empower disadvantaged communities in India.” Social responsibility, sustainable practices, uniqueness, community, and quality are the pillars by which The ANJELMS Project is supported, and it’s just an added bonus that their garments – including their incredibly generous range of ethical patterned dresses – are as absolutely beautiful as the company’s mindset.

SHOP THE ANJELMS PROJECT, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.



The Ark Clothing Co

Location | Australia

The Ark Clothing Co. is a Melbourne-based business that employs local women to bring their designs to life, all in an ethical and sustainable way. The small runs the company puts out not only ensures a sustainable means of production, but also adds a uniqueness to each item made in that limited batch. Now, let’s talk about their sustainable dresses. The Ark’s range of slip dresses, midi dresses and long sleeve dresses are designed for versatile styling options, and each has got you covered (literally) for whatever social event, whenever it may be.

SHOP THE ARK CLOTHING CO



The Hemp Temple

Location | Australia

The Hemp Temple is a brand that needs no introduction; their dreamy clothing completely speaks for itself and the way in which they conduct their business is one of the many reasons we love them so. They’re also completely devoted to shedding light on and harnessing the power of hemp, not only from the viewpoint of a profitable business but also as a means of sustainable practice. Their fabric of choice, hemp, is one of the most sustainable fabrics available, and with The Hemp Temple’s range of sustainable bohemian dresses as proof, is one of the most beautiful, too.

SHOP THE HEMP TEMPLE




The Rushing Hour

Location | Australia

The Rushing Hour is an Australian-based ethical fashion company that cares as much about the environment as it does for the craftsmanship of its garments, including its ethical and sustainable dresses. The Rushing Hour uses deadstock fabrics, recycled/repurposed materials, and organic and ethically-grown fabrics; doesn’t use photoshop to alter their models; doesn’t rush their production; and operates with complete transparency.

On the topic of transparency, The Rushing Hour doesn’t use photoshop to alter their models, they don’t rush their production, and they have even pulled the brand off a large fashion retailer because they didn’t believe in mass-producing in order to stay relevant on their website. How’s that for transparency.


SHOP THE RUSHING HOUR



Z. The Label

Location | Australia

Z. The Label is an Australian ethical fashion company producing beautiful, made-to-order garments from quality, responsibly-sourced materials. After working in the fast fashion industry, Josi Jentzsch (Z. The Label’s founder) wanted to “create a label that reduces its footprint and is consciously circulating money within the Australian economy.” Every single order is made in the Gold Coast by a small (and local) team; a team that draws the patterns, cuts each piece, and sews every garment.

What’s more is every piece bearing the Z. The Label name is breastfeeding friendly – with particular emphasis on their ethical and sustainable dresses – and although they aren’t designed solely for current or expecting mummas, each garment is intended to travel with its wearer throughout all seasons of her life. Z. The Label is completely committed to ethical production, sustainability, local craftsmanship, and transparency, and this is obvious throughout every aspect of their processes.


SHOP Z. THE LABEL, and use ‘EME10’ for 10% off.


As you can probably tell, if there’s one thing we love here at Ethical Made Easy, it’s a good, re-wearable and timeless dress. By good, re-wearable and timeless we mean ethically-crafted from sustainably-sourced materials, and designed with “timeless” and “trans-seasonal” as the main criteria. 

These 7 companies not only provide us with ethically and sustainable dresses dresses that are 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 brands 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 from one of them), and money (because they design timeless, trend-defying pieces that will last you for years to come).

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