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Our editors have found and reviewed the best crochet dresses for summer made by sustainable brands — these are our top picks.

Is your wardrobe lacking warm-weather pieces for going out to dinner or drinks? How about lounging at the beach? With their amazing versatility, crochet dresses are here to fill every gap in your summer wardrobe. As summer approaches and we plan for beach trips, vacations, or just lounging on the patio at home, crochet dresses become the new MVP. While crochet has been hugely trendy for the last few seasons, its transitional nature and timeless appeal make crochet items the perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe.

Why is crochet clothing more expensive?

If you’re in the market for a crochet dress, consider investing in one of these sustainably made pieces. Crocheting cannot be automated, so all of the below pieces are handmade, which is why the prices can be a bit higher. All of the dresses listed below are also made from 100% cotton, one of the most sustainable clothing materials. Find your perfect look for hitting the pool, going dancing, heading to the farmers’ market, and everything in between.

Our criteria:

  • ETHICAL PRACTICES | These brands adhere to ethical and responsible labor practices, ensuring their employees receive fair wages and have safe working environments. We’ve also included brands that give back to their communities and prioritize size inclusivity in their offerings.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY/SUSTAINABLE | Each of these brands practices sustainability throughout their manufacturing process, including using all natural and organic materials, low-impact processes, and recycled/upcycled materials in their crochet dress collections where possible.
  • DESIGN | These dresses are classic and timeless in their design and handmade nature. They are investment pieces you can wear for a lifetime (and pass on!).

Pair your crochet dress with sustainable sandals or a sustainable sun hat—these are our favorite picks for summer 2024.

1. She Made Me

Sustainable Materials | 100% cotton
Size Range | S-L
Price Range | $349–$749

Launched by founder and designer Chloé Dunlop in 2013, She Made Me carries handmade, limited-run pieces with an emphasis on crochet. They sell crochet bikinis and sets along with dresses—some mini, some midi, but all in easy-breezy fits and fun pastels for a vibe that’s summery and free-spirited. Each dress is handmade by Balinese women—every product listing will tell you who made which dress and how long it took. The dresses are designed to be worn again and again, meaning they’re easy to wear and easy to travel with, but still luxurious.

2. Summersalt

Sustainable Materials | 100% cotton
Size Range | XS-2X
Price Range | $135–$145

Sustainable swimwear brand Summersalt makes crochet dresses that go perfectly over a bathing suit or just by themselves. Their crochet dresses have simple designs in neutral colors that keep you cool and show off a bit of your swimwear underneath, while still providing elegant coverage. Summersalt designs fashionable, functional summertime staples, prioritizing recycled and eco-friendly materials and cutting out the middleman for fair pricing. 

3. Reformation

Sustainable Materials | 100% cotton
Size Range | XS-XL
Price Range | $178–$348

Whether you’re looking for a poolside coverup or a party dress, Reformation has crocheted everything. Their simple, classy crochet dresses come in all lengths and mostly neutral colors—some have long sleeves, some have fringe on the bottom, and all are perfect for transitioning from the beach to lunch to a night out. Reformation is Climate Neutral certified and transparent about the moves they’re making to produce clothing sustainably. They focus mostly on using earth-friendly materials like TENCEL and organic cotton (which is what the crochet dresses are made of) and on ethical supply chains and labor practices.

4. Lisa Says Gah

Sustainable Materials | 100% cotton
Size Range | XS-XL
Price Range | $268

Launched by Lisa Bühler in 2014, Lisa Says Gah sells fun, colorful, sustainable clothing that’s ethically made predominantly in California. Their Elvira Crochet Midi Dress is a breezy, handmade, cute-meets-sexy crochet mini dress with a colorful, head-turning pattern (a brand signature). They make countless other casual, summery dresses, too, perfect for dressing up or down while staying cool. The brand describes itself as “anti-fast fashion, pro-community, and always in pursuit of the next Gah! thing.”

5. Cleobella

Sustainable Materials | 100% cotton
Size Range | XS-XL
Price Range | $248

Named after founder Ange’s mother, Cleobella makes whimsical dresses, tops, skirts, accessories, and more, all handmade by female artisans around the globe. Sustainably producing their clothing is at the heart of the brand, and they prioritize working directly with small producers and using organic materials like cotton, linen, and hemp. Their Lotus Crochet Dress is made of 100% organic cotton and has a wide, see-through knit and floor-length design that’ll keep you cool yet covered while you’re lounging by the pool this summer.

6. AlisdaKnit

Sustainable Materials | 100% cotton
Size Range | XXS-2X
Price Range | $80–$230

The mother/daughter team behind AlisdaKnit make colorful, one-of-a-kind crochet pieces from Izmir, Turkey that they sell on their Etsy storefront. They make their crochet dresses, skirts, tops, sweaters, and balaclavas with bright colors and traditional patterns like granny squares, but you can find dresses in whatever color scheme and length you’re looking for. All pieces are made to order from 100% organic cotton, are machine washable, and ship free to the U.S.

7. Furkat & Robbie

Sustainable Materials | 100% cotton
Size Range | XS-XL
Price Range | $155–$225

Founded by cousins Donnett and Natale, Jamaican brand Furkat & Robbie makes bold, island-inspired clothing like dresses, skirts, shirts, and accessories. Their crochet dresses are delicately see-through and make perfect coverups to take your look from the beach straight to cocktail hour. Each piece is handmade to order from 100% cotton, and the Marley Mesh Dress is made to your specific measurements. Donnett and Natale say that they found inspiration for their expressive, feminine clothing line from their strong, creative mothers and aunties. 

Featured image from Cleobella