Dress Thoughtfully For Summer

As sunshine gets warmer, and the days get longer, we’re dreaming of flowy dresses and long afternoons spent at the farmer’s market. While not every day can be as luxurious as a Saturday afternoon, we can still sport some of our favorite summer styles without sacrificing our values.

These 12 dresses are made by thoughtful brands that prioritize fair trade standards and practice sustainable manufacturing through the use of deadstock fabrics or organic cotton. Many brands also have give-back initiatives that help empower the workers who create their garments. These dresses feel good to wear because they are good.

Here are our favorite dresses this summer from some of our most dearly-loved fair trade and sustainable brands.

1. The Japanese GoWeave Picnic Dress | Everlane

Hop onto a picnic blanket with this lightweight and breathable summery dress. It’s made with wrinkle-resistant Japanese GoWeave and comes in three stunning shades. It pairs well with a cardigan for cool evenings and breezy days.

Shop | $120

2. Clarissa Midi Dress | Boden

Want an elegant retro-inspired dress with a modern flair? We recommend this midi dress. With a high neck and full skirt, it’s perfect for the dance floor or for going to the market on a balmy summer day. It’s ultra feminine and flattering, available in three different shades/looks.

Shop | $180

3. Marabella Dress | Reformation

Show a little leg with this flowy midi dress featuring a smocked bodice and puff sleeves—and a playful slit that makes the look come together. Available in floral and white (and in sizes up to 3X!), this dress is a fun and playful summer addition to your wardrobe.

Shop | $248

4. Vista Convertible Dress | United By Blue

If you plan on traveling this summer, we recommend this convertible dress as your go-to versatile piece. This elegant black dress is made with comfortable, soft organic cotton and has a tie belt at the waist that can change up your look in endless ways.

Shop | $88

5. The Holly Hock Chore Dress | The Perennial Closet

There’s nothing like an easy linen dress to slip on in the summer—and The Perennial Closet’s chore dress is one you’ll want to wear all season long. We love the soft yellow of this dress, which makes it a sweetly elevated piece to wear while running errands, or even to your next outdoor wedding. Plus, it has pockets and goes up to a 5X, need we say more?

Shop | $275

6. Summer Sonnet Dress Orange Floral | Mata Traders

This is the Ultimate Summer Dress. The fun, bright floral pattern contrasted against a soft blue hue makes this sundress shine on even the gloomiest of days. It’s made with 95% organic cotton and—best of all—has hidden pockets! Throw on a denim jacket and you’ll be ready to head from a day at the pool to a night out.

Shop | $82

7. Talia Lyocell Midi Dress | Monsoon

This classic and clean lyocell dress, with a wrap neckline and cinched wide waistband, is a simple summer staple. It’s easy to throw on and accessorize or just wear by itself, in all of its simplicity. The dress is lightweight, fun, and flirty—perfect for a casual afternoon. Plus, it comes in sizes up to US 18!

Shop | $85

8. Button Back Tank Dress | Pact

Made with 100% organic cotton, this is a reversible dress that can be worn with the buttons in the front or down the back. It’s a loose-fitted, breezy summer piece that can be worn casually or spruced up with a blazer or heels.

Shop | $45

9. Button-Up Pocket Dress | Hackwith Design House

This button-up maxi-length dress may be simple, but it’s a statement piece. With pockets and a sash, it’s both convenient and comfortable, and made with 100% linen. This dress comes in extended sizing and is perfect for beach day—or even your next summer wedding.

Shop | $200

10. The Kennedy Dress | Boyish

Made with recycled cotton, this denim dress comes in a clean, white vintage wash. It’s a ‘90s-influenced blast from the past and can be worn with accessories or with a long sleeve shirt underneath. Spice it up with a straw hat for extra summery vibes.

Shop | $138

11. The Daisy Dress | Christy Dawn

If you’re looking for a sheer, romantic dress to wear on a moonlit stroll, The Daisy Dress has got you covered. With charming tulip sleeves and a ruffled collar, it’s a dress for a special occasion—or just any day you feel like adding a little loveliness to your wardrobe.

Shop | $248

12. Luna Wrap Dress | Sotela

Available in five gorgeous shades (and accessible in sizes up to a 57” waist), this wrap dress has a full linen skirt and an alluring retro flair. It’s both cozy and stylish, and you can pair it with sandals or sneakers. Tie up the sash and wear it for a day out in the park or to a cafe.

Shop | $249