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Ethically-Made Dresses

Wedding season is upon us once again. And while we’re thrilled to celebrate the union of our loved ones, it can be tough to find dress after dress for each occasion, especially when brands aren’t always size-inclusive. But little by little, that’s changing—and we’ve found ten sustainable and ethical brands making dresses that are as unique in sizes, shapes, and colors as women deserve. So whether you’re a guest of honor or a plus one, you’ll show up in sustainable style.


1. Universal Standard

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | Most size-inclusive, responsibly sourced, ethically-made, give back
Best For | Varying fits & styles
Price | Dresses start at $60
Sizes Available | Up to US 40
Our Pick | Avenir Dress

Meet the world’s most size-inclusive brand: Universal Standard. Started by two friends who were frustrated with their lack of shopping options, they’re now on a mission to make sure a size 00 and size 40 can shop at the same place without shame or guilt. And if your size changes, it’s no biggie—you can swap sizes of their ethically-made dresses for up to one year, no questions asked. They’re bringing all fashion brands up to a better universal standard. Let’s join them.

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2. The Perennial Closet

Based In | Columbus, OH
Ethics | Ethically-made, natural fabrics, all-natural dyes
Best For | Backyard weddings
Price | Dresses start at $275
Sizes Available | One adjustable size
Our Pick | The Fern Cocoon Wrap

Heads will turn when you wear The Perennial Closet’s dresses, made of linen, silk velvet, or silk charmeuse. These ethically-made dresses, with natural dye, are perfect for laid-back backyard weddings and can be dressed up or down. And as you might guess, natural dyes can fade over time but no worries—they offer one free re-dye per year. Make sure to get your order in early, as each one is made-to-order and takes four to six weeks to craft. It’s worth the wait to know your dress is truly one-of-a-kind.

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3. Gwynnie Bee

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | Responsible shopping, ethical/eco-friendly vendors
Best For | Formal weddings
Price | Subscriptions start at $69/mo
Sizes Available | Up to 3X
Our Pick | Dot Print Jersey Sheath Dress

For those of us on the go, Gwynnie Bee is the service we’ve been waiting for. For $69/mo, they offer unlimited clothes so you’ll never be caught wearing the same thing twice. Most importantly, it keeps clothes out of landfills and is a low-waste way to shop. They offer varying sizes through 3X, including every kind of dress style for a spring or summer wedding. Between A-lines, curvy sheath dresses, and maxi dresses, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

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4. Reformation

Based In | Culver City & Vernon, CA
Ethics | Sustainable practices & fabrics, ethically-made, responsibly-sourced materials
Best For | Outdoor weddings
Price | Dresses start at $98
Sizes Available | Up to 3X
Our Pick | Winslow Dress

For all your weddings this year, Reformation is here with the most sustainable options. With inclusive sizing and sustainable, ethical practices, their line of dresses is perfect for any sort of outdoor nuptials. Whether on a beach, at a villa, or on a simple patio, you’ll find an on-trend dress for every body type. We’re eyeing the Winslow for its flared sleeves, fitted waist, and lightweight fabric—plus the fact that it’s as eco-friendly as dresses come.

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5. Hackwith Design House

Based In | St. Paul, MN
Ethics | Made in USA, made-to-order, eco-friendly practices, upcycled apparel
Best For | Casual reception
Price | Dresses start at $68
Sizes Available | Up to US 28
Our Pick | Raw Finish Cocoon Dress

We’ve been big fans of Hackwith Design House since their launch in 2013. Made ethically in the midwest, HDH crafts stunning apparel that are perfectly effortless—and there are only 25 made of each piece, ever. With raw hemlines, neutral colors, and luxurious fabrics, these dresses are begging to be worn at the most extravagant or casual of parties. (If their collections are out of your budget, check out their Sustain Shop which upcycles previously worn apparel at discounted prices.)

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6. EILEEN FISHER

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | Ethically-made, eco-friendly & sustainable practices, natural & organic fibers, 25% made in USA
Best For | Simple-to-style outfits
Price | Dresses start at $89
Sizes Available | Up to 3X
Our Pick | System Viscose Jersey Tank Dress

Like all EILEEN FISHER apparel, their dresses are made with natural and organic fibers in the most eco-conscious way possible. Based out of NYC, EILEEN FISHER has been a leader in the ethical and sustainable fashion space for years—and they continue to be a favorite year after year with their new dresses. Even their simple Jersey Tank Dress can be thrown on with a long cardigan or paired with a bold necklace for an easy wedding look that can be changed up every single time. It’s the ideal mix between sexy and comfortable.

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7. Hope & Harvest

Based In | Victoria, Australia
Ethics | Fair trade, made in Australia
Best For | Winter weddings
Price | Dresses start at $24.50
Sizes Available | Up to US 22
Our Pick | Hadley Maxi Wrap Dress

For all those winter wedding attendees, we’ve found your go-to: Hope & Harvest. Made using fair trade practices out of Victoria, Australia, their dresses are made in dark, bold colors like navy, olive green, and burgundy—AKA the perfect winter palette. The best part is: they’re affordable, too, so you can stock up on your favorite ones. (And for summer, we’re keeping the Hadley Maxi Wrap Dress in our closet—we can’t wait to wear it to an outdoor ceremony.)

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8. Mara Hoffman

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | Ethically-made, eco-friendly & sustainable practices, supports artisans, responsibly sourced & natural fibers
Best For | Semi-casual weddings
Price | Dresses start at $225
Sizes Available | Up to 2X
Our Pick | Whitney Jumpsuit

When it comes to fashion, no one makes us swoon quite like Mara Hoffman. Using sustainable, recycled, and organic fabrics whenever possible, the MH team knows how to create dresses that will last. Though the price tag is a bit steeper, it’s an investment piece that will last for wedding season after wedding season—and other occasions to boot. For the casual tented party or romantic mountaintop vows, we’d opt for the Whitney Jumpsuit made of hemp to keep us cute and casual at all times.

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9. Karen Kane

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Ethically-made, responsible & natural sourcing, eco-friendly & sustainable practices, made in USA
Best For | Fall weddings
Price | Dresses start at $45
Sizes Available | Up to 3X
Our Pick | Handkerchief Hem Dress

With fall weddings, it can be tough to find a dress that’s both appropriate and alluring. Not anymore with Karen Kane’s plus size dresses. With ¾ sleeves and scoop necklines, they’re easy to layer on with tights, black booties, and/or a fitted blazer for an elevated look. Not only are these dresses reasonably priced, but they’re also made ethically and sustainably. Let the cool breeze blow and you’ll be cozy, comfortable, and a conscious consumer.

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10. Monsoon

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Ethically-made, eco-friendly & sustainable practices, supports artisans, give back
Best For | Destination weddings
Price | Dresses start at $65
Sizes Available | Up to US 18
Our Pick | Katy D Ring Jersey Dress

For 30 years, Monsoon has been creating beautifully designed clothes without taking the fast fashion route—and their dresses are no exception. Their gorgeous maxis, minis, and midis are the ideal option for a destination wedding. Somewhere, a beach is calling our name. (And the best part? They give back to support a number of causes, including investing in artisans, education, and children.)

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Belinda Cai is the Assistant Editor at The Good Trade. When she’s not writing, she’s exploring new places, hiking, and thrifting. Belinda got her master’s in journalism at the University of Southern California but originally hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. She loves the California sunshine and matcha lattes. You can check out her    website    and    Instagram   .

Belinda Cai is the Assistant Editor at The Good Trade. When she’s not writing, she’s exploring new places, hiking, and thrifting. Belinda got her master’s in journalism at the University of Southern California but originally hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. She loves the California sunshine and matcha lattes. You can check out her website and Instagram.