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50 Environmentally-friendly investment dresses

50 Environmentally-friendly investment dresses

Are you in need of a party dress for the festive season? Jenessa Williams presents 50 eco-friendly investment dresses for this Christmas and many more to come!

December is nearly upon us, which can only mean one thing for fashion: party season.  

Eco-friendly dresses can be costly, and not everyone has that kind of disposable income right now. But by making a smart investment, taking a fresh styling look at the summer sales or even searching for an item on a second-hand or rental website, you can ensure longer-term re-wear, harming neither your bank balance nor the environment.  

Exploring brands from around the world, here are our picks from 50 environmentally-aware brands that will last you well into 2023 and beyond.  

Dresses to invest in this Christmas

Made from 100% cotton velvet, this Toast pinafore can be easily styled for parties and for Christmas day itself

Made from 100 per cent cotton velvet, this Toast pinafore can be easily styled for parties and for Christmas day itself 

Rixo wrap dress

Flattering flocked dots adds a bit of interest to this classic Rixo wrap dress

Olive Clothing

Olive Clothing's warm brown frock may seem autumnal, but come summer festival season, it’ll look just as great with sandals and a hat

Lisa Says Gah

Similarly, Lisa Says Gah shell print screams summer, but also works under a thick roll neck thanks to those moodier autumnal colours  

Reformation dress

Reformation’s Winslow dress comes in seven different colours or patterns, but we love this warm, foresty number with a pair of tall boots 

Ilk&Ernie sheer dress

Ilk&Ernie’s flagship sheer dress may not appear very winter-appropriate, but there are some great thermal leotards or slips out there that will make for an edgy layered party look 

Wearth London

Dress Wearth’s London floral frock down by pulling out the chocolate undertone; a big knit jumper or warm wool coat should do the job  

House of Sunny dress

House of Sunny’s punky number is great for house gatherings or festive trips to the pub  

We Are Kin lilac dress

We Are Kin’s dresses are custom made to order to reduce wastage, with customers able to request specific lengths or colourways.

Arkitaip dress

Expertly styled on their website with boots and a cardi, Arkitaip’s dusty rose dress is ready to go

Perfect Nomad dress

Named the "Eternal Flame", Perfect Nomad’s black slip is a wardrobe essential, made of organic peace silk and hemp  

Isabel Manns dress

With an adjustable belt and reversible sides, Isabel Mann’s dresses deliver optimum versatility

Whimsy and Row dress

Whimsy & Row’s clay cord pinafore is perfect for daytime events   

Mara Hoffman wool dress

As is Mara Hoffman’s warm cosy jumper dress in recycled wool and cashmere 

Mother of Pearl dress

Delicate shoulder additions add a touch of quirk to this voluminous Mother of Pearl smock; perfect for hiding thermal layers underneath   

Bite Studios wool dress

Made from responsibly sourced wool, Bite Studio’s formal fuchsia dress can be styled for work and play  

Sisterhood monochrome dress

Channel your inner monochrome mod with a roll neck, tights, high boots and this SisterHood mini dress  

Omnes dress

Omnes fun gem print dress is made of recycled polyester, certified by the global recycle standard 

Lora Gene silk chiffon dress

Crafted from silk chiffon, the timeless silhouette of Lora Gene’s dress will suit formal cocktail parties or dinners 

Birdsong patchwork shift dress

Birdsong's Tencel shift is made from renewable wood sources—patchwork perfection! 

Sabinna dress

With its expertly-designed cut, Sabinna’s gathered black dress is ideal for wearers who want to create a curvier silhouette   

Gung Ho London dress

With each of GungHo London’s dresses designed to tribute an ecological issue, this "climate" dress is a guaranteed conversation starter at your Christmas party

V&A dress

Produced in collaboration with the V&A, this stylish People-Tree print is inspired by 1920s artist-designer Sidney Mawson

Bamford dress

Bamford’s moss green smock dress pairs well with rusty tones  


Made from biodegradable fabrics, Bogdar’s show-stopping glitter gown will leave no trace at the end of its life  

Hannah Fiedler dress

Hannah Fiedler’s champagne dress might require some advance budgeting, but its 100 per cent UK-sourced silk is every inch as special as its price tag suggests  

Mary Benson

Available in five different velvet colours and made to order, it’s easy to imagine passing down this joyous Mary Benson as a form of festive family heirloom

Knit dress

Nynne’s deep blue knitted dress teams well with gold glitter accessories 

Able Clothing dress

Sustainable plus-sized clothing can be difficult to come by, especially in the winter season. Enter Able clothing, whose designs can be dressed up or down  

Gingham dress

For an alternative to the typical dark winter colours, Tradlands softer gingham prints still look great come spring  

Doodle dress Stella McCartney

The comfortable cotton twill and abstract print of this Stella McCartney dress trasitions seamlessly from work meetings to office party—just add heels and sparkles

Rare and fair dress

Rare & Flair’s unique tea dress is crafted from mulberry silk, topped off with traditional south Asian Ikat tie-dye print

Linen dress

Aussie fashion fans love Velvety, and for good reason; their simple, floaty garments are great for all year-round layering  

Cortana olive dress

Adjustable around the waist and made from breathable fabric, Cortana’s lightweight olive gown feels future-proofed for 2023

Organic cotton dress

Keep warm without compromising on style in Ninety Percent’s organic cotton Hyacinth dress 

Damson Madder dress

Pay homage to festive years past with Damson Madder’s whimsical Broderie anglaise collar dress  

Tonle knit dress

Hand-batiked in Ghana by a WFTO guaranteed maker group, this printed knit dress by Tonlé works for a multitude of occasions; and with various brightly-patterned tights

Sezanne sequin dress

Sequins aren’t always the most sustainable, but Sezane are committed to making changes where they can, including road transportation rather than flight, recycled packaging, and regularly audited factories to ensure staff safety

Blesault cut out dress

A subtle cut-out keeps this Bluesalt dress youthful but still modest  

Cotton panel dress

Bassike’s dramatic Tencel dress adds a graphic touch to Christmas, but will still look great on summer holiday  

Cashmere silk boucle dress

Made from a cashmere silk boucle, Gabriella Hearst’s angelic dress is deeply luxurious and perceptively lightweight, but still warm on  

Juno knitted dress

The rouched effect of Tove’s cinnamon minidress flatter the body without being too clingy   

Faithfull the Brand dress

This summery dress by Faithfull the brand can be easily restyled by pulling out one of the colours (blue, yellow or red) and teaming with wintery accessories  

Bamboo Giselle dress

Savannah Morrow’s silk and bamboo wrinkle blend comes with a removable belt, but it looks just as good left loose under a smart blazer  


Embrace your inner disco diva with this 1970s-inspired dress by Zimmerman, made from recycled post-consumer polyester  

Ruched rubbed silk dress

Maximise the wear of this ribbed Cassola dress by layering over a black skirt; an easy two-piece combination when the mood strikes 

Loud Bodies dress

Loud Bodies know that everyone looks pretty in pink. This fun, romantic look is available from sizes XXS to 10XL, with the option to add or remove pockets  

Three Graces Rose dress green

Three Graces simple button down dress is described as "palm green", but it also perfectly suits the traditional hue of December  

Maggie Marilyn drss

Maggie Marilyn’s rich claret also screams festive, without going too far into Santa territory 

Hannah Artwear dress

For those who prefer to play things more low key, Hannah Artwear’s patterned dress is feminine and fun without being too "girly"

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