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 per cent cotton velvet, this Toast pinafore can be easily styled for parties and for Christmas day itself
Flattering flocked dots adds a bit of interest to this classic Rixo wrap dress
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
Similarly, Lisa Says Gah shell print screams summer, but also works under a thick roll neck thanks to those moodier autumnal colours
Reformation’s Winslow dress comes in seven different colours or patterns, but we love this warm, foresty number with a pair of tall boots
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’s punky number is great for house gatherings or festive trips to the pub
We Are Kin’s dresses are custom made to order to reduce wastage, with customers able to request specific lengths or colourways.
Expertly styled on their website with boots and a cardi, Arkitaip’s dusty rose dress is ready to go
Named the "Eternal Flame", Perfect Nomad’s black slip is a wardrobe essential, made of organic peace silk and hemp
With an adjustable belt and reversible sides, Isabel Mann’s dresses deliver optimum versatility
Whimsy & Row’s clay cord pinafore is perfect for daytime events
Delicate shoulder additions add a touch of quirk to this voluminous Mother of Pearl smock; perfect for hiding thermal layers underneath
Made from responsibly sourced wool, Bite Studio’s formal fuchsia dress can be styled for work and play
Channel your inner monochrome mod with a roll neck, tights, high boots and this SisterHood mini dress
Omnes fun gem print dress is made of recycled polyester, certified by the global recycle standard
Crafted from silk chiffon, the timeless silhouette of Lora Gene’s dress will suit formal cocktail parties or dinners
Birdsong's Tencel shift is made from renewable wood sources—patchwork perfection!
With its expertly-designed cut, Sabinna’s gathered black dress is ideal for wearers who want to create a curvier silhouette
Produced in collaboration with the V&A, this stylish People-Tree print is inspired by 1920s artist-designer Sidney Mawson
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
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
Nynne’s deep blue knitted dress teams well with gold glitter accessories
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
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 & Flair’s unique tea dress is crafted from mulberry silk, topped off with traditional south Asian Ikat tie-dye print
Aussie fashion fans love Velvety, and for good reason; their simple, floaty garments are great for all year-round layering
Adjustable around the waist and made from breathable fabric, Cortana’s lightweight olive gown feels future-proofed for 2023
Pay homage to festive years past with Damson Madder’s whimsical Broderie anglaise collar 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
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
A subtle cut-out keeps this Bluesalt dress youthful but still modest
Bassike’s dramatic Tencel dress adds a graphic touch to Christmas, but will still look great on summer holiday
Made from a cashmere silk boucle, Gabriella Hearst’s angelic dress is deeply luxurious and perceptively lightweight, but still warm on
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
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
Maximise the wear of this ribbed Cassola dress by layering over a black skirt; an easy two-piece combination when the mood strikes
Three Graces simple button down dress is described as "palm green", but it also perfectly suits the traditional hue of December
Maggie Marilyn’s rich claret also screams festive, without going too far into Santa territory
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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