Sunshine. Fresh breezes. And actually leaving the house again.
Those are (hopefully!) going to be a few of the best things about Spring 2021. And let’s add a gorgeous dress to that list, shall we? I don’t know about you, but after living in leggings and leisure suits this past year, my style soul is yearning to get dressed up again.
The pandemic has also given me time to reflect more on my purchasing habits and my desire to purchase things that will last, are made with sustainability in mind, and still uber stylish is more important than ever.
Designers and brands are feeling this call, too. Right now, there are a ton of excellent eco-friendly dresses out there, and the options are growing all the time, in a variety of styles and price ranges.
So cheers, to finding a new frock that makes you look good, feel good, and does good for Mother Earth. 2021 is going to be a good year, I know it.
Check out my picks for the seven best eco-friendly dresses for spring 2021 from least expensive to most expensive.
Best eco-friendly dresses $150 and under
Buying thoughtfully doesn’t have to be pricey.
Pact is a “one-stop shop where consumers can find organic alternatives that fit their lifestyle because doing good should be easy.” They also share how many gallons of water are saved by using the organic cotton each of their items are made with.
And this lovely number will surely fit into all aspects of your lifestyle. It’ll go from the office to a weekend BBQ to cocktails with the gals with a change of a shoe. It’s also perfect for chillier nights or for ladies who prefer having a sleeve.
Making one item work in a number of ways? Now that’s sustainability!
Here’s one that will work for every day and for any occasion. This Symbology shirtdress features a midi hemline, slide slits for easy movement, and the pies de resistance: pockets, baby!
All of Symbology’s products are handcrafted by women artisans who utilize traditional art techniques. The company works hand in hand with these local artisans and small factories, creating jobs and sustainable income. An amazing endeavor that yields gorgeous results.
Best eco-friendly dresses $150-$500
Every woman needs a classic slip dress in their wardrobe. You’ll look and feel amazing in this relaxed shape with an elegant V-neck line pick from Cuyan. Plus, he back detailing cross strap detail is a jaw-dropper. It’s made of 100% silk that’s Bluesign certified, ensuring the material was produced with responsibly used resources and the lowest possible impact on workers and the environment through measures like traceability, water usage, chemical management, and worker safety.
This beauty begs to be taken out for brunch alfresco— perfect for the pandemic cautions we are currently living in.
The bodice is defined by shaped waist seaming and a gathered bust, framed by short puff sleeves, a look that is crazy flattering for all body types. The dress is also punctuated by delicate embroidery of carnations throughout and made of 100% Organic Cotton voile.
Best eco-friendly dresses $500 and up
Sure, these are investments, but when you’re spending on a piece you’re going to have for years, you can take comfort in knowing your frock was made with care and thoughtfulness in the name of Mother Earth.
Stella McCartney is somewhat of the OG of sustainability and has been incorporating organic cotton in her designs since 2008. The Gia dress features her exclusive “We are the Weather” print, which reminds us all how important it is to care for the planet. This option is a classic you’ll be able to wear forever, and year-round too. The shirtdress shape is ideal for layering. Try a turtleneck under with tights in the winter. In the warmer months, simply undo some buttons, push up the sleeves, and rock with your favorite pair of flat leather sandals.
After the endless difficult days of the past year, a vibrant, fun, and oh-so-flattering dress like this pick from Tibi is a must! Endless bonus points for its sustainable fabrication too.
Available in punchy orange or rich green, this Eco Silk Shirred Neck Pitched Dress is made of 100% lightweight sustainable silk that chicly drapes over the body. The quality material also renders this frock seasonless, as it’s breezy enough for even the stickiest summer days and substantial enough to work with tall shaft boots in the fall. It’s also crazy versatile and can go from outdoor baby shower to elegant gallery opening with the simple swap of a shoe and jewelry. While it’s definitely a pricey pick, this dress will stand the test of time and occasion and will be one you turn to over and over for years to come.