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Where to Buy Ethical Party Dresses

ethical party wear
ethical party wear

Need some help finding an ethical party dress? Let me share with you my favourite places to shop.

Hello!  Got any exciting parties lined up?  Tis the season, and I myself have a couple of parties coming up.  The first being the most important – my mum and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary!  We are all getting together to celebrate 50 years of their marriage to each other, and I am looking forward to it!

With a few parties on the horizon, I’ve been looking for pretty ethical party dresses.  Let me share with you the five shops I turn to when looking for ethical dresses that I love. And as the most affordable and sustainable option is to shop secondhand, I’ve also shared my favourite places to shop secondhand.

Guide to Ethical Party Dresses

Do check out my ethical favourites. When you see a * after a link, this means this is an affiliate link. Anything you purchase using this link means I receive a very small commission, which goes towards the running costs of Moral Fibres.

Komodo

komodo tenzing dress

As one of the oldest ethical clothing retailers, Komodo sell ethically sourced, organic, and natural fibre fashion that’s every bit as stylish as ethical.

What excites me about this Tenzing dress is that it has pockets! Camouflaged pockets at that. Perfect for carrying out party essentials!

Caters for sizes 8-16

People Tree

people tree back jaime dress

Check out People Tree* for some ethical party dresses. They have a range of beautiful dresses, from pretty prints to solid colours, in a variety of lengths and styles.

I always say that if you are in doubt over what to wear to a party, then I always say wear a black dress.  This black Jaime dress is made from 95% organic cotton and is simple yet flattering.  It’s one to wear time and time again at any occasion.

Caters for sizes 6-18

Thought Clothing

ethical party dress

Thought* is another solid ethical choice. They produce easy-to-wear fairtrade clothing made from bamboo, hemp, and/or organic cotton, often in beautiful prints. 

This pretty Vermeer dress is just beautiful.  Ok, I might not pair it with socks and brogues myself – maybe tights and boots or heels – but it’s definitely got party written all over it!

Caters for sizes 6-20

Palava

Palava party dress uk

Palava’s uniquely printed dresses and skirts are made from organic cotton in Europe and the UK.

If you’re after a unique print, then Palava is the place to go. Their dresses are pricey, but sure are head turners! 

Caters for sizes 6 -28

Nancy Dee

nancy dee ethical dresses

Nancy Dee offers British-made fashionable ethical clothing for every occasion.  Their pieces are made ethically with sustainable eco-friendly fabrics.  What’s more, join their mailing list to get a generous 15% off your first order.

This pretty Eliza wrap dress is made from 95% bamboo, and made in Britain for extra ethical points.  It’s super pretty and another dress that can be worn time and time again.

Caters for sizes 6-18.

Which dress would you pick?  I can’t decide! If you need any more inspiration, do check out my guide to over forty ethical clothing brands.

If these dresses are out of your budget (because let’s face it, money is tight at this time of year), then I always heartily recommend searching eBay* for something secondhand.  I’ve picked up many a pretty dress on eBay over the years: pretty much all of which have been barely worn.   I know some people won’t wear the same dress twice to parties/weddings, so eBay is teeming with worn once party dresses.  It’s certainly the most ethical and budget-friendly way of bagging a party dress!

I also have a guide to the best places to shop online for secondhand clothing, where you might also pick up some pre-loved gems!

Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For All!

ethical christmas gift ideas

Looking for ethical Christmas gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place – let me share with you my top gift ideas for 2021.

I was wondering if it was a bit too early to share my ethical Christmas gift ideas with you.  However, during my trip to the Cairngorms last week I hung about with some reindeer, saw snow, and even came across a pop-up Christmas shop at the top of the Cairn Gorm mountain of all places.  It all left me feeling, dare I say it, a little bit festive, so I thought why not!

I’ve rounded up 37 beautiful and affordable ethical Christmas gift ideas, starting from just £3 and not exceeding £55.  I like to keep things budget-friendly because it really is the thought that counts, which can easily be forgotten at this time of year.  Despite what other gift guides say I always feel that it’s ok to spend only a small amount of money on a well thought out ethical gift for your partner or your friends or family.  As such I’ve sourced a range of gifts from a range of independent shops and makers to suit a range of people within a small budget.

Enjoy!

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

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ethical gift ideas for her

1. This incredibly cute little oak shelf from Etsy is only £10 and made from old rulers.  I’m in love.  You can also purchase the little house in the glass dome too for £16!

2.  These hidden message mittens (£35) are vegan friendly, and are sure to warm anyone’s heart on a cold day.

3. A Nasty Feminist brooch (£15) from Folksy because why not?

4.  These brass and resin panther earrings (£32) from Etsy are sure to make a statement.

5.  Beeswax Candles (£10) from The Future Kept.

6. I am a little bit obsessed with this embroidered succulent terrarium wall garden hanging (£22.99) from Ovo Bloom.  On my Christmas list for sure!

7.  A pretty handmade necklace (£15) from the talented Beth Pegler.

8.  A ‘Chia Me Up’ organic cotton jumper (£45) to bring a small to her face,

9.  The concrete planter making kit (£15) from Sandy Leaf Farm contains everything you need to make a stylish plant pot holder.

10.  A weaving kit from Wool Couture (£15) for wannabe weavers.

11.  Sea Salt Spray (£24) by Herbivore Botanicals, the cult natural beauty favourite.

12.  A pretty triangle hair clip (£10) from Etsy.

13. This Pomegranate Soy Candle (£8) from Olive Soy Candles, is handmade and comes in a sweet cotton bag, ready for gifting.

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For Him

ethical christmas gifts for men

I’ve said for him here arbitrarily, but actually, with the exception of the shirt and t-shirt I’d be pretty pleased to receive any of these lovely ethical gifts, so do feel free to disregard these gender labels.

1. An inspiring vegetarian cookbook – Green Kitchen Stories At Home (£15.42) – to help inspire future feasts.

2. A handmade classic bicycle bell (£17.99) from Etsy to help bling his/her bike.

3.  A stylish mug (£32) from The Future Kept to hold the morning’s rocket fuel.  Get 10% off if you sign up to the Future Kept mailing list.

4.  A cycling t-shirt from Not On The High Street (£20), hand printed in Cambridge.

5.  A bee and bug boudoir (£30) for any budding entomologists.

6.  Loose leaf breakfast tea (£3) in a brown paper bag, because thoughtful gifts don’t have to be pricey.

7.  A Starling lino print (£12) from Etsy, for bird lovers.

8.  Elephant Gin (£29.25) – really tasty gin that donates proceeds from the sale of each bottle towards elephant conservation charities.

9.  A cosy hat (£30) from Finisterre.

10.  A check shirt from Thought Clothing (£49.90) because can you ever have too many check shirts?  I think not.

11.  Finally, a chicken-themed enamel mug (£10) from Etsy, for gardening, allotmenteering, camping, and all-round outdoor adventuring.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Kids

ethical gift ideas for kids

1. Ethical and organic unisex pyjamas (£30) from The Bright Company.  Pyjamas (and books) and my number one to go gift for kids.  They rarely go wrong.

2.  A set of 3 wooden elephants (£16.50) from Sarah and Bendrix, for a kids toy that’s easy on the eyes but still lots of fun for little kids.

3. The cutest t-shirt with an important message (£19.72).  Also available in grown-up sizes, if you’re as smitten as I am.  PS: this item ships from the States, so allow postage time.

4.  A sweet dolls house (£55) from Olli Ella.

5.  The sweetest animal mittens (£19.50) from Not On The High Street.

6.  An Explorers Atlas (£15.91) for inquisitive minds.

7.  Bright ethical wellies made in France (£30) for puddle jumping adventures.

8.  A book to inspire – Emmeline Pankhurst for kids (£10.42) – and there are heaps of other inspiring women in the Little People, Big Dreams series to choose from too, such as Ada Lovelace, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Ella Fitzgerald, and more!

9.  A cat cushion (£20) that’s purr-fect for relaxing on.

10.  A colour in cardboard igloo (£12) from Hobbycraft.  Kids can draw on it, play in it, and when they are done it can be dismantled and placed in the recycling.  I got one for my kids in the October holidays and it was an instant hit!

11.  A lovely unisex wool jumper from Tootsa (£38) available in a range of colours.  I have bought a couple of jumpers from Tootsa over the years, and they have now been handed down to my youngest.  They wash so well and are so durable.

12.  A sweet little wooden bunny necklace (£12) from Etsy.

13.  Finally, a Botanicum Activity Book (£6.92) for a fun look at plants.  The illustrations in this are something else.

ps: I’ve got some non gift Christmas ideas if gifts aren’t your things, and some homemade Christmas gift ideas if you’re after something a little less commercial.