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.
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
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* 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’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 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!