10 beautiful Summer dresses from ethical or sustainable brands

10 beautiful Summer dresses from ethical or sustainable brands

The sun is shining. Wimbledon is on. Football fever has struck. Summer is in full swing. It’s too hot to think about what to wear so here are 10 Summer dresses that will make the decisions easy. Now all you have to think about which pair of shoes to wear with that dress.

There are two categories; spend or splurge. Anything over £100 has nudged it into splurge. Here goes:


1. Casual show-stopper; Deep V plaited jersey cami dress from Ninety Percent

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Comfortable and elegant, v-neck cami dress from Ninety Percent

With spaghetti straps, a deep V and belted waist – this cami dress is super flattering. The front split also creates swishy movement when you walk. The plaited jersey fabric has a high-shine face and matt reverse so it looks like evening wear – feels like loungewear.

Ninety Percent launched in 2018 and they intend to donate 90% of their distributed profits to charity. What’s more, when you purchase something, you can vote on the charity.

Buy it here for £130

2. Elegance and cool; Adornment green stripe dress

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Sophistication and elegance – what more could you ask for from a dress

This dress is the ultimate in Summer treat. It is made to order (so no excess stock heading to landfill) from Italian overstock fabric. Which means that each dress becomes part of a limited collection as there is a limited supply of fabric. The straps can be tied in different ways to change the look of the dress. Expensive? Yes. Worth it, if you have a special occasion and can justify the expense, as the quality will last for years to come.

Rev en Vert are selling it here for £485.

3. Minimalist cool; Oshadi button down wrap dress

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Casual, minimalist, comfortable.

This Summer dress is another versatile classic. It can be worn with or without the belt depending on the silhouette you want. Thick straps make this not too girly. It can be worn on its own in the warm months and over a roll neck in the Winter. Made from cotton and peace silk by artisans in India supporting traditional craft techniques and utilising sustainable materials such as local fabrics and natural dyes.

You can buy it from The Acey here for £190

4. Draped elegance; Drapey Wrap Dress Salmon from Filippa K

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Another elegant, wearable classic

Elegant, drapey wrap dress with a side zip and hook and eye front closure — perfect for all summer’s weddings and parties. The style features a subtle V-shaped neckline, batwing sleeves with hidden zippers and an elongated back hem reaching the ankle. Mindfully made in a lustrous polyester satin blend, recycled from used PET bottles.

Available here for £162 in the sale.

5. Easy-wearing Summer dress; rah rah dress riviera stripe

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Can be worn as shown here as a bandeau neckline or with the shoulders up

This is a super easy-wearing Summer dress with block print stripes. It’s 100% cotton so breathable in this warm weather. The elasticated waistband is comfortable and adds to the feminine flattering shape. Made in Indian workshops by skilled artisans using traditional block printing and embroidery techniques. Each item is worked on by hand bringing life and a unique element to each garment.

Also from The Acey here for £129


6. Floaty classic; Redwoods wrap dress from Vildnis

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Floaty floral dress

This is a classic Summer dress. Combining a casual, feminine silhouette with a darted midi length skirt and pleated shoulders into a plunging V-neck and tie-style waistband, this is a dress for meetings, trips to the beach, Sunday brunch and much more. It also has strong sustainable credentials. The super soft, sheer and floaty chiffon with a silky touch is made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. Recycled polyester requires 70% less energy to make than polyester and the process is largely mechanical. Reusing plastic bottles ensures that the plastic already around in this world gets recycled rather than put into landfill or the oceans.

Buy it here for £85.

7. Strong stripe; Eshan Maxi Dress from Komodo

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Slimming Summer stripes!

Made from silky smooth, lightweight Rayon – this stripe-painted print dress features a banded v- neck, overcut shoulders with shoulder patches, a rope waist tie, side seam split pockets and splits on each side. It’s also available in blue for those who aren’t a fan of pink. It’s made from 100% rayon.

It’s £90 from Komodo and available here.

8. Floaty dream; Jerry black from Nancy Dee

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Day to night draped dress

The Jerry dress is a true gem as it can be worn in a variety of ways depending on how you tie the two ties on the front. Either wear it simply and elegantly by tying a knot at the front, or wrap the ties around you to show off your waist by cinching you in and tie at the back. Made lovingly in Britain.

It costs £69 from Nancy Dee and you can buy it here.

9. Breton classic with a twist; Lis Stripes from Armedangels

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Breton stripes with a twist

Another take on a classic – this time with a frill detail on the flared sleeves. A casual pull on and go dress. It’s 96% organic cotton with the addition of some spandex for some stretch. And it has all the credentials to go with it; Fairtrade, GOTS, PETA approved vegan.

At £70 from Armedangels here.

10. The Maxi dress; Tortuguero maxi dress from Vildnis

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Floaty maxi dress heaven

Nothing ensures a maxi dress makes maximum impact like an all-over print, and our Mangrove Fever print provides just the surge of colour for the job. Everything about this piece stands out – from its low V-neck, narrow straps, deeply dropped back, floor-length hem and blouson shape created with an elasticated waistband. This maxi is digitally printed for minimum impact on the environment, while the fully lined sheer and soft chiffon fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Currently in the sale for £63 here. Bargain.

Bonus dress. One for if you win the lottery.

Ok, so this involves serious spending money. However, it’s show-stoppingly beautiful, 100% silk with fabulous zig zag pattern.

One to dream about.

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Lottery win Summer dress

Hope you enjoyed the Summer dresses selection and the Summer weather. Do get in touch and tell us your favourites or if we missed any from the list.

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