10 Sustainable Dresses For Effortless Style In Summer 2023

Summertime is finally here, and it’s time to trade our sweaters and layers for warm weather wear. The farmer’s markets are open, the beaches are bustling and bright, and our closets are ready for a refresh.

As you may have already read, we’re taking a break from designing and selling clothes in our own shop - possibly forever. The rest of our clothing inventory is extremely discounted, so don’t miss out on our Outlet Sale! Moving forward, we’re excited to continue as a trusted source for beautiful and ethically produced clothing, supporting brands that empower their workers and minimize their environmental impacts.

We can’t wait to break out our easy-to-style warm weather outfits that keep us looking chic day after sunny day. Read on to see which sustainable dresses we have our eyes on this summer!

1. Brynn Dress - Yireh

Brynn Dress Yireh
Images from Yireh​​

We’ll kick off our list with a quintessential sustainable summer brand: Yireh. Known for flowing fabrications and free-spirited style, the collection is all about gorgeous handmade prints. The Brynn Dress is a perennial favorite that flatters all figures, now in six colors and sizes XS-2X. It features soft flutter sleeves, a button panel front, and adjustable tie waist. We're loving this new Juniper green color shown above!

2. Evianna Linen Dress - Reformation

Evianna Linen Dress Reformation
Images​​ from Reformation

We’d be remiss not to highlight Reformation as a hub for gorgeous sustainable dresses this summer. The brand is dedicated to making a positive social and environmental impact, using innovative eco-friendly materials, people-first factories, and circular programs. Get vacation-ready with the Evianna Linen Dress: the airy linen and trendy puff sleeves make this dress the ideal flirty companion for wherever the warm days ahead take you.

3. Smocked Waist Midi - Bella Dahl

Smocked Waist Midi Dress Bella Dahl
Images from Bella ​​Dahl

We had trouble picking just one dress to feature from Bella Dahl. The brand is overloaded with easy breezy favorites in luxurious, sustainable fabrications - think effortless sophistication. This Sleeveless Smocked Midi Dress has a beautiful print that we'd totally wear to a summer wedding, or just around town on the weekend. The smocked waist makes for an easy flattering fit.

4. Macy Dress - Known Supply

Macy Dress Known Supply
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Fair Trade and sustainable fibers are central to Known Supply, which strives for sustainability and transparency across its supply chains. A dress from Known Supply is always designed to empower the workers who made it. For an easy and comfy look with a pop of color, pair the Macy Dress with your favorite t-shirt. The best part? It has pockets!

5. Off the Shoulder Midi Dress - Leota

5. Off the Shoulder Midi Dress - Leota
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For sustainable dresses that are a stretchy and comfy as they are stylish and sophisticated, look no further than Leota. This woman-powered brand is based in New York and has grown an impressive collection of size-inclusive dresses that will take you from the office to a party (we chose to feature a party look). This Off Shoulder Maxi Dress is available in standard sizes and curve sizes, and made with recycled stretch polyester that's incredible soft and holds up to many rounds in the washing machine.

6. Women’s Seersucker Dress - Kotn

Seersucker Dress Kotn
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Dedicated to designing timeless, high-quality garments, Kotn is a certified B Corporation that invests in infrastructure to alleviate poverty and create shared, sustainable growth. Their Seersucker Dress elegantly walks the line between oh-so-cozy and best dressed in the garden. The breathable material and flattering cut-out make this dress perfect for an easy breezy outdoor event look.

7. Billie Jumper Dress - Fair Trade Winds

Billie Jumper Dress Fair Trade Winds
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Fair Trade Winds, a verified Fair Trade Federation member, collaborates with about 150 organizations to bring you fairly traded and handmade goods—including its sweet and stylish dress collection. The Billie Jumper Dress is a breath of fresh summer air, complete with a bold cherry gingham print. It’s ethically made, features roomy front pockets, and easily brings together function and style for any occasion.

8. Cue Wrap Dress - Toad&Co

Cue Wrap Dress - Toad & Co.
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For casual dresses in t-shirt knits, your go-to sustainable and ethical shopping spot should be Toad&Co. Not only do they produce eco-friendly clothes, but they're also committed to circularity and offer pre-loved shopping on their website. We're loving the super simple but oh-so-versatile, cap sleeved Cue Wrap Dress in basic black. It's sweet, simple, and has pockets!

9. Laurel Hemp Watercolour Wrap Dress - Thought

Laurel Hemp Watercolour Wrap Dress Thought
Images from Thought​​

We’re longtime fans of UK-based Thought Fashion at Ash & Rose—we even have a few of their garments left in our Outlet Sale! Clothing from Thought is designed to be easy-to-wear, contemporary, and lasting. The Laurel Hemp Watercolor Wrap Dress combines the best of summer trends–the wrap dress style and a bright abstract palm print–with the sustainable carbon capture capabilities of hemp fabric.

10. Cali Dress - Sézane

Cali Dress Sézane
Images from Sézane​​

Need a little luxury in your sustainable fashionable life? Look no further than Sézane, a French brand that that's just packed with stunningly gorgeous textiles of our dreams, in easy-to-wear silhouettes that make us swoon. We love the luxe lace texture of the organic cotton Cali Dress, which is also available in a bright kelly green!

This post contains affiliate links. We curated this list based on brands we adore, and not all links are monetized. We may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through some links in this post at no additional cost to you.

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