10 Sustainable Brands Making Beautiful Ethical Formal Dresses You Can Wear to Weddings and Special Events

  image from GUARDIDisclosure: Some of the links below are affiliated; we may earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. We only ever add brands & products we truly believe in. sustainable brands making party, cocktail and formal dressesDo you have a special event or a wedding to attend soon?We’ve brought together the best sustainable brands making stunning dresses and gowns for you to wear on your evening out!Why choose a sustainable formal dress?Many formal evening dresses you find today are made from synthetics to give an appearance of silk or look more expensive than they actually are. They also use a lot of sequins and beadings made from plastic, which makes them even more challenging to decompose over time. Finding a sustainable and ethical formal gown is definitely harder to do, but a few handfuls of brands are working to change this - and of course, you can always purchase second-hand!What to look for when shopping for your sustainable party dressTypically, for a garment to be considered ‘sustainable,’ it should be eco-friendly, ethically made, lasting, and accessible. Of course, we could make a long list of what a sustainable garment should be, but these are the key characteristics I look for when deciding on my purchase. To better break it down, there is a simple checklist to find at the end of this post here. Also, look for eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, recycled fibers, and linen - all of these brands listed below use conscious fibers to create their stunning designs.now, our top picks for sustainable cocktail & formal dresses: 1) AGAATIPrice | $360-1500AGAATI designs are thoughtfully produced with a zero waste philosophy. The makers are trained to reduce {& recycle/upcycle} waste while pattern making, cutting and sewing. They make it a point to have as little waste as possible, and with what they do have, they think of creative ways to reuse. AGAATI uses natural fibers & non-toxic dyes for all of their pieces. Biodegradable fibers like cotton, silk & wool are the most popular choices for the designs, & handwoven textiles are used for at least half of them.  Shop Agaati 2) TranscendPrice | $130-695Inspired by the colors and textures of India’s shopping bazaars, Transcend’s dresses and separates are handmade and embroidered by artisans out of eco-conscious fabrics like organic cotton and linen. Founder and Designer Nazia Siddiqui wanted to make high-quality embroidery and prints accessible to women through timeless silhouettes. These pieces are designed to last, with an incredible attention to detail—one dress can take up to 70 hours to make!code: Natalie20 for 20% off & free shipping Shop Transcend 3) GUARDIPrice | $87-219A UK-based brand, Veronika Guardi is combining luxury and sustainable fashion to flatter all figures. Their silhouettes are celebrating all female beauty, and are designed to empower the women who wear them. Each design is made from either sustainable, recycled or deadstock fabrics. Even their manufacturing is ethical, and is done in their own EU factory. Their prices are also very accessible, so you won’t have to pay an arm and leg to dress ethically to your next event! Shop GUARDI 4) La Femme AperoPrice | $125-395Parisienne inspired NYC-based brand, La Femme Apéro is feminine, sophisticated, bold, and sensual. They create exclusive pieces from silk and silk/cotton blends in small quantities. You know you won’t show up to an event wearing the same thing as anyone else! They currently have two beautiful dress designs to choose from, and a range of blouses and skirts if you prefer to wear two pieces instea

10 Sustainable Brands Making Beautiful Ethical Formal Dresses You Can Wear to Weddings and Special Events
 
image from GUARDIDisclosure: Some of the links below are affiliated; we may earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. We only ever add brands & products we truly believe in.

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Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliated; we may earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. We only ever add brands & products we truly believe in.

sustainable brands making party, cocktail and formal dresses

Do you have a special event or a wedding to attend soon?

We’ve brought together the best sustainable brands making stunning dresses and gowns for you to wear on your evening out!

Why choose a sustainable formal dress?

Many formal evening dresses you find today are made from synthetics to give an appearance of silk or look more expensive than they actually are. They also use a lot of sequins and beadings made from plastic, which makes them even more challenging to decompose over time. Finding a sustainable and ethical formal gown is definitely harder to do, but a few handfuls of brands are working to change this - and of course, you can always purchase second-hand!

What to look for when shopping for your sustainable party dress

Typically, for a garment to be considered ‘sustainable,’ it should be eco-friendly, ethically made, lasting, and accessible. Of course, we could make a long list of what a sustainable garment should be, but these are the key characteristics I look for when deciding on my purchase. To better break it down, there is a simple checklist to find at the end of this post here. Also, look for eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, recycled fibers, and linen - all of these brands listed below use conscious fibers to create their stunning designs.

now, our top picks for sustainable cocktail & formal dresses:

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1) AGAATI

Price | $360-1500

AGAATI designs are thoughtfully produced with a zero waste philosophy. The makers are trained to reduce {& recycle/upcycle} waste while pattern making, cutting and sewing. They make it a point to have as little waste as possible, and with what they do have, they think of creative ways to reuse. AGAATI uses natural fibers & non-toxic dyes for all of their pieces. Biodegradable fibers like cotton, silk & wool are the most popular choices for the designs, & handwoven textiles are used for at least half of them. 

Shop Agaati
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2) Transcend

Price | $130-695

Inspired by the colors and textures of India’s shopping bazaars, Transcend’s dresses and separates are handmade and embroidered by artisans out of eco-conscious fabrics like organic cotton and linen. Founder and Designer Nazia Siddiqui wanted to make high-quality embroidery and prints accessible to women through timeless silhouettes. These pieces are designed to last, with an incredible attention to detail—one dress can take up to 70 hours to make!

code: Natalie20 for 20% off & free shipping

Shop Transcend
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3) GUARDI

Price | $87-219

A UK-based brand, Veronika Guardi is combining luxury and sustainable fashion to flatter all figures. Their silhouettes are celebrating all female beauty, and are designed to empower the women who wear them. Each design is made from either sustainable, recycled or deadstock fabrics. Even their manufacturing is ethical, and is done in their own EU factory.

Their prices are also very accessible, so you won’t have to pay an arm and leg to dress ethically to your next event!

Shop GUARDI
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4) La Femme Apero

Price | $125-395

Parisienne inspired NYC-based brand, La Femme Apéro is feminine, sophisticated, bold, and sensual.

They create exclusive pieces from silk and silk/cotton blends in small quantities. You know you won’t show up to an event wearing the same thing as anyone else!

They currently have two beautiful dress designs to choose from, and a range of blouses and skirts if you prefer to wear two pieces instead of a full dress.

Shop La Femme Apero
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5) Amour Vert

Price | $118-238

If you are looking for great little black dresses, Amour Vert is the place to start. They have some really sweet and sophisticated silk dresses, as well.

A classic favorite in sustainable fashion, Amour Vert makes 97% of their clothing right here in the US. This brand uses a lot of beautiful, sustainable fabrics like TENCEL, Organic Cotton, Certified Silk, Ethical Wool & Hemp. Even their packaging is eco-friendly & compostable!

Shop Amour Vert
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6) Christy Dawn

Price | $198-298

If you are looking for a more casual, bohemian style dress, Christy Dawn is the place to go!

They have so many different deigns to choose from, and they are very transparent about their pricing and manufacturing. I just love all of their unique prints & silhouettes.

Christy Dawn also carries extending sizing up to 3X and petite sizes.

Shop Christy Dawn
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7) Sezane

Price | $180-210

This is one of my favorite brands for dresses, but most of them are going to be more on the casual side. I suggest checking back on their site every Wednesday & Sunday because they may drop a new dress here or there - or bring back old designs! Each collection typically has one or two dresses you can wear to special events.

I bought my birthday dress from this brand, and a white gown I’m going to wear for a party around our wedding next Spring!

Shop Sezane
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8) Made Trade

Price | $90-588

I actually have worn this dress to a wedding before, and plan to again this fall! It is from one of my favorite sustainable brands Left Edit.

Made Trade is home to hundreds of ethical and sustainable brands, and they have a great collection of special occasion dresses for all different sizes.

With Made Trade, you are able to easily shop your values since each product clearly indicates what you are supporting!

Shop Made Trade
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9) Stella McCartney

Price | $1,095-4,200

I drool over these dresses. Stella McCartney is definitely on the pricier side of things, but I would LOVE to wear one of their dresses one day.

While this is the more luxurious side of fashion, Stella McCartney is very serious about sustainability. They work hard to source some of the best fabrics for their collections, and they hold a high standard of ethics for manufacturing. This is something I wish we would see more of in luxury fashion!

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10) Symbology

Price | $140-325

Another great ethical fashion place to check out for plus-sizes!

Symbology has a ton of beautiful dresses to choose from - and they even have wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses if you are in the hunt for those.

This sustainable brand is out to make fair trade sexy. They have merged artisanal fabric techniques with fashion forward designs that give you a one-of-a-kind item that connects women in a global community.

Shop Symbology
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