Sustainable, eco-friendly sundresses are ethereal and effortlessly chic. They flit through life without a care and certainly without a bra. When you're all but melting in the summer, it's crucial to own a few hassle-free pieces that nix sleeves and bad-for-the-planet fabric for breathable, sustainable options. Plus, think of it this way: Do you really want to be shopping when you could be at the beach? That's why we've done the legwork (it wasn't THAT hard) and returned with the seven prettiest summer dresses of the year, all available to buy now. Take them for a test-drive, and don't sweat it this summer.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as putting away tights and digging out summer dresses. Whether or not we’re actually able to bare our legs in May depends on geographical location—or day of the week, really. Still, Emerson Fry’s nautical gray and white dress (and, all its clothing) is made ethically in small batches that set the tone for a summer wardrobe that goes well beyond the typical dress...Emerson Fry Drop-Shoulder Shift ($188)
Finding a fashion brand you can trust—one that's ethical, sustainable, and fashion-forward—isn't always easy. Step forward, People Tree, a mainstay in the eco "Hall of Fame". Why? Because the company publicly shares information, stories and videos on the suppliers from which it sources 90% of its products, AND were the first clothing brand to receive the World Fair Trade Organization Fair Trade product mark. Green hearts all round. People Tree Emma Dress in Cream ($87.85)
A sundress in an easy shape featuring spaghetti straps is summer gold. Mara Hoffman consistently combines inspiration and knowledge from the past, present, and future into clothes you'll love—with zero waste, to boot. Mara Hoffman Mini Slip Dress ($295)
YSTR is changing the way we shop by saying no to fast fashion and instead focusing on its energy to make quality, timeless pieces. As for its green approach, the brand is minimizing waste with a cut-to-order model, creating pieces only when an order is placed. YSTR Anais Floral Dress ($198)
Ethical fashion doesn't necessarily equate to off-trend and unattractive items—and this lace gem proves just that. Accompany scours the globe for the coolest one-of-a-kind finds and filters them through a range of style lenses to create unique boutiques that contain both an eclectic mix of cultures and a well-edited point of view. Accompany Ganges Frill-Sleeve Ivory Lace Dress ($96)
Victoria Road's designs prove that it's possible to buy a beautiful dress without compromising the quality of clothing, and the living and working conditions of the people making it. Inspired and fueled by the richness and talent found in Pakistani fashion and craft, the brand collaborates with talented creatives at their Fair Trade workshop in Lahore to produce beautiful, high-quality apparel where profits of women-run businesses are more likely to be invested in the education and welfare of children, a "virtuous cycle" of growth for the next generation. Victoria Road The Gathered-Neck Flowy Dress ($105)
This cotton beauty from innovative Danish fashion brand Fonnesbech will quickly become a summer staple. The Copenhagen-based designers are all about ethical craftsmanship, creating pieces for the small, long-lasting wardrobe. With high-quality materials and a responsible mindset, you'll deflect the sun's rays with ease and make that 100 percent humidity report a lot more bearable. Fonnesbech Long Dress ($174)