At the beginning of the summer, Zara released a £40 black and white polka dot dress. So far, so good, nothing out of the ordinary to worry about.
But soon, the dress was adopted by influencers, and suddenly everyone became obsessed. The dress was (and still is) everywhere, like, literally—everywhere. It’s become so viral that it now has its own Instagram account, gathering more than 24,5k followers. Sorry, what?
While it doesn’t come as a shock that fast-fashion giant Zara is not the most ethical or sustainable brand on the planet, THAT Zara dress is the perfect example of everything wrong with fast fashion. First is the unsustainable speed at which products (including the dress) are designed, produced, sold and replaced. Then, Zara prides itself on giving consumers the ‘latest fashion trends’ every 13 days! Clearly, the promotion of such rapid consumption is inherently harmful to both people and planet. And finally, fast fashion is boring! Who wants to be dressed EXACTLY the same as every other girl on the planet (which is clearly what’s been happening with THE dress)?
So, we’ve listed 7 ethical and original alternatives to THAT Zara dress that do better on people, planet, and animals, and that won’t make you look like everyone else. We’re here to help you achieve the same comfortable, flowy, and delightfully dotty look, with an ethical flair.