29 Nov

Best Ethical Outfits for the Festive Season

Deck the halls, ethical fashionistas, the festive season is here. That means Christmas parties, family gatherings, holidays and New Year’s Eve. It also marks the beginning of the biggest shopping month of the year – did you know that last year the UK spent £50billion in the lead up to Christmas?

Christmas consumerism is nothing new – it’s the sad truth that while Christmas should be about spending time with loved ones, it’s become one of the most materialistic holidays of the year. Brands target us with a different sale every week, and the pressures to spend money (and lots of it) are everywhere.

If you feel like your wardrobe needs a festive injection but you want to approach the holiday season with a more sustainable attitude, we’ve found some amazing ethical outfits that you can wear well into the new year (and beyond). Because a dress is for keeps, not just for Christmas!

For that office Christmas party

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Rated: Great

Ella Charcoal Dress – Ships internationally

A modern take on the LBD, this can easily be dressed up or down with a simple change of footwear, making it an essential for any capsule wardrobe.

For the late-night New Year’s party


Rated: Good

Odeon Dress – Ships internationally

Sustainable fashion doesn’t have to be boring. Sequins have been in style since the 30s, and with this classic cut, you can take this dress for a night out for decades.

For drinks with the girls


Rated: Good

Georgette Plunging Jumpsuit – Ships within USA

A black jumpsuit is a classic – this puppy will take you from drinks with the girls to date-night for years to come.

To make your crush fall in love on New Year’s Eve


Rated: Good

Carlyle Dress – Ships internationally

This showstopper is the sort of dress you can keep in your wardrobe forever, bringing out for a wedding, black-tie event, or just because you feel like being glam.

For the family gathering


Rated: Great

Element Dress – Ships to Australia and New Zealand

If you live in the southern hemisphere, Christmas = beach weather. Wear this dress on a beautiful summers day at the beach, to brunch with the girls, or dress it up for the perfect dinner outfit.


Rated: Great

Melisa Colorblock Knitted Dress – Ships internationally

Who said fashion has to be uncomfortable? Wear this on a relaxed weekend at home, heading to the markets for your local produce, or dress up for a modern work outfit.

Just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your values. You can look glam into the New Year while still consuming in a mindful and sustainable way, simply by shopping with ethical brands and choosing items that will last. Happy holidays, ethical fashionistas!

Editor's note: Feature image via Reformation. All other images via brands mentione.

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