7 Ethical Outfits for the Festive Season - Good On You
our favourite ethical festive outfits
07 Dec
our favourite ethical festive outfits

7 Ethical Outfits for the Festive Season

December is here, 2020 is almost finished (at last), and the holidays are officially upon us! ‘Tis the season for decadent meals, festive decorations, and time spent with loved ones. But with all the shopping we’re about to do, it’s also the season of mass consumerism.

Let’s face it, the holidays are one of the greatest excuses to add some new pieces to our closets. From the new sweater dresses and seasonal sales, to the collections of shimmering shoes that are like ornaments for the feet, it’s hard to say no to some indulgent purchases. What’s even more difficult is saying no to the fast fashion boom, that’s almost too tempting with its velveteen and sequins designs attached to cut-rate price tags. But with this list, you’ll be one step closer to starting 2021 on a more eco-conscious foot.

We know the difficulties of 2020 have placed limitations on this year’s holiday season, so we’ve tailored our list of the best ethical outfits to fit all circumstances. Whether you decide to go out or stay in, our collection of sustainable brands will have you decked in garments made with cruelty-free production methods, quality materials, and sleek cuts. After all, this is the season of giving!

For that holiday movie marathon


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woman wearing soft festive shirt by underprotection

Sophie Pajamas – Ships Internationally from Denmark


woman wearing grey sustainable pyjamas by Underprotection

Underprotection – Pyjamas

Combining ethics with aesthetics, this Danish brand makes glamorous pyjamas for all women. Up to 60% off selected long and short pyjama sets. (Ends: 17 NOV)

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woman wearing beige sustainable sweatsuit by Underprotection

Underprotection – Loungewear

Slip into something comfortable and chic: loungewear you want to wear all week. Up to 60% off selected sweatsuits, kimonos, and knits. (Ends: 17 NOV)

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woman wearing pink recycled Italian lace lingerie by Underprotection

Underprotection – Lingerie

Feminine. Sexy. Fun. Shop lingerie made from sustainable materials like recycled Italian lace. Up to 60% off selected bras, bralettes, briefs, and bodies. (Ends: 17 NOV)

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PJs this decadent can only be fit for the holidays. All of Underprotection’s synthetic materials come from recycled sources, and are both GRS-certified, guaranteeing that the materials have actually been recycled, and Oeko-Tex certified, which labels it free of harmful chemicals. These vegan PJs not only wrap you in some of the coziest velvet material, but are also produced with your best interest in mind.

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Shop Underprotection.

Shop Underprotection @ LVR Sustainable.


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grey comfy socks by boody

Chunky Bed Socks – Ships Internationally from Australia

Whether you’re having a white or green Christmas, chunky socks are necessary for every holiday season. To keep its products organic and eco-conscious, Boody produces its garments out of bamboo shoots, saving 95.1 litres of drinking water in the process. Pairing these chunky bed socks with the Sophie pyjamas at Underprotection is the perfect combination for a relaxing night (or 3) in.

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Shop Boody.

For drinks with the girls


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woman wearing dark blue festive dress by ohsevendays

Lola Dress – Ships Internationally from Turkey

There are some dress cuts that work for every occasion, and OhSevenDays bridges trendy designs with clean minimalism that’s perfect for a night out. Using reclaimed and off-cut fabrics to help the reduction of material waste, the Lola dress is a versatile garment suitable for festive wear and year-round enjoyment.

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Shop OhSevenDays @ SlowCo.


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Holiday Heel – Ships internationally from the US

In keeping with OhSevenDay’s sleek simplicity, RAFA has the ideal pair of shoes to accompany the look. Made with 100% animal free materials, these minimalistic heels are both versatile and customizable, available in a range of interchangeable colours. The holiday heel is even styled with an elegant bow, almost tempting you to make it this year’s gift to yourself.

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Shop RAFA.

For a lovely winter hike


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grey sweater by patagonia

Woolyester Fleece Pullover – Ships internationally from the US

If you live in proper winter weather, or are traveling to a cooler climate, then you know a winter hike is an enjoyable holiday treat. A Patagonia pullover is just the thing you need to make sure you’re well insulated during your outing. With 68% of the line using recycled materials and 83% being Fair Trade certified, Patagonia is both a leader in sustainable outdoor clothing, and in keeping its consumers warm.

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Shop Patagonia @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Patagonia @ Labell-D.

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Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Alice + Whittles

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sustainable weekender boot from fashion brand Alice + Whittles

The Weekend Boot – Ships internationally from Canada

Alice + Whittles favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices, and sustainable materials as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change. We love these hiking boots that can lower your carbon footprint while supporting your feet.

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Shop Alice + Whittles.

For the family gathering

Christy Dawn

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woman wearing long moss dress by christy dawn

Augusta Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Using a farm-to-closet initiative, which involves regenerative cotton farming that helps in rebuilding soil organic matter, Christy Dawn is a brand that creates cozy, flexible dresses that work for those unpredictable family moments. The Augusta dress is a simple yet beautiful wrap dress fit for celebrating and unwinding. Literally, loosen it a bit after all that food, and… aaah.

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Shop Christy Dawn.

Beyond Skin

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woman wearing high heel brown boots by beyondskin

Morgan B Camel Ankle Boots – Ships internationally from Spain

This self-funded shoe brand has an array of shoe and boot styles fit for pairing with holiday garbs, using materials such as cardboard, recycled resin, and vegan leather to keep products ethical and eco-friendly. The Morgan B ankle boots would pull off an effortlessly chic outfit when matched with Christy Dawn’s Augusta dress.

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Shop Beyond Skin.

For that virtual office holiday party


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woman wearing burgundy dress by lanius

Satin Dress – Ships within Europe from Germany

If you’re going to celebrate the holidays in front of a screen, you might as well be comfortable while you do it! Made of Lenzing Ecovero, a material produced from renewable wood sources that help to lower water impact, LANIUS’ vegan satin dress sports a loose fit for comfortability, and sleek cut fit for a Zoom meeting. Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it can’t be special!

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woman wearing gold festive earrings by nisolo

Link Earrings – Ships internationally from the US

Your shoes might go unnoticed (and let’s face it, you’ll probably be wearing your chunky socks anyway), but the LANIUS satin dress wouldn’t be complete without a lovely pair of earrings or necklace to add a bit of shine. From golden hoops to beaded necklaces, this company not only offers you a beautiful collection of jewellery, but does so all while paying workers a living wage, and fighting against deforestation in the Amazon basin.

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Shop Nisolo @ ourCommonplace.

Shop Nisolo @ Made Trade.

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For the outdoor celebration

TAMGA Designs

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woman wearing navy dress by tamga designs

Marga Mini Dress – Ships internationally from Canada

For those living in a warmer climate, a BBQ or backyard celebration is the best way to spread some holiday cheer! If you’re looking for some new threads, TAMGA has you covered with a collection of vibrant dresses suited for sunnier festivities. The Marga mini dress is a piece of perfection, coming in multiple prints and tones made from botanic fibers and low-impact dyes that’ll make you pop like the decor.

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Shop TAMGA Designs.

Stella McCartney

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sustainable espadrilles by stella mccartney

Espadrilles – Ships internationally from the UK

A lovely pair of flats is always a hit at an outdoor gathering, and Stella McCartney has the perfect collection of slip-ons suitable for any outfit. The espadrilles would be an excellent eco-conscious accessory to the Marga mini dress, being made from cruelty-free, non-leather materials.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Labell-D.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

For that New Year’s kiss

Whimsy + Row

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women wearing grey sparkly festive dress by whimsy and row

Joan Dress – Ships internationally from the US

This LA-based brand mixes sustainability with style, delivering classic, flirtatious garments that’ll have any suitor puckering up for countdown. Specializing in non-toxic, organic materials and zero-waste production, it’s hard to choose from the wide assortment of dresses. In our opinion, the sparkling Joan dress is the best choice for this year’s more low-key New Year’s. It even sports side slits to show off a bit of leg. It’s been a long and lonely year, alright?

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Shop Whimsy + Row.

Shop Whimsy + Row @ Earthkind.


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ethical earrings by article22

New 7 Bolts Earrings – Ships internationally from the US


Person wearing white top and gold ethically made jewellery by ARTICLE22.

ARTICLE22 – USA and Canada

The more ARTICLE22 jewellery you wear, the more land you make safe and clear from bombs in Laos. Exclusive 10% off new gold anodised pieces with code GOODONYOU10. (Ends: 24 NOV)

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Person wearing white top and gold ethically made jewellery by ARTICLE22.

ARTICLE22 – Australia and New Zealand

Gold anodised jewellery that supports traditional Laotian artisan livelihoods, village development, community endeavours, and de-mining efforts. Exclusive 20% off new gold anodised pieces with code GOODONYOU20. (Ends: 24 NOV)

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Person wearing white top and gold ethically made jewellery by ARTICLE22.

ARTICLE22 – Europe and the UK

Ethically crafted gold anodised pieces that are durable, corrosion-resistant, and and will remain sparkling for a long time. Exclusive 10% off new gold anodised pieces with code GOODONYOU10. (Ends: 24 NOV)

Checkout code: GOODONYOU10
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If Emma Watson endorses it, then it must be good! No NYE outfit is ready without a bit of sparkle, and ARTICLE22’s handcrafted collections provide the perfect bit of shimmer to ring in 2021. The New 7 Bolts earrings would go beautifully with the Joan dress, adding some gold and silver to the metallic combo.

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Just because it’s Christmas, 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 year after year. Happy holidays, ethical fashionistas!

Author bio: Delilah Smith is freelance journalist, storyteller, and sustainable fashion advocate from Oakland, CA. After changing her career path from editorial to film, she balances her position at Pixar Animation Studios with her Good On You contributions, returning back to editorial to spread awareness on the environmental effects of fast fashion, and give readers more eco-conscious choices. When not writing, you can find her on an aerial silk, which everyone should try at least once! You can find her on Instagram @delilah.the.dahlia

Editor's note

Feature image via Underprotection, all other images via brands mentioned. This article was updated in December 2020. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. Use our Directory to search more than 2,500 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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