05 Jul

The Little Black Dress Done Ethically

True sustainable fashion rejects fleeting trends in favour of timeless pieces – and what could be more timeless than the LBD (Little Black Dress)? Dress it up or down, for work or play, the LBD has been a wardrobe staple ever since Coco Chanel first showed a range of plain black dresses in 1926. So in celebration of the style that never gets old, here are our top 7 ethical LBDs for any occasion.


Rated: Good

Organic Cotton Dress – Ships internationally

“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. It uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. The modern, loose silhouette of this organic cotton dress looks perfect paired with a lacy top underneath. LANIUS’ clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Rated: Great

Cascade Dress – Ships internationally

New Zealand based label ReCreate receive the highest rating from Good On You. As well as using GOTS certified organic cotton and recycled materials to make their trendy clothing, they provide employment for women in Dey Tmey, a disadvantaged community in Cambodia. Rock this LBD with a pair of boots for an edgier look.

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Tasi Travels

Rated: Good

Wilder Wrap Dress – Ships internationally

For travelwear designed for adventures, look no further than Australian brand Tasi Travels. Boasting a stunning collection of handmade garments in eco-friendly materials that are made-to-order, you can feel good out in the world knowing you are leaving a light footprint behind. Garments come in sizes S/M and M/L.

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Know The Origin

Rated: Great

Orli Modal Dress – Ships internationally

When you shop at Know The Origin you really will know who made your clothes, right down to the name of the sewing machine operator. We love the Orli dress which is made from 100% Lenzing Modal, an eco-friendly material. This LBD is simple and versatile for the changing seasons. Wear it over a top on cooler days or on its own for an evening out.

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Bon Label

Rated: Great

Cotton Sundress – Ships internationally

Australian Bon Label create sharp, stylish, and simple garments. They’re a small label who make a big effort to ensure their clothes are ethical and sustainable. Bon produce their range in Australia, and it all carries an Ethical Clothing Australia certification for labour, along with GOTS certified fabric. This organic cotton LBD is perfect for day or evening.

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Promised Land

Rated: Good

Wrapped in Grace Dress – Ships internationally

Promised Land are a New Zealand-based label on a mission to empower garment workers in developing countries. The Wrapped in Grace LBD is an elegant 100% silk dress made in a workshop that supports ending the trafficking of women. The classic wrap dress style is feminine and flattering.

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Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Jayda Dress – Ships internationally

British designer Stella McCartney is a trailblazer when it comes to ethical high-end fashion. We love her label’s commitment to animal rights and solid carbon emissions reduction targets. This is an investment LBD, made from sustainable viscose. The low back is perfect for the evening, but throw on a suit jacket and it becomes a power dress for the office.

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The R Collective

Rated: Great

Victoria Dress – Ships internationally

The R Collective's womenswear collections are made by reusing rescued excess materials from leading luxury brands and reputable manufacturers. The brand uses a high-proportion of eco-friendly materials, which limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. It also ensures the payment of a living wage in its supply chain, which is why we rated it 'Great'! The garments are offered in two sizes: XS-S and M-L.

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Rated: Good
woman wearing black shiny short dress by bastet noir

Awinita Dress – Ships internationally

BASTET NOIR offers custom-made clothing manufactured by women in Macedonia, ensuring that every purchase contributes to the welfare and education of these women and their children. Find most items in sizes 36 to 42, or in custom sizing.

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Editor's note

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