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.
The Little Black Dress Done Ethically
“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of Lanius. They use eco-friendly materials like GOTS certified cotton. All Lanius facilities are SA8000 certified, and they are a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. The modern, loose silhouette of their organic cotton dress looks perfect paired with a lacy top underneath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'!
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