03 Feb

The 13 Best Stylish and Sustainable Knit Dresses

Love the look and feel of a knit dress and want to support better brands? Discover our favourite stylish and sustainable knit dresses.

The joy of a versatile knitted dress, made sustainably

Ahh, knit dresses. These versatile garments tick two crucial boxes: they’re stylish and comfortable, a winning combination in our books. They’re also simple to style: slap on a knitted dress and a pair of sneakers for a cute yet casual look that is super low effort, or dress up your dress with heeled boots and a statement necklace as you head to an event. There’s something so elegant and endearing about these full-body gloves, and people in their complicated two or three-piece ensembles will surely look on with envy. When they ask you where you got your gorgeous get up, rather than muttering “SHEIN” under your breath, you can tell them all about one of these “Good” or “Great” brands below that are making sustainable knitted dresses worth talking about.

Forget the harmful polyester or conventional cotton lining the racks of fast fashion megastores, these knitted numbers are made from organic cotton like from Mila.Vert (Slovenia) and Dedicated (Sweden), or recycled deadstock fabric like from Altar (US) or The R Collective (Hong Kong). Go forth and find your fit.

Mila.Vert

Rated: Great

Knitted Long Sleeved V-neck Dress – Ships internationally from Slovenia

This light and airy knit dress is great all year around, and features a V-neckline, long sleeves, and a waist belt. Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge.

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LANIUS

Rated: Good

Knit Dress – Ships within Europe from Germany

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A beige cropped knit sustainably made sweater by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Knits

Wrap yourself in the softest knitwear, perfect for relaxing at home or staying snug outside. Exclusive 15% off knits with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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An orange athleisure set ethically made by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Athleisure

LANIUS' new athleisure capsule: made from recycled nylon yarn that adapts to the body and gives free rein to your movements. Exclusive 15% off athleisure with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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A loose fit pair of light green shorts made responsibly by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Trousers

From classy to flirty, but always responsible: LANIUS pants, jeans, and shorts fit for every occasion. Exclusive 15% off pants with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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A white and blue striped t-shirt sustainably made by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Tops

Delicate, minimalist, ethical tops and t-shirts that can be combined in many ways. Exclusive 15% off tops with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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A hot pink ethically made puff sleeve mid length dress by LANIUS.

LANIUS – Dresses

Fair and organic fashion with a feminine touch. Noble looks that radiate liveliness. Exclusive 15% off dresses with code GOODONYOUxLANIUS15. (Available in Europe and the UK only) (Ends: 31 MAY)

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If you prefer an organic wool knitted dress, this one from LANIUS is minimalistic with refined details to stand out. “Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. The German brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. LANIUS’ clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Dedicated

Rated: Great

Dress Lo Cut Mountain Multi Color – Ships internationally from Sweden

For bold colours in your sustainable knit dress, look not further. How cool is this bright block print? Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style. Find the clothes in XS-XL.

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L’ENVERS

Rated: Good

MARIE Wool Dress – Ships internationally from Spain

This classic black knit dress is made from alpaca wool and looks chic with zero effort. L’Envers’ mission is to design fewer pieces made in a better way. Specialising in knitwear, this Spanish brand believes in mindful, careful, and slow consumption, offering timeless editions guided by conscious, sustainable materials. You can find the knitted collection in sizes XS to XL, or even customise your own piece.

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tentree

Rated: Good

Highline Turtleneck Dress – Ships internationally from Canada

Truly embody cute and comfy in this recycled polyester, organic cotton, and wool tri blend turtleneck knit dress. Canadian brand tentree believes big change starts small. Small as in bringing your reusable bag to the grocery store, making fewer, more thoughtful purchases, and choosing to purchase sustainably when you do. The brand plants ten trees for every item purchased to help regenerate ecosystems and provide planting jobs in communities around the world, and has already planted over 65 million trees.

All tentree’s products are created with an Earth-First approach, meaning they’re made in fair, safe working conditions, and constructed using only sustainably sourced and recycled materials. tentree’s super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples are typically available from XS to XL.

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No Nasties

Rated: Great
person wearing a rhubarb knit midi dress by no nasties

Rhubarb Midi Dress – Ships internationally from India

Another leader when it comes to ethical fashion, No Nasties makes simple and stylish clothing from Fairtrade organic cotton in India where it is actively working to grow the ethical consumer market. Find styles in sizes 2XS-3XL.

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Altar

Rated: Good

Ila Dress in Black – Ships internationally from the US

This black, super slinky rib knit dress drapes beautifully, and is made from deadstock fabric. Altar is a US-based boutique that specialises in alternative and custom fashion, apothecary, and gifts. The brand celebrates independent manufacturers and artists from across North America, with a focus on the stories that are woven into their work. Its clothing brand, Altar Houseline, is proudly made in America using deadstock materials and serves size gradations from size S to 6XL.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great

SIENNAA Knit Dress – Ships internationally from Germany

For an oversized look, SIENNAA is your gal. Affordable, ethical, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a “Great” rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men, and kids. Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting pieces are made from eco-friendly and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad. Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Armedangels @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Armedangels @ Earthkind.

Shop Armedangels @ Veneka.

The R Collective

Rated: Great

Recircle Dress – Ships internationally from Hong Kong

This recycled silk knit dress has stylish racer-style straps and an alluring scooped back with upcycled multi-tonal button details. 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. The garments are offered in two sizes: XS-S and M-L.

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Le Pirol

Rated: Great

Fiord Seed Dress – Ships internationally from Denmark

Burnt orange is one of those eternally fashionable and flattering colours on just about everyone, so we’re loving the Fiord Seed Dress from Le Pirol. Le Pirol is a Nordic knitwear brand tailored for a modern, sustainable lifestyle. Shop the range in sizes S-2XL.

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Kowtow

Rated: Great

Solar Dress – Ships internationally from New Zealand

For a more conservative full-length sustainable knit dress, Kowtow has you covered. Kowtow uses organic, fair trade cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce its clothes. It designs elegant, timeless womenswear, and also has a range of ceramics. Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Kowtow @ Veneka.

Komodo

Rated: Good

Irina Organic Cotton Dress – Ships internationally from the UK

Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, the Irina knitted dress is as versatile as it gets. UK brand Komodo puts people and the planet first with its ethically-sourced and eco-friendly range of menswear and womenswear. The label uses some eco-friendly materials including GOTS-certified cotton and hemp, and ensures that most of its suppliers pay a living wage to their workers. Find most of the range in UK sizes 8-16.

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Kotn

Rated: Good

Knitted Turtleneck Dress – Ships internationally from Canada

Certified B Corp Kotn is based in Canada and works with local NGOs on the ground at the Nile Delta to provide every child in their farming communities with quality education, and to help close the gap of low literacy rates amongst communities. With every purchase, not only will you adorn a beautifully made shirt, but also help fund school infrastructure, materials, and salaries for teachers. Find Kotn in sizes XS-2XL.

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Editor's note

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