01 Aug

Our 18 Favourite Consciously Created Sustainable Mini Dresses

Minis are flirty, flattering, and fun⁠—the perfect dress for warmer days. Here’s our guide to brands making sustainable mini dresses doing better for people, the planet, and animals.

Sustainable mini dresses for warmer weather

Said to be universally flattering, the mini dress is flirty, fun, and perfect for those hot summer days when you just want to chuck something on and go. The most modern cut of the trifecta (maxi, midi, mini), despite their provocative history, minis have stayed the course pretty steadily since the ‘60s and are seeing a massive comeback as we speak in a precariously post-pandemic world.

While those endless listings of mini skirts and dresses made from plastic-based poly fabrics on ultra fast fashion websites like SHEIN and Boohoo may be cute and tempting, their damage to people, the planet, and animals is undeniable. Why not hit your local second hand store to get your mini fix? And if they don’t stock the size or style you’re after, consider tapping into one of the “Good” or “Great” brands below doing more sustainable mini dresses if you’ll get good wear and care out of them.

Whether it’s Whimsy + Row’s (US) pretty in pink cotton dress, the palm-print hemp mini from Afends (AU), or Birdsong’s (UK) unique patchwork wrap mini, there’s bound to be a sustainable mini dress in the list that hits juuust right.

Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good
A clay pink spaghetti dress by Whimsy and Row.

Shae Dress in Terracotta – Ships internationally from the US

The perfect dainty dress you’ll wear all summer long. The Shae dress is easy breezy to throw on and go about your day, made from 100% certified organic cotton.

Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, and by limiting each garment to short runs, the brand also reduces packaging waste and takes care of precious water resources. Find most products in XS-XL.

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TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great
A short sleeve green printed dress by TAMGA Designs.

Adele Mini Dress – Ships internationally from Canada

If floral is your flavour, TAMGA has you covered with the Adele. In this case, to just above the knees. This fit-friendly cut features inner snap clasps and outer shell buttons for a comfortable and adjustable fit.

TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. TAMGA offers a range of tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories made from 100% Micro TENCEL® and LENZING™ ECOVERO™. You can find the full range of this Canadian brand in sizes XS-2XL.

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Afends

Rated: Good
A black mini dress with white printed hemp leaves.

Pascale Hemp Mini Dress – Ships internationally from Australia

Pretty is in this pascale sustainable mini dress. Crafted from eco-friendly hemp and organic cotton canvas twill, this dress offers a structured design and a cute palm tree print.

Afends is an Australia-based fashion brand leading the way in organic hemp fashion, using renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. You can find the full range in sizes XS-XL.

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Altar

Rated: Good
A light orange mini dress by Altar.

Edith Mini Dress in Peach Cupro – Ships internationally from the US

This perfect little babydoll Edith dress is designed for versatile fit. Roomy pockets at the side seams are perfect for spring and summer activities.

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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Christy Dawn

Rated: Great
A long sleeve red mini dress by Christy Dawn.

The Raena Dress – Ships internationally from the US

We love a long-sleeve short-skirt combo, and the Raena nails it. Made from 100% regeneratively grown Indian cotton.

Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired women’s clothing and footwear, locally made with surplus fabric. The US brand rates “Great”, making it a fabulous boho option for your wardrobe. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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Kotn

Rated: Good
A white tiered t-shirt dress by Kotn.

Tiered Babydoll Dress – Ships internationally from Canada

How stunning is this teal colour? This “Ancient Green” babydoll dress is made for summer days and spinning from soft Egyptian cotton.

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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No Nasties

Rated: Great
Organic cotton pink and white soft mini party dress by No Nasties.

Garden Scoop Dress – Ships internationally from India

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White and grey printed long sleeve shirt responsibly made by No Nasties.

No Nasties – Menswear

Pioneering sustainable fashion in India since 2011, No Nasties makes 100% organic, fair trade, vegan clothing. Up to 45% off menswear. (Ends: 22 AUG)

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White and green sea creature print top ethically made by No Nasties.

No Nasties – Womenswear

Your evergreen tee. Your everyday shirt. Your anywhere dress. But better. So that you can save the planet every single time you put your clothes on. Up to 45% off womenswear. (Ends: 22 AUG)

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The gorgeous Garden Scoop Dress is soft, sustainable, and well-pocketed. Need we say more?

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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Birdsong

Rated: Good
A blue, green and red long sleeve mini dress by Birdsong.

Blue River Patchwork Mini Wrap Dress – Ships internationally from the UK

This patchwork wrap sustainable mini dress from Birdsong is cut with a flattering wrap silhouette in a soft TENCEL™ Lyocell fabric.

Birdsong is a boutique label producing gorgeous womenswear. Its clothes are handmade in London by knitters and seamstresses earning above the London living wage. The business is built on a philosophy of fairness and authenticity, promising customers “no sweatshop, no photoshop”. Birdsong’s products are inclusively sized from 2XS-3XL.

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BASTET NOIR

Rated: Good
A white puff sleeves mini dress by Bastet Noir.

The Danu Dress – Ships internationally from Macedonia

We’ve got the perfect dress for dancing, dining, and dipping your toes in the water. Lined with natural linen fabric, Danu is designed to accentuate the waist and chest, while creating a streamlined silhouette.

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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Baukjen

Rated: Good
A black relaxed sleeveless dress by Baukjen.

Eloise Dress with LENZING™ ECOVERO™ – Ships internationally from the UK

Eloise is set to be your failsafe sunny day dress; whether you’re off to the beach or running errands, simply pull it on and go. Crafted from supremely comfortable and sustainable LENZING™ ECOVERO™ jersey, it features a tank-style neckline and pretty tiered detailing in the skirt.

Baukjen is a London-based womenswear brand, with a focus on environmental, ethical, and sustainable style. Its clothes are designed for you, designed for good. The brand uses some eco-friendly materials, which helps limit the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Malaika New York

Rated: Good
A grey t-shirt dress by Malaika New York.

Hexagon Organic Cotton T-Shirt Dress Grey – Ships internationally from the US

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Someone outside swishing their long red dress by Malaika New York into the air.

Malaika New York – Mystery Box

A limited edition of ten boxes packed with beautiful pieces including samples and exclusive wholesale products. Mystery box priced at $199, containing items valued at $500. (Ends: 8 AUG)

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If you prefer more fabric even in your mini, this hexagon t-shirt dress by Malaika New York should do the trick. Great for warm weather as-is or layered for cooler days.

Malaika New York is a minimalistic sustainable clothing brand with a focus on zero waste clothing and accessories. The US-based brand aims to eliminate fashion’s harmful environmental effects by utilising minimal or zero waste patterns, while maximising wearability by producing luxe-quality, contemporary garments that make a statement now and into the future. Find most garments in S-XL with some items going up to 2XL.

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tonlé

Rated: Great
A black spaghetti strap mini dress by tonle.

Chaya Dress – Ships within the US

This is the ultimate little summer dress. Short and sweet with straps that tie in the back to form a keyhole, it can make your ‘90s fashion comeback dreams come true when paired with platform sandals or slip-on sneakers.

tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women’s clothing with a zero-waste design process. To do so, the brand uses remnant fabrics from large manufacturers as well as recycled threads and reclaimed wood from local suppliers for its trim and accessories. Its range is inclusively sized from XS-3XL.

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Luna + Sun

Rated: Good
A bright and colourful printed mini dress with puff sleeves.

The Bodhi Dress in Multiprint – Ships internationally from Australia

The Bodhi is the perfect dress for summer or spring and can be paired with heels or worn casually with your favourite sandals. Made with love from 100% linen.

Luna + Sun is an Australian, cruelty-free fashion line creating gorgeous feminine designs. Its factory is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, and its products are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-18.

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Triarchy

Rated: Great
A white shirt mini dress by Triarchy.

Mare in Off White – Ships internationally from the US

For the denim dress lovers, Triarchy’s Mare mini in undyed cotton is a great option. Made from 100% organic, chemical-free cotton.

Triarchy creates eco-friendly jeans, skirts, shorts, jumpsuits, and jackets. The brand’s production system uses 85% recycled water by consistently reusing the “thick indigo laden sludge” that unmonitored factories dump into water systems. Find most of the jeans in US sizes 24-32.

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The R Collective

Rated: Great
A rust, beige and yellow short sleeve mini dress by the R Collective.

Aberdeen Mini Dress – Ships internationally from Hong Kong

Made from rescued silk, the Aberdeen sustainable mini dress is too pretty to stay in your closet for long.

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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337 BRAND

Rated: Good
A beige t-shirt mini dress by 337 BRAND.

Mika T-Shirt Dress – Ships internationally from the US

A textured t-shirt dress with a relaxed fit, v-neck, and above the knee length. Perfect on-the-go or lounging in style.

337 BRAND’s leisurewear is designed to make you feel at ease, always. Inspired by nature, comfort, and kindness, the brand introduces effortless style clothing made from earth-friendly materials. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
A light blue romper dress with pockets from Threads 4 Thought.

Bella Romper Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Sporty and cute, the Bella Romper Dress is made from a recycled polyester-based performance fabric. Breathable, stretchy, and designed to support your every move, there are even sneaky built-in bike shorts underneath, which we love.

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of sustainable materials including Lenzing Modal harvested from the limbs of beech trees. This process means that the trees are never cut down and 95% of the production materials to make the yarn are recovered and reused. The brand’s manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. Find the range in sizes XS-XL, with an extended sizing range up to 3XL.

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Toad&Co

Rated: Good
A bright yellow sleeveless dress by Toad and Co.

Rosemarie Sleeveless Dress – Ships within the US and Canada from the US

Embody the sunshine in the Rosemarie sustainable mini dress, made from organic cotton in an easy-wearing silhouette.

Toad&Co is a US brand that creates socially and environmentally committed womenswear and menswear that is equally suited for the rigours of the trail or the tavern. Most items are available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Prefer a different length for your dresses? Check out our favourite maxi dresses and midi dresses too

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