31 May

Our Top 18 Brands for Sustainable Wedding Guest Outfits

Weddings can be stressful—for the couple, their families, and yes, sometimes even their guests. Regardless of whether you’re supporting a close friend or going as a +1, this special occasion is often a cause for a new purchase. Whether it’s a new clutch, gown, or suit, for eco-conscious buyers it can be pretty tough to find something that goes beyond the one-day celebration.

While these kinds of celebrations can lead to wasteful buys, we’ve compiled a list of our top 19 ‘Good’ and ‘Great’ brands that will help you dress to the nines in sustainable wedding guest attire. Below you can find classic and minimal wedding guest styles by Whimsy + Row (US), timeless men’s dress shirts by CARPASUS (Switzerland), and if you’re looking for something second hand, Reformation’s (US) pre-owned dresses will have you dropping jaws and dancing the night away. With that, happy browsing!

The R Collective

Rated: Great

Calabash Dress – Ships internationally from Hong Kong

The R Collective’s womenswear collections are made by reusing rescued excess materials from leading luxury brands and reputable manufacturers. Inspired by the Kimono, the clever Calabash Dress can be worn several ways. Cut from liquid-like upcycled Japanese satin with a hint of sheen, wear this beautiful, versatile dress with your favourite pumps to look absolutely fierce! The garments are offered in two sizes: XS-S and M-L.

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Mashu

Rated: Good

Nicole Black – Ships internationally from the UK

What’s a wedding outfit without a stunning handbag? Mashu is a British sustainable and vegan accessories label specialising in luxury handbags. The Nicole is inspired by vintage purses with a Mashu twist. Gorgeously crafted from vegan cactus leather and 100% recycled polyester lining, this beauty has just enough space to meet all of your wedding day needs!

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Bozena Jankowska

Rated: Good

High Waist Cropped Wool Trousers – Ships internationally from the US

Not a dress fan? No problem. Bozena Jankowska makes stunning trousers and blazers so you can rock a power suit. The London-based label opened in 2016 by founder and creative director Bozena Jankowska. Driven by her passion for sustainability, the label started with a focus on small capsule collections that were inspired by and told the story of critical social and environmental issues. Find the collection in UK sizes 6-14.

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ARTICLE22

Rated: Good

New Spoon Scoop Earrings – Ships internationally from the US

Classy, but with a modern twist. The New Spoon earrings are sure to turn heads. Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware, and other aluminium scraps. The brand embodies the innovation that the fashion industry needs more of—using recycled materials to produce beautiful globally-marketable products, while equipping local artisans with new skill sets and providing them with a sustainable source of income. The range is available in sizes S-XL.

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good

Fiona Dress in Blush – Ships internationally from the US

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Person wearing dark blue sustainable oversized denim jacket by Whimsy + Row.

Whimsy + Row – Outerwear

Easy, flirty, and elegant jackets and coats ethically made for every modern and creative woman. Green Friday Sale! Up to 75% off selected jackets. (Ends: 29 NOV)

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Whimsy + Row – Bottoms

From jeans to flowy loungewear-inspired trousers, skirts of all lengths to bike shorts: what more could you ask for? Green Friday Sale! Up to 75% off selected bottoms. (Ends: 29 NOV)

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Whimsy + Row – Dresses

Hello, effortless chic! Made out of the best eco-friendly fabrics, these dresses will become your go-to. Green Friday Sale! Up to 75% off selected dresses. (Ends: 29 NOV)

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Whimsy + Row – Tops

Like finding a vintage gem, Whimsy + Row tops use deadstock fabric to create unique looks you will treasure. Green Friday Sale! Up to 75% off selected tops. (Ends: 29 NOV)

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Who needs 27 Dresses when you have the Whimsy + Row’s Fiona Dress! Choose from an array of colours including soft blush or subtle sage for the perfect wedding guest look. This sexy slip has adjustable straps for the right fit, while the bias cut creates an elegant cowl back and midi-length flare at the bottom. By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources. Find most products in XS-XL.

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BASTET NOIR

Rated: Good
woman wearing light pink jumpsuit by bastet noir

Farah Jumpsuit – Ships internationally from Macedonia

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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Chic Made Consciously

Rated: Good

Iris Bracelet – Ships internationally from the US

The Iris Bracelet is the perfect accessory for your wedding guest look! This piece will make you feel special every time you wear it knowing that you are embodying a special story of peace and transformation, just like the newlyweds. Designed to be a unisex piece, the Iris is made from repurposed brass from bullet shell casings and landmines and can be found in sizes XS/S or M/L.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great

TYRAA WATERCOLORS – Ships internationally from Germany

Subtle, but not too overpowering, the Tyraa Watercolors dress is perfect for your next ‘tie the knot’ occasion. PETA-approved vegan, the Tyraa is made from LENZING™ ECOVERO™, or the world’s most environmentally friendly viscose fibre made sustainably from European woods. The material falls lightly, with a silky and shiny look and is pleasant on the skin. Garments are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Funky Kalakar

Rated: Good

Vuur Vuur – Ships internationally from India

PETA-approved vegan, the Vuur Vuur kitten heels are perfect for any passion-filled occasion. Funky Kalakar is an Indian brand that brings alive the stories of ancient craft in the form of contemporary vegan shoe and handbag designs by handcrafting them using natural materials. Find its range of shoes in EU sizes 36-41.

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Mila.Vert

Rated: Great

Denim Dress with a Belt – Ships internationally from Slovenia

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Mila.Vert – Accessories

Scarves, beanies and headbands that not only keep you comfortably warm, but also look great as stylish accessories. Exclusive 10% off accessories with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 3 DEC)

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Mila.Vert – Dresses

Mila.Vert’s beautiful dresses are easy to wear, versatile, and always make you look and feel your best. Exclusive 10% off dresses with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 3 DEC)

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Mila.Vert – Coats and Jackets

Timeless, minimal, and chic jackets and coats with sophisticated details that give your outfits a modern feel. Exclusive 10% off coats and jackets with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 3 DEC)

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Mila.Vert – Knitwear

No matter the occasion: these exquisite, elegant, finely knitted pullovers bring in versatility and a touch of snugness. Exclusive 10% off cardigans and pullovers with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 3 DEC)

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While denim may seem too casual for a wedding, Mila.Vert is changing this status quo, offering a contemporary, sleek piece that can be dressed up or down. This sleeveless dress has a notched neckline and a versatile fabric belt that can be tied in different ways, creating an elegant shape with a sturdy material. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge!

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O My Bag

Rated: Good

Travel Pouch – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

O My Bag merges style and a responsible approach, creating vintage inspired, rugged-chic bags made from eco-friendly, high quality materials. The Dutch label also uses low impact and non-toxic dyes in its products. In line with this ethos, the Travel Pouch comes in an assortment of colours, including this stunning fire-engine red, and is a must-have wedding accessory. Pile in your lipstick, wallet, and other essentials to have the perfect evening with your friends and family. Sweet!

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Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good

Heidi Noir Blossom Dress – Ships internationally from the UK

While maxi dresses are a typical wedding guest staple, a longer gown may not be suitable for a spring or summer wedding. Not to fret, Mother of Pearl has several options to choose from, including the lovely Heidi Noir Blossom Dress, which features a digitally printed Noir Blossom placed onto a soft tencel twill. Cut with a deep V neckline, the Heidi’s slim fit is contrasted with it’s balloon sleeves that gather at the shoulder. Find most products, including this one, in UK sizes 6 to 16.

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CARPASUS

Rated: Good

Dress Shirt White – Ships internationally from Switzerland

Made from 100% certified organic cotton, this dress shirt in white is the perfect match for your sustainable wedding guest outfit. It combines style, quality, and sustainability in an elegant way and was made under fair working conditions. CARPASUS also traces its supply chain and ensures workers are paid a living wage. Find most products in EU sizes 36 to 46.

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Opera Campi

Rated: Good

H-Pant 2 – Ships internationally from Italy

Founded in 2017, Italian brand Opera Campi creates premium quality garments from locally-sourced raw materials. By using a balanced approach to sustainability, the brand makes conscious choices throughout its supply chain and donates 4% of its profits to social causes. The H-Pant 2 can be dressed up or down for any special occasion. Crafted from Hertoex, an innovative stretchy hemp, this pant is light, breathable, and flexible. Neat! Garments are available in sizes XXXS-3XL.

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Good Guys

Rated: Good

Abbey Vegan Buckle Shoes in Black – Ships internationally from France

While we love the classic dress shoe look, for some, the costs of leather just aren’t worth it. Luckily, Paris based Good Guys can help with this. Made from high-quality, Italian vegan leather, the Abbey is a unisex dress shoe featuring an ultra-light sole and classic buckle for all your sustainable wedding guest needs. Love! Available in EU sizes 36-46.

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Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good

Jacke JADU Blau – Ships within Europe from Germany

And, finally! A classy yet breathable blazer for any kind of wedding occasion. This PETA-approved vegan piece is meant to be laid-back, but still elegant. Wear it with a shirt and bow tie or without a tie for a more casual look if you want to feel relaxed. Truly embodying ethical fashion practices, this blue cotton garment is handmade, dyed, and sewn in the brand’s workshop in Chittapur. What’s more, Jyoti provides employment for people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India. Sizes available are S-XL.

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For those who wish to give a second life

Reformation (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good
women wearing stylish sustainable dress, jacket, and jumpsuit from Reformation

Second hand dresses – Ships internationally

These pre-owned dresses are sure to make an impression at any wedding. LA-based Reformation creates killer clothes that don’t kill the environment. The brand also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage. Go Reformation!

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Alexander McQueen (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Second hand suits – Ships internationally

The iconic British fashion house is characterised by theatrical and bright styling. The brand has started to improve its environmental practices by setting a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gases in its own operations and supply chain by 50% per unit of revenue by 2025. Thanks to these policies, Alexander McQueen is on the right path and stands out from the majority of luxury fashion houses. In the meantime, the Good On You team recommends checking out previously owned McQueen pieces, including these iconic suits for all your sustainable wedding guest needs!

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For those who don’t wish to buy

It’s not uncommon to hire out suits for the day, so it’s surprising that this trend is taboo for the party’s dress-wearers!

With the ‘rent-a-dress’ trend on the rise, eco-conscious wedding guests can consider hiring a dress instead. Saving you a fortune, the rental movement sees beautiful dresses being loved over and over again, rather than rotting away in the back of the closet after one wear (think 27 Dresses… again).

Vow To Be Chic

Vow to be Chic is a US-based bridal rental service. With the intent to “deliver luxury at affordable prices”, the online experience has complimentary bridal stylists available to help decide between the thousands of designer dresses on offer. Their “great fit” program allows you to request fabric swatches and gives detailed fitting guidance to ensure brides or guests the perfect fit for the perfect day.

GlamCorner

Sydney-based formal wear rental service GlamCorner offers a wide variety of dresses to suit all tastes and occasions. The business also aims to introduce smaller designers to a larger market while emphasising the importance of environmental sustainability.

Well, that’s all folks. We hope this guide provided some helpful hints on how to nail your ideal version of sustainable wedding guest perfection without needing to sacrifice your ethics in the process.

Editor's note

Feature image via Whimsy + Row, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’. We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our Directory to search more than 3,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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