5 Gorgeous Ethical Wedding Dresses Under $500

Kira Simpson

Finding a wedding dress is hard enough without the added stress of ensuring your gown ticks all the ethical and sustainable boxes.

Then there’s the cost.

Blowing your life savings on a dress to wear once and gather dust at the back of the closet is not sustainable!

Enter Reformation.

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The US-based online store has developed a cult following with fashion lovers and celebrities alike. With the mantra “We make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment,” Reformation has proven sustainable fashion can be stylish, wearable, and reasonably affordable.

Founder Yael Aflalo wanted Reformation to be at the forefront of fashion technology and innovation.

“We do everything that we can to be sustainable. From sourcing materials to business practices, we think about our impact on the environment. We have the “RefScale”, where we measure the environmental impact for every item that we make, from carbon dioxide, to waste, to water usage”.

When I was hunting for my own wedding dress, I wanted something lightweight and casual for the destination wedding taking place in Thailand. I found a beautiful silk dress from Zimmermann which was perfect but, had ethical fashion been on my radar back then, Reformation would have been my pick!

Whether you’re a low key bride to be or wanting a dress you can dance in for the reception, these gorgeous (and affordable!) ethical wedding dresses are perfect.

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is a sustainability advocate, climate optimist and founder, and editor of The Green Hub. Her own sustainable living journey began five years ago when she realised our choices matter. What we eat, where we shop, what we wear, how we live, these choices have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. Since launching The Green Hub in 2016 she has grown the blog to become a platform for sustainable fashion and conscious living helping people make lifestyle choices which are kinder to the planet.