Tis’ the season to be jolly which for most people, equals dressing up for countless celebrations.
This also means the potential to buy cheap outfits, which are soulless and inevitably dumped in landfill months later.
If you are in need of some outfit inspiration to wear for events day to night, check out my selects below. These are all ethical and sustainably focused, which is why they cost slightly more than basic high-street brands (but you can then wear these forever as they are special!).
Reformation is America’s most popular sustainable brand, although it’s important to note that it’s not 100% sustainable as no brand is. The brand produces trendy garments, produced with sustainable fabrics by workers paid a fair wage (read more here). Reformation also concentrates on ensuring people wear their clothes forever with better design, “We believe the perfect fit is the most important part of our clothes.”
The Rosaly Dress is available in three different fabric designs, with ‘Dottie’ being my favourite. The classic mid-length and relaxed fit of the dress is perfect for day and night, made from a crepe fabric.
It’s fair to say, Milk & Thistle are one of my favorite brands in Australia. Danielle Atkinson is the Australian designer behind the easy-fit garments. Every item is designed, printed and made in Australia.
There is a wide selection at Milk & Thistle of potential party outfits, which can also be worn in the day more casually. The Woodchip Jumpsuit in Cobalt Blue is made from 100% linen with a kimono wrap belt. There are also other colours available.
Australian luxury brand Silk Laundry produces stunning slip pieces made from sand washed silk. The socially responsible brand aims for minimal wastage and a sustainable business model.
There are a variety of stunning slips to choose from, but this leopard print dress is my personal party favorite (although I’d also wear it in the day). This print is exclusively printed for Silk Laundry and cut to flatter any shape!
Kowtow is a conscious label by Gosia Piatek, focusing on minimalist and comfortable clothing. The collections are certified ethical and sustainable, including all of the materials. Kowtow has also maintained an A grade in the Ethical Fashion Report.
These Stage Pants are high waisted and straight leg, which are perfect for all occasions. The cotton is 100% certified fair trade and organic, with front and back pockets. They can be dressed up with boots or dressed down with a t-shirt.
This Sydney based label is one of Vogue Australia’s favourites, with quality silk pieces and a focus on slow fashion.
This made to order dress is unique and luxurious, made in Australia from 100% silk. It is definitely a statement piece if you want to invest in a dress to keep for life. It is hard to dress this one down; however, with sandals and loose beachy hair, it will still look absolutely stunning.
Olivia is an eco-writer, producer, science graduate & ocean enthusiast. After moving from London to Sydney, she found her love for the outdoors and recycled textiles, which led her to start writing about science and sustainable fashion. Olivia is really passionate about brands using fashion for good and innovation in the industry. She now splits her time between several not-for-profit organisations in communication roles. Olivia is also a Centre for Sustainability Leadership alumni and sits on the Fashion Revolution committee for Australia & New Zealand.