Pretty in Print: Ethical Dresses That Stand Out From the Crowd

I like a dress that isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd and a bold print is a brilliant way to differentiate yourself from the everyday. Here are some dazzling ethical designs that caught my eye!

Osei-duro: Toss Kimono in Waterbolt

rs-toss-kimono-in-waterboltThe print on this beautiful kimono-style dress reminds me of an icy lake with tendril cracks upon the surface. Each dress has been hand dyed so no two are exactly alike. Osei-duro’s garments are crafted by local artisans in Ghana using traditional techniques.

ASOS Marketplace: Vintage Floral Dress

rs-floral-vintage-dressThere’s something about this vintage 70s dress that makes me smile 🙂 I guess it’s a combination of delight at the large floral print and that happy feeling you get knowing that vintage is such an ethical fashion choice.

honest by x Calla Haynes: Sleeveless Printed Shirt Dress

rs-honestby-dressPrints can be bold but they can also be subtle and sweet like this pretty pastel design. Made from 100% organic cotton satin, this Romanian-made dress is a great cruelty-free option. I’m also incredibly impressed with the level of transparency available regarding this garment’s supply chain!

Mata Traders: Summerfest Sailboats Dress

rs-dress_summerfest_sailboats_m2This is just such a cute summer print and a very flattering silhouette. This dress was crafted by artisans from a fair trade women’s cooperative in India. One word of warning, be mindful when laundering this dress as the dye has been known to run.

Komodo: Oxidina Tunic Dress

rs-komodo-dressMesmerisingly pretty, this Japanese print has so much going on without looking too busy. Komodo is a certified Carbon Neutral company with a commitment to International Labor Organisation standards.

Skunkfunk: Arabis Dress

rs-skunk-funk-dressDo you remember those optical illusions where you had to relax your eyes to see the hidden image? That’s what this print reminds me of! Made from certified organic cotton, you can rest assured that the sustainable credentials of this dress are no trick of the eye.

Bhalo: Ridge Dress

rs-bhalo-dressWhat a sublime combination of an unusual print and clean classic lines. This unique dress is hand-loomed by artisans based in Thanapara village in rural Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Lalesso: Vitanga Dress

rs-lalessoI really love that this is a complete confection of a dress without being froufrou in any way. Lovingly made in Kenya under fair working conditions.

Carlie Ballard: Black Spot New Best Friend Dress

rs-carlie_ballardThis stylish dress with its luxurious tones is crafted from hand-woven traditional ikat fabric by artisans in a small scale workshop in Lucknow, India.

YSTR: Anais Floral Dress

rs-ystr9152Lush and evocative, this print brings to mind tropical island adventures in exotic parts of the world. The quirky vibe continues with a kangaroo pocket on the front. By using cut-to-order technology in their production process YSTR keep their environmental footprint low.

I hope you enjoyed this round-up of ethical print dresses! 🙂 I’d love to hear which one was your favourite in the comments below.

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