12 affordable ethical & sustainable summer dresses under $100
We’re at the peak of summer, which means I’ve been living in my favorite lazy outfit: the summer dress! I mean, when it’s pushing 90 degrees out, you don’t have time to pick out and coordinate two or more pieces of clothing.
Unfortunately, it’s hard enough to find a cute ethically made and sustainable dress, let alone one that fits within your budget. That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to spend hours online shopping in order to curate this list of sustainable and ethical dresses under $100! I know, really taking one for the team here.
Enjoy the fruits of my labor and shop my picks below!
Also read: My Reformation collection & sizing review
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12 affordable ethical & sustainable dresses under $100:
Ecovibe is a Portland-based brand that’s out to prove that sustainable and ethical fashion can be affordable. This classic button-down dress in a breezy cotton-linen blend looks a lot like that cute Reformation dress you’ve been eyeing but for less than half the price! Plus, Ecovibe offers free shipping and no sales tax (thanks, state of Oregon).
Speaking of Reformation, the Ref Jeans collection often has cute dresses under $100, like this sexy-cute little number. I own one of Ref’s eco knit dresses and love it! The material is a soft, medium-weight knit that feels durable; plus, it’s more travel-friendly because their knits don’t wrinkle and are washable. Lemon yellow is one of the hottest colors this summer, but this dress also comes in a trendy cherry red. Psst, Ref is having their summer sale right now!
Nothing’s easier to throw on than a slip dress! I love the square neckline and side slit detail of this linen slip dress, made from OEKO-TEX® linen (OEKO-TEX® is a certification for ethical and sustainable textile production). These dresses are made to order, so you can choose from a variety of different colors.
I’m a sucker for button-down shirt dresses; they feel like you’re on holiday but could also work for a casual office look. This dress is made of a Tencel/linen blend, which is sure to be lower maintenance than Ref’s usual viscose fabrics. This also comes in a polka dot and red floral print.
Everlane is known for basics but better, and this T-shirt dress is no exception. It comes in several colors, including this on-trend lavender. I live in T-shirt dresses in the summer and I love how this one is only $28!
Tonlé is a zero-waste Cambodia-based brand that creates clothes out of fabric waste from mass clothing manufacturers. It’s great to see Cambodian models on their website! I also love that their clothes are on the more affordable side. This tunic dress is so versatile—wear it buttoned or unbuttoned, to the beach or to the office. The pale green stripes make it so perfect for summer vacations, too!
For those of us who hate the question, “What’s your favorite color?” Reformation’s rainbow print is the summer aesthetic I’m living for in 2018. This dress is sure to be a summer fave, because it’s impossible to not stand out! The easy slip silhouette makes it easy to throw on and go do the bajillion things suddenly stacked up on your social calendar.
Marine Layer is a San Francisco-based brand that uses natural, sustainable materials. This easy striped dress is made from cotton and micromodal, which is made from recycled beechwood. Vertical stripes are so #vacation, not to mention flattering. I’ve also been loving tie strap details this summer.
Can you have too much linen? Probably not. This gorgeous wrap dress is made to order from sustainable OEKO-TEX® linen. This small business based in Lithuania operates on fair trade and zero-waste principles. Oh, and if this beautiful sage green isn’t your color, they have tons of other lovely hues to choose from.
Forget LBD; I think we all need a little red dress in our wardrobes for those days when blending in isn’t an option. This is that cute little minidress you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again. The straight neckline and spaghetti straps are right out of the 90’s, but the prints are updated and fresh. It also comes in a blue gingham and green floral print.
This dress is the perfect vacation-ready airplane outfit, or for lazy weekend activities. Or for any situation when you can’t be bothered to wear anything other than a giant T-shirt, but still want to look put-together. Also, there is a side slit for that extra peep of leg. What more could you ask for from a dress?
An updated twist on the shirtdress with a belt to cinch in your waist. This dress has a timeless style that works for all ages and both casual and more professional occasions!