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5 Must-Have Ethical Summer Dresses

My favorite part of summer is the infamous little summer dress.

I love the comfort, the coolness, and that free, sunshiny feeling of walking down the street in the perfect, airy number.

Here are five of our favorite ethical summer dresses for 2013 – whether you’re spending the day playing in the sun, or putting your heels on for a warm night out on the town.


1. White Clifton Pleated Dress

The Clifton Pleated Dress is made from 100% cupro. Cupro is a sustainable fabric made from regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter. It flows like silk and breathes like cotton. Dyed and made locally in Los Angeles. For every garment sold a tree is planted through the American Forest Releaf Program. Custom dyed with low impact dyes.

Buy it at Modavanti.

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2. Wimbi Kaftan Coral

Ethically made in Kenya by Lalesso. In 2009, Lalesso handed over its in-house work shop to another of their Kenyan inspired ideas, SOKO. SOKO is now an independent, charity based, eco and ethical clothing production unit that supports local talent and provides employment to Kenyans. Lalesso, as well as many other international designers, now uses SOKO for all their garment production.

Buy it at Modavanti.

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3. Edie Shift – Cream Block Dress

Ethically made by the women of Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. The edie shift dress can easily take you from day to night. In a light weight flowing satin crepe, with cream block print pattern and shoulder pleats.

Buy it at Indigo Bazaar.

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4. Anasa Dress

Ethically manufactured at Soko Kenya with highly conscious environmental and social standard, the Anasa dress comes with details about the person who made it and a small, African charm bracelet. 100% silk and African cotton printed fabric at the back.

Buy it at Indigo Bazaar.

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5. Tank Dress

Made using 100% organic cotton and accredited eco dyes, this tank dress is designed to follow the body’s curves and fits without being tight. 100% Australian made and designed.

Buy it at Indigo Bazaar.

Written by Shanley Knox

Founder/owner of the Nakate Project, an initiative bringing third world female artisans to high fashion. I am passionate about all things that are truly sustainable, and truly making a positive difference in the world around us.

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