What are some affordable ethical clothing options

Holiday party dresses for the minimalist, mindful shopper

The holiday season is officially just around the corner! You know what that means: a calendar full of celebrations, festive events and get-togethers with friends and family. And let's face it, the biggest dilemma here is usually what to wear. You want to be festive and cute, but appropriate and comfortable. It can be a daunting task to check all of these boxes without being ethical and environmentally conscious.


To reduce your stress and not get involved in fast fashion, here are nine sustainable clothing options for your upcoming holiday event that are sure to remain a versatile part of your conscious wardrobe for years to come.



Vetta's capsule collections are my last obsession. Every season, the brand presents five new pieces that are locally made from sustainable fabrics and, when combined, result in over 30 different outfits. These collections make it so easy to get ready in the morning.

This bell-sleeved dress is my favorite from this year's collection. Combine it with black sheer tights and cute Mary Jane heels and you're good to go. VETTA Bell Sleeve Dress ($ 149)


Reformation is my point of contact for festive dresses. Their pieces are made right here in the USA from excess, recycled fabric. The Reformation website also lists the amounts of water, carbon dioxide and waste that are saved during production compared to traditional processes. They also ship worldwide using recycled, biodegradable packaging. This stunner has a super sexy off-the-shoulder style but is still elegant and suitable for any workplace function. Reformation Rena Dress ($ 218) and Kelly Dress ($ 198)


This orgotton dress offers five different ways to style its playful straps. It consists of several parts in one. Made from a blend of bamboo and organic cotton, it's ethically made in Philadelphia. Buy it this month at Bead & Reel and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to PETA, Mercy For Animals, Dressember and Burrito Coalition. Orgotton 5-in-1 Short Infinity Dress ($ 240)

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Indigenous clothing

Even though an investment in quality, ethical items added to your wardrobe will likely mean a little extra cash on each item, there are affordable options on-site too. A good example: this beautiful, versatile and ethical dress is made from 100 percent organic cotton. Indigenous Clothing is a brand that prides itself on supporting and empowering talented artisans who make their garments. Indigenous Clothing Luxe Wrap Dress ($ 89) and Cocktail Dress ($ 146)

LA relaxed

This dress screams Christmas party! I love the bright color and the fly detail on the back. Not only will you be the most festive but also the most sustainable as this dress is made from a super soft and environmentally friendly blend of Tencel and organic cotton and is ethically made in LA. LA Relaxed Tesse Cold Shoulder Dress ($ 76)

Amour Vert

I believe this is one of those styles that is flattering to everyone. Many different heights and body types seem to be complemented by a beautiful midi dress like this one. The turtleneck still makes it wintry despite the lack of sleeves, and if you're not wearing tights this is for you. Made from sustainable modal fabric. Amour Vert Taylor Turtleneck Dress ($ 138)

People tree

This chic off shoulder dress from People Tree is 95 percent organic cotton and is made by a group of Indian artisans called Assisi. People Tree Harriet Dress ($ 119)

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