When planning a wedding both the bride and bridesmaids alike are tasked with the fun, but sometimes stressful responsibilitiy to choose the right accessories, dresses and shoes to offset the perfect occasion. Luckily there are a growing number of sustainable, ethical and yes, fashionable alternatives for those attending the bride or simply just the wedding.
For the classic yet eco-friendly couple Amour Vert offers a selection eco-friendly, USA made dresses in silk which are perfect for more formal occasions. Kendal Leonard Designs is perfect for couples who want a custom look that’s also sustainable. Their bridesmaid collection is hand dyed and can be custom made for your bridesmaids. Also because their dresses are made from organic cotton you can wear them again and again, making them an even more eco-friendly option!
For a bohemian or rustic celebration fair trade clothier Mata Traders should be your first stop! All of their cotton dresses are handmade by female artisans in India and incorporate some very fun patterns and colors. Mata Traders also offers fun, fair trade jewelry which makes the perfect bridesmaid gift. Another option is Global Mamas. The artisans at Global Mamas make beautiful and playful dresses that utilize batik, a wax resist dyeing technique that has been passed down for generations. Both Mata Traders and Global Mamas employ and empower women in developing countries so you know that your purchase is helping to make a difference in their communities.
Another wonderful ethical store is People Tree, a UK based fair trade company. People Tree has a sophisticated and eclectic assortment of dresses and accessories as well as some menswear. Some of their styles are available at ModCloth, which is a good option if you live in the US and would like to have an easy option of returning or resizing as needed.