Often, when we imagine the perfect New Years Eve dress, most of us think of fun, sparkly mini dresses, and glitzy statement heels. Unfortunately, many of these shiny pieces incorporate environmentally hazardous glitter, or embellishments sewn on by exploited labor.
But this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your conscience for a chic look at your year-end soiree.
I’ve scoured through some of my favorite brands to find truly beautiful ethical alternatives to those fast fashion frocks filling up store display windows. Below is a collection of exquisite dresses, accessories, and beauty products made responsibly from brands with a commitment to ethical production.
There are many ways to celebrate the New Year, but no matter where you’re headed on December 31st, this Ethical Fashion NYE Guide is full of brands with dresses, jewelry, and accessories that will leave a lasting impression.
Note: this guide includes partners and affiliates. As always, I only include brands that meet my standards for ethics, style, and sustainability.
Dresses and Jumpsuits
Simple, timeless design made with eco-friendly materials and ethical manufacturing processes. The company also works to support human rights and initiatives for women and girls, including grants for women-owned businesses.
French for green love, Amour Vert utilizes eco practices in their entire product line. They produce their clothing with materials such as recycled polyester and linen and only use low-impact dyes.
While not originally founded with sustainable fashion in mind, this designer has made huge changes and continues to work towards more responsible production. The designer label has shifted (and is still in progress of shifting) towards eco-conscious materials such as recycled polyester, ECONYL®, and GOTS certified organic cotton. Mara Hoffman is also committed to responsible manufacturing, and knowing exactly the source of her garments.
A vocal advocate for sustainability, Stella McCartney is bringing sustainable fashion to the high-end fashion world. The designer doesn’t just incorporate eco-conscious practices into her own label but also promotes eco fashion to a broader audience through interviews and other media.
Jewelry and Accessories
Tribe Alive is driven to employ and empower impoverished women throughout the world. They work with and provide fair living wages to female artisans in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Honduras, and Texas.
ABLE is an ethical fashion label committed to true transparency — the brand is leading an initiative pushing the fashion industry to publish their lowest wages. The brand has beautiful handmade jewelry as well as bags, shoes, and apparel.
This beauty company is committed to pure, natural, and mostly organic ingredients. (100% natural, 70% organic). The brand never uses parabens, preservatives, toxic chemicals, or animal testing and even operates its own USDA approved organic lab to ensure their operations don’t sacrifice their integrity.