Eco-friendly fashion is more popular than ever and as a result, shoppers are more often considering a brand’s social consciousness before buying into their goods. Sustainable brands hardly equate to drab attire—conscious designers are coming out with gorgeous clothing and accessories that are not only well-made but beautiful and trendy, too. With this increased focus on sustainability and fair trade, we figured it wise to shine a light on labels that not only practice great ethics but befit the shopping needs of brides-to-be. You know, for dressed-up moments like your engagement party outfit, a bridal shower ensemble, a rehearsal dinner dress, attire for your wedding guests, you get the picture.
Whether it’s a brand whose ethos is rooted in fair trade, a designer who employs artisans or at-risk women to help produce collections or a company that works to reduce its carbon footprint, here, we’re highlighting 9 brands to consider when shopping for your bridal wardrobe. We’re not saying you need to overhaul your entire closet or make your string of bridal outfits entirely eco-friendly, we’re simply sharing the plethora of stylish options at your disposal if an ethical buy is of interest.
AGAATI is a fair trade fashion label with the belief that sustainability is all about being responsible to support communities and environment. A go-to for dresses that are just right for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or wedding-guest attire, every piece is either artisan-made or crafted from organic and deadstock fabrics, recycled materials, or natural fibers. The brand aims to minimize its carbon footprint, too by planting more trees around the globe and giving back 5 percent of its profits to non-governmental organizations.
SHOP NOW: AGAATI, $410
SHOP NOW: AGAATI, $410
SHOP NOW: AGAATI, $510
For frilled dresses, darling top and skirt sets, and vivid prints, AMUR’s offerings make for perfect bridal and wedding guest attire (so tell your friends!). Created in New York City, the brand utilizes sustainably sourced materials and believes great style does not have to come at the expense of the environment.
SHOP NOW: AMUR, was $598, now $419
SHOP NOW: AMUR, was $648, now $324
SHOP NOW: AMUR, was $398, now $199
Anita Dongre is an Indian designer with a huge conscience—she’s built her company on green principles from her intelligently-designed headquarters (it’s earth-friendly with a free flow of light and air to minimize energy consumption); she’s a strict vegan meaning her collections are void of fur, leather, skin or products of animal origin; and she cherishes and conserves resources including practicing waste and water management. It doesn’t get more eco-friendly than that! While you can shop traditional sarees and lehengas (including styles from her wedding couture line!) the brand expanded its offerings with the Grassroot label offering laid-back luxe essentials like handwoven tops and cocktail dresses—these pieces feel fitting for a bohemian bride or for those attending an outdoor wedding. The label has recently introduced cruelty-free accessories, too!
Shop Now: Anita Dongre, was $145, now $73
Another stop for the ultimate warm-weather wedding wardrobe, Eleven Six is a contemporary knitwear label created by British couple Catherine and Nick. Inspired by their love of travel and eye for unique, handcrafted, and beautiful products, Eleven Six works with master artisans in Peru and Bolivia to thoughtfully craft products of uncompromised quality and beauty and is committed to supporting women entrepreneurs and small businesses. Exclusively using yarn that is natural, sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethical, every piece is easy-to-wear whether you go for a coordinating top and skirt set, fringed crochet cocktail dress, or pared-back slip.
SHOP NOW: Cami Tank, Eleven Six, was $245, now $98
Womenswear label KAMPERETT is the brainchild of designers Anna Chiu and Valerie Santillo (the name is a hybrid of their mothers’ maiden names). Focused on creating subtlety elegant and luxurious pieces that are effortless, comfortable, and timeless, every item is made in California from the highest quality materials and ethically run factories. An ideal label for a bridal brunch outfit, relaxed rehearsal dinner look, or as minimalist honeymoon attire.
SHOP NOW: KAMPERETT, was $385, now $249
SHOP NOW: KAMPERETT, $418
What bride doesn’t need a great swimsuit? Whether for your honeymoon or a sunny bachelorette retreat, OOKIOH is a new line of pared-back swimwear featuring a modern design and made from luxurious, recycled Italian fabrics. With a playful 80s spirit, you’ll want one of each!
SHOP NOW: OOKIOH, $98
We know you’re familiar with Reformation, but did you realize the LA-based label's ethos was rooted in sustainability? From their wedding gowns to the ultra-feminine dresses and sweet tops, every Reformation piece is made in factories that use the most efficient, eco-friendly, and pro-social technologies and practices. The company has even invested in green building infrastructure to minimize their waste, water, and energy footprints.
SHOP NOW: Reformation, $278
SHOP NOW: Reformation, $248
If you’re a beach bride in need of sandals, love flats and want an unexpected pair, or are on the quest for versatile boots and mules to align with your pre-wedding wardrobe, Syndey Brown has what you need. The environmentally-friendly luxury label takes a holistic approach to design via recycled and sustainable materials, humane working conditions with fair labor practices, animal-free production (every shoe is 100 percent vegan and PETA approved), and minimal use of hazardous substances, non-renewable resources, low energy and water consuming materials and processes, and minimum waste production. So. Much. Ethos. Fun fact: Sydney Brown designed the first-ever biodegradable stiletto heel made from harvested German beach wood, cork, fennel, and vegetable leather and dyed in wine for color—yet another reason to appreciate the good ole grape!
SHOP NOW: Sydney Brown, was $430, now $301
SHOP NOW: Sydney Brown, was $285, now $143
Malibu-based accessories brand von Holzhausen offers minimalist handbags that are perfect for toting around all your bridal essentials, designed by Vicki von Holzhausen. With an ethical approach to consumerism, the sustainable line is made in the US and most notable for its Technik leather which is a 100 percent animal-free intelligent material that feels like traditional leather and is combined with the durability of engineered performance fabric. Impressive! Additionally, all materials used are of the highest standards in terms of sustainability and environmental impact. If that weren’t enough, the brand gives back to women-centered charities, too.
SHOP NOW: von Holzhausen, $450
SHOP NOW: von Holzhausen, $425