Six Sustainable Dresses to Cleanse Your Lounge-Wear Palate
Updated: Dec 21, 2020
Ever since we all stepped into quarantine six months ago or so, Instagram has been a never-ending scroll of sweat suits and lounge sets perfect for staying home. And as working from home has become the new normal, it’s sort of nice to finally have an excuse to never get dressed, but I think we can all agree that putting on something kinda pretty really does work wonders on our mood. However, there’s no joy in lounging about in something pinchy and itchy with straps that always slide off, so may I humbly present to you, six dresses by sustainable brands that are comfy, yet perfect for fall indoors as the second wave cometh. May you don any one of these for your office zoom call, facetime happy hour, or just to like ~chill~ on the couch in existential dread.
FOR THE CLASSIC QUARANTINER
Whimsy + Row is an LA based sustainable brand that has been making easy basics from deadstock fabric since 2014. The brand ethically produces in LA and preaches transparent production: no greenwashing to be seen here!
This cutie little midi dress is made from 100% recycled rayon, and perfect to lounge at home in. The cap sleeves and midi length provide enough cozy coverage, while the floral print is so easily layered! This easy to throw on dress is ideal for fall, even for the girls who may feel a little apprehensive about dressing up just to stay at home. Wear to your living room picnic, because oh god will we miss going to the park come cold weather.
FOR THE BABY DOLL BACK AT MOMS
Megan Crosby is a British designer who claims to design for women “who love fashion, but hate the impact it has on the planet.” She hand-makes all her designs from organic, deadstock fabric, and you can be absolutely certain any purchase from her line not only minimizes your environmental impact, but also supports a small business! While Megan has a flair for the dramatic in her style, this sweet ruffled mini dress is still understated enough to be comfy at home. The baby doll silhouette is a wondrously loose fit, perfect for any activities you may find yourself preoccupied with at home and features fun puffy sleeves that are begging to star in your daily work Zoom call. The dress comes in several colours, but as we feel pistachio is THE colour this fall, we insist on the sweet green! Megan just restocked on Wednesday, September 30th and has a tendency to sell out quick so hurry on over!
FOR THE AT HOME MULTITASKER
Paloma Wool is a Spanish-based brand that the designer, Paloma Lanna prefers to consider as more of an art project. And with such incredibly cool-girl designs and intentional graphics, who can blame her? Each piece is locally designed and produced, limiting a carbon footprint, and avoids seasonality, meaning you can wear these garments all year round without feeling the need to continue consuming.
Paloma’s Stallone dress is made of stretchy viscose meaning that this material will not restrict your limited movement around the house, unlike stay at home orders. In addition to being worn as a dress, this piece also functions as a top or cardigan depending how you button it, meaning that Stallone is the ultimate multi-tasker and a practical piece for your quarantine wardrobe.
FOR THE SOCIALLY DISTANT SOCIALITE
Reformation needs no introduction (particularly after it's brief cancellation in early quarantine). A sustainable brand that really got the girls interested in the impact that garment production creates, this brand has a wide wardrobe with pieces to suit any of your needs, all while transparently reminding you each piece's footprint. Though Ref is known for sexy little minis that may not be so comfy to wear in bed, the brand does offer some comfier dresses than an LBD.
Take the Kensy dress for example. This stretchy mini is mostly made in Tencel produced from eucalyptus trees, and while the long sleeve and crew neck style will give you some warmth this autumn, the side cut out adds a fun and contemporary dose of sexiness. Wear her for date night at home, or lounging on the couch, Kensy doesn't mind.
FOR THE COTTAGE CORE ENTHUSIAST
Molby is a handmade slow fashion brand based in Wirral, UK. The brand blew up over the summer thanks to its iconic gingham babydoll style dresses, and the upcoming fall collection (available October 4th) is expected to create as much buzz.
This prairie-style maxi dress is a perfect cottagecore transition towards fall with a chillier pallet and longer sleeves and hemline. And while Molby's dress can continue to satiate your yearning to be quarantined in a lush cottage with your lover, this dress looks just as good working from home at your dining room table in your ultra urban apartment. Freshly baked bread and homemade jam optional.
FOR THE SCANDI GIRL WHO WON’T BE ATTENDING CFW FOR A WHILE
While Copenhagen street style may have been relocated to the living room, we are still obsessed with this Copenhagen-based brand that is tried and true. While not all Stine Goya pieces are sustainable, the brand is incredibly dedicated to their commitment to eco-consciousness within their sustainable collection. The collection features all types of garments, including gowns, but some sustainable pieces are far better suited for your kitchen table than the red carpet.
The Mavelin dress in Azalea Night is one of those girls, perfect for those who want to feel easy, breezy, and a little bit kooky. The relaxed fit of this midi recalls the muumuu, but make it fashion, especially in this bright print that is still suitable for fall. This dress is a great all-year-round piece and will have you feeling fashion forward while scrolling Tik Tok. If you can’t visit Scandinavia, bring a little piece of Scandi-girl style into the comfort of your own home with Mavelin.