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What are 4 Top Ethical Dress Brands you can Support to Celebrate National Dress Day?

Updated: Apr 9, 2023

Dresses Because no great story ever started with jeans. From

Who doesn't love a good dress? Casual dresses are easy to throw on, comfortable to wear, and can be switched up for many different looks with one item of clothing! Need something fancier? Dresses are a go-to item for all occasions. We love these styles as they are classic, will be a staple in your wardrobe for many years, and can be multi-purpose, extending the use and wear. For National dress Day, we celebrate some of our favorite ethical & sustainably made brands.

Marcella NYC: NYC Designed. European Handcrafted. Elevated Essentials Within Reach. | /Mar·​chel·​la/.

Women Owned, Ethically & Sustainably Made. With a mission to advance women & girls.

What can Marcella NYC teach us about sustainable and ethical designs? Learn more here

What is National Dress day anyway?

Ashley Lauren founded National Dress Day as a way to relive and celebrate our dearest dress memories. “I have fond memories wearing dresses and I realized that dresses hold such powerful emotions for women,” said Ashley Lauren about founding the national holiday.

"Dresses have been worn for hundreds of years. Today, they come in a variety of shapes and designs. From long, mini, fit and flare to ballgown and a-line, there are many ways to celebrate National Dress Day. Throughout the years, dress designs have changed drastically however they still provide a distinctive look and one-of-a-kind fit adding a level of poise and confidence to any event." From

Koryphae: High Vibrational, Clean & Conscious Clothing.

We love Koryphae for many reasons- including that Daniela is not only an entrepreneur, but she is also an advisor and guest teacher here at IFD. In addition, she is a Coach, Transformational & Breathwork Facilitator, and Speaker. Author, Fashion Designer. & Mom. She founded Koryphae on 3 Core values:

  • Ethics Each garment is hand-made in small batches by artisans and craftspeople who earn a living wage in India.

  • Sustainability All our materials are plant-based and naturally bio-degradable. All are woven on hand looms preserving artistry that's been handed down for generations.

  • Connection We believe in the power of connection. Connecting customers with the artisans and makers and fostering a connection with our own true selves.

This is the Greta Long Sleeve Dress: an elevated classic & casual item made from artisanal hand-loomed linen crafted by artisan communities in the outskirts of Kolkata, India.

It's the perfect companion on city trips, beach vacations, and retreats. Comfortable, elevated luxury with a trans-seasonal application. Pair it with sneakers, sandals, boots, or barefoot in the sand.

Pair it with the sash belt for the extra oompf!

Why we love it:

Garment Features:

  • Mandarin collar with button placket

  • two front patches on pockets

  • Long sleeve with button closure

  • Dropped back hem

  • Side slits

  • Gathers at the front and back neck

  • French seaming throughout

Fabric Features:

  • The highest vibrational frequency of 5000 MHz

  • Low environmental impact

  • Inherently insect repellent

  • Cool in the Summer, Warm in Winter

  • Breathable

  • Absorbent

  • Keeps you comfortable, dry, and cool

About: Tamga is proud to be creating vibrant and premium quality clothing from the world’s best sustainable materials, with dignified conditions for every worker throughout the process.

Neu Nomads Brand is an ethics-first brand with a commitment to sustainability and traceability. This mindfulness and dedication to their values extend from the fabrics to the factories; to packaging and ultimately to the products. Everything considered. They use plant-based fabrics sourced from sustainable and renewable natural resources and are naturally lightweight, breathable, and washable.

Neu Nomads Belize Dress

  • The Belize Dress is a shorter version of Neu Nomands best selling Grace Gown.

  • Reversible with a plunging v-neck you can wear in the front or back.

  • Great for a beach vacation, out to dinner, or a night with friends.

  • This dress is lightweight, ultra-soft, and breathable, and made from Tencel from Lenzing Modal®, sourced from European beechwood trees, and harvested from sustainably managed forests.

  • 100% TENCEL™ Modal

  • Vegan

  • Includes 2" belt

  • French seam finishing

We hope you enjoy National Dress Day & if you are in the market for one new spring item, consider supporting ethically and sustainably made options, and classic and versatile dresses to maximize your wear and lifespan.

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