Last Updated on January 20, 2023
So, you’ve finally picked your bridal party…congrats! Now, what about their outfits?
Choosing a look that everyone agrees on can be hard enough. Throw sustainability into the mix and you’ve got a real tough one on your hands. But with the wide variety of styles out there today, with plus size and made-to-measure bridesmaid dresses available from many brands, we’re confident your bridal party will end up with a look that perfectly fits your theme, budget, and values. Below you’ll find our roundup of ethical bridesmaid dress options that are just as stylish as they are sustainable.
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Rental & Resale
First and foremost, why not explore your rental and resale options? Buying a dress that will likely only be worn once can be a big financial stress for your bridal party. With local and online rental services, however, your pals can save money while eliminating the need to produce more clothing. eCommerce sites like Rent the Runway, Beyond the Runway, and Lending Luxury (U.S. only) are great if you’re going for the mix-and-match look. Your ‘maids can pick the styles that suit them best and choose how long they want to keep them for. Brick-and-mortar rental shops like The Fitzroy in Toronto are an excellent choice if you’re looking for the in-person or help online shopping experience. Check out our article about renting dresses to learn more!
If rental isn’t your thing, try the resale route. Sites like PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com or Once Wed offer popular styles at hugely discounted rates. You can even filter your results to show only unaltered dresses, or only sellers in your area. If all else fails, try community-based platforms like Facebook Marketplace. You’d be surprised what you can find with a little patience and creativity!
Designed and produced in-house in Los Angeles, Whimsy & Row is an amazing option for your laid-back nuptials. Their elegant dresses and separates are all made using low-impact fabrics like certified organic cotton, linen, Tencel and cupro, as well as deadstock and recycled materials. Best of all? They use the same colours across many different styles, meaning your bridesmaids can each pick the dress that suits them best, while still looking perfectly coordinated!
Price point: $190 – $320
Size Range: XXS – XL
Values: Local production, low-impact fabrics, carbon neutral, minimal waste, textile waste recycled through Marimole
Availability: Based in California, ships worldwide
Bastet Noir is a style-forward brand on a mission to celebrate both the women who wear and make their clothes. Produced exclusively in northern Macedonia, Bastet Noir supports female entrepreneurs by providing them with fair wages and reinvesting their profits to help fund the growth of these women-owned businesses. Each piece is created using deadstock materials sourced from local factories and is created on a made-to-order, made-to-measure basis. This helps minimize waste caused by overproduction and ensures that your bridesmaids end up with dresses they truly love. Talk about a win-win!
Price point: $125 – $250+
Size Range: Made-to-measure
Values: Local production, deadstock materials, supports social causes, made-to-order, carbon neutral delivery
Availability: Based in Macedonia, ships worldwide
If you’re on the hunt for vintage-inspired bridesmaids dresses with a tailor-made experience, LOUDBODIES is for you. These made-to-order pieces come in a wide range of colours and styles that can be fit to your bridal party’s specific measurements at no extra cost. All of their clothing is made from OEKO-TEX 100 certified fabrics. Once you place an order, your custom piece is cut and sewn at their atelier in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and shipped to you in their recycled packaging.
Price point: $115 – $465
Size Range: XXS – 10XL; custom
Values: Local production, made-to-order, low-impact & recycled fabrics, carbon neutral delivery, plus sizing, low waste
Availability: Based in Romania, ships worldwide
GUARDI was founded on the idea that style and sustainability really can work together. Made in limited quantities, their effortlessly chic pieces are all produced using deadstock, recycled and environmentally friendly materials at their family-run factory in Europe. On their website you’ll find a mix of bold and solid prints in a range of styles. Another thing we like about GUARDI is their commitment to zero-waste production and the elimination of fabric waste. Any excess material is used for their elegant accessory line.
Price point: $185 – $359
Size Range: XS – XL
Values: Local production, low impact & recycled fabrics, low waste
Availability: Based in the U.K., ships worldwide
For something more casual and wearable but still very lovely, Amour Vert has options that bridesmaids are sure to get a lot of use from after the wedding. They have dresses in a variety of sustainable materials including silky and wrinkle-free cupro (made from cotton waste), Tencel, and Ecovero. We love their mix of solid colors and sweet floral prints perfect for spring or summer weddings.
Price point: $130 – $300
Size Range: XS – XL
Values: Sustainable materials, take-back recycling program, eco friendly packaging, made in USA, gives back
Availability: Based in USA, also ships to Canada, Australia, France, Germany & UK
Do you envision bright colors and bold prints for your bridal party? Be sure to check out the stunning dresses from Kaela Kay! They offer classic fit-and-flare styles, romantic maxi dresses, or sleek shifts in their signature cuts and bold prints. Kaela Kay also makes gorgeous co-coordinating separates – a chic and extremely versatile option and perfect if you want to mix some cuts in the same print or are looking for matching pants/jumpsuit options for some members of the party! Their pieces are all made in Canada from mostly cotton fabrics.
Price point: $300 – $475
Size Range: XS – 3XL + custom
Values: Local production, made-to-order, plus sizing, made in Canada
Availability: Based in Canada, ships international
We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief list of ethical bridesmaid dress options. Did we forget any?! Let us know in the comments below!
Also check out this post for more sustainable wedding ideas.
Looking for shoes to go with the dresses? Here’s our list of sustainable heels.
Written by Alexia Khan and MGC Editorial Team