Where to Buy Ethical Special Occasion Clothing, Jewelry, and Cosmetics

Ethical Special Occasion Clothes


Did you enjoy yesterday’s post, Where to Buy Ethical Casual Clothing? Now that we know what modern slavery is, how ethical fashion fights it, and the fair trade difference, and we’re excited to make small changes to make a big difference, we’re discussing practical questions: Where can I buy a fair trade tee? Where can I buy ethical jeans? Dresses? Scarves? And how much is this going to cost me?

Today I’m going to share links for dressy, special occasion clothing and accessories.  Note that you don’t always have to spend a fortune to look good while doing good, although some classic, high quality items are what I consider “investment pieces.”

Special Occasion Dresses

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Everlane: Everlane sells dresses, as well as silk button ups and tanks. It’s a great place for basics and shoes as well as every day clothes, and they just added denim! I own a pair of their black heeled shoes, and they’re the only heels I’ve found actually comfortable.
Amour Vert: Beautiful dresses in trendy colors and patterns. All their clothes look like what a stylish French girl would wear! I love all the stripes.
Zady: Like Everlane, you’ll find a variety of investment items here, like dresses, skirts, and sweaters made from fabrics like silk, linen, and cashmere. And ultra classic trench coats.
Monsoon: A great variety of dresses, from casual to special occasion. There’s even a wedding boutique section with bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, and mother of the bride and groom dresses.
Style Saint: Handmade in LA, Style Saint has a bit of everything. For a special occasion, their lacy and chiffon dresses and tops would be perfect. Great options for work wear too.
Shabby Apple:* “Shabby Apple donates 5% of its net sales to support work with 62 microfinance institutions in 31 countries throughout the world.” Shop retro chic collections like my favorite: Set Sail, or even Maternity Dresses and little girls dresses. Shabby Apple also sells jewelry, shoes, and accessories.
Bead and Reel: This ethical fashion boutique has everything, including very cute dresses! I love that their clothes have plenty of pattern and color to them, instead of just neutrals.
Francescas: I don’t believe Francesca’s is a fair trade company, but many of their dresses are made in USA, like the one I’m wearing this month (see it in this post).
Modcloth: I love Modcloth, so I was happy to find that they make many of their products in the US. It’s easy to find their made in USA dresses,  just type “made in the usa” in the search bar.


Raven and Lily: These delicate earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are handmade from melted down bullets from past wars by HIV-positive women in Ethiopia. In addition to providing sustainable economic opportunities, Raven + Lily returns proceeds to fund healthcare and literacy programs for women and children in this community. And during the month of October, use code “scribbles” to get 20% off!

Noonday Collection: I’ve already introduced you to Noonday here and one of their representatives here, but to recap, Noonday is a fair trade company that also gives toward families’ adoption costs. Their jewelry is truly stunning and affordable.



A Beautiful Life: ABL sells a wide variety of chemical free beauty and cosmetic products, including nail polish!
Lush: One of my favorite beauty product companies, Lush is sells eco friendly, natural, and handmade products that all smell and feel so luxurious you’ll want to eat them! I’ve bought their soap, bubble bath, bath bombs, and massage bars, and I’ve absolutely loved everything I’ve tried. You can order online, but it’s lots of fun to try products in their stores!

Beauty Counter: all the products you could dream of, with a focus on making them safer, without all the chemicals. Find a consultant near you.

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Thank you for all the positive feedback on my last post! I truly appreciate your comments, texts, and emails, and I’m so glad that these posts have been helpful and inspiring to you.

I can’t believe that our series finale is almost here! It starts next weekend with a charity auction of mine and some of my friends’ clothes. On Friday I’ll share links to the auction on ebay, as well as information about the charities the proceeds will go to, and some helpful tips for bidding on ebay. I’m super excited!

After the charity auction comes THE giveaway! Shabby Apple, Live FashionABLE, Stop Traffick Fashion, and Noonday Collections are all giving away fabulous prizes! I can’t wait!

Tomorrow I’ll share more links to places you can buy “everything else,” ethical accessories, underwear, children’s clothes, and shoes. For more inspiration, follow my Ethical Fashion board on Pinterest!

Was this post helpful? Did you fall in love with any of the dresses or jewelry linked to above? Let me know in the comments below.