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Dresses for Summer

Here are our top picks for sustainably chic dresses perfect for summer weather.  Read the stories of these independent companies, from Alabama to Los Angeles, these amazing people are changing the world one garment at a time. Every dress featured below is made sustainably in the US using materials like organic cotton, linen and deadstock material, that would otherwise end up in the landfill. There’s literally something for everyone!

Christy Dawn

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Piper Dress

Christy Dawn’s tagline is honoring mother earth. The sustainable brand is based in Los Angeles, CA where Dawn designs ethereal dresses using deadstock material that would otherwise end up in the landfill.  Because her dresses are handmade in small quantities, styles and fabrics sell out quickly giving you an almost one of a kind frock.  Visit the store on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice or browse online. Our pick for summer is the Piper dress. 

Piper Dress $218


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The Tee Dress

Miakoda is a New York based brand creating comfy clothes you can feel good about wearing. Their eco-friendly pieces are made using plant based materials like organic cotton and bamboo.  They’re a company committed to sustainability and American manufacturing jobs. Their garments are made in New York factories and their packaging is made of 100% recycled materials. Check out the organic tee dress for a casual, comfy summer look. 

The Tee Dress $82

Amour Vert

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Waverly Midi Dress

San Francisco based Amour Vert produces limited quantities of sustainable clothing, shoes and accessories. 97% of their production happens in California, keeping jobs local. The company puts a face to the person who made your clothes. Shop online to see where the pieces are created and learn more about the sustainable materials used to make them. The organic cotton Waverly Midi Dress can easily take you from day to night.  

Waverly Midi Dress $158

Wilder Goods

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Wilder Goods is a curated online shop featuring vintage clothing and earth friendly items.  This is a destination to be revisited over and over to see what new things owner Mariah has curated with her thoughtful eye. Check out her shop here.

Alabama Chanin

Photo by Alabama Chanin
Amory Dress

Alabama Chanin is the brainchild of Natalie Chanin, a pioneer of slow design. Based in Florence, AL, their garments are designed and made in Florence.  Using 100% organic cotton and repurposed materials, they create beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime. Equal parts art and fashion, the website is a delight to peruse.  The hand painted Amory Dress is made to order and features beautiful attention to design with gorgeous draping. This dress is perfectly airy and elegant for a summer evening event.

Amory Dress $638-$668

Elizabeth Suzann

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Isadora Tie Dress

Nashville based Elizabeth Suzann focuses on using natural fiber cloth to make long lasting versatile pieces.  All of the pieces made by Elizabeth Suzann are cut and sewn in Nashville.  Their linen Isadora Tie Dress is the epitome of summer.  It’s minimal with a flowing silhouette and ties at the shoulder for a little fun. Olive is our favorite color! 

Isadora Tie Dress $245

Shop these dresses and other sustainable fashion brands on Love Local.

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Jen Culler Liepis

Jen is the founder of Love Local.