I don’t know about you, but I’ve been embracing the floral, gingham, long, flowing, cottagecore style dresses for the past couple of years. There is something just so delicate and feminine about them that I love. But of course, let’s make it sustainable.
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This is the cottagecore dress of my dreams! So comfy, flowy, organic and it has pockets! I’ve been wearing it incessantly all summer and I can’t wait to begin styling it for fall. It’s made from 100% organic cotton like a lot of WVN’s pieces. THey use non toxic dyes for their clothing and partner with fair trade certified factories to ensure fair payment and treatment of their garment workers.
Christy Dawn perfectly embodies the cottagecore and prairie aesthetics with flowy dresses, florals and the most delicate designs. Christy Dawn uses what is called “regenerative farming” where they grow their own cotton and materials to make their clothing. From farm to closet, they have a hand in the entire process which is incredible. My top pick would be the Emma Dress for a cottagecore dress with a vintage flare!
Made from hemp, Tencel and non-toxic dyes, this dress is perfect to prance around a field of flowers in! Valani makes its clothing in small batches to reduce textile waste, uses low-impact dyes and materials and always pays its workers fairly.
This maxi wrap dress is a little more on the dressy side and would be perfect to bring the cottagecore style into any event. It’s made from modal and cotton with delicate cherry blossom prints throughout. Symbology partners with artisan women in developing countries to make these dresses by hand. And the best part is, they’re always paid and treated fairly.
This 100% linen dress just screams cottagecore! Its knee length may be shorter than traditional prairie dresses but it allows you the casualness of everyday wear while still keeping with the style. LA Relaxed uses both ethical and sustainable practices in manufacturing their clothing using natural materials and producing clothing right in LA.
Midlength with a corset-style waist and a variety of colours to choose from, this Reformation dress is about to be your new favourite! Reformation always says that other than being naked, their clothing is the most sustainable thing you can wear. And their ethics back it up. They use natural materials, are climate neutral and offset all of their emissions!
Everlane’s Smock dress is the perfect casual, dressy dress that can take you from backyard BBQ to night on the town, effortlessly. Everlane’s products are made with radical transparency from supply chain to manufacturing so you can be sure you’re getting the best of the best, ethically produced clothing.
Floral, flowy and fitted. How it’s all possible, I’m not sure! But ABLE’s Wilma dress is a 100% cotton masterpiece. ABLE prides itself on taking responsibility for the impact they leave on our earth and its people. Their pieces are made thoughtfully and without exploitation of people, animals and the planet.
This dress is so effortlessly stylish and comes in an array of colours! If you’re into a more subtle cottagecore style, this one is for you! Tradlands makes products that are better for you and better for our planet. They take a slow fashion approach creating timeless styles and not rushing to make trends. They use natural fabrics like Tencel, cotton and linen and use headstock fabric when possible.
This dress is dreamy, featuring a square neckline and eyelet details throughout. Amour Vert uses ethically and sustainably sourced materials for all their clothes and makes their products right in California so you know exactly where your clothes are coming from. Their products feature a timeless design so you can wear them now and for years to come!
Sustainable fashion isn’t trend-driven. And while the cottagecore style may not be in style forever, it will be for a lot of people. Investing in sustainable versions of trends is always the way to go.
I hope this list of cottagecore dresses inspired you to add a touch of femininity to your wardrobe! Please don’t forget to share this post and follow me on Instagram for daily low-waste living and slow fashion inspiration.