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11 Eco-Chic Festival Dresses

Regardless of how buttoned-up we might be in our professional lives, those sun-drenched weekends give us opportunity to let our hair down, show our true colors and even go off the beaten path a little. Taking an earth-friendly cue from the easy, breezy boho look, we’re adopting a more eco-conscious view of what we’re wearing while swaying to those sweet tunes. We’ve gathered festival dresses that are environmentally conscious and endlessly cool, taking you from Indio to Austin in perfectly sustainable style.


1. Peony Dress ($248): It wouldn’t be an eco-chic roundup without an entry from The Reformation, known for its “killer clothes that don’t kill the environment.” While this ruffled georgette maxi is a little on the spendy side, its maker sets the standard for conscious, sustainable fashion. Plus its perennial floral pattern won’t ever let it go out of style. Rock on!

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2. Quince Voile Tulip Maxi Dress ($210): We can’t get enough of the subtle tie-dye effect on this dreamy tulip dress. Made with eco-friendly dye processes and materials, it’s effortlessly elegant and comfortable too.

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3. Cattleya Raffia Gauze Dress ($200): Made with eco-friendly cotton and vegetable dyes, this breathable boatneck dress from Gypsy 05 has a half-open back with criss-cross straps — i.e., built-in air conditioning. There’s nothing better when the temperature heats up.

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4. Twist Dress ($62): Playing off of this season’s circle-skirt trend, this deep fuchsia frock from Eileen Fisher is perfect for dancing the days and nights away. Made of organic cotton and hemp, it’s kind to the earth and made to be noticed.

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5. Riley Dress ($198) A slightly less traditional option from The Reformation, this knotted sweetheart peekaboo number offers everything you could ever want in a festival dress: style for days, a built-in breezeway and pockets, pockets, pockets.

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6. Reversible Tank Dress ($104): It’s always nice to keep one’s options open, and that’s exactly what this dress does. Fully reversible and made of organic cotton jersey, this dress is made in Peru by artisans who are paid fairly for their work, and as a bonus, it’s really two dresses in one.

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7. Madina Hand-Embroidered Sleeveless Dress ($198): For something that’s short, structured and makes a statement, Raven & Lily offers this crisp waisted tunic, embroidered by hand in Pakistan using traditional Afghan motifs. Embellished by women paid fairly for their efforts, it’s craftsmanship worth investing in for sure.

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8. Chevron Beaded Slip Dress ($85): The most eco-friendly option is the one that requires no new materials, right? That’s why a vintage or secondhand dress is always the best way to go. Luckily, consignment and resale shops cater to even the most discerning style maven when it comes to the beautiful beading and delicate lines in this angelic FreePeople slip.

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9. Soft Hemp Dress ($44): Step over into the dark side with this easy sundress that’s hand-made in California from 60 percent hemp and 40 percent organic cotton. The brand, Purakai, is run by a father-daughter team who donate one percent of all proceeds to ocean-friendly non-profits like the Surfrider Foundation, SeeTurtles and SustainableSurf.org.

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10. Myrabel Batik Dress ($75): With just the right amount of flounce, this dress with a halter-tie neckline and short, full circle skirt screams summer any way you slice it. Made with upcycled batik, its black and white asymmetrical pattern is eye-catching and cool as a cucumber all at the same time.

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11. Sunny Day Dress ($79): Especially great for long afternoons on the lawn when the sun just won’t quit, light colors can help deflect those rays away from the body and keep things cool for hours. This organic cotton jersey dress with three-quarter length sleeves offers a bit of coverage while still giving off a breezy, carefree vibe.

Any other eco-chic options out there worth noting? Spill in the comment section below!

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*