By Noa Ben Moshe
If you follow my vegan fashion blog, Style With A Smile, you’ll know that I’m fond of skirts and dresses. But what makes the difference between an ‘everyday’ dress, and one you’d wear to an evening event?
In a nutshell, it’s all about the higher quality, shinier, sparklier fabrics, elegant cuts, and, of course, the ‘wow’ factor – that certain something that makes heads turn, and that makes you feel fabulous in what you’re wearing.
This year, I’ve had a lot to be really happy about. I quit my 9-to-5 job to focus on what I love doing the most – writing about vegan fashion – and I’ve made some incredible partnerships over the past year, too. So I’ve been searching for some ethical evening dresses to wear to go out to celebrate, and I’d like to share them with you!
Whether you’re ringing in the new year, on a big date, or going to a gala, I think there’s something below that you’ll love, too.
This gorgeous coral slip dress by sustainable, vegan designer Mara Hoffman might resemble silk, but… it is completely vegan! Its minimal, sleek design will steal the show without any effort. This coral shade will suit every skin tone and the bias cut, combined with the stitching detail down the middle of the dress will make you appear taller, which is always a plus. Pair it with: a black sandal and a natural makeup look.
Best for: A throwback to the Riot Grrrl look of the ’90’s Price: $555
This elegant line is designed by a trio of international designers who are motivated by a global perception of beauty and find inspiration in their various backgrounds and cultures. They collaborate with artisans around the world to find vintage hand-painted artwork for their prints, and work with small artisans in India to create hand beaded floral designs on some of their collections. They have also partnered with NEST, a non-profit that connects artisans and designers all over the globe, and have created their most recent collection out of recycled polyester.
Best for: Romantic chic with a twist Price: $695
Nanushka isn’t a fully vegan brand, but they’ve recently transitioned into creating more vegan options, including cruelty-free ‘leathers’, so I thought it would be good to support that change. It was founded by a London College of Fashion graduate Sandra Sandor in 2005, who strongly believes in the slow fashion concept that if a garment is designed to function well, it will by definition be beautiful. This fully vegan-friendly gold dress features a cutout at the waist, and would fabulous accented with a black clutch and black heels.
Best for: Feeling like a million bucks Price: Around $600
If you know me, you know how much I love my floral dresses, and this one from ethical brand Reformation has been on my wishlist for a long while. It’s super romantic and effortless, and I’d wear it with nude sandals, some mascara, a nude lip and messy, beachy hair.
Best for: A bit of romance Price: Around $200
This off-the-shoulder dress by the ethical brand AMUR literally comes with a twist! It’s for the sensual, bubbly, bold girl who really wants to stand out of the crowd. Pair it with gold sandals and minimal jewelry and you are ready to conquer the world!
Best for: Rocking a LBD that’s a bit different Price: $448
Off the shoulder? Check. Ruffled? Check. Maxi length? Check. This dress, made from salvaged fabric by Reformation, is the perfect evening dress for the fancy season! Pair it with a cherry lip gloss (like Ravish, by Pacifica) and any vegan shoes you’d like, and enjoy the compliments.
Best for: Floating into the room Price: Around $325
Which is your favourite? I wish you a lovely New Year! (and do let me know what you are planning on wearing!)
Main image: Reformation
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