6 Ethically Elevated Holiday Outfit Ideas

Sustainable Holiday Outfit Ideas
Elizabeth Magalski

Whether you’re preparing for a holiday dinner with friends and family, a charity gala, a company get-together, or a New Year’s Eve cocktail party, you’ve come to the right place. We have an exceptional selection of sustainable and ethical special occasion dresses, unique artisan-made jewelry, and showstopping handcrafted shoes for all of those seasonal events (and more)!

We’ve created six sustainable outfit ideas using some of our favorite bold, sleek pieces to give you some inspiration for your holiday looks. Whether you’re attending a business-casual party or a formal black-tie affair, these outfits will be sure to wow.

1. Fair Trade Flapper Chic

What better way to ring in 2020 than with a look inspired by the Roaring Twenties? Symbology’s flapper dress with handcrafted silk tassels will be a fun piece to twirl the night away in, and these low heels from Coclico are both chic and comfy, making them fantastic shoes for tearing up the dance floor.

Dress: Symbology Flapper Chic Dress in Cream

Shoes: Coclico Evert Loafer Heel

Jewelry: Minimalist Quill Earrings

Ethical flapper dress
Ethical artisan-made heels
Artisan handmade earrings

2. Consciously Classy

This simple-yet-stunning ensemble is perfect for a family dinner, holiday party, or New Year’s Eve out on the town. Passion Lilie’s artisanal block printed wrap dress is a sophisticated piece that pairs beautifully with rounded toe flats or low heels and minimalistic jewelry.

Dress: Passion Lilie Merlot Wrap Dress

Shoes: Coclico Epic Heel or Salt + Umber Black Raja Flat 

Jewelry: Salt + Still Nimbus Bracelet in Gold or Silver

Merlot fair trade wrap dress
Ethical black heels
Simple handmade bracelet

3. Golden Age Glam

For another 1920s inspired look, we love Symbology’s modern take on art deco fashion with this beautifully printed maxi. Add dark red heels, like Coclico’s Joji Heels, and modern geometric jewelry, like these Abby Alley earrings, and you’re all set for a glamorous night out!

Dress: Symbology Art Deco Maxi Wrap Dress

Shoes: Coclico Joji Heel or Coclico Chitsa Heel

Jewelry: Abby Alley Chloe Earrings or Abby Alley Ling Earrings

Fair trade ethical formal dress
Ethical red heels
Fair trade earrings

4. Sustainable Showstopper

This festive fair trade outfit features three uniquely handmade pieces: an artisan dress block-printed in India, timeless booties handmade in Spain, and an elegant ring crafted in Uganda. They are remarkable pieces by themselves — but together, they create a truly showstopping look.

Dress: Symbology Hibiscus Flower Empress Maxi in Red Lipstick + Gold

Shoes: Coclico Whoop Bootie

Jewelry: Rose & Fitzgerald Shield Ring

Fair trade dress
Ethical heels
Fair trade rings

5. The Life of the Party

If you’re looking for a fun look without any frills or sequins, this Milo + Nicki low-back dress is a great choice. The mini looks fabulous with mules or slides for warmer months and booties for the chillier ones. A good pair of studs will add just the right amount of shine to this look, no matter what season it is.

Dress: Milo + Nicki It’s a Party Dress

Shoes: Coclico Enkel Bootie or Nisolo Dari Boot Wheat

Jewelry: Lumafina Cast Studs 

Ethical dress
Artisan shoes
Fair trade earrings

6. One-of-a-Kind Shine

Bring some sustainable shine to your holiday with Symbology’s hand-printed maxi skirt. Add additional sparkle to your look with Coclico’s bronze-hued artisan shoes and L.Greenwalt’s gold handcrafted hoops.

Skirt: Symbology Hibiscus Flower Modal Maxi Skirt

Tank: Softwear Modal Tank in Obsidian

Shoes: Coclico Laeve Boot in Bronze

Jewelry: L.Greenwalt Jewelry Large Hoops

Fair trade skirt
Ethical booties
Handmade earrings

For even more holiday outfit inspiration, check out our dresses collection, heels collection, and jewelry collection.

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