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Black and White and Gold: 7 Festive Ethical Fashions for Party Season


It’s that time of year! Parties, parties everywhere, and you need something cool, confident, and comfy (who can have a good time in uncomfortable clothes?) to rock as you celebrate the holidays and a new year (already, eeeek!).

Each of these lovely pieces would be very wearable after the New Year too, and even into the Spring, so it’s definitely not disposable party clothes we’re advocating (you know we love it when stuff lasts for years).


This Myrrhia Pyramid dress in this totally unique graphic gold pattern would look fabulous with tall black heeled boots for a festive night out. Pair with flats and a light cardi come spring. The dress is made in Oakland, California from yarn-dyed tencel that’s made from sustainably harvested eucalyptus trees.


These Kowtow Lightflare leggings are screen-printed by hand and made from organic cotton. Paired with the matching Between the Lines Dress, it makes a festive look (and post-holiday, these pieces work well separately).


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Sometimes the accessory is the thing you need to take your ensemble from day-to-night. I love these recycled brass Antler Earrings By Natalie Frigo (confession: I own a pair and wear them allllll the time!) which are lighter than they look and dramatic enough to make a statement with a black turtleneck dress and a red lip.


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This short silk skirt Amour Vert’s Leeron skirt is made in the USA and looks ready for a dance session, no? A full skirt is flattering for curvier girls especially, and could easily be dressed down by pairing it with Doc Maartens and black leggings.


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Nanushka’s Nena Jacket serves as a layer when you need to keep drafts off your shoulders, and a statement paired with an LBD or glittery number beneath. It’s just the right length to lend a bit of formality to whatever you’re wearing.


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If these aren’t party shoes, I don’t know what they are! These vegan power heels are from a collaboration between Arden Wohl, CDC and Cri de Coeur.




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Made from 100% organic cotton, these Avery Tree graphic trousers from People Tree are an ideal way to transition from office to party (just swap a black turtleneck for a silky blouse in a bright color—like cerulean or neon green, or a swingy tank top, and don some spiky heels.

Happy parties!



Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.