earth-conscious dresses

with Selfridges Womenswear Stylist Grace Keogh

Welcome to our round-up of the five key pieces to shop now, chosen by those in the know. This time, as part of Selfridges Project Earth, our new initiative which explores more sustainable ways to shop, our Womenswear Stylist Grace Keogh selects five earth-conscious midi dresses.

September is traditionally the month when ‘transitional’ becomes part of our fashion vocabulary once again. This can be the perfect time for dresses – the kind you can wear bare-legged now and pair with boots come winter. But how about choosing styles made with the planet in mind? Stylist Grace says 99% of her wardrobe consists of dresses, and her role at Selfridges involves creating fully styled looks, from sportswear to eveningwear and everything in between. Who better then to rifle through our edit of earth-conscious dresses in search of the best?

Let’s start the count…


Asymmetric faux-leather midi dress

“This faux-leather midi dress takes the ‘LBD’ and turns it on its head. I love the details – from the solo sleeve to the necktie and the half-bustier cups. The dress really speaks for itself, so I would style it with some strappy heels and a simple bag. Georgian brand Materiel works with recycled materials (including for this dress), and it gives, in its own words, ‘young and emerging designers the chance to expand their possibilities and talents’ within the fashion industry by working with them on its collections.”


Polka dot recycled-polyester midi dress

“This tiered polka-dot dress (which is made from recycled polyester) will definitely add some fun to your wardrobe. Ganni is all about making you feel even more confident and able to express yourself the way you want – Copenhagen Fashion Week wouldn’t be the same without their creative, expressive shows. I have this dress myself and have worn it with trainers, boots and heels – it’s a really versatile piece that you can wear again and again. Don’t be afraid to add some colour to your outfit with your shoes and accessories.”


Eclipse 3/4 stretch-jersey leggings

“Kitri was created by a small group of people in London who wanted to make distinctive, well-made designs without them breaking the bank. If you love a bit of colour and pattern, then this dress is for you. It’s made from a forest-friendly viscose alternative, helping to preserve the planet’s resources. Thanks to the versatile cut, you can style it up or down: for a dressier occasion, pair it with strappy kitten heels and a fab handbag or for something more casual, dress it down with boots and an oversized coat.”


Maren tiered organic-cotton midi dress

“A designer that’s all about sisterhood and celebrating women, Cecilie Bahnsen creates for all body shapes and different definitions of femininity. I love this brand, not only for its beautiful designs but also for what it stands for. Part of our Organic edit, which supports more sustainable farming and production techniques, this organic-cotton midi dress features tiered ruffles and bows that create a contemporary take on traditionally feminine looks. I would wear this dress with a pair of chunky sandals and some simple gold jewellery.”


Draped silk-blend maxi dress

“The work of two Central Saint Martins graduates, Vesture makes its garments by hand in the UK and works with a lot of deadstock and waste materials in its collections, earning it a spot in our Reducing Waste edit. Inspired by tailoring techniques, the brand has created this simply beautiful dress especially for Selfridges, and it’s both timeless and effortless – the draped silk creates a really flattering silhouette. I would wear this midi with some simple heels, a clutch bag and some seriously big earrings.”


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