Florals in spring? Groundbreaking! Kiss goodbye to your dull winter wardrobe and say hello to a floral, floaty dress covered in spring blooms. When searching for the perfect spring frock, we recommend selecting something sustainable in the sense that it’s of quality construction, timeless design and natural fibres. From big, bold fleurs to feminine Liberty of London prints – we’ve found seven sustainable brands making floral dresses for your spring wardrobe.
This Melbourne-based designer works with artisans in India and China to make its clothing line, handbags and accessories. From the FairTrade block printing of the brand’s fabrics in India to the handmade assembly of their bags in China, they keep a close relationship with their suppliers and ensure safe working conditions for the people making their goods. Nancybird’s clothing collections feature unique prints released seasonally – and this year’s spring/summer release is no exception. The collection includes dresses and tops in its Desert Floral and Black Botanical (in header image) prints.
Spring is the time to go big and go bold with your prints. If you find yourself eyeing up the cute dresses in Gorman’s windows, make the effort to check out this ethically made Australian label. Every Variety Hour piece is ethically made in Melbourne from natural fibres, with sizing up to XXL or 18-20. Our pick is the Market Dress in Meadow print – but there’s many floral prints to choose from. This spring you could be wrapping yourself in a patch of wildflowers.
If statement prints on flattering cuts is your thing, Obus is your brand. The Melbourne fashion institution has been tailoring quality garments out of its Victorian workshop for over 18 years. Obus makes at least 80% of its clothing onshore and is committed to producing small runs of high-quality, well-made clothing. The fun and floral Sense of Self dress is just one of the many spring styles you’ll find on the Obus Clothing online store.
Brisbane-based label Ukiyo has strayed from its signature look of linen in neutral, natural tones to introduce some floral styles working with floral linens and timeless Liberty of London cotton fabrics. The Ukiyo dress designs are mostly floaty and flowy – perfect for bridging winter and summer – and easily dressed up with heels or down with sneakers. It’s all ethically made in small runs in Brisbane.
Field the Label creates timeless, trans-seasonal and versatile designs, to optimise your cost per wear. Each dress is intentionally designed for women with shape – with more allowance through the bust, and design features such as shirred panels across the back, hidden internal buttons to reduce gaping and elasticised sleeves. Personally, we’d be happy wearing these floaty, floral threads round the clock. Designed in rural Australia, the Field the Label garments are crafted by an ethically run boutique manufacturer in Bali and made from 100% GOTS Certified cotton.
Khòlò is an inclusive and ethical label making fun, statement pieces. The brand opts for natural and semi-synthetic fibres for its garments which feature colourful prints and importantly, pockets! We’re big fans of the native floral prints and pretty pastels. Khòlò’s garments are made by ethically accredited factories in India.
Australian-made luxury label Viktoria and Woods rarely strays from its minimal design and solid colourways, but we’re glad it did with the addition of the Devonte Dress. The Devonte Dress is crafted from a lightweight and sustainable linen-silk blend showcasing a V&W exclusive print inspired by a vintage floral design. With exaggerated cocoon sleeves to balance a feminine mini length straight silhouette – we’re mega fans of this resort dress.