Ethically-Made Summer Caftans & Cover-Ups

I’m honestly not sure how we got here already but summer is officially in motion, which luckily means plenty of backyard BBQ’s, pool parties, beach days & cocktail dates with the girls are on the horizon. For events like these, I love investing in a good caftan or tunic as the right cover-up can double as a dress, making it the ideal summer wardrobe essential (while taking you to any of the aforementioned places with ease & style). Plus, with all these great brands doing right by the craftsmen who make them, you can now pick up a gorgeous cover up that won’t go against your ethos! Keep reading for some of my top picks this season & happy (almost) July!



Crafted from a lightweight viscose blend in the US, this super flattering, breathable maxi from Cuyana has an adjustable neckline, high side slits and a drapey yet elegant cut that can take you from the beach to dinner in a flash.

Gathered-Neck Maxi Coverup | $135


2. A Perfect Nomad

Handmade by artisans in India, this long sweeping kaftan with its’ deep V-neck and loose fit is a summer wardrobe staple. Luxurious & versatile, this piece is constructed from 100% organic silk and a dream to put on, whether to the pool or for cocktails.

Ibiza Kaftan | $390


3. Vitamin A

An airy yarn-dyed stripe dress from sustainable brand Vitamin A that’s perfect for beach or brunch. In a breathable 100% cotton, the maxi has a low back & a V neckline with openings on the side for a little touch of sexy. Would look equally as good over denim shorts!

 Tradewinds Cover-Up Dress | $130


4. Lacausa

This linen button-down from ethical brand Lacausa reminds me of what my mom wore in the 90’s when she was pregnant, giving me major nostalgia. This updated version with it’s raw edge hem makes for the perfect piece to throw over your bikini this summer.

Reversible Linen Dress | $164


5. Mara Hoffman

You really can’t go wrong with any of the pieces from her summer collection but the elastic waist & oversized sleeves of this one particularly caught my eye. Crafted from sustainable tencel, it comes with a steep price tag but it’s hard to deny how good it would look with a pair of leather slides…

Nami Maxi Dress | $568


6. Pondicherie

Pondicherie’s line is composed of quality-made, conscious resort wear with entire collections of ethical caftans that are timeless & hand-woven. I love the subtle stripes and deep V-neck of this linen sand-hued one.

Vinita Caftan | $250


7. Par en Par

A classic tunic is a summer main-stay & this streamlined one from Par en Par is perfect when paired over a bathing suit or with drapey pants. Made from a breathable, handwoven cotton, it’s the ideal accompaniment on your beach vacay.

The Easy Tunic | $168


8. Lemlem

I adore this easy mini dress from LemLem with it’s intricate embroidery and subtle pleated detail. Ethically handmade from a breezy cotton-blend, it has just the slightest shimmer from woven silver threads as an added bonus.

Zinab Mini Dress | $395


9. Loup Charmant

This sage-green peasant dress from Loup Charmant is such a dream & is made in the USA from a crinkled lightweight cotton gauze. The cropped balloon sleeves, gathered front & unfussy shape makes for the perfect dress to enjoy that summer alfresco lunch in.

Peasant Gathered Mini Dress | $456


10. Innika Choo

Looks like a cloud and feels like one too. Cut from breathable ramie fabric, this billowy smock boasts 38 hand-embroidered flowers; none of which are the same. The gently elasticated neckline & wrists perfectly taper the flowy fit, making for the perfect beach coverup.

Pocket Smock | $310

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