I escaped the cooler weather for a fall retreat in Colombia. It was an incredible trip filled with adventurous excursions, including taking a mud bath in the Totuma Mud Volcano in Cartagena and paragliding in Medellin. Colombia is a lovely country. The Spanish Colonial architecture in Cartagena is so romantic and the colorful scenery in Medellin made the perfect backdrop for memorable photos.
With warmer temperatures, averaging around 90 degrees in Cartagena during November, I packed my suitcase with bathing suits, sandals, and of course, tropical vacation-ready dresses. If you are planning a trip this fall or winter to warmer weather, check out my top picks for vacation dresses.
Sika Designs creates gorgeous dresses in colorful prints. Every garment is handmade in Ghana and the core of the brand is social and environmental responsibility. After seeing this dress for months online, I finally purchased it and it was more beautiful than I imagined.
I particularly like the cut of this dress, the fitted waist and large, flowing skirt. I felt like a princess walking through Comuna 13 while touring the graffiti murals in Medellin.
I wore this two piece set, purchased from Asos, during the summer to a festival. It makes a fun and sultry vacation look with the high slit and cropped bardot top. The exaggerated sleeves create endless volume and the perfect accent. The fabric is a mix of linen and viscose, which are more sustainable fabrics as well.
Bombchel is another ethical African fashion brand using bold prints purchased locally in West Africa. Garment production takes place in Liberia with the goal of teaching an all-woman staff, including Ebola survivors, survivors of sexual assault and violence, and individuals with disabilities, like hearing impaired.
The Paradise Midi, pictured below, is made with a stretchy knit fabric that creates a curve fitting and very flattering silhouette. I love this look for a night out on a vacation. I purchased the dress from the Bombchel store in Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia, but they have limited inventory in their online shop as well.
Finally, I wore this strappy, fitted denim dress for a night out in Medellin. It is another Asos dress and is a part of their sustainable edit. Medellin has endless nightlife options. We spent hours hanging out in Provenza and Park Lleras, so I opted for a more casual, but stylish dress and comfortable heels, which were perfect for our explorations.
I hope you enjoyed this list of sustainable vacation-ready dresses! Are you planning any winter escapes? Let me know which look is your favorite in the comment section below. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Instagram, @ayannainbloom, for regular fashion inspiration.