We have been doing a lot of strategizing and planning about the upcoming Dressember campaign because we put together a group of women that are passionate about participating in everyday advocacy and we want everyone to succeed in their campaigns. Of course, we are also excited about the creative challenge of styling our dresses for the December weather!
I recently went through my closet and noticed that almost all of my dresses are summer styles and I didn’t have a lot of winter options. Of course, I can layer outerwear with some of those summer dresses but I decided to purchase a more versatile dress for cooler weather. In the spirit of ethical fashion, I did not want to go out and buy a bunch of dresses for Dressember, so I decided to pick out one dress that I could wear for the majority of the month and use the few dresses already in my closet to help me out on laundry days and for holiday parties.
One of our favorite brands, Elegantees, came out with a great versatile dress specifically for Dressember and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something versatile. (Psst – you can get it for 10% off if you use our ‘DressWellDoGood’ code!) While, that dress is great, I had already had my eye on this dress from ethical brand, Fair Indigo! It is made fairly in Peru of organic cotton. It’s so soft and comfy! And it has pockets!
Since receiving it I’ve been thinking through the different ways that I can style it throughout the month. Here are some of the different ways I brainstormed how to wear it with simple layers.
If you follow us on Instagram, you know how in love I am with my olive cargo jacket that I thrifted from Savers. I had been searching for a cargo jacket for a while and patience paid off when I found this one for $4.99! I’ve already worn it several times and I think it will be an easy layer to throw on over my dress. Of course, I added my new Fortress of Inca Victoria Luz shoes because they look good with everything! Add a few Noonday Collection accessories and I will be ready to go.
I have not been able to afford an actual leather jacket, especially an ethically made one, but I bought this faux leather jacket from Stitch Fix* last year before starting my ethical journey and I know that I will continue to get a lot of use out of it. It’s casual and comfortable but also provides a bit of a statement with the Aztec print on the arms. Styled with leggings and boots this is perfect for running errands or a casual night out.
I already wore this outfit for Halloween and it was incredibly comfortable. The denim vest was thrifted from Thred Up* and I have already worn it a lot. It’s such an easy layering piece and I appreciate how it helps define the waist of this dress to make it a little more flattering and less boxy. I stayed cozy by layering on a Noonday scarf, easy-to-wear Toms flats, some additional accessories and it was perfect for hanging with my kids.
I mentioned before that I’m in love with my cargo jacket, but I’m also quite partial to my cargo vest! I scored this one on Thred Up* and it’s my go to layering piece to complete an outfit. A great benefit to this style is that it hides my midsection if I am feeling self-conscious. I paired this look with my booties and I think this will be another great outfit for being active with my kids.
Do you feel inspired?
We hope that you do! Would you to consider joining or contributing to our #DressWellDoGood Dressember team? This creative challenge is an easy way to bring attention to the social injustices of human trafficking and slave labor this December AND contribute to the solution through non-profits International Justice Mission and A21. By wearing a dress for 31 days you can advocate for the inherent dignity of all women. Consider doing it with only a few dresses and challenge yourself to style them differently every day! E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do sign up for our team so we can send you information about DWDG team challenges, complete with weekly prizes from some of our favorite ethical vendors!