Dressember 2015 is over and our #DWDGDressember team raised over $18,884 for social justice non-profits IJM and A21 and was 3rd in team fundraisers out of 630 teams. Ellie and I are honored and humbled that we got to partner with such amazing women to raise enough money to fund 4 IJM rescue missions. If you are so compelled, you can still give to our team through the end of January.
We love supporting ethical fashion because of the empowerment it gives those making our clothes. The reality is that the global garment industry is a huge source of human trafficking. The synergy between raising money to free people from trafficking/exploitation and the world of ethical fashion was part of the reason we started Dress Well, Do Good.
For my second year of Dressember, I thought it would be fun to take the creative challenge of limiting my wardrobe to 7 dresses, styled differently throughout the month. This was very enjoyable for me and it also reinforced how little I really need in my wardrobe as long as I have versatile pieces that can be worn many different ways. The dresses I selected were either very old, thrifted, or purchased from an ethical brand.
Thrifted Blue Dress
I ordered this dress from ThredUP* in anticipation of Dressember. The main motivation was the sleeves, basic style, and solid color.
Thrifted Chambray Shirt Dress
This is another ThredUp* purchase that I reached for the most out of all my dresses for the month. This basic chambray dress was easy to style many different ways and is one of the most versatile dresses in my wardrobe. I still had 2-3 more ideas for wearing it even after the 10 times I wore it in December. And I know I will be wearing it with my hand knit Miranda sweater again in the future – that was my favorite combination!
Fair Indigo Shirt Dress
Fair Indigo is definitely a favorite around here. Their simple styling allows for much versatility in making the piece fit your own personal style. Ellie wore her princess seam pocket dress almost every day for Dressember!
Green A-Line Dress
This dress is an oldie by a goodie. I have owned this dress since 2006 and it is from Target long before the idea of ethical fashion entered my mind. I hold to this as ethical because I will keep wearing this dress until it falls apart – it is a color and style that I love! Livia Firth of Eco-Age has issued a #30wears challenge to never buy something you can’t see yourself wearing less than 30 times which goes directly against our ‘never be seen wearing the same thing twice’ culture. I think this is a helpful way to look at clothing shopping because it has the long term usage in mind which will save you money and make getting dressed easier.
People Tree Striped Dress
This simple People Tree dress was a lot of fun to style in multiple ways! The stripes worked layered like a mini skirt, or a striped tee, or simply as a dress.
Thrifted Striped Maxi Dress
I felt like I needed a maxi dress in the rotation because they feel almost like you are wearing pajamas! Since this ThredUp* Thrifted maxi was so casual, I wore this mainly on the weekends when I felt the need to slum around a bit.
Synergy Striped Dress
I bought this Synergy dress on sale for a steal to replace a teal polka dot dress that I thrifted many years ago. I know I will be reaching for this cozy dress this summer as I feel very put together when wearing it.
I walked away from this year’s Dressember with a new sense of hope. This world we live in is infinitely complicated, but I am encouraged by seeing women band together with the common cause of ending modern day slavery and social injustice. The team element has changed the experience for me. I am so encouraged by the hearts of these women, the words of wisdom they have, their willingness to be a part of a team and to celebrate each other’s successes and talk through the challenges. Joining together as a team for Dressember has built an unexpectedly beautiful sense of community and the sense of being part of something much, much bigger than ourselves. And for that, I will be grateful.