Dressember is something I’ve done once before (my senior year of college – see the *fail* of a post here) and missed doing last year.
If you haven’t heard of Dressember, I’ll link the website for you here for you to give a look. It’s worth the read!
Here are the basics, in case you can’t be bothered to read:
- In 2009, the #girlboss Blythe Hill wore a dress every day the month of December because she wanted to find a way to start bringing awareness to the issue of sex trafficking in her own way
- Last year, advocates raised approx. $1,500,000 for the International Justice Mission and A21.
- 5,787 people participated last year
Before working with The Net Fort Worth in college, I wouldn’t have thought twice about doing something like this. While I can’t even express the pain I feel when I think of the approximately 30 million people forced against their will in this way, but I love the opportunity to speak about it through something I love: clothes!
Dresses, something I own too many of, are too often characterized by fragility. They’re often empowering to wear but can feel like you have to sit a certain way to act like a *lady*. They’re the item I’m wearing most often when I get creepy looks from creepy people.
There are definite sacrifices I have to make for this (ex: not truly doing casual Friday at work – and believe me, I live for casual Friday), but the positive impact I can have is worthwhile. People have asked me, “but Allison, you already wear a lot of dresses – no one will notice.” Maybe not on day 3 they won’t, but by day 31 they definitely will.
Dressember is trying to change the mindset of people when it comes to dresses because…
You can do anything in a dress.
…including eat dessert…
…and decorate a gingerbread house.