Dressember 2014

Those of you who have been around my blog for awhile may remember me doing something crazy last year called, Dressember. Last year, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into (it was one of the coldest winter's ever), and yet I'm still willing to give another go this year.

If you don't know what Dressember is, let me take a minute to explain it to you and why it's important to me. 

Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.
— Blythe Hill | Dressember creator

It started as a quirky style challenge for Blythe, and has turned into a nationwide fundraising effort for International Justice Mission, "a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression". Last year was the first year that Dressember was linked to support IJM and amongst all of the participants worldwide, we were able to raise over $165,00 that went directly to IJM. 

Since joining Noonday Collection in 2012, my eyes have been opened to all of the injustices around the world. And, well, it can get pretty overwhelming. Sometimes I just sit there with the weight of all that's going on in the world and I don't know what I can possibly do to make a dent in all of that. But sometimes, it's the small and faithful tasks that can bring about change. That's why I love Dressember and Noonday Collection so much. They both take something I know, love, and do on a daily basis (getting dressed) and use that to raise awareness and funds, and to affirm the dignity of all people. 

It sure is a challenge to wear a dress every day when it's literally freezing outside (oh I so wish I were in California where wearing a dress in December wouldn't be so cold). But in the end, it's totally worth it (and thank you to the inventor of fleece lined leggings for making it more bearable). After December, I've spent the month stretching my creativity, bonding with other Dressember participants (this year a team of over 20 Noonday women are participating), and raising funds and awareness for the necessary work of International Justice Mission. 

Last year, I was able to raise almost $500, and this year I'd love to be able to raise $500 again. I would love for you to consider donating on my page, participating in Dressember yourself, simply spreading the word, or even if you have a dress that you'd like to let me borrow to wear this month. Every little bit makes a difference.  

p.s. Follow me on Instagram if you want to stay up to date on how my Dressember is going. I'll post outfit photos and fundraising updates there more often than here.