Today marks the start of Dressember 2015. It also marks the third year I have participated in Dressember. What started in 2009 as "a quirky style challenge with a clever name" by founder Blythe Hill has morphed into a platform to raise both awareness about human trafficking and slavery and a way to raise funds for anti-trafficking organizations to rescue lives and prevent future slavery.
What started as a way for me to make a difference during December has morphed into ethical practices throughout the year. A few of the slogans for Dressember such as "It's more than just a dress" or "It's bigger than a dress" have taken on a new meaning for me. Last year during my participation, I started following Johanna Tropiano and her "Conscious Closets" platform (Highly recommend her "A GUIDE TO CURATING A CONSCIOUS CLOSET). In following her posts, I realized that every purchase I make has a cause and effect. Throughout 2015, I have thrifted or purchased my garments from ethical, fair trade companies (I even want to know where housewares, craft supplies, etc. are made). These well thought-out purchases make a difference. I am reusing items that I thrift or I am supporting companies that give their employees fair wages and healthy working environments.
It was with this in mind that I made the decision to purchase one dress to wear for all of Dressember. Though Dressember did have their own dress this year, I decided on The Little Organic Black Dress (LOBD) by Lindee Daniel. She made two different styles, but I was quickly drawn to the Tunic version. The dress is organic, colored with natural dyes, and made in the USA. As if that was not enough, Lindee is donating 50% of all dress profits to Noah's Arc Orphanage in Uganda, Africa. For me it was a no-brainer. THE LOBD will be my go-to dress for all month, 31 days, no matter what the weather.
I plan to post a few photos, which I will continue to update below. However, instead of dedicating Dressember 2015 to selfies, I am using my outlet, Cardigans & Cravats, to highlight 16 companies to purchase ethical, conscious closet dresses. In addition, each Monday, I also plan on featuring a thrifted collection, because thrifting is still my go-to, because it is both easy on your budget and it is environment friendly. I believe Dressember is more than just wearing a dress or even raising funds for a good cause. I believe it's also important to know where your clothing is made. I hope you'll feel the same after this Dressember.
-Dressember 2015 Photos-