Happy Blogmas, everyone! I have been waiting so long to officially say that. I have a lot of exciting things planned for this month. Of course, I’m going to stick to lots of purposeful posts on some of my favorite fashion and beauty finds. But it’s going to get a little more personal too. Because it’s about time we get to know each other a little better, you know?
To kick off the month, I’m making a very exciting announcement…
I’m doing Dressember!
Okay. It’s probably not as exciting if you have no idea what that is, so let me break it down for you. To put it simply, I will be wearing a dress every day for the month of December to raise awareness and money to end human trafficking.
To put it not so simply, let me explain a little bit about the Dressember Foundation. The founder Blythe Hill started Dressember as a fun thing to do with her friends. After it starting picking up major steam, she decided to tie in an organization and make her wardrobe matter. I’m guessing that you can already see why I love it so much, but there’s more!
Hill teamed up with the International Justice Mission, A21, and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center to end human trafficking. More specifically, the money goes towards anti-trafficking grants that allow the said organizations to work directly with those affected by human trafficking.
I want to make my wardrobe matter.
So for one month, I will be wearing a dress every single day. The hope is to raise awareness and money for a cause that otherwise goes overlooked. Because even well into 2017, slavery still exists.
I will be posting my outfits on my Instagram stories as well as my Facebook page every day. The hope is that you will feel inspired to wear a dress yourself or to donate what you can to the cause. If nothing else, this will at least open your mind to very real nature of human trafficking.
I have my very own donation page set up through the month of December. I’d love for you to help me reach my goal of raising $250 this month to end human trafficking. I by no means want you to feel obligated, but I would love your support.
This challenge is extremely personal for me. If you’ve been following along since I started this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been on a journey to live purposefully. I want to make my wardrobe matter. I’ve learned that something as simple as the clothing you put on in the morning has the power to change the world.
When I came across Dressember, I knew it was the perfect way to round out the year. Even if I get just one person to Google “human trafficking” or raise $1 or inspire one person to put a dress on, it will all be worth it.
More than 30 million people are currently enslaved worldwide, with human trafficking generating ~$150 billion per year.
What if we could end that just be wearing a dress and raising awareness? It’s the small steps that we take every day that will make this change possible.
On top of raising money, the Dressember Foundation also has an ethical fashion online shop. All of the designs are created by women that have been rescued from sex trafficking. While they’re not complete a non-profit organization, I feel confident in the foundation’s efforts to end human trafficking and help women recover.
You don’t just have to wear a dress to get involved, either! You can also wear a tie throughout the month to show your support. If you do decide to get inspired and put on a dress, please tag me in your posts!
I’m excited to round out this year in a meaningful way. Thank you for being you, donating, and reading all the way through this post. Together we can make a difference, and it all starts with a dress.