Friday, December 5, 2014

What is DRESSember?

Welcome (a bit late) to the month of December, or as people from IJM and fashionistas against human trafficking across the globe may call it, DRESSember! What is DRESSember exactly? This is the exact question I asked myself when I happened upon it just a few weeks ago on Instagram(oh that place).

"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. 

Dressember exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time. The heart of Dressember is freedom-- that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life." -- Dressember Foundation 

It began back in 2009 by Blythe Hill, a graduate student who was bored with her academic routine and decided to start a style challenge which ended up turning into a national campaign! Last year this campiagn raised over $150,000 for the human trafficking rescue/raise awareness/recovery organization International Justice Mission. You can check out an interview discussing last year's campaign on  according to an Ember Arts

The Rules: 
  1. Commit to wearing a dress every day for the entire month of December
  2. Create your own campaign page (or a team page!) under the Dressember campaign (opens in October) 
  3. Tell your friends what you're doing and why, and invite them to sponsor you

Helpful Loopholes:

  1. You can repeat dresses (get creative!)
  2. You can wear pants when you're working out, cleaning, sleeping, or if you have a job that requires you to wear pants
  3. You can wear skirts, but only over dresses
  4. You can wear pants, but only under dresses

Wearing a dress is not a big deal. The involuntary servitude and slavery of millions of men, women, and children worldwide is! So, what are we waiting for? Let's join in!  Leave us a comment below or tweet us at @ourBASI and tag #DRESSember to join us! Also, on Monday, there will be a group of fashion bloggers who are going to do a collaboration link up post for DRESSember. More details here.

Learn more about DRESSember and raising awareness and funds HERE.

What is DRESSember
#DRESSember Fashion blogger Jo from Cut and Chic

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