Well, it’s October and that means that Dressember registration is now open! Have some questions on how you can participate? Or maybe you’re just curious why we wear dresses? Answers below!
Things to know about Dressember:
1. Why a dress?
Women & girls are exploited daily around the world simply for being a female. They are sold into slavery, denied access to education and married off way to young. When women & girls are denied the same education and opportunities as boys not only do they suffer so does the country as a whole. We choose to wear dresses during the coldest month of the year to show our communities, friends, and the world that you can do anything in a dress, our femininity does not hold us back from success.
2. What if I don’t have 31 dresses?
Wear what you have! The goal of Dressember is to challenge yourself creatively and wear a dress daily (every time YOU choose what you wear). This can take several different forms:
1) Wear one dress the entire month in a different way- get creative!
2) Wear a variety of dresses, shop your closet!
3) Wear a special occasion dress if you really want to grab peoples attention.
Want a new dress for Dressember? Check out the official Dressember Dresses made by women rescued from sex trafficking in Nepal made with Elegantees.
3. Can guys participate?
YES! Instead of wearing a dress wear a bow tie everyday. Certainly at some point someone will ask why you are wearing bow ties every day, another option is to wear a bow tie and a Dressember pin.
4. It’s cold where I live, how do I wear a dress in December?
You can still wear a dress, get creative with leggings, jeans (yes you can wear jeans under a dress!), tights, tall boots, and sweaters. You can do anything in a dress! Check out the hashtag for Inspiration!
5. What if I wear a uniform to work?
Don’t break your work dress code, the goal is to choose to wear a dress every time YOU decide what you’re going to wear that day. So, on days off, on date night, going to run errands, weekend at the beach, or in the mountains, hiking or skiing- wear a dress! If you’re allowed add a Dressember pin!
6. Do I have to wear a dress ALL THE TIME?
If you have a dress code for work, are working out, or lounging at home then there is no need to wear a dress. We all have limitations, but every time you stand in front of your closet and decide what to wear, the challenge is to choose a dress to raise awareness of how girls are exploited culturally around the world.
7. What about skirts?
It’s called Dressember not Skirtember 🙂 but feel free to style a skirt OVER a dress, to create a new look when you’re running out of ideas.
8. Where does the money raised go?
A21 & IJM- to rescue men, women, and children from trafficking around the world. This includes all forms of human trafficking including forced labor & sex trafficking
9. Does it cost anything?
NOPE! And even if you don’t raise anything, the goal of Dressember is to raise awareness that slavery is alive and well in our modern age with more people trapped in slavery now than ever before. Make a Donation, HERE!
10. How do I sign up?
Visit the Dressember website and pick a team, or join my team, HERE!