I've Stocked Up On Tights, I'm Ready For Dressember
If you see a sudden increase of dresses worn in what may be the coldest month of the year, it’s not just because a certain percentage of females have lost their marbles. It’s because something is happening and girls tend to have a “well, let’s do something about it” and “OOH dress up!” approach to problems. With December, comes Dressember.
Dressember is a movement of people who are taking a stand against modern-day slavery. By committing to wear a dress every day in December, participants start a conversation, educate, and join a community of like-minded people who desire to: reclaim and reappropriate the dress as a symbol of freedom and power; a flag for the inherent dignity of all people.
“Couldn’t you just give financially?”
“Why couldn’t it be in June?”
“Do you have enough dresses for that?”
These three sentences were all things I heard within 24 hours of deciding to participate in Dressember. To be fair, these three questions were also reasons I had not participated in the past.
Dressember is a movement I’ve been aware of for some time. Throughout college, I had multiple friends participating each year, and while I cheered them on and shared their photos, I never actually participated myself.
I meant to. Each year I’d say, “I think I’ll do it this year,” but something always came up that I allowed to deter me from my intentions.
On Wednesday of this last week, my sweet friend Shan shared a blog post regarding Dressember, announcing that she would be joining the Dressember family. In her post, she outlined aspects that made her nervous—ones I so directly felt.
It’s cold, dresses are chillier than pants.
I’m not a fashion-forward diva with an endless wardrobe - won’t I run out of things to wear?
I hate going to the laundromat, now I’ll have to go every week.
As you can see, all of these excuses are pretty silly compared to the issue of human trafficking. Shan agrees. I agree. And gosh dangit, we can sacrifice our simple luxury of pants in order to bring some attention to a topic far bigger than ourselves.
There are currently 24.9 million people who are forced into a life of modern-day slavery.
64% of people who experience human trafficking are sexually exploited.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime, largely targeting women and children.
The reality is, while human trafficking is insane, morally corrupt, and an absolute absurd way to treat human beings, it does exist.
With that in mind, why would I, with my incredibly blessed roof over my head, not be able to give up one small convenience for a month, for the sake of this cause? Pants are great, especially when you live in areas that experience bomb cyclones and snowy chaos. But there are greater needs in the world, and if I can bring attention to one—hopefully raising some money along the way—I can give up my comfy pants.
This is not just “Oh great, another charity asking for money in December. How will I even know where it goes?” situation. In the last five years, Dressember has raised over 5 million dollars for resources, recovery, and restoration. They partner with different grant organizations, making sure that work is actually getting done. When you donate to organizations, you want to make sure your money is actually being put to work, not just paying a CEO - you can read Dressember’s 2017 Annual Report here.