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My Experience with Dressember 2014

This past December, I participated in Dressember, where I pledged to wear a dress each day of the month to raise money for International Justice Mission to stop human trafficking and end sexual slavery in the world. Far more women and girls are shipped into brothels annually now, in the early 21st century, than African slaves were shipped into slave plantations each year in the 18th century. (Half the Sky) And this isn’t something that just happens overseas. I know of 3 brothels within a 5 miles radius of my home. Dressember was my small way to begin to take action.

I set a goal of $500 and raised $900 $1000 – double my goal! A big thank you to the 28 29 people that contributed to my campaign. (Although you can give through the end of January if the desire strikes you.) I find myself pondering each person’s small decision to contribute what they can towards the greater cause of fighting injustice. It makes me think about how the little things really do add up to something that matters. And it reminds me that our lives are thousands of these small, seemingly unimportant decisions strung together. The small decisions make us who we really are and can cause positive change in someone else’s life if you choose to do it. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” (Arthur Ashe)

Each day I spent time thinking about the injustices of human trafficking. It did bring about my age old struggle with the ‘cosmic lottery’ – why was I born to a life of privilege when so many don’t have access to clean water, food, jobs, education, healthcare? And I don’t know that I will every find peace here because I doubt that there is an answer to this terrible question, but I know that taking action helps quell the tumult that the question brings about. I can choose to use my privilege to help.

I recognize that fashion seems an unlikely way to create action and provoke change, as it has its own fair share of injustices. But it also offers its own special solutions. This is where my love of Noonday Collection enters – they use fashion and style to empower. They pull people out of injustice – with a focus on those that society deems unloveable, incapable, worthless. People’s lives are changing for good because of their model. And below, you can see I donned my dresses, wore my Noonday, took selfies (ugh, that word), and learned many things, two of which are 1) I love wearing dresses and 2) I have a dress thrifting problem! I hadn’t realized the extent of my dress collection until I began this challenge… But I was inspired by the founder of Dressember – Blythe – who wore the same gray, ethically sourced dress from Fair Indigo all month long, styled 31 different ways. Maybe next year?

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My First Stitch Fix!

OK, y’all, this was so much fun! If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix (referral link, I get $25 if you sign up!) it’s a mom’s best friend. Because really, who wants to bring their kids to a store? A personal stylist picks clothing out based on a style profile you fill out! In addition to the style profile, you make a pinterest board with items that you like and they send you a box full of goodies. You go through the items they send you and keep what you like, send back what you don’t and only pay for what you keep!

I asked my stylist to pick items made in the USA so that it is much more likely that the items were made by folks 1) not in slavery 2) paid a fair wage for their hard work 3) not children. I also asked her to pick clothing that would transition between the work world and mom world, but with a sense of style and adventure. It is pricey, but since I only thrift the rest of my clothing, I feel ok support companies that make stylish clothing in the USA. Voting with your money and all that jazz.

Well look what showed up today:

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I was beyond excited to open it up. I have been itching to get my first fix! And to see houndstooth as the first item! Squeee!

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I opened up the styling tips and got to work trying on the items they sent me. I decided to try on the items doing my best to match some of the tips they sent me. Every single clothing thing I paired with my Stitch Fix clothing items were purchased at the thrift store (the shoes were not). 🙂 And of course, the majority of the jewelry I’m wearing is Noonday… Because I <3 Noonday.

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This first item I tried on was the 41Hawthorn Montgomery Solid Belted Shift Dress. This is a Stitch Fix Brand but is made in China. I like the neckline, it is super comfy, versatile, lightweight (which is perfect for working during our hot Austin summers) but it does feel a little plain… I haven’t made up my mind if I’m keeping it yet. I have three days to decide! 😉

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Next up was the Kut From the Kloth Simmons Bootcut Jean, also made in the USA. They fit perfectly, super comfortable, but are a little long. I just don’t wear heels any longer. I will likely be sending these back.

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On to the Pomelo Ivy Tulip Print Tab Sleeve Blouse which appears to be another Stitch Fix Brand, which hopefully means it is also made in the US. Super comfy! I’ve been trying to purge out some of the pink in my closet (there is SO MUCH PINK at the thrift stores) but I dig this pink with the cobalt tulips. Makes it feel less ‘girly’.

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Another way the style guide suggested to style the shirt – with a black pencil skirt. Makes it pretty versatile, eh? I’m pretty sure I’m keeping this one.

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Next up, Kut from the Kloth Marquis Slub Knit Dolman Sweater. Generally speaking, I tuck shirts into my maxi skirts, but I thought I’d give it a try untucked and I think I like it. It feels very hippy and it would make the maxi skirt a little more wearable during Austin’s ‘colder’ months.

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And here it is again with something a little more in my comfort zone. I’m thinking about keeping this one too, but I’m a little worried because white + being a mom = often ends in disaster.

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And finally, the item that made me excited to tear into the box, the Pomelo Jay Houndstooth Print Swing Skirt. I love the print so very much, but it gathers a bit unflatteringly (is that a word?) in the belly area and I can’t seem to escape the feeling that I could quickly sew up a very similar item myself. Undecided on whether I will keep this one.

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If you have feedback for me on what you think I should keep, I’m all ears! I haven’t made up my mind on a couple of items and I have a couple days to decide before I have to commit to sending back or purchasing.

I’m totally scheduling my next fix after this great first experience! If you are undecided about whether it would be good for you, check out some more about it on their website. And I would totally love it if you used my referral link. 😉

 

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Baby Berry Hat/Color Block Hat & other stuff too

I used the pattern for the Baby Berry Hat to make this color blocked hat for a neighbors new baby boy. I knit the infant size, but it seems a touch big for an infant. It’s stretchy and he’ll grow, so I’m sure it will be useful maybe later on in the year! I hope to make the hat in it’s fruit/veggie form at some point as well, because seriously. It’s cute.

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All this knitting has me thinking about how we handle our clothing in America. It takes a long time to complete a handmade item, but I love the process and the outcome. And then I read this article on Colette Pattern’s blog and it got me thinking even more (and then it was followed by this blog entry which got me thinking even more). And it’s all been sitting in my brain, turning over and over, trying to find a place to land.

Last year I made a commitment to only buy resale clothing, and I did pretty well, with one little Mod Cloth slip, mid-year (yeah, didn’t really mention that on the blog, oops). Let me tell you, it felt good to unsubscribe from all the e-newsletters, snail mail catalogues… All the things that taunt you with ‘new’ and ‘glittery’ things. This year it doesn’t feel like a stretch to continue only shopping resale, but I almost want to try to take it a step further… The resale place I have been shopping has a lot of the ‘disposable fashion’ type brands. You wear the stuff for a season, seams fall apart, colors fade, trends pass and you give it to Goodwill; not exactly sustainable. I would love to hunt out pieces that are higher quality – with attention to detail, quality fabrics and less about trends. Now, I’m not really sure what that means in full, especially in the life of a busy mom. I think it’s going to take some exploration and time (especially since, well, I won’t be buying anything for some time since there is no spending money available) but I’m going to give it a try.

 

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thrifty

I haven’t told y’all about a challenge I gave myself at the beginning of the year, mostly because I wanted to roll it over in my mind for a bit before confessing it out loud on the interwebs. In January of this year, I challenged myself to not buy any new clothing for the whole year. Exceptions will certainly be made because I have been invited to be a part of a wedding party this year which will lead to a new bridesmaid dress, shoes are kind weird to thrift, etc. Another mental exception I made was to allow myself to buy fabric to sew new clothes for myself. Somehow that seems quite different that running over to my nearest big box and picking up some new digs. But aside from that, this idea leads me to one of the three ‘r’s, reuse or . . . thrifting.

I have tons of reasons floating around in my head as to why I want to challenge myself this way (you’ve read some my thoughts here before).

  • The most obvious is that it’s much cheaper to thrift – saving money is always good.
  • I have always struggled with clothing, knowing a good majority of it is made in some developing foreign country, likely at the hands of someone that is not being paid a fair wage, is underage or being subjected to unethical working conditions.
  • Additionally, cotton is one of the highest pesticide use crops in the world – those workers are being exposed to high possibility of health complications from those chemicals.
  • On top of that, when you spend your money at a big box, the money does not stay in the community, it goes back to the corporation. Thrift stores are typically local entities, which allows you to keep a higher percentage of money local. Keeping money local often keeps your neighbors and friends employed.
  • Part of me does not like the idea of fashion – it’s so transient. To quote a popular TV show (one I particularly enjoy, actually), “One day you’re in, the next, you’re out.” It reinforces our disposable westernized lifestyles. But being your typical American and additionally, having a strong design background, I feel a strong pressure to look cute and define my own personal style (oh individualism has it’s claws deep in me).
  • Sustainability is important to me.

While I feel like thrifting doesn’t completely set to rest my qualms with clothing/style, I feel like emphasizing reuse is a step in the right direction. One step at a time. . .

I purged quite a bit of clothing from my closet recently so I decided to take a bit of money and see what I could find in one our local thrift stores. Here is my most recent haul where I spend about $110 (it wouldn’t be me if there weren’t several striped items in there, huh?):

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21 items total: 2 light jackets, 8 short sleeve tees, 7 shorts, 2 dresses, a skinny belt and a sun hat.

One pair of shorts still had their original tags on them! The brands are fairly good quality too – Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Gap, Old Navy, Merona – places I would normally shop. With four pairs of the shorts, I will bring the length up a little bit. Shorts seem to be either butt cheek short or past your knees and I want something in the middle. The nice thing about thrifting is that I don’t feel bad cutting up these pieces to make them exactly what I want. There is also a bit of the thrill of the hunt – you don’t get to pick out what you like and just find it in your size, you never know what you are going to find when you thrift!

 

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