What We Wore for #Dressember
I skipped this challenge last year because I was too nervous to do it. What if I cave and wear pants? What if I wear too many dresses (instead of just one)? I don’t really want to promote unethical practices so what if I need to layer with some unethical clothes I have? I had a million reasons not to do it and to just cheer on other’s from the sidelines; which ins’t neccessarily a bad thing.
BUT- I am personally tired of not trying something and be apart of something just because I am not quiet good enough yet. I decided to just go ahead and do it this year and just do my personal best. Even if it means that I don’t wear a dress every single day of December or that it’s a different dress each day or that I even need to layer with some unethical brand clothing I have. All of these shortcomings is just holding me back from something I want to do; which is to be a part of this amazing month with others. And while some may judge that I am not doing the challenge perfectly I still want to a part of the challenge regardless. I still want to do my small part. Rome certainty wasn’t built in a day and I am definitely a perpetual ongoing work in progress.
So with that in mind I would love to share my journey with you all and maybe to inspire other’s to just start instead of waiting to be ready.
I have a few ways to challenge myself in a personal way during this challenge but I am not going to get too worried or concerned about what everyone else is doing. Since I already know there are more hardcore and disciplined people than me out there; which is great. But I also need to accept that isn’t where I am at right now and not let that get in the way of working towards my goals. So my own personal challenges for Dressember are below.
Focus on wearing handmade/Ethically made dresses/skirts during this time.
Involve my daughter so that being involved in these types of challenges is a normal part of their upbringing and a topic we can talk about more in detail as she gets older.
Bonus points for myself if they are coordinating because I have become a bit basic since having a girl and having a little mini me is pretty much the best thing ever.
This blog post will be my ongoing diary throughout the month so that I can show you all how the month is going and what I wore! I am repeating alot of info so that any one can scroll down to a particular picture and get the info that they need from it. Enjoy!
Mama- Dress is made from repurposed Jean Fabric and a self drafted pattern. Striped shirt from Target underneath.
Mini- Pepper’s skirt is simple dress made with Dear Stella Fabrics. I DIY’ed this skirt with a tutorial found here. Ballerina dance moves optional. Shirt is an ethically American made shirt from Ramble & Co.
I didn’t get the best picture of what we wore this day but I’m hoping I will later this month when we wear these dresses again. (side note: I had to mend this dress and never wore it again because I never got around to mending it).
Mini: Ethically made dress from Nest & Nature.
Day #3: Fun Fact- Both skirt and dress we are wearing are made from the same material. One is hand dyed. I loved that I was able to make an entire dress and repurpose the leftover linen fabric that I had for this skirt.
Mama: Handmade linen rayon (from Joann’s) skirt made from Patti Pocket skirt pattern. Jam long-sleeved sweater is from Old Navy.
Mini: Handmade linen rayon (also from Joann’s) dress with handmade/hand drafted collar and Mikoleon shoes.
Day #5: This little girl cut all her hair off this morning. Like all of it! I’m mourning for the loss of all her beautiful hair today but also appreciating her individuality and independence. This momming stuff ain’t no joke that’s for sure!
Mama- Not an ethical outfit but clothes that I keep meaning to give away but keep pulling them back out. Use what you have right? Old Navy shirtdress, cream sweater, navy tights, and Modcloth booties.
Day #7: It was so rainy we decided to try and take the picture inside. We are wearing a handmade dress I made the summer before last summer. I’m really happy that it still fits us both because I love twinning in it and will be pretty sad when Pepper grows out of it.
Mama: Handmade ruffle dress and consignment navy J. Crew sweater.
Mini: Handmade ruffle dress and consignment long sleeve navy undershirt.
Day #8: It’s was so cold outside so I didn’t have Pepper take off her coat so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
Mama: Handmade gold velvet Ogden Cami dress with thrifted Madewell sweater. Navy tights and Modcloth booties. Coat from Target.
Mini: Remie Girl dress with leggings and Mikoleon oxfords. Coat from Old Navy and tights from The Little Collective. (Tip: If I feel I need to buy clothes that I can’t find thrifted or don’t fit in my budget I will buy clothing a size too big so we can get the most use out of what I buy.)
Day #9: Ugh this picture! Pepper is looking cute as ever but I did not realize how crazy greasy my hair is. Moving on. Besides the hair this is the first picture I took of this sweater dress. I love it. It’s amazing and wonderfully comfortable. I would say though that it is crazy warm and perfect for cold weather, but not for cool weather. If you would like to make one similar follow Merrick’s Art Tutorial here.
Mama: Handmade gray sweater dress with Target jacket.
Mini: Thrifted Gap sweater over Old Navy jumper and tights.
Day #10: This day was so fun! I have been obsessing over vintage (a long time love of mine) and it was fun to take these photos with Pepper.
Mama: Handmade lace dress with and Ogden cami tank dress underneath. Old Navy shoes.
Day #11: Another beautiful day in Texas so we are flaunting some bare legs. Wha…?!
Mama: Handmade jean dress with Poshmark Madewell sweater and Poshmark Madewell leopard flats. Lipstick: Bite Beauty in Beetroot.
Day #12: My awkward crick in my neck day. I took a picture but it looked pained and forced so I decided to scrap it. I will share what we did wear though. This also happen to be my favorite outfit so hopefully I will get a chance to show you what it looked like!
Day 16: I just noticed that I wore this dress backwards….all day. Whoops, maybe no one else noticed. Any who…
Mama: Again the handmade gold Odgen Cami dress with a striped top from Target an old pair of Converse and a Black Target coat.
Day 18: For some reason I feel like I like Olive Oyl in this picture. Fun fact: that is a nickname my dad has for my mom so I try to avoid that look if it can…
Mama: Handmade gray sweater dress with navy tights, Zkano socks, and Modcloth booties
Mini: Blue handmade ruffle dress, thrifted Gap sweater and Mikoleon oxfords.
Day #19: This was a quick pic during my sons birthday. He turned 6! We are a bit of a mess in the pic but just keeping in real.
Mama: Black Roolee dress (Made in USA).
Mini: Blue handmade linen dress.
Day #21: Since I was wearing skirts every single day I thought it would be fun to try out some vintage looks. I think if I wore some cute shoes instead of boots then this outfit would look a bit more vintage but again we were trudging through mud looking at land so I opted for boots. We got some fireworks at this firework stand so it all worked out.
Mama: Poshmark Madewell turtleneck with thrifted green midi skirt, thrifted braided black belt, and Kamik rainboots.
Mini: Thrifted Gap cable knit sweater and Nest & Nature olive jumper and thrifted cowgirl boots.
Day #22: We spent the weekend in Austin, TX and dispite the wordrobe swap from a sweater to the hubby’s t-shirt due to the warm weather this outfit combo in one of my favorites.
Mama: Daddy’s t-shirt because it was way too hot for the sweater I was wearing. Purple Modcloth midi skirt, Modcloth hat, and Poshmark Madewell leopard flats.
Mini: Remie girl red striped dress with Mikoleon oxfords and target bunny hat.
We literally stayed in our PJ’s all day so… yea. I caught a cold, lost my voice, and COULD NOT STOP COUGHING. So glad that is over with. But needless to say to picture for today.
Mama: Hanmade dress from Cotton & Steel fabric with 3/4 sleeve sweater and thrifted belt. Poshmark Madewell leopord flats.
Mini: Blue handmade ruffle dress. Pairs perfect with rollerblades right? I really wanted the unicorn ones they had at target but it didn’t come in my size…
Day #26: If it looks like we are soaking wet it’s because we are. It’s also this day I decided to cool it with the vintage and this days that I decided walking around outside (even with a jacket) in freezing rain is a dumb idea. I honestly thought the weather was going to be calm and warm. Then we hit Dallas and worried if we would make it home alive on the way home. Not fun.
Mama: Salt & Light Trading Co Hunter green faux wrap dress with Old Navy clogs.
Day #27: This is another day that I didn’t want to force Pepper into a dress or a skirt. This challenge is partially about acknowledging having the freedom of choice and choosing to go without in a dignified way. It seemed contradictory to force her into a dress everyday in the the middle of winter. It certainly isn’t the East Coast here in Texas but alot of days during this challenge were in the low 40s. Also, I wasn’t digging my second day vintage hair. It takes forever to do and I can’t really get away with not doing it again the second day unless I wear it up.
Mama: Blue handmade ruffle dress.
Mini: Thrifted jeans with Little Cottonwood floral top and thrifted cowgirl boots.
Day #28: I feel like it just does not stop raining here so it was very muddy this day. And on this particular day we drove all over Waco looking for land walking on wet properties covered in mud. Today I also wanted Pepper to put on pants but she insisted on a dress. I decided I would just not really worry about it and pick her up through the puddles and mud if I needed and that is exactly what we did. So much so that I even wished we brought the carrier!
Mama: Jeans, The Ever Co “Dance Mom” sweater, Target coat.
Mini: Remie Girl red striped dress, tights, Poshmark pink Hunter boots with tan Old Navy coat.
Day #29: We were so bitter cold and only got out of the car for a minute to take a picture. It was still pretty wet outside but we already decided not to go tredging in the mud looking at this property. We kinda fell in love with this property but then it came off the market a few days later!
Mini: Handmade swan skirt with Roolee top. Oldnavy scarf and tan jacket with The Little Collective olive stockings and thrifted boots.
Day #30: I feel like this came a bit full circle for us since one of out first pictures were taken outside of Target as well.
Mama: Jam Old navy sweater and purple Modcloth midi skirt over navy rights. Modcloth booties with olive Target coat and Causebox scarf.
Mini: Little Cottonwood floral top, thrifted jeans, and tan Old Navy coat with pink thrifted Hunter boots.
Day #31: I would like to say that on the last day we ended with a bang but we didn’t. Or it did depending on how you look at it. We spend New Years Eve at my husbands co-workers farm. We all had the best time but rolling in the dirt and wearing a skirt just didn’t seem to mix. I’m not sure if I regret it. I enjoyed be apart of the challenge and being realistic about it but i’m not sure if I would change how I spent my New Years to accomodate the challenge. These are all things to think about as the challenge comes around next year!
-The idea behind this challenge is something I really like. I feel that by raising awareness, donating, being aware of numbers to call (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. 1-800-843-5678, National Human Trafficking Hotline. 1-888-373-7888,The National Runaway Switchboard. 1-800-RUNAWAY, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1-866-347-2423 (U.S. & Canada), as well as gain interested for other volunteer work to directly help victims (www.endslaverynow.org for central texas) are all ways in which we can do our part towards this cause.
-I also like the idea of a challenge involving dresses. I feel that dresses make me feel really womanly and I feel like, when worn modestly, they give dignitiy towards the cause (maybe that is why it is in the middle of winter?).
-The Challenge is in the winter so it can be difficult to wear a dress; especially if you are outside for any extended period of time.
-One of Dressembers mantras is that “you can do anything in a dress,” while that probably is true I’m certainly not the poster child for the movement. I think they mean more metaphysical rather than the physical. My personal take on the movement is to challenge yourself and to do things that make us uncomfortable.
***Note: I wanted to be realistic and share everything we wore this week; including the unethical items. I tagged the ethical, made in USA, small businesses so that you can find these items for yourself as well if you would like!***
And a special thank you to the ethical shops where we sourced our clothes from:
I hope you all enjoyed reading this and I am glad I did the challange. I learned more through the experience and that is my ultimate goal with any challenge so I am glad to have accomplished that. Although, I am still not sure if I will be doing this challenge next year I may to my own challenge and contribute to this cause in my own way that is more realistic towards my values and lifestyle. Thank you to everyone who read this post! I would love to know if you have ever done this challenge or if you are now interested in doing this challenge for yourself.
Ta-Ta for now!