“It’s More than a Dress”

On a normal day, you’d be able to spot me at my local grocery store wearing my favorite black sweat pants and my oversized Star Wars t-shirt clacking along down the candy aisle in my $2 Old Navy flip flops. However, the next 31 days are not going to be normal.

This year I have decided to participate in a movement called Dressember. Outside of work and sleep, I have committed to wearing a dress every day in the month of December. It is not just for the heck of it either, because I only wear dresses when it is significant to do so. Dressember is significant. By wearing a dress, I am standing up for women all around the world who are being trafficked and sexually exploited against their own will. This is the first time I will be participating in anything like this and I don’t know why it has taken me this long to do it!  My heart breaks and my fists clench so tightly with anger at the injustice that is sex-trafficking. I believe that Dressember has and will continue to bring about significant change to this indecent crime against people. There will be a link to my Dressember page at the bottom of this post if you would like to learn more about this organization and read a bit more about why I am choosing to do this. Of course, there is also an option to donate!

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year and also the time where I become most stressed. I tend to get caught up in the fluster and buster of all the festivities and Christmas shopping and get so dizzy, I forget where I am. This week it hit me. I have been focusing all of my attention on the minor details of the party I’m planning and the gifts I’m giving and the decorations I’m going to put up this year.  Um, Brooklynn, just stop. I am like the Bridezilla of Christmas (maybe not as awful). Dressember happens to be in the most perfect month. My wardrobe this month will act as a constant reminder of those who do not have the freedom to stress out about Christmas parties or to spend money on garlands and wreaths. “That’s not what Christmas is about Charlie Brown” (Thank you Linus). I hope you will join me in starting off this season with more than just tinsel and mistletoe.

I’ll be welcoming this December with a dress.



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