Ten Thoughts of a Dressember Advocate

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Whether this is your first year advocating with us or you are a seasoned professional, there are some moments that come with Dressember that are uniquely Dressember. In what other situation are you able to join thousands across the globe in an advocacy movement through fashion? From the awkward to the amazing, you’re not alone in this journey.

#1: “Did anyone see that Marilyn Monroe moment?”

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Wearing a dress in December comes with certain hazards. One word: wind. We’ve all had that moment. You’re looking runway fabulous walking down the street when all of a sudden, fabric flies and you attempt to regain dignity and composure. While your Marilyn Monroe moment may not be your most glamorous, this may be the foot in the door you need to tell someone why you’re wearing a dress in the middle of winter!

#2: “Do I really have to wear a dress every day?”


Cheating is tempting. It’s not like we’re going to come knocking on your door to check that you’re doing the work, but that is when you need to remember that your 31-day commitment is bigger than the dress. You may have some days where you are uncomfortable but we promise the small discomfort of wearing a dress every day has a global impact.  

#3: “Has anyone noticed that I’ve worn this dress twice this week?”

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To those of us with the minimal dress wardrobe, we feel you! Most of us don’t have 31 dresses but there is no problem there! Dressember founder, Blythe Hill, is wearing the same dress evry day this month. Get creative! Layering with scarves, jewelry, skirts, and beyond will be your best friends this month.

#4: “Can I go sledding in a dress?”

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We counter your question with a question: “Is there anything you can’t do in a dress?” Go for it! Advocates have shown off how they woodcut, make snow angels, workout, and beyond in a dress. If you can dream it, you can do it. Isn’t that a little bit of what this is all about?

#5: “Why did I buy a dress without pockets?”


The no pockets struggle is a real struggle. Fortunately for you, all of our Dressember dresses feature pockets! No more doing the Macarena dance while looking for your keys only to remember you don’t have pockets anyways.

#6: “Will I ever be warm again?”

No, Dressember is not canceled if the temperature drops below zero. Northern advocates, you are the real MVPs! Take courage, winter doesn’t last forever. Your shivering is not in vain and it is nothing a little hot chocolate and night in with Hallmark Christmas movies can’t cure.

#7: “Is my dress caught in the back?”

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It’s probably not, you’re fine.

#8: “This is easy, I don’t even miss pants.”


And you’re killing it! Who needs pants when your dress game is on point? Easy, breezy, beautiful.

#9: “Did I just buy more dresses in my sleep?”


The dress obsession is real. We won’t tell anyone if you accidentally binge bought from our dress line last night.

#10: “Is December already over?”

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It’ll fly by in a blink of an eye. Your journey will have its own share of uncomfortable, crazy, wonderful, awkward, and amazing. This experience is not only making a difference for others but we believe will make a difference in your own life too.


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About the Author

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Sara Kernan is a proud Alaskan that now calls Southern California home (while trying not to melt in the summer). She is finishing her undergrad program this year and looks forward to this opportunity with Dressember to be an advocate of social justice on a different level. Sara can usually be found either drinking coffee or finding a new hiking trail with her husband and going on new adventures.