Dressember round-up, week 3

Today I’m sharing my Dressember outfits from last week.
This week I finally got some things I ordered from Pact!
Pact is a clothing company dedicated to comfortable clothes made without exploitation. Many of their items are made with Fair Trade Certified cotton, and they manufacture all their items without sweatshops or child labor. For all this, their items feel reasonably priced.
Besides that, they’re clothes are super soft! I now own two of their dresses, a pair of tights, and some of their underwear, and everything is very comfortable. The maxi dress in particular makes me want to wear it every day!
But since I can’t wear it every day (at least not without doing a lot of laundry), here is what I did wear last week:
[For more details on what I mean when I say “Thrifted” or “Bought new,” see my first outfit round-up.]
[For more details on the “rules” of my personal Dressember challenge, see here.]

Day 1 – December 12

Dress: Thrifted
Tights: Bought new
Boots: Bought new
Since it’s hard to see from this photo, this outfit is identical to the one I wore on December 1.

Day 2 – December 13

Dress: Pact
Sweater: ThredUP
Leggings: Thrifted
Flats: Bought new

Day 3 – December 14

Dress: Lularoe
Sweater: Thrifted
Scarf: Bought new
Leggings: Thrifted
Shoes: Keen

Day 4 – December 15

I actually failed to take a photo this day! Things got a little crazy last week, which you can see from this post on Instagram.
Dress: Bought new
Tights: Bought new
Boots: Bought new

Day 5 – December 16

Dress: Pact
Sweater: Thrifted
Leggings: Bought new
Shoes: Keen shoes

Day 6 – December 17

Dress: Thrifted
Tights: Bought new
Boots: Bought new

Day 7 – December 18

Dress: Thrifted
Tights: Pact
Boots: Bought new

Stay tuned for two more weeks! I’m happy to say that I’ve raised 60% of my $500 Dressember fundraising goal! If you’d like to support my campaign, you can do so here.

Note: I haven’t been paid or otherwise compensated by Pact for my thoughts. I want to share my experiences with ethical fashion, and I am sincerely happy with my Pact clothes!

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Dressember Review, Week 2

The first full week of Dressember is done! I’ve raised $150 of my $500 goal! The average advocate raises about $100, but by working together we’ve already been able to raise $500K! I’m so thankful to be part of a global community of women making a difference.

Once again, I’m sharing where every item in my wardrobe came from. I don’t just want to raise money to fight exploitation once a year; I want to avoid supporting exploitation with my money every day. That’s why I’ve made a move towards more thrifted clothing, and purchasing a few pieces as possible from companies who are doing the right thing.

[For last week’s review, go here]

[For the “rules” of my personal Dressember Challenge, go here]

This week, you’ll start seeing more repeat items, dresses and otherwise. My wardrobe is pretty small right now, and I’m okay with that. I’ve gotten rid of the things I don’t wear, and I’ve started filling in the gaps with basic items I can wear with everything. That means some items are in very heavy rotation for the time being, like the cardigans I wear a lot in the winter.

Day 1

Dress: Thrifted
Sweater: Bought new (in high school, I think)
Leggings: Thrifted
Shoes: Keen shoes

Day 2

Dress: Lularoe*
Leggings: Bought new**
Boots: Bought new
Scarf: Gift or bought new
Watch: Sprout – made from biodegradable corn resin and eco-friendly cork

Day 3

Dress: Bought new
Sweater: Thrifted
Tights: Bought new
Shoes:  Vegetarian shoes

Day 4

Dress: Yard sale
Sweater: ThredUP
Tights: Bought new
Shoes: Bought new

Day 5

Dress: Thrifted
Sweater: Thrifted
Leggings: Bought new
Shoes: Keen shoes

Day 6

Dress: Thrifted
I bought this dress a few months ago, and I’m pretty in love with it (this photo doesn’t really do the lace credit). I’ve been saving it for December as my “Christmas dress.” This week I wore it for a tea party I helped host.
Shrug: Bought new
Leggings: Thrifted
Shoes: Vegetarian Shoes
Pearl necklace: Thrifted

Day 7

Skirt: Thrifted
Shirt: Hand-me-down
Cardigan: Thrifted
Leggings: Thrifted
Shoes: Keen

*I have mixed feelings about Lularoe. Their website states that they make many of their items in the U.S., and pay fair wages in the international factories they work with, but I can’t find much detail beyond this. [See Dress Well Do Good’s profile on Lularoe] I bought this dress when I was able to get it 50% off through a family member, but I would love to have more information about the company’s practices before I choose to buy from them again.

Dressember Review, Week 1

It has been almost a full week since Dressember started, and I am having a lot of fun while also seeing friends and family become more aware of human trafficking issues. A few have already donated to my campaign, but I’m still a long way from my $500 goal, so I’d greatly appreciate your help!

One of my other purposes behind Dressember was to give a glimpse into my wardrobe and show that it is possible to have fun with fashion without taking part in the exploitation of garment workers.

My wardrobe is definitely a work in progress. Over the last few years, I’ve mainly begun by slowing down on my purchasing of clothes. A lot of the items I’m wearing this month are things I have owned for 3+ years. While they weren’t ethically made, I feel that it’s an ethical choice to continue wearing them as long as I can. Many of the other items, especially my dresses, are purchased from thrift stores. This is usually the most budget-friendly ethical choice, and budget is a big restriction for me at this stage in life. I am making an effort to introduce new, ethically produced items into my wardrobe, trying to focus on things that are difficult to find second-hand (especially shoes), and purchasing items which will last a long time. I’ve also made a few “mistakes,” but I’m trying to do better as I learn better.

Below, I’ve noted whether each item was thrifted, gifted, bought new (2+ years ago unless otherwise noted), or where they were purchased from. Remember that according to my personal Dressember challenge rules, I will only wear one “bought new” dress per week (i.e. I will wear thrifted or ethically made dresses the other days), and I can wear one skirt per week.

Here are my outfits from the first week of Dressember!

Day 1

Dress: Thrifted
Tights: Bought new
Boots: Same
Scarf: Gift
Gloves: I actually have no idea, but I know I didn’t buy them. Either a gift or hand-me-down.

Day 2

Dress: Bought new
Leggings: Bought new
Shoes: Bought new recently from Keen*
Sweater: Thrifted

Day 3

Dress: Thrifted
Tights: Bought new
Boots: Bought new
Scarf: Bought new

Day 4

Top: Thrifted (sweater and tank)
Skirt: Thrifted
Leggings: Thrifted
Shoes: Bought new from Vegetarian Shoes (made ethically in Spain)
Earrings: Locally handmade (bridesmaid gift from a friend’s wedding)

*At the time, I was under the impression that Keen assembled their products in the U.S., and bought them as a moderately ethical and budget-friendly choice. It turns out it is only a subset of their products, mostly hiking boots. I probably won’t buy from them again unless this changes. Live and learn.

So, there it is! I’ll be back next week with another update. In the meantime, follow me on Instagram @andriahjones to keep up with my daily outfits and human trafficking  information.

-Andria