Little Black Dress Project
After NOT wearing a dress for FOUR years, wearing the same dress everyday for 30 days was hard. Wearing the same thing EVERYDAY was harder than I thought it would be at first, turning out to be depressing. That was when taking my pictures came in, they gave me something to look forward to.
WHY on earth would did I wear the same dress for 30 days? I participated in the Little Black Dress Project to help raise awareness of human trafficking around the world. Some people might say "that should be enough to keep you going." Although human trafficking is very important topic, I don't live in an area of the world were human trafficking is in my face on a daily bases. I live in a very safe part of the world, that coupled with the fact I don't meet the demographics of people being trafficked in my area. Human trafficking is not something that is out in the open here.
Participating in the Little Black Dress Project brought to my attention how much we, or maybe its just me, care about our outer appearance. Before this project, I mainly wore jeans and t-shirts as my simple and reliable dress code. It is what I am most comfortable in, which is why I structured my closet around this dress code to the point I could just walk in and pick something and walk out quick and easy. Changing my dress code to incorporate a dress was hard, leading to me spending some time figuring what to wear the first two weeks.
After the first two weeks people started to act weird around me, I am not sure if it was because they started to notice I was wearing the same thing everyday or because I was not caring so much about looking cute in my dress or maybe it was my mood was starting to sour because I was just tired of wearing they same dress EVERY DAY. Whatever it was, how people acting toward me both before and after the Little Black Dress Project was different.
Although wearing the dress for 30 days was hard, the one thing I was not anticipating to be hard was coming up with something to say for 30 days to promote the Little Black Dress Project. Almost everyday I would post my picture to prove I was still wearing the dress and say something to raise attention to human trafficking. This task was hard, I did do some research but there was only so much to say and so much time I could put towards researching the topic. Although I am an advocate for human trafficking, I don't work for a human rights advocating company so finding information to talk about the topic does take some work.
Although I am not sure if I would do this again, I do think it is a good experience for people to under take. I will however, ALWAYS CONTINUE my support for human rights which I have SUPPORTED FOR YEARS in a less public way.
FUN FACT: I have a knack for getting things dirty. My water bill loved March for I had to rush wash the dress many times for coffee spills, snot getting on me, beef grease stains, makeup spills, and the most gross: my son throwing up on me.