Happy December, friends! Between life and work, I’ve had little time or inspiration to pour into the Poppy Anthology lately, but I can say that I should be back to my regular posting schedule in the New Year. Today, however, is the first day of Dressember and I want to share my Dressember Necessities – A survival kit, if you will for 30 days in dresses during winter. (To find out more about Dressember, check out my post here.)
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Let’s start with the ultimate necessities
for a successful Dressember; Dresses.
Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT need 31 different dresses. Repeats are allowed and having fewer dresses actually helps to inspire creativity. Since I’m still living like a nomad and have to fit all of my clothing in a suitcase, I can’t have that many dresses with me, but I’ve found having about 4-5 dresses in rotation is all I need anyway.
Dressember Dress //
Photo Credit : Dressember
Yes, you read that correctly! There is a dress that is made exclusively for Dressember made in partnership with Elegantees! The Dressember Dress is ethically made with the Elegantees sewing center in Nepal. It was designed to be crafted from locally available fabric and was sewn by women who are paid fair wages and are working in a safe environment. I’ve shared about how much I love Elegantees before, and, as a result, I’m excited to be wearing one of their Dressember Dresses this year.
Black Maxi Dress //
My friends at PACT Apparel were kind enough to help sponsor my Dressember campaign by sending me one of their organic cotton maxi dresses to wear this month. All of PACT’s clothing is ethically made and I love how their simple black maxi dress can be a versatile and blank canvas. These maxi dresses look fantastic under any jacket or sweater and they can be easily dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. The one from PACT is, by far, the highest-quality maxi dress I’ve ever owned and it’s so incredibly soft. I don’t mind admitting that I will probably be almost living in this dress this month.
Sizing note: I typically wear a women’s medium and in the PACT maxi dress, I sized up to an XL. Albeit, I like my maxi dresses to be loose and flowy, but if you’re planning to order one for yourself, you might want to keep that in mind.
Tunic Dress //
A tunic dress was one of my favorite go-to pieces last year for Dressember and I’m confident that it will be a similar situation this year as well. A tunic dress is short enough that you can still layer your favorite leggings underneath or wear over a pair of jeans for extra warmth. This year, my Dressember Dress will serve double duty as my tunic dress because it is the perfect length to wear over pants when it gets cold. Since I’ll be spending the majority of the month living in Wisconsin, the turtleneck and long sleeves will help add extra warmth.
Formal Dress //
A dress that is easily dressed up is important to have on-hand for holiday parties and other such events. The I Love Your Dress from ModCloth comes in a variety of colors, is incredibly comfortable, and is made in the USA.
In addition to your dress collection,
these are the rest of your Dressember Necessities…
Leggings are amazing to layer under your dresses for those of us who are living in colder climates. PACT Apparel’s leggings are ethically made from organic cotton and I love all the fun patterns they come in. All the leggings that I’ll be wearing this month under my dresses are either from PACT or from LuLaRoe.
Boots are essential for staying warm while wearing dresses in cold and snowy conditions. If my feet are warm, it’s like I can handle just about anything. My personal favorites that I’ll be wearing this month are my Hunter Wellies, Blundstone 500s, and Sam Edelman Petty Booties.
Having some beautiful, fun, and warm accessories can help Dressember be a lot more fun. Even if you are only wearing a few dresses during the month, having plenty of accessories can help you create new outfits with what you already own. These are some of my favorites…
- Smartwool Beanie
- Giving Keys Necklace
- Infinity Scarf from Huckberry
- Dressember x Purpose Jewelry
- Lumber Gypsy Turband
- Warm Socks from Smartwool, United By Blue, and Wigwam.
During Dressember, I love scrolling through the #Dressember hashtag on Instagram to find inspiration and see how other women around the world are styling their dresses during this challenge. I’ve also created a Pinterest board full of ideas to spark creativity and statistics about the cause we are fighting for to remind me of the “why” behind it all.