Wearing One Little Black Dress for 5 Days!
April is the month of Earth Day and Fashion Revolution Week! Fashion is the second biggest polluter behind the oil industry due to several factors, one of which being textile waste. Did you know that most people only regularly wear 20% of their wardrobe and throw garments away after less than 30 wears? I was to shut down stigmas that surround wearing clothing over and over again! Last week I wore this dress styled in different ways for the next 5 days to highlight the value and versatility of one piece of clothing! I reached out to thredUP and they graciously gifted this secondhand little back dress as the star of the show. I had so much fun being creative with this mini challenge!
Here’s my first day wearing this little black dress! Today I was invited by SOKA University to talk about my passion for sustainability and environmental justice! Because of the talk I styled the dress in a semi-formal manner with a cotton button up from Crossroads Trading.
Today I was in the office so I pulled a vintage pleated pencil skirt over the dress and threw on a preloved polka-dot blazer! I inherited this blazer from my older sister and got the skirt from the Assistance League thrift store in Orange County.
I wore a colorful sheer secondhand Betsy Johnson dress I found at Savers (one of my fave thrift-find moments) and wore the thredUP dress over it! I like this look because the frilly fringe of the Betsy Johnson dress peeks out from the bottom, changing the visual dynamics of the outfit. I paired it with secondhand sunnies from the Salvation Army and a vegan leather bag by Canopy Verde!
On Thursday I threw a kimono over the little black dress and cinched the waist with a belt! For a little variety I also tied my hair into a curly high ponytail. The tassels and draped fabric of the kimono gives new shape to the straight neckline.
I wore a hand-me-down long sleeve, secondhand jewelry, ad a beautiful red tasseled shawl! It’s kind of perfect for Friday because you can ditch the shawl and head into happy hour in it!
I got so many compliments this week! Due to the mini challenge I dressed up a little more than usual. Although, I have to say, that I didn’t feel like I was putting in more effort than usual. In fact, I felt like I was putting in less effort because it was SO easy getting dress every morning knowing what I was putting on! I found success in wearing the dress for professional environments (an office and university), but also for silly environments, such as for random errands and Friday night fun!
I decided to do this this week because I wanted to show that it’s possible to make a variety of cute looks from one dress that look different from one another! I also wanted to see how easy it could be…and it’s honestly really simple with a little forethought! Now when I look at this dress I don’t see it strictly as a cocktail dress like I did which I initially received it. Now, I see a medley of cute chic outfits for several occasions!