Why Dressember?

I’ve always been in awe of people who use their interests and gifts for a greater purpose — artists, musicians, dancers, poets, people-with-crazy-athletic-skills, all employing their personal inclinations to benefit society. (I’m sure you find these people impressive too.) The hesitation in joining this group myself comes from a fear of inadequacy. I have no degree and no awards to boast of my competence, I feel unequipped. I’m learning, though, that Jesus loves to use those who have little to offer.

This is such a transitional phase in my life, preparing to graduate and head out on my own, but the Lord provides clarity and confidence in all of the change. My time is spent dreaming and praying about what God’s calling for my life might be. My greatest hope for my future lies in fighting for freedom for the oppressed. So, as I pick schools, majors and degree plans, I’m certainly preparing myself for the day I can choose a vocation dedicated to the fight for justice. It’s exciting, terrifying and a beautiful picture of the Lord’s grace to use wretched people like me to reconcile others to himself. But, until then, I can still participate in the going forth of God’s kingdom.

This month, I’m participating in Dressember, a “collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women”. For thirty-one days, myself and thousands of other women will wear a dress every day in order to bring justice to women who have been exploited for their femininity. It’s crazy how I’m able to use the dresses already hanging in my closet to change the lives of women around the world. It’s a capsule wardrobe for a cause. I will turn the (countless) times people ask me “Why are you so dressed up?” into a conversation about dignity for all women. I’ve watched with eager eyes as the Lord has used my enjoyment of fashion to go alongside my passion for justice. He is so good, and so powerful, to use those who have little to offer him; praise His name!

If you’d like to give to my campaign, or read more about Dressember, you can click here.

Mary Grace