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The Uniform Project: Beneficial Sustainable Fashion

The Uniform Project

The Uniform Project

I have always been envious of private school girls for one main reason: They got to wear uniforms. Although some girls hated the fact that they had to wear the vest/plaid skirt combinations, I have always thought it would have been an incredible time-saver for me in middle school and high school. The hardest part about getting ready for school and the part that would take me the longest was getting my outfit JUST right….and by the time I actually left for school, my room would look like a clothing bomb went off smack dab in the middle of the room.

If you have a similar problem when dressing before work or while getting ready to go out at night, we have a great initiative for you. Try the challenge offered by The Uniform Project, wherein you pledge to wear one dress for one year as an “exercise in sustainable fashion.” According to the guidelines, there are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week so you always have a clean one. You are allowed to accessorize with layers, different jewelry, etc., all of which should be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-downs from your friends, big sis, or anyone who has grown tired of their things and has re-gifted them to you. This lets participants in the project still feel like they are stylish and unique, and helps the outfits look different enough so that people don’t start wondering if you only own one dress.

Why would anyone want to do this? As mentioned, it helps decrease waste and inspires you to feel like you are not just another consumer in the economic rat race. Plus, The Uniform Project is also a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, which is an education charity in India. All contributions to the Foundation will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for the children who live in the slums in India. Thrifty for you, and very beneficial to the kids. And you know M.I.S.S. loves the kids.

Would you be up for this challenge? What do you M.I.S.S. readers think? Leave a comment and let us know!

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7 Responses to “The Uniform Project: Beneficial Sustainable Fashion”

  1. Gee Gee says:

    This totally would save me the estimated 900 hours I waste on picking out things to wear each time I leave the house… very interesting concept!

  2. CD says:

    this is so interesting! i just might try it!!

  3. Barbara says:

    I could do this without a problem. Love the concept!

  4. Cookie says:

    Oh, hell no. I could never do this. I don’t even like to wear the same dress more than once in any city I travel to (only here at home). It’s awful! But I do recycle clothes by giving them away to Salvation Army.

  5. miss.alissa.duh says:

    sure would! where do i sign up?!

  6. macy says:

    I think it’s a great idea. In fact, if our hospital administration would only allow, I might as well do the same with my medical uniforms. That way, no one’s gonna hear me complaining about wearing the same adar scrubs everday.

  7. Rae says:

    This is a great idea! As much as I love my own style, I’ve always wanted to be one of the lucky uniform girls. I’m about to start college, and the weather is every extreme at some point in the year, but if I can find a way around it (seasonal uniforms?) I’m totally on board!


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