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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