How To Dressember

Alright, so there’s this thing called Dressember where for the month of December you wear a dress, or a tie if you’re a man, to bring awareness to those who suffer in human trafficking. And this awareness is so important because more than 30 million people a year are enslaved due to trafficking. If we can do something about it as a society, even just to bring awareness, maybe we can make a difference. So, if you can, join in on Dressember, stand up, speak out, make a difference, and dress up. However, I know December is a whole month, and wearing a dress the whole time can get hard. So here are some pointers!

 

Figure out your body shape.

-This is mostly something talked about for women, but it can also apply to men. Now, this is not an end-all-be-all thing, but it is a good place to start. It can really help narrow down what might look the best on you, or help you start figuring out what you would like to see on yourself.

-Men body types: Rectangle, Oval, Triangle, Inverted Triangle, and Trapezoid 

  • Trapezoid: Avoid baggy pants, vertical stripes are good as the lengthen the torso, a blazer tapers your waist making the stomach seem slimmer and your shoulders broader.
  • Inverted Triangle: Horizontal stripes help balance the chest and waist, slim fit jackets, straight leg jeans/trousers
  • Triangle: Vertical stripes create slimming effect, structured shoulder in jackets even out proportions, straight leg jeans/ trousers
  • Oval: Wide collar shirts look good on broad men, pleated pants are also good to add more room to the pants, pants should fit at the natural waist or the bottom of your stomach, not beneath.
  • Rectangle: Horizontal stripes add width to a slight frame, structured tailoring adds size to shoulders and torso, straight leg trousers/jeans

 

-Women body types: Banana, Apple, Pear, Hourglass

  • Hourglass: Wear form-fitting clothing that emphasizes your curves, draw attention to your waist, and watch out for necklines that may be too revealing
  • Pear: Wear straight leg pants with heels, wear tops that accentuate your shoulders, A-line dresses are very suitable
  • Apple: Draw attention away from your waist, v-neck necklines are good for you, draping fabric is also very flattering
  • Banana: Add a belt to dresses to pinch/emphasize your waist, mini skirts are also great and emphasize long legs

 

Figure out what colors look best on you.

Some colors look better on some people and not so great on others, and that's probably due to their skin tone. Find your skin tone, and find the colors that look good on you. And own it! It all depends on the undertones you can see in your skin.

  • Cool: Pink, red, and bluish undertones.
  • Warm: Yellow, peachy, and golden undertones.
  • Neutral: A mix of warm and cool tones.

Do Something Different

Experiment, with cuts, colors, designs, and patterns. While it's nice to stay in your comfort zone to make things easier, sometimes it's really nice to go out of the norm and take a chance. Mix and match with colors and patterns. Add accessories you normally would not wear. Wear something that is exciting to you.

Wear What Makes You Happy

Above all wear what makes you feel good. If certain cuts, fabric, or colors make you feel less than good don't wear them. Find what appeals to you and wear it. If you like it wear it. Even if something or someone says you shouldn't wear a specific style, color, or cut of clothes,  if you like it and if it makes you feel good, then wear it.