Goodwill Keystone Area Fashion Blog

Dressember is Dignity


Can a dress change the world? The answer: Yes.

I’m challenging myself to wear dresses (when I can) in December and in the next few blog posts I’ll be featuring myself and my friends in some festive frocks for the holiday season. Dressember is a movement that uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity.

“As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. Dressember exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time. The heart of Dressember is dignity– that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and free life.”

My first look is a simple black and gold striped sweater dress from Ann Taylor Loft. 1 I found this dress months ago at the Ephrata store and put it aside for the holiday season. It was new with tags for $79, but I picked it up for just $8. Depending on how I accessorize it, it can work for a night out or a day at the office.2

I have paired it with a stunning gold and black beaded statement necklace from Chico’s. 3This multi-strand necklace is accented with teardrop shaped jewels for some extra sparkle and shine. When new, this beauty would have retailed for about $59.

Shiny Michael Kors black patent pumps are the perfect footwear for this special look. 4These classic heels will have a place in my closet forever. Black pumps, especially stunning ones like these, never go out of style. They would have cost about $130 at a mall store.

While wearing a dress seems like an obvious choice for this time of year, helping make a statement by donning a special frock is something simple you can do to be an advocate for women everywhere. And Goodwill makes it easy and affordable to look good while you make a difference.

Dress: $8.00
Necklace: $5.00
Clutch: $4.97
Shoes: $9.97
Total: $29.94
Retail estimate: $300+

From my closet to yours,



About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.