Dress For Change
Inspired by: “The Uniform Project“
“How many of you have ever said, “ Ugh, I have nothing to wear!” I sure am guilty of it. When reality is, most of us have a closet full of clothing but our lack of accessorizing and realization of our closet’s potential forces us to believe our closet is empty. While we are all coveting over the latest trends and designer collections, there are little girls in foreign countries who cannot afford a dress for school, forcing them to stay home and continue to stay uneducated. Do not get me wrong; staying up to date on trends and latest fashions is definitely not a bad thing. Being the fashionista I am, I encourage all of you to be your own little fashion icons but I have developed a project that can benefit not only you but underprivileged girls as well.”
Sheyanne (left) and Me
Sheyanne Root, a close friend and fellow fashionista, has always dreamed of being a fashion designer and making a change in the fashion industry. Well, she is getting a head start on making a name for herself. Her senior project called “Dress For Change” will be her first step in making a difference in the “Fashion World”.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Sheyanne about her project and how you and I can make a difference.
Q: Sheyanne, tell us about “Dress For Change”
A: Dress for Change is a fashion consumerism project which will raise funds to create dresses for little girls in Africa.
Q: Where did your inspiration come from for this project?
A: As I was brainstorming on the possibilities I had for my project, I came across the Uniform Project, which is a fashion consumerism project that raised funds for education. A girl, (Sheena Matheiken) vowed to wear the same Little Black Dress for 365 Days. She changed up her outfit everyday by accessorizing differently. Burns High School took part in this project for the first time last spring. I was fortunate enough to participate and had the opportunity to be a guest blogger and wrote a few pieces for newspapers about the project and my personal experiences. The project taught me so much about my closet’s potential and accessorizing and I only wore the same dress for 7 days.
Q: Wow! 7 days I think I could manage but 365 days, that takes dedication. How did you switch up your outfits?
A: Well here is a photo journal of my experience last spring of the Little Black Dress Project.
Here is my Little Black Dress. This is Day Number One. Today I am wearing just the H&M Dress without any accessories!
Day Number Two!
I added a Forever 21 Polka Dot half shirt, red Hollister cardigan, Old Navy cream scarf, black nylons, and silver Marc Fisher ballet flats. My friend to the left participated as well. She did not have a black dress so she sported a black pencil skirt all week.
Today I added plum colored tights from Gap and a floral scarf. The three ladies next to me participated as well and give great example on how to add scarfs, shirts, belts, and footwear to add to your blank canvas of a dress!
Today I added a red pencil skirt from Maurices over my dress. I paired it with a metallic belt! I also added some vintage square earrings for an extra touch!
Today I added an a-line grey skirt from Gap over the dress. I also paired it with a leopard print eternity scarf and a red lip!
Today I added a leopard print cardigan from old navy as well as a red scarf from Down East Basics. I decided to pair this outfit with an American Eagle Outfitters fedora to give it a little extra touch.
The Final Day! Today I added a forever 21 striped tee and hot pink hoop earrings!
I am loving every single one of those looks. They are all so unique and creative. Accessories really can make an outfit!
Q: How Can I Get Involved?
A: All you have to do is visit lbddressforchange.blogspot.com to register. Steps to register are on the site. You will pay a $5 pledge and vow to wear a little black dress for a week. By wearing your dress for a week, you will be raising awareness for these underprivileged girls in Africa. Your goal is to accessorize differently throughout the week to create the illusion that it is an entirely different outfit. By doing this simple task, you will be changing the life of one little girl.
Q: When is Dress for Change?
A: Dress for Change week will be held April 1st- 7th. You can join in with many other girls from all over the world. From the United Kingdom to Virginia and Oregon to Dubai.
Q: Who is making these dresses?
A: I, Sheyanne Root, am the founder of “Dress For Change.” I am a senior in high school in Burns, Oregon. I vow to make a dress for every woman who signs up. So far, I have made just over 30 dresses to make and am eagerly waiting to make many more.
Sample Dress Pattern
For more information visit lbddressforchange.blogspot.com or email Sheyanne at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Join In & Let’s Make A Difference Together!
ONE BLACK DRESS
ONE CHILD’S EDUCATION
ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Join Me &Participate in “Dress For Change”
One Final Word From Founder, Sheyanne Root:
“Accessorizing for a week was challenging at times but very fun! I enjoyed the experience and I feel confident you all can do it! As you can see, It doesn’t take a plethora of clothing to do this. Adding simple pieces can entirely change your outcome! I hope this gives you hope and you now feel more confident about the Dress For Change Week!”
The Passionate Fashionista
I will be keeping a photo journal of how I accessorize my LBD during “Dress For Change” Week
****For More Information On The Uniform Project, visit www.theuniformproject.com***