Dressember: Ending Slavery—Hollywood’s Biggest Names Are Joining In, Are You?


Dressember is the style challenge working to free the enslaved. Hollywood’s biggest names love it and YOU can also join in!


Dressember is officially upon us! Ever heard of this punny style challenge? Every December, the Dressember Foundation invites you to don a dress or tie daily and to use this fashion statement as a way to raise awareness and funds for the issue of human trafficking.

Dressember has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2013 and the foundation has now raised over $5 million to benefit organizations working to end trafficking. They provide a shockingly simple way to engage—simply wear (a bit more formal tthannormal) clothing that declares your support as a modern-day abolitionist. Proving easily accessible for all, this campaign welcomes participation from the whole family.

If you want to sign up for the 2018 Dressember challenge, today’s the perfect day to do so! You’ll be joining the ranks of some of Hollywood’s most compassionate celebrities. Here’s a rundown of our favorite famous Dressember advocates:

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison is Dressember’s fiercest celebrity supporter. Best known as Emma Swan on “Once Upon a Time”, Morrison posted daily on her Instagram account last December showcasing her #OOTD looks to her 1.5MM followers. She also auctioned off her 2017 dresses on eBay which helped her raise over $5,000 for the campaign last year. Every year, Dressember sells a unique collection of dresses (handmade by trafficking survivors) and we love “The Jennifer” designed by Morrison, a classic vintage-inspired winter look.


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Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart is our favorite 90’s TV star and is another repeat celebrity advocate for Dressember. In 2017, she committed to the style challenge, speaking openly about her work to see an end to slavery. Committing again this year, Hart’s posts to her nearly 1MM Instagram followers is sure to raise awareness for this abolitionist movement.

Yael Grobglas

Yael Grobglas is Petra, our favorite villain you love to hate, on “Jane the Virgin” (and of course we love her as Petra’s even eviler identical twin, Anežka)Grobglas’ commitment to the Dressember challenge is bound to raise awareness to her nearly 1MM Instagram followers.

Shailene Woodley

In 2017, Shailene posted a darling black and white photo in her Dressember dress to her 3.5MM followers. You may know this Emmy-winning actress from her huge roles on “Divergent,” “The Descendants,” “The Fault in Our Stars” or “Big Little Lies.” Over the years, Woodley has boldly been using her influence as a celeb to shine a light on a broad array of social justice issues including gun violence, prison reform and climate change.

Tony Hale

Here at Lightworkers, we love Tony Hale and his commitment to integrate his faith into his career as an Emmy-winning actor. The Dressember Foundation has fundraised millions of dollars for the work of International Justice Mission (IJM) since 2013. Hale has been a longtime supporter of IJM’s faith-driven work to end slavery in our lifetime. We loved seeing Hale recently extend his support to Dressember on Instagram.

Laura Spencer

Laura Spencer is best known for her recurring role on “The Big Bang Theory” as Emily Sweeney, Raj’s love interest. Like Jennifer Morrison, Spencer has been supportive of Dressember for several years and has also designed an official Dressember dress. “The Laura” features long sleeve and a scoop back. All Dressember dresses empower survivors of trafficking to work dignified jobs.

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Last night at @dressember’s kickoff event I had the pleasure of modeling this dress I designed that is part of the 2018 Dressember collection. It is available through the Dressember website and made by @elegantees, who provides well paid jobs to survivors and at risk individuals of human trafficking. Dressember officially starts in just a few days and I encourage you to support this incredible cause by doing at least one of the following: 1) Donate to one of the many advocates who will be wearing dresses the whole month of December at 2) Become an advocate yourself or start an advocacy team with friends/coworkers/family wearing dresses all month to raise money to help end human trafficking and provide assistance to survivors. Men can join in too wearing ties all month or dresses if they so choose! 3) Purchase an ethically made dress from the 2018 collection featuring gorgeous and diverse designs from inspirational women and hand sewn by inspirational women. The more in demand these dresses are, the more dignified jobs that can be created. Any step that you can take to aid in ending modern day slavery is a step in the right direction. 💛#itsbiggerthanadress #dressember 📷 by @photography.mcfarlane

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If you would like to commit to Dressember’s style challenge in this month or donate to their goal of raising $3 million in 2018, head on over to Do some good and look incredibly classy while you’re at it!