If you haven't yet heard about The Uniform Project, then you must check it out. The adorable Sheena Matheiken has committed to wearing the same dress for an entire year (don't worry, she actually has seven identical dresses, one for each day of the week), making it interesting and different each day with accessories and creative ensembles. She is using primarily vintage, hand-made and hand-me-down accessories to vary her look each day as an exercise in sustainable fashion.
The Uniform Project is also a year-long fund raiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of a year of daily creative accessorizing, all contributions to The Uniform Project will go toward Akanksha's School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for slum children in India.
A few interesting thoughts here. First, in this economic climate, if you want to update your look but can't afford a new season of clothes, then follow Sheena's lead and keep wearing what you have but add a few new accessories - like jewelry! This is the time when our itch for something new can be scratched without breaking the bank. I am sure that you can create a new look with last year's clothing and a new piece of jewelry if Sheena can do it every day for a year! This is one way that an accessory can make a huge difference.
But most importantly Sheena demonstrates that her various daily accessories can grab our attention (I am hooked, obsessively checking out the daily photos on her website) and can fuel fundraising for an important cause.
I have contact Sheena about donating some jewelry (keep watching her daily photos to spot some Judith Altman Designs), and I will be donating a percentage of my July through September sales to her cause.
So check out The Uniform Project and make a donation if you can!