Sounds like a fashionista’s worst nightmare. And yet, Aimee Lambert Poor ’84 dreamed up the idea for herself last fall in an effort to suspend the mental energy spent thinking about what to wear and to simultaneously raise awareness and money for those who may only have one outfit because they are homeless. She asked friends, family and colleagues to pledge money for each day she completed wearing the dress. She then donated the funds to a Swedish charity.
A government major while at Wheaton, she teaches fourth grade at a bilingual school in Stockholm, Sweden, where she has lived since 1995. Her effort, which she dubbed “One Dress 50 days: Uniform Hunger,” took place from September 1 through October 20, 2010.
Her model behavior became all the rage in the media, including in Metro Stockholm, a Swedish national public radio program; on a morning TV show; and on fashion blog scandinavianfashion.net/2010/09/03/one-dress-50-days-uniform-hunger/.
“Several years ago I decided it was time for me to support a local charity in a concrete way. I have been so lucky in my life, and had made a new friend whom I greatly respect, and she influenced me in this regard. At about the same time, I read about a young designer who created a dress that could be worn for 100 days. I thought that was really interesting. I kept that idea in mind and casually wondered if I could find a dress I could wear for 100 days. After consideration, I thought 50 days was more realistic. I also decided it was time to examine my relationship with clothes and the excessive time and energy I spent on thinking about clothes, shopping for clothes, dressing in the morning, packing for trips.
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