Little White Dress Challenge: Day One! Super Simple White & Grey


In March I was inspired by a fantastical project I discovered via the green fashion queen Summer Rayne Oakes. She was participating in the Uniform Project for a month. The Uniform Project was founded in 2009 by Sheena Matheiken when she decided to don a little black dress for 365 days in order to raise awareness for sustainability and as a fundraiser to support the Akanksha Foundation.

I loved the idea! Here was a brilliant chance to put sustainability into practice. When I get an idea it’s very difficult to deter me, so following countless emails the Little White Dress project was born. I love the philosophy behind the idea, and I love the motivation that comes with having to plan out how I’ll wear my LWD in different and interesting ways every day.

For about the next three weeks I’ll be fashioning the Little White Dress shown here. It’s the Sassafrass dress from eco label Bodkin and I purchased it from Kaight. It’s made of a softly woven organic cotton, and it’s comfortable and lightweight, two important factors for my daily commute to Columbia University, where I’ve been attending a three week intensive writing workshop (and running around hot, humid NYC in the summer). It also doesn’t wrinkle too badly and is easy to travel with, so it’s absolutely perfect to take with me to the Hamptons over the weekends where I spend time chasing a three year old, taking walks to the beach and town, and attending dinners and BBQ’s.


For Day One of the Little White Dress Challenge I was adamant about showing off the dress itself and letting it shine rather than overwhelm it with accessories, so I paired it with gray leggings and a cute pair of flats. It looked stunning through my commute, eight hours of intense writing workshopping, and some post-class errand shopping. Needless to say this dress was a serious score!

More to come, tomorrow!

Haley Sherif holds a B.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing from Emerson College. Born & raised in Manhattan, she's currently living in Brooklyn pursuing her dream to write. As an eager fourteen year old she originally joined the Eco-Chick team as an intern, several years later she's happy to be back. Her writing and design projects can be found on her personal site, haleykamilla.com, as well as on The Culture-ist and later and in Perversion's June, 2016 issue.