Kelowna woman completes fashion challenge

Ingrid Uhrich wore the same basic black dress for six months and called it her 180 Style Challenge.

  • Jun. 25, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Ingrid Uhrich

Ingrid Uhrich has finished what she set out to do.

The Kelowna woman wore the same basic black dress for six months, come rain or shine.

Throughout this personal challenge,  she blogged about her experiences and what she learned about fashion sustainability and shared them through her website.

Calling her efforts the 180 Style Challenge, Uhrich used her website to voice her opinions about everything from environmental footprint of fashion to good sustainable brand choices and fashion tips.

During the past six months, Uhrich got to work with local businesses such as Unless Market, Jen’s 14 Plus and Georgie Girl, and was invited to give a guest lecture on her project and Sustainable Fashion at Simon Fraser University.

The 180 Style Challenge will have an open house to commemorate the process and to raise final funds for the causes it supports on Wednesday June 29, to mark the campaign’s 181st day. The event (dubbed a black dress event), will be held at the Kelowna Heritage Loft, 201-339 Bernard Ave. in Kelowna from 7 to 9 p.m.. It will be a fashion swap, which means attendees get to bring items clothing items they no longer want, to exchange for some from others.

Entry for the public is by donation and RSVP is required as capacity is limited. The event social media link is  https://www.facebook.com/events/234792820238539/

Uhrich’s says the fashion experiment has been a very positive one for her, and she is pleased with the feedback she’s gotten from the public. She hopes to continue to inspire change and awareness to this cause.

The 180 Style Challenge has raised over $1,000 and Uhrich hopes to hit the $1,500 mark by the end of the month.

To learn more about the charities and about The 180 Style Challenge visit the website 180stylechallenge.com

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