Yesterday Sylvia mentioned the ‘sack’ and how I’ve now been converted. The absolute truth of the moment is that I’ve had a revelation. I’ve noticed that women of a certain age, especially if they are….more curvaceous, become invisible, to everyone. Especially if self-esteem goes down and they feel irrelevant. For years, I’ve skulked about in, tbh, boring clothes that didn’t draw attention to myself at all; even though I yearned to burst out of the self-made cocoon and wear the joyous clothes that I wanted. This became even worse when I became aware of the environmental and ethical issues revolving around fashion. What was a self-conscious, curvaceous woman with ethical dilemmas to do, except stay with what she’d worn for years, at least that way not adding to the fast fashion?
The ridiculous thing is that I tell my own daughter to not obsess with how she looks, to enjoy life, not wait for the mythical figure to arrive on the scales and have life suddenly be perfect. I look back at photos of myself and I’m appalled at the waste of time I spent agonising over the fact that I wasn’t a size 10. I was lovely! And then…Lo! The arrival of Sylvia, fashion guru and style queen. I saw the Roshan, aka ‘the sack’ and thought….hell,no. Well. Try and prise me out of it now. I’ve worn it on numerous occasions and love it. What’s even more amazing is the comments I get. I walk down the street and people – of both sexes – say ‘morning’, ‘hello’, ‘nice, isn’t it?’ Some have commented on the dress. I am not so shallow as to say it’s the dress, but more like that I’ve discovered ethical fashion, I am doing something that makes me feel better, that I am doing something worthwhile and that I am back to being relevant (as I always felt as a teacher). I feel happy, I am way more confident and I want to wear the clothes that I like, that are more interesting, that are helping towards my own personal campaign for more ethical and environmental friendly. I want to no longer be invisible! And this attitude, is, I think coming through. So it might only be a dress, but it has definitely helped me to redefine myself back to how I used to be. Go, the ‘sack’! Oh and curvaceous ladies….this is a s/m and I’m definitely not that size!
Styles and fashions change but my favorite dress at the moment is the Roshan dress by Nila Rubia. I have three – and I wake up in the morning and wonder which one I should wear. I remember these dresses first coming in when I used to work in Maude and Tommy, a fantastic ethical fashion boutique in York where I learned so much about ethical fashion. I remember thinking they looked a bit shapeless at first. But when I tried one on I realised how clever Nila had been with the design. They don’t look great on the hanger – but they do look great on. And they have pockets!! Fabulous big pockets. I love a dress with pockets.
The first one I bought was made of bamboo linen – it has a lovely silky sheen and is quite heavy so it drapes really well. It looks special and sophisticated, without being over the top dressy. It is an unusual colour and dip dyed so it’s quite striking – especially with a scarf that tones in with the colours – I am afraid I have a bit of a scarf addiction – and this dress looks great with a scarf! I wore this dress to present at a conference last year and it was perfect. I felt confident and relaxed.
I bought an indigo dyed organic cotton Roshan dress last summer – I literally wore it every day.
This year, when I tried on the yellow rose print, it had to be mine. It’s so summery – and even though we haven’t had much of a summer I feel summery in this dress – wearing it with leggings and a cami or Tee underneath to brave the British summer. On the beach this dress came into its own – it was a perfect throwover come changing tent!
When Karin came to see me in York to talk about working with me I showed her the dress and she called it the sack – but when I managed to get her to try it on, she bought two! It looks lovely on her too – its so easy to wear, and looks great on so many different women. So if you want a dress that is incredibly comfortable and stylish in an understated way – I really recommend the Roshan dress.
They feel so generous and easy to wear. Here is Karin in the lilac bouquet – looking pretty fabulous wafting around the garden!
We have had these dresses made up exclusively for our Curvacious Apparel collection to fit up to size 24 – so do have a look. The ‘Sack’ is a great style whatever your size or shape.