One of the many highlights of being the editor of a magazine such as Natural Mumma, means that I get to collaborate with some wonderful designers and discover some beautiful clothes. The editor’s photo each month is a chance for us to showcase an outfit that fits perfectly with the general theme that month as well as checking out against our eco credentials list. Finding clothes that are as stylish as they are ethical is no mean feat!
As soon as this dress from The Dorcas Dress Project arrived we were delighted with the fabric and the colour. The fine linen feels beautiful, catches the light and hangs flawlessly making it ideal for photos and a joy to wear. The colour was a great choice for my complexion and would suit most skin tones as it effortlessly straddles both cool and warm palettes.
The dress is beautifully lined in cotton lawn, and finished to such a high standard. This doesn’t just affect the look, feel and fit of the dress but it means that it will last – making it even more desirable. The timeless design reinforces this focus on sustainability.
The beauty of the Dorcas Dress is that it is so cleverly designed to fit all shapes and sizes, allowing you to wear it throughout pregnancy and while nursing. In the promotional imagery for the dresses they tend to be worn looser or layered with jumpers and tights. We wanted to show this dress in a different light. We wanted to celebrate my curves and show a glamorous side to this brilliant design.
When pulled in to embrace the figure, the dress skims the hips, nips in the waist and flatters the bustline. The skirt length offers a timeless elegance. The details, such as the tie fastening at the back and the little peplum that we effortlessly fashioned add interest to the overall effect. I love the crossover details at the sides too.
The dress is so comfortable to wear and is one of those coveted garments that make you feel instantly more beautiful as soon as you step into it. Realistically, it might take a small amount of manoeuvring to get into the dress alone (especially if you are wearing it cinched in at the waist like this) but having a dressing (and undressing) partner simply adds to the fun.
Read our interview with Maria Skoyles, founder of The Dorcas Dress Project