Since downsizing my wardrobe at the beginning of the year, I’ve noticed a couple of gaps needing filled. Specifically, I had nothing to wear in the event of a somber occasion. And let’s be honest, in the midst of a crisis, the last thing we want to do is shop for clothing we’re going to wear to mark a sad time. So I decided to buy a dress now and wear it at other times so that the garment doesn’t become a symbol of death and sadness.
Because I’m trying to be mindful of my purchases, I decided not to simply buy a black dress to keep in the closet. I wanted the dress to be something I could wear in any season and for things other than funerals, so I was delighted when I came across this beautiful linen dress from Gudrun Sjoden. It’s a simple, elegant dress with 3/4-length sleeves and subtle embroidery. The fabric is light-to-midweight, so it can be worn year round here in Scotland.
I chose the ash grey version for my needs, but there are three other beautiful colours on offer (the photo above is in beetroot) if you are after something a bit more fun. There are plenty of ways to style this dress as it can be paired with colourful tights and an undershirt or simply worn with boots and a cardigan.
I ordered my normal size and found the dress a bit too big, so sent it back for the next size down. As one would expect from a sustainable, ethical designer, Gudrun’s customer service is excellent. Returns are free of charge and easily made.
At the time of publishing, the dress is priced at £129.00.