Today, I wore my Roland Mouret brown checked dress for the very first time. It seemed appropriate for enough for work but when paired with some ankle booties, made a kind of edgy outfit for going out at night. When you look at the dress, you do immediately get a ‘frumpy secretary’ feel because of the check and the high neck but lo and behold, the subtleties of Mouret’s cutting and fit said otherwise. I got wolf whistled by a bunch of builders on the way to work, got asked for my number by some random guy on the bus (let me assure you know, that is a FIRST for me!) and at work, my male colleagues couldn’t compliment me enough. Usually, it’s sniggers and jibes about whatever I’m wearing but apparently the dress with it’s snug fit, little slit at the back and feminine shape pushed all the right buttons.
I can’t say I was all that comfortable with it. I love the dress for sure but I didn’t really like what came with the dress. My encounter today, reminded me of an article Fash’Ho kindly forwarded to me from the Guardian about Lucinda Chambers, British Vogue stylist and Sophia Neophitou, editor of Russian Vogue swapping wardrobes for a day. The former is a Marni girl, all loose, patterned clothing and stylish accessorising, the latter is a Mouret woman with a penchant for the hourglass sillhouette. Me thinks I’m more of a Lucinda than a Sophia. What she said about wearing Roland Mouret for a day: "These clothes are very sexy and I don’t dress to express my sexuality -quite the opposite, some could say. I don’t see myself as overtly sexual and I don’t want people to think I’m trying to be something I’m not." Frankly, I feel the same way. Still, to feel appreciated by the opposite sex once in a blue moon is not such a bad thing. I’m guessing the dress will come out very infrequently then!