A folk dress has never featured highly in my wardrobe – in fact, I don’t think I’ve even tried one on before. I’ve never been a relaxed, laid-back, bohemian person. So why dress like one?
But then, of course, I upped sticks.
I married an environmentalist.
I started listening to folk bands.
I went cruelty-free with my make up.
I moved to Devon.
I quit my corporate job and took a £15,000 pay cut to work for a charity.
I switched my toothbrush from plastic to bamboo. I started carrying a reusable water bottle and a reusable coffee cup with me … everywhere!
I started buying local, organic produce whenever possible. I have been reducing the amount of meat I eat. I also went dairy free (albeit for dietary reasons).
I am a cliche. A corporate drop-out who has become ethical after a quarter-life crisis. So why not embrace that stereotype and wear the folk dress?
I’m wearing the Cherry Blossom print dress in the Navy colourway but the dress is also available in black. The same print can be found on the brand’s peasant blouses, tiered skirts, and shift dresses. The folk dress is made from a soft cotton fabric that is lightweight and perfect for providing coverage without stickiness during the heatwave that we seem to be having here in the UK this summer.
In fact, this dress is the perfect hot-weather dress with the flowing skirt, the loose fit and billowing sleeves. I can really see the dress becoming a staple of my warm weather travel wardrobe as it is just so comfortable to wear in the heat.
I’m wearing the 2XL in this folk dress – this equates to a size 18 UK. The dress, however, is very generous and you could easily drop a size if you prefer a slimmer fit to the dress.
I really like the oversized feel to this dress though, it keeps me cooler and allows for air to flow around the garment. The ruched waistband means you don’t lose the natural waist and the v-neck, hemmed by a geometric print, elongates the silhouette.
Adrift is not the most affordable brand, priced at the mid-high end range of ready-to-wear, high street lines. This dress is priced at AUD$129.99, converting to around the £78 mark. However, the cotton material is very high quality and the design is unlikely to go out of style which makes dresses like this a fantastic investment piece.
If the beauty of this folk dress isn’t enough to sell you on Adrift, they also have an amazing ethos! Last year, Adrift collaborated with Share the Dignity to design a capsule collection. Through this collaboration, Adrift were able to raise AUD$13k for the charity, which saw multiple vending machines dispensing sanitary items delivered to high schools and remote areas in Australia.
Ending period poverty and providing access to sanitary essentials is a cause that is very close to my heart and I already support Bloody Good Period, a charity who supply sanitary items to asylum seeker drop-in centres and food banks in the UK. Knowing that this folk dress comes from a brand with similar values to my own only inflates my new found values!