I love this beautiful maxi dress; and I think it’s perfect for spring and summer, especially now that we get to go outside again. In all transparency though, this maxi dress has been sitting in my closet for over a year now. The dress was sent to me as part of a collaboration I had with one of my favorite small business owners and black designers here in the USA. I was going through a rough period at the time, as I just lost my mother and I wasn’t at the right place in this dark moment of my life.
Ever since my mother’s passing, I was waiting for the right moment to style this dress; and whenever I decided to wear it, it will take me back to those sad days of my mom’s passing and I will put it away. – I’m grateful for Nomose Couture for being so understanding and patient.- It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I decided to let go of that feeling of commemorating the death of my mother, with anything that reminds me of the time I got the news, if that makes sense… that I took out this dress and styled it for a fun photoshoot. What’s really humbling and amazing is that this dress does not only remind me of the passing of my mom, but it also reminds me of her beauty, her style, her “joie de vivre”, and some of the fashion conversations she and I had when she was still of this world.
Like most Ouest-African women, my mother loved bold and beautiful African prints. Even though she had some of the most beautiful and stylish European outfits and ensembles, her wardrobe was mostly consisted of prints like the ones of this dress, and her style is very regal and elegant. She loved and rocked off-the-shoulder styles like no one and she made everything look so beautiful and regal on her tall and curvy frame.
My mother’s beauty and sense of style was one of the many things people admire about her! My mother was a very beautiful lady with an impeccable style, but her inner beauty largely surpassed her outer beauty, and she was a force to reckon with. I pray to become as half as the beautiful and impactful human my mother was; and it’s really a struggle for me writing about her in the past tense.
Wearing this beautiful lady-like Ankara maxi dress that my mother would definitely wear reminds me so much of her and has a big part in the woman she made me into today. She would have approved of this dress on me, and told me how beautiful I looked. She used to have a strong opinion on some of my Western styles (high-knee boots for example 😀 ), and I would try to convince her on how this is okay where I live and how she can’t tell me what to wear anymore. 🙂 She would say something like: “You Americans… plus you always have your own style, even though you learned a lot from me…” 🙂 ; and it’s fair to say that I got it from my mama!
At the dawn of Mother’s Day, (and every day for that matter) I miss my mother more than anything, and would do anything to have her with me.
Dear Mama, this outfit post is dedicated to you, and this bouquet is for you!
I love and miss you dearly!!!
As always, thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
Love & Light,