Ankara is one very versatile fabric that has stayed with us over the years. It comes in different prints and colours, and in various mouthwatering designs that can be easily manipulated to create beautiful pieces. Today, you will hardly find a woman (and man too) whose closet is lacking in the Ankara department.
The fabric has gone through the phase of being seen merely as a material used to make traditional articles of clothing, to one that can be used to make shorts, casual tops, trousers, dresses and even suits! The other day I came across an Instagram beddings page, @stuchbeddings, advertising her ankara sheets. Yes! You can now buy ankara sheets mixed with cotton, of course, for any size of bed. This is just to show the grounds that ankara has covered in the twenty-first century… lol.
Dressing smartly is surely one of the requirements for success at the office. We all know the saying, “never judge a book by its cover”; but then to juxtapose that, there is another saying, “dress how you would like to be addressed”. This brings me to today’s topic of Ankara, and whether or not it is befitting of the work environment.
I recently had a conversation with a colleague at work. I saw her in the corridor; she was looking really nice, wearing this colourful long-sleeve knee-length dress, that had a white Peter Pan collar and white cuffs and, of course, some killer heels. Bear in mind that I work in a formal environment and we are allowed to wear ankara only on dress down day which is Friday. This conversation, however, ensued on a Thursday, and it went thus:
Me: Mrs O, you are looking smashing today, as always. Wow, what a lovely dress!
Mrs O: Thank you, my dear Stacy, you know I have to represent… (laughing).
Me: This fabric is very nice; was it hand-made or bought ready to wear?
Mrs O: My tailor made it. You know it’s ankara, right?
Me: No, kidding! Ankara?
Mrs O: Yes, ankara!
Me: Looking at it, one would hardly guess. This print is definitely an unusual one; it doesn’t even look like ankara.
Mrs O: Yes, indeed; the beauty of ankara! I have a lot of beautifully made ankara outfits; if it were left to me, I would wear them at least thrice a week.
Me: Ah, if they are anything like this one, your “slayage” rep will definitely increase!
… and we laughed over it.
Ladies, can you just imagine a world where we can wear more ankara to work? What are your thoughts? Would you go for it or not? Is it yay or is it nay?