garb(e) \ gärb\ noun 1. obsolete: fashion, manner 2. a: a style of apparel b: outward form : appearance
Origin: Middle French or Old Italian; Middle French garbe graceful contour, grace, from Old Italian garbo grace.
First use: 1599
garb transitive verb: to cover with or as if with clothing First use: 1846
Apparel, array, attire, bedeck, costume, clothe, invest and robe are just a few of the words we use to describe the activity we undertake every day (unless we style ourselves ‘naturalists’ the latest euphemism for nudist). What we wear is a simple way to express oneself without lifelong commitment to any one image. I have ever been a bit envious of those who had a singular style; in my mind they never stand in front of the closet jammed with a rainbow assortment of skirts, vests, jackets, pants, dresses in various lengths and weights and agonize about what to wear, having nothing just right to wear.
That dilemma grew and became a further complication for me in my what-to-wear quest fourteen years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a modified radical mastectomy. Suddenly I was no longer bilaterally symmetrical and my clothes hung differently.
The ironic part is that I’d only just started feeling comfortable with my boobs and then The Highlander, as I called my surgeon, lopped one off. (‘There shall be only one!’)
The fortunate part is that having developed a fashion maven demeanour and a clotheshorse propensity I have always made most of my clothes. This blog will, I hope, explore my journey to design for the one-breasted figure, consider what makes a woman womanly and hopefully be an example of one who is comfortable in her own body. I feel that the Amazon Warrior Look can be a powerful statement of triumph over tribulation. (Legend has it that the Amazons cut off the breast on their dominant hand side to better handle their bows.)
And so it begins……..