If you’re the mood for something dreamy, floaty and sumptuous, I highly suggest checking out Mala Me. Founded by yoga teacher and studio owner Sarah Bentz, the brand started with Sarah’s extensive travels to Indian where she’d buy exquisite sari fabrics. I mean, is there anything more beautiful than a genuine piece of sari silk? Upon coming home Sarah would share these silks with friends but, what you do if you don’t know how to tie a sari? It’s a really intricate artform but can take years to master. Well, you make your friends breezy, easy-to-slip-on clothing so they can appreciate the culture you’ve experienced and admire.
Mala Me now has a beautiful range of shapes and fabrications with boho kimono inspired shapes in sari fabrics, off-the-shoulder dresses with sweet ruffles and wide-legged shoulder-tie jumpsuits in mixed prints and plain cotton blends. The name Mala Me is from Mala beads. These are to used keep count while chanting as part of a yogic practice or meditation, Sarah also hand beads Mala necklaces too!
After learning about Mala Me, I was lucky enough to collaborate with them. I’ve picked out two very different garments from their range that I’ve worn in two very different ways for you to check out.
This little striped jumpsuit ticks so many boxes. Super comfy, on-trend print, adjustable for each and every body… It has shoulder ties so you can change how deep the neckline sits. Now, I’m a huge fan of jumpsuits in their many variations because I find versatile. But a jumpsuit you can adjust to your shape or the occasion takes the cake for me. This blue and white stripe is great for playing with pastel accessories and cult classics like 70’s tinted aviator frames and some All Stars. This garment is also so comfortable. It’s like wearing socially acceptable pyjamas in public, but still looking and feeling cute.
I feel a bit guilty admitting this, but this kimono style jumpsuit is my favourite… It’s also my first foray into boho as an aesthetic. I’ve stayed away from most things you’d call boho, sticking to more plain pieces even when I do go whimsical. But give me a monochromatic print, throw in eclectic accessories and I can do this! I went a little Grey Gardens with a headband and some cat eye spectacles but I can see myself wearing it on holiday over a bikini with slops just as easily. Did I mention how amazing this silk feels when you’re wearing it?