The Model and Me: Verily autumn-winter 2012

Hello autumn. I feel you.

You make nights so much more fun. I do love a doona snuggle. Yes, I do.

And I do like that it’s not super sticky and sweaty. That it is actually possible to get dressed in something other than the lightest cotton and not feel like a boiled sausage by midday.

It’s about this time of year that I open my wardrobe and it’s like a choir of angels is singing to me. My trans-seasonal wardrobe (which is most of my wardrobe) comes into full play.

I can finally wear jeans again. And leggings. Which brings me to the point of today’s Model and Me post.

See, from now until about September, I’ll do a daily wardrobe shuffle that consists of jeans one day, leggings and tunics the next. Both are looks that can be dressed up as required or down if I’m sitting at home in front of the computer with my heater by my side and ugg boots on. True story. Come winter, I will take a photo and prove it ;)

Now this tunic top/dress and legging outfit is all about comfort – and clothes that are easy care and easy wear. The kind of clothes that you can throw into the wash (I put mine in a lingerie bag to prevent snagging), hang up on the line and know you can wear again the next day if you need too. The kind of clothes that make travelling or even weekends away super easy.

I love that you can also wear a tunic dress that may be a little shorter that you would opt for in winter because a pair of tights or leggings can camouflage all manner of sins.

I’ve blogged about Queensland label Verily before and will do again as long as designer Leonie Macleod continues to produce garments that suit my needs – and many of your needs too.

This season, Leonie’s taken that one step further, extending her range to offer designs up to size 24. (CLICK to visit Verily)

The extended range uses the same design principals that Verily has become known for, with the addition of great pattern making to allow for a generous bust, tummy and hip. The range is youngish, stylish and simple.

The emphasis for the collection has been timeless design, great fit and creating pieces that you will love wearing. The inspiration has been the women I get to dress, perfectly imperfect in every shape, size and style who want clothes that are easy to wear and make them feel beautiful. - Leonie Macleod, Verily

So what’s taken my tunic fancy this season? A couple of pieces actually.

Shall we take a look at the model wearing them first? Of course we will … you know the drill.

The Model

Verily Winter 2012 tunics

1. Verily In Pieces Tunic $129 | 2. Verily Winter Tunic $129

And Me!

Verily In Pieces tunic | Country Road leggings, scarf and ballet flats | Cheap Monday sunglasses

Verily In Pieces tunic | Country Road leggings, scarf and ballet flats | Cheap Monday sunglasses

Verily Winter tunic | Metalicus trench coat | Sussan ribbed tights | Jaime Mascaro boots

Verily Winter tunic | Metalicus trench coat | Sussan ribbed tights | Jaime Mascaro boots

Either of these tunics can be worn dressed up with heeled boots and tights or dressed down with ballet flats and leggings or tights and flat knee-high or ankle boots.

As it cools down I can add I layer under the In Pieces tunic and wear the Metalicus trench over the top.

I’m also going to wear the Winter tunic back with a pair of skinny leg jeans for a different look again. It’s short enough that this will work for me as an alternative.

Viva la Tunic, I say. What say you?

Do you embrace a tunic dress and leggings combo or are you firmly in the jeans and pants camp?

* These two tunics were gifted to me in accordance with my editorial disclosure policy. This is not a sponsored post but does include affiliate sales links.

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  • http://www.sequinsandsand.com.au/ Anita McLachlan

    You’ve got my winter uniform on! Love, love, love and live, live, live in my tunics in winter. That read is so warming. A great colour for winter. Thanks again Nikki. Lookin’ fab. A:)

  • http://www.maidinaustralia.com/ Maid In Australia

    I’m particularly loving the red tunic … just gorgeous on you!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks MIA xx

  • http://www.jeweldivas.com.au/ Jewel Divas Style

    I stopped reading when I read – “I’m sitting at home in front of the computer with my heater by my side and ugg boots on.”

    OH MY GOD!!!!!! YOU TOO!!!!!

    My ankles absolutely freeze in winter. I’m wrapped up in track dacks, a tshirt, a skivvy, a jumper, a big long parka and the heater by my sock covered, long slipper boot clad feet, no ugg boots for me, and I STILL freeze!

    Bloody hell! Someone else who does that!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Yes, even up in QLD my thyroidy circulation lets me down! Big time!!

  • http://twitter.com/ShesSonic She’s Sonic

    As usual, you’ve styled your outfits beautifully Nikki. I’m a huge fan of the tunic – it’s so versatile and flattering. In fact, it’s totally taken over the jeans and top combo for me. Tunic and leggings all the way!! xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Welcome to the club ;)

  • Mark my words

    Yes the tunic/ legging look is very chic… I’m wondering about the bra though – not quite the look for a snug fitting outfit. Perhaps some ideas re. underwear in the next post?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      I had the wrong bra on for the shoot – only realised it long after the photos were taken. Just need a smooth bra, that’s all.

  • monniemoo

    Awesome, Nikki!

    Actually…I have a question for you!  I’m heading to the US in January (yes…snowy and freezing…but hopefully beautiful!).  Do you think leggings and tunics could work then, or would it just be too cold?  Already starting to pack (in my head…real packing will be left to the very last minute, as is my disorganisation in all things packing)…and are hoping to escape jeans and go for leggings instead, but worried about chill factor…any ideas?

    Cheers!

    Amanda

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      If you’ve got long boots and a good coat and are just going between heated homes and hotels then they should work.

      • monniemoo

        thankyou Nikki…Looking out for a good coat…if you ever do a post about coats, I’m in!

  • LovingIvory

    Hi Nikki!
    I’m also a big fan of the tunic dress, with leggings/skinnies and boots.  The winter tunic and metalicus trench looks great on you (my favourite for sure!)
    I’ve also been wondering how the now famous seed tube maxi dress could be styled for winter (I for one would love to read your take on it).    Not that I have one in my closet yet,  still indecisive on this one – I definitely need more inspiration coming from a cooler climate :)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Re the condom dress, I’ll be doing it the same as this styling, adding layers on top … but including ankle boots as my shoes.

  • Aussie Mum

    I was always a jeans girl but in the last year or so I have embraced the tunic dress – especially with leggings and boots for the winter! I love your take on the Verily Winter Tunic (you look fab) especially with the Metalicus Black Trench. Might have to get one for myself!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Go Aussie Mum!

  • Sarah

    Hi Nikki, I seriously think you look better than the model!  The model pics look ho-hum to me (no offence to the model) and you look amazing in both!  Very inspiring :)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Sarah … the model is actually a gorgeous mum at my son’s school, so she’s very real… just a different shape to me!

  • Shelly P

    Great winter look!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Shelly!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713273835 Sharon Johnson

    Love how you work the red winter tunic, leggings and boots. I love the leggings look~I wish to work it, Unsure of my height whether that look makes me appear shorter. 

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      No, it doesn’t need to Sharon … you need the tunic to be above the knee and if you streamline the boots and tights in the same colour then you’ll keep your height!

  • Eat,drink and be Kerry

    I love leggings. So comfy and easy to wear. I found Verily at the South Bank Young Designers Market and bought some of her gear last winter. It was great to wear and several people asked me where I bought it.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Yes, Leonie loves going to the Young Designer Markets – good find!

  • Sharon O

    Knocked this one out of the park again Nikki! You give us girls with the not-size-6-skinny-minnie frame a hope of looking fabulous with these flattering looks! I’m taking notes! Thanks a million, xoxo

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Oh, thanks Sharon … I want everyone to feel good about themselves, no matter what their age, shape or size.

  • http://trumatter.wordpress.com/ Rukmini Roy

    You are looking lovely Nikki! Very striking indeed in that red and black one. 

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Why thank-you lovely lady!

  • Claire

    Omg, you work both dresses so much better than the models! I love the tunic dress & leggings look, especially as I am 5’10″ and many dresses are too short for me and my imperfect legs. But throw on some leggings and Bob’s your uncle!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Claire … that’s exactly why I LOVE leggings!

  • http://www.zigazag.com/ Johanna

    Both outfits look great on you Nikki. Look forward to more inspiration as autumn moves into winter.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Lots more to come Johanna, thanks x

  • BBeingCool

    Very nice! I love the look of dresses and leggings – I think it is very slimming {creates a great silhouette}.

    I also ADORE black, red and grey {add white and I am in B heaven}.

    Great post as always. Sigh – is it hard being so fabulous?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      I’m not fabulous … just LOVE my little space here and love writing about fashion and beauty stuff that we don’t get to read in most mainstream publications. x

  • http://twitter.com/tammilborn Tam

    I love a tunic over leggings or skinny jeans.  The most versatile outfit ever!  

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      That it is!!

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    I wear tunics and tights a lot. I love the second look. Rachel  

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Another member of the club!

  • http://claireyhewitt.blogspot.com ClaireyHewitt

    I love the second one. Tunic’s are great. I tend to find a favourite and wear it non stop with everything for a season until it is worn out, which means they give me great value.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      I find that can happen because they’re so easy to wear – especially when working at home x

  • http://claireyhewitt.blogspot.com ClaireyHewitt

    The dfgdfgd

  • Melanie_2474

    Great looking outfits Nikki – frankly I like your shots better than the ‘professional’ model’s!

    • LISA Mckenzie

      I do too Melanie ,the shots of Nikki are more REAL that sounds stupid but we all want to see real people in outfits I Think.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Lisa and Melanie x

  • Supers

    Fab – I just bought the Verily Split Cowl dress last night (after careful perusal of your previous Model and Me posts).  

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Oh, you’ll love that. You might have seen last year’s variation on my blog? I love wearing that tunic.

  • http://twitter.com/alexricia Alex

    I love a good tunic. Love the second one a lot!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      I’m thinking I need to start a Tunic Club!

  • Janet Camilleri

    Yep I love tunics and leggings. So comfortable and hide a multitude of sins LOL …

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Oh yeh!!

  • kat.mic

    You look amazing in both, but I especially love the second look on you.
    The tunics are great and I am on the look for some, however at $129 each my budget (sahm to 4 children on one wage) is not going to stretch to that.
    Do you have some recommendations of cheaper, yet still lovely versions of the tunic dress please?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Hi Kat … totally understand that. If you check Kmart and Big W (you’ll need to comb the racks) but you’ll find tunic styles.

  • Mrs Woog

    I bloody love Verily!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      I bloody love you x

  • Robyn

    Hi Nikki, I just love both looks and actually think they look better on you than the model!  The red ensemble is my favourite.  I recently added a couple of tunics to my wardrobe and as you say they are so versatile.  I’m tall (5’10″) so need to add a layer (such as my little black stretchy Target skirt) to keep myself “decent”.  The addition of one of my Vigorella trenches – red/black help create many different looks.  Please keep these “The Model and Me” stories coming Nikki – they’re great, thanks!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Robyn! And yes, a black stretchy skirt is a perfect for the shorter length tunics. I do that myself when they are the ones that end up dangerously close to my bottom ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johanne-Taylor/100000780773879 Johanne Taylor

    I love this look of tunic and leggings on other people, but never quite pull it off myself. I tend to fall back on skinny jeans under a tunic, and tights and boots under a dress (rather than the shorter tunic).
    I especially love the winter tunic with the Metalicus trench- maybe this year…

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Sounds like you know what works for you Johanne … the orange winter tunic will be prefect for me over skinny jeans.

  • LISA Mckenzie

    I love tunics and leggings too,they are my fave everyday outfit,comfy and they also can look chic as well,and yes they can take you from home to the shops to even out to lunch if the need arises .
    Loving the red tunic on you Nikki it really suits you ,loving animal print too but being short 5ft3 i find some tunics look too long on me so i either wear with opaques and boots or chop them off.
    I love the ponte leggings in winter they look good suck in the bad bits and are comfy and warm,i hate being cold ,loathe it in fact ,our house is really cold in winter and you’ll often see me walking around with my dressing gown over my clothes till it warms up,we get terrible frosts here too.
    Looking forward to seeing you in front of the heater at your desk lol.Really enjoy your model and me posts and your keeping it real posts.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Lisa … I you can hold me to the heater in front of the desk photo … will probably have my dressing gown on too ;) We don’t get as cold as you do but we can have some very cold nights that do warm up to lovely days.

  • Sarah

    Love a tunic and leggings so versatile!  These both look great on you Nikki.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Sarah … another member of the club!

  • Holly

    I love tunics and leggings, wear them all the time in winter! The second tunic looks amazing on you, I think it’s the colour, really suits you!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Holly … and great to hear of another member of the tunic and leggings club ;)

  • Jeanie

    I love tunics, they are easy to wear and comfy! I wore one on a night out with leggings and high boots, looked great. Love #2 tunic on you.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Thanks Jeanie … and good to hear you’re already on to this look!

  • http://allconsuming.com.au/ allconsuming

    I see many a tunic in my future. 

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      And that is my community service back to you this morning!

  • CazR

    They both look fab Nikki, think the first tunic is my fav although the silhouette created with the trench coat and tights makes you look super slim and tall.  I love leggings and jeans as well and this time of year when the heat and humidity of Qld summers goes- well just perfect  :-)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Hi Caz – yes, the trench silhouette is working a treat. I purposely put the trench on so that you can see how easy it is to create an illusion of length. I do the same with a sleeveless vest too.

  • Vickyfinch

    The burnt orange one I have been lusting over since I saw it on her site last week. It’s gorgeous…. And so my colour. Both look great Nikki. This is my favourite time of year too. For all the same reasons as yourself. Was one of t
    He bonuses of being in NZ, I got to wear other things!!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      Oh, yes, that would have been a lovely bonus of NZ at this time of year. The orange colour is gorgeous, Vicky x

  • http://twitter.com/3xprettyBlog 3xPretty

    Love leggings and tunics!! More then Jeans in fact. Leggings are much more forgiving and I feel more girly in them! Really interesting that on the model I liked the red one, and would have thought it was better for my shape (which, when bump free is very much like yours) but when you wear them, the “in pieces” tunic is really flattering, possibly more so then the “winter” one! 

    Now to find a maternity tunic . . . .

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki Parkinson

      3XPretty … I know, I actually felt the same before trying them on. The In Pieces tunic gives me shape under my bust and then drapes like I need it to. The Winter one is more streamlined on me – and shorter.