The Model and Me: SanCerre spring 2012

Keeping some semblance of style going on is difficult at the best of times but when you’re smack, bang in the middle of summer, it’s probably the time of year that presents the biggest challenges.

For starters, you’d probably prefer not to be wearing much at all (not an option should you wish to leave your aircon-ed apartment and not get arrested!) and, for seconders, sweat is not a particularly attractive accessory.

What I’ve noticed on the streets of New York – particularly in West Village where we are staying – is that there is a bit of a summer-in-the-city style uniform. And it works.

Girls are either wearing little denim shorts and a top with flat strappy sandals or they’ve popped on a cute cotton frock and worked it back with those same strappy flats or some platforms.

Given that my legs are well past the denim cut-off short stage (this is a leg thing, not an age thing), I’ve embraced the little cotton frock idea.

SanCerre* sent me to New York with a tunic and slip dress from its spring-summer 2102-13 collection and it proved just the ticket for our first full day of sightseeing and shopping in the Big Apple.

I love that even though I kept my cool all day, I was still able to layer my outfit with the two pieces – this is a bit of a key to looking more put together. The more often you can layer your outfit, the more it goes up a notch.

Layering is easy in winter; not so easy in summer.

Wearing a modal or rayon lycra (as is the case with this one) slip dress under another dress is a great way to help keep the sweat gods at bay too.

Here is the model wearing Sancerre:

Sancerre spring-summer 2012-13

Sancerre Basic Band Slip $75 | Sancerre Bella Tunic $115

And here is me:

Sancerre spring-summer 2012-13

Sancerre spring-summer 2012-13

Sancerre Basic Band Slip $75 | Sancerre Bella Tunic $115
| Sancerre Necklace $77 | Shoes: Funkies | Photo shot on location in West Village, New York

Sancerre necklace

Sancerre Necklace $77

How do you keep your cool and your style as the weather heats up?

*These garments were sent to me for editorial consideration, in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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  • Denielle Hemsworth

    The accessories are amazing! Great article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798774740 Gillian Dance

    do you mind if I ask what size you bought?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Not at all – L

  • Melissa

    You look gorgous!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Melissa x

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.wilkinson.940098 Sarah Wilkinson

    We are thrilled to see you sporting SanCerre in New York! The Bella can also be worn over winter layers too! You’ll get plenty of wear out of this tunic. Have fun! :-)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Sarah … it’s perfect. Will wear again on the West Coast. Felt cool and comfortable all day!

  • Lou

    Lovely!! As a family we are traveling over Christmas so starting to think about what extras I need clothes wise!! Love the slip and tunics but am tall (5’8) so am wondering how long the slips are..? Love reading your posts – enjoy your adventures!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m 5’6″ if that helps.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798774740 Gillian Dance

        sigh….I’d love to be that tall :-(

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.wilkinson.940098 Sarah Wilkinson

      Hi Lou, we also do tanks and tube skirts so if you feel like the slips will be too short you can opt for these! Email us info@sancerre.com.au for more info!

  • http://twitter.com/AnnaFranklinVP Anna Franklin

    This outfit looks great on you! I love “model and me” coz it gives me confidence to try something new.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh great Anna … that is the aim with these posts!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798774740 Gillian Dance

      me too…I think I’m a similar size to Nikki, except she has a waist and I don’t (at least not one that indents much) so it helps to visualise BUT anything knee length on Nikki is WAY past my knee. Oh and I’m about 10 yrs older….BUT it really, really helps me visualise how I CAN wear something I wouldn’t have considered.

  • Jen

    Looking fabulous as usual – I am seriously loving your New York posts. I want this whole outfit, however Im unsure of the sizing. Do you mind commenting on whether the sizing runs true or what size you are wearing. Thanks so much and enjoy…

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Jen – and yes the sizing runs true to size. I’m a 14-16 and wearing sizing to suit.

  • http://twitter.com/bbeingcool B

    Lovely. Lovely. Love the blue tunic and the bits of colour! You are possibly getting tired of me telling you how great you look – in the next photo shoot – could you look AWFUL – just so I have something new to say? Thanks. Appreciate it. Really.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      LOL … maybe a photo of me right now in my pjs just woken up and seeing everyone’s lovely comments ;)

  • bodie

    Great look on you, Nikki- I’m about to order the slip dress, having seen it on you. Just what I need for layering under summer tunics; i want it to hit just above the knee ( I’m 5’3”), but it’s hard to tell how tall you are, just the right length on you!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m 5’6″ if that helps!

      • bodie

        Yes it does help- thanks! Enjoy your holiday.

  • Janelle@AWhiteFarm

    Loving that tunic dress!! Looking very cute Nikki! xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Janelle x

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

    Love this look on you!
    For me, I love that the slip is actually more tank top than string slip as I find this prevents my fadoumblas (Kath & Kim’s word for that extra little bit above the boobs) sneaking out.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes!! I always work with a tank-style slip or under dress. Want to wear my regular bras whenever possible.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Loving that tunic on you Nikki,and layered looks so put together ,love it must try that when it gets warmer especially on the bigger armholed dresses,your shoes look comfy but stylish,love the orange and your new ones from bloomingdale’s cute as!!can’t wait for spring I went to the shops yesterday for a”browse” and came home with 2 new tops one in bright stripes and one in a pretty pastel stripe,2 very different trends this year ,don’t know which I prefer yet.Keep shopping and showing us what you buy and I’m sorry you had to move apartments ,I hope it’s as nice.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Hi Lisa … the shops here are filling with autumn-winter stuff … I’m always a fan of stripes and the hotel we’ve moved to his fantastic.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Love that tunic dress on you and yes it does add a bit more style layered,must remember to do that in summer ,I have a couple of under slips that go with my kaftan dresses but will have to use them for shorter dresses as well especially the big armhole ones.I am past the shorts days too,and much prefer a little dress,they look more put together for a woman in their 40s and can look very chic.Those shoes are cute and look comfy,and I like your new ones as well from bloomingdale’s very cute.I went to the shops yesterday for A browse and came home with 2 new tops for spring,one in stripes in bright colours and one in pastels ,so very different the pastels and the brights,not sure which I prefer yet.Looking chic Nikki as usual,love your style…..

    • Lisa Mckenzie

      Sorry thought my first comment didn’t post,

  • Wendy

    I just ordered some of their arm candy yesterday, now I’ve found about five items of clothes that will be great for spring and summer! Looks like another order then.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      They do good arm candy and the clothes are great for layering all year round.

  • Lisa A

    You look great Nikki. I am about over winter now and ready to look at putting a summer wardrobe together. You have been a big help! Love your blogs.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks … yes, so hot here and all the shops are gearing up for autumn!

  • http://www.mdkaos.blogspot.com/ Mummaducka

    Looking good Nikki! I don’t do shorts either due to my ugly varicose vein, but anything paired with moisture wicking Tees and leggings ( I have some from TS) is all good with me. I have a couple of Sancerre things and they are fab so am not visiting them today. That falling from the bust is the business!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      It so is the business … exactly where I need it to fall.

  • BabyMacBeth

    Looking FAB Nik – love that frock x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks beautiful Beth x

  • Julie

    You and your hair look fab Nikki! I’m keen to try a kaftan and a maxi this coming summer – will need to research your blog first for tips for shorties! xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Biggest tip is don’t be afraid to get it taken up to make the length just right for your height.

  • http://vicky-lifeonthehill.blogspot.com.au/ Vicky Finch

    This looks great. What is the tunic made of? I am trying hard not to click on the link……………….

    • http://vicky-lifeonthehill.blogspot.com.au/ Vicky Finch

      Any of them…. Love the jewellery too. Is the ring carnelian?

      • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

        Yes, I believe so, Vicky x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Cotton!

  • flickster

    Nikki, you look gorgeous. I love the colour you chose too – very sophisticated but cool and summery. I have big tummy and boobs so find dresses often are possible, but very hard to get right. I am very tempted, Did the slip feel cool all day? I , steer away from layers in summer as I tend to feel a bit overheated, that top layer makes the whole thing look floaty and cool….hope you having a great time.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      The slip was super cool all day … I think if the fabric closes to your skin breathes, then it can work.

  • http://www.lipglossmumma.com.au/ Lipgloss Mumma

    Re: the tunic. Do you think it would suit someone a little bit ‘hippy’? As in wider hips, small waist not love child hippy *lol*

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’ve got big hips and for me the way that the sleeve cut of the tunic cuts in just below the bust (my narrowest part) made it emphasise that instead of my hips, so think would be same for you x

      • http://www.lipglossmumma.com.au/ Lipgloss Mumma

        Thanks Nikki :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798774740 Gillian Dance

        wow I wouldn never have thought you had big hips and that your bust was your narrowest part….you carry/disguise it well.

  • Deanne

    I like a little floaty dress in summer myself! I have lost some wait, so I am thinking I might try some shorter shorts this year, but in my forties I am wondering if I will look a bit like mutton dressed up as lamb?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      If you’ve got the legs for shorter shorts, it’s so not about the age. Go for it!

  • http://www.lipglossmumma.com.au/ Lipgloss Mumma

    I really can’t wait for summer! And love that tunic!

  • Sonya

    Very timely post Nikki with 26 degrees forecast here today – you know summer isn’t far away and so too the dilemma of looking stylish in the subtropics… the maxi dress is sounding good.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      My God that’s an early start to Spring!

      • Sonya

        But back to 18 tomorrow, so don’t rush home! PS the Ekka’s started