In cased you missed it in your part of the world, spring sprung across the weekend.
In my part of the world?
Yep, it turned it on. Beautifully.
My excitement for the fashion season ahead (of which I got a taste while in the US) went up a notch or six.
I’m ready. For warmer weather. For colour. For barbecues with friends. For long lunches with the girls.
Bring it all on.
On Friday – I got to meet Queensland fashion designer Dee Maiocchi – the talented designer behind the label of the same name. Maiocchi first caught my eye during the first Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival in 2006. Here is a look at her 2012 catwalk show. Simply stunning.
Dee’s signature look is a cocktail of vintage inspiration mixed in with Japanese prints. The designs are timeless but the detail is exquisite.
But it would be a dress of a different style that caught my eye when browsing through the Maiocchi spring-summer 2012-13 racks at the label’s Paddington boutique.
Something stripey, something colourful, something flattering and something that I could dress up or down. Something I could throw in the washing machine and wear again the next day.
Let’s just say that this dress ticks all my spring-summer wardrobe must-haves.
I need to be able to wear it now (enter stage left the jacket I bought last summer at Sussan … my old denim jacket would work too). I need to be able to wear it later (lose the jacket). I need to be able to feel good in it (hello flattering shape and sneaky tucks and gathers that know how to make a girl feel good).
I need to get good mileage from a summer dress. Can I wear it with platform sandals? Check. Can I wear it with wedges? Check. Can I wear it with strappy flat sandals? Checkity Check.
Most importantly, I need a dress that makes me smile. This one does.
A little word on the dress length … I’m not usually one for the midi length of dress. It’s generally not that flattering on me. A maxi or just to the top of the knee works best.
It’s the line of this dress that makes the difference. It’s got movement and doesn’t just sit across my generous calves making them look bigger.
Expect to see me wear it a lot.
* This dress was gifted to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy. The jacket, shoes and accessories are my own. The photo was shot on location at Oceans Mooloolaba, where I was a guest of Proctor & Gamble.