Did you know that Metalicus featured in the first ever Model and Me post here on Styling You … way back in 2010?
Could have sworn it was 2011 but it seems the ability to let the years all blur into each other is yet another bonus that comes with this thing called ageing .
I’ve been wearing and recommending Metalicus since I was pregnant with my youngest, so that’s eight solid years of love and wear, right there … not to mention a big time blur.
Oh, and if I had a dollar for every woman I’ve convinced to give the label a try? Women who had been previously convinced it was only a label for our petite sisters? I wouldn’t be a millionaire but I’d have enough of a kitty to spend a day in a luxury day spa.
Metalicus is generally a one-size fits most range (they have introduced some sizing on some collections). I know that many of you are shaking your head as you read this but listen up, I’m a size 14-16 and Metalicus is very much a part of my wardrobe. In fact those pieces I wore when I was pregnant? I’m still wearing them. They have held their shape even when I didn’t. The only Metalicus garments that don’t stand the test of time for me are anything in the basics range in white. The strength of the fabric is just not the same as its black counterpart.
The trick with finding pieces to suit your body shape is to play – and layer. Personally I like the wool ranges because the texture hides more lumps and bumps but I wouldn’t be without my cotton basics, either.
So, what Metalicus pieces would you find in my winter wardrobe?
1. 3/4 sleeve scoop-neck tops which provide a non-bulky layering alternative, so I can turn my trans-seasonal tunics and tops into outfits suitable for winter.
2. Long-sleeve slip dresses for extra warmth and that layering effect under a tunic dress.
3. Tube skirts.
5. Tops in more more tunic/floaty style.
6. Draped cardis – long and short – pieces I can put on when it’s cold in the morning and peel off as the day warms up.
Another plus – the easy-care factor. Simply pop your Metalicus pieces in a lingerie bag, place in the machine, line dry and then wear. NO ironing.
So, recently when the lovely people at Metalicus contacted me about featuring Metalicus Winter 2013 here* I let them know they were very much preaching to the converted.
The model pictured here isn’t wearing all the same items as I am but it gives you an idea about how you can layer pieces from this label’s winter collection (and others you might have at home) to create a skirt look using a tube-style skirt. I wrote this post last year about how to layer for winter – that might give you some tips too.
Metalicus Winter 2013 pieces: skirt $99.95; long-sleeve top $89.95 | Metalicus from my wardrobe: scarf (four years old, similar here); trench (two years old, similar here) | Proof sunglasses | Zoe Kratzmann wedges (last winter) | Uberkate necklace
It’s not quite tights and leggings weather here in Queensland so I’ve stuck with nude coloured wedges. I did try it with my black ankle boots but I looked like someone had chopped me off at the ankles. When it cools down, those black ankle boots will work back a treat with black tights.
And yes, it’s still too hot for the trench and the scarf but once I started layering, I couldn’t stop.
On my toes is a fresh pedi, OPI’s Atomic Orange. Not really a pick for autumn but I’m off to Queensland’s Whitsundays today, thanks to Tourism Queensland and my agency, The Remarkables. Winter will be put temporarily on hold as I give my kaftan collection one last outing before it gets packed away until spring .
I’m ashamed to say that I’ve lived in Queensland all my life but have never visited this beautiful part of the world. I probably waved at it from the Bruce Highway back in 1976 when Dad took us on an epic road trip to Cairns to visit rellies, but that’s it. I may just kiss the sand on Whitehaven beach.
If you’d like to follow along, the action will be happening over on Instagram.
… but back to Metalicus and layering … are you a fan? Would I find Metalicus if I looked in your wardrobe?