The Model and Me: Metalicus Winter 2013

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.

4. Scarves/wraps.

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.

The model

Metalicus winter 2013

And me

Metalicus Model and Me Winter 2013

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.

Beauty note

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? 

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  • Cath_BumpBabyAndBeyond

    Love, love, love Metalicus – so much so that we have recently started stocking! It’s just so versatile- our preggy mums are loving it, as are their non pregnant friends, sisters and mums. Just snapped myself up a Taylor Tank Dress and am pining after the Shipwrecked Dress, though I think it’s a little snug on my curves… hmm, a Metalicus envy induced diet? Lol :)

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

      It’s such a versatile label!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.mercer.5811 Heather Mercer

    LOVE Metalicus.. just got 4 new pieces from their DFO outlet to add to my collection incuding two textured jackets..mmmm

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

      Score! Those jackets are gold!

  • http://www.redlandcityliving.com/ Janet from Redland City Living

    Love these looks!

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

      Thanks Janet x

  • Le BHCH

    Love yr model and me posts …. Always enlightening. Best Le

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

      Thanks Le x

  • Michelle Lorimer

    Yup, love metallicus, and I’m not a skinny minnie! The tube skirt-drapey cardi combo is just so flattering. I’ve also bought a-line/floaty dresses and worn cardigans over.

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

      Love Metalicus a-line frocks – they work a treat with leggings and cardis!

  • Sarah – Style Unearthed

    I haven’t tried Metalicus yet, but I think I will be going to have a look. I love your outfit. I’m a big fan of layering in Winter, and I really like the way the model has been styled.

  • Janet@PregnancyPanache

    What a clever and useful idea The Model and Me is (and btw, love Metalicus, especially the pregnancy range)

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

      Thanks Janet – it started as an experiment that has been well received!o

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

    I love Metallicus too. I find that the right cut of their dresses just skins over my tummy(look for ones cut under the bust rather than a waist) and works brilliantly for layering when I travel.
    I’m in Vietnam at the moment and have a few floaty Metallicus singlets and a cross tie long sleeve crop cardi that canscrunch into my handbag for extracool air con warmth.
    Also their leggings are a lovely texture and really last.

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

      Definitely agree with you re going for dresses dropping from under the bust! Those wraps are perfect for throwing in your handbag!

  • Cindy F

    Love, love, love all things Metalicus. I bought the trench coat after seeing yours on this blog, I can’t remember exactly but think it was about 2 years ago, have not regretted it. I have quite a few of their pieces and I am now going to get the long sleeve top that you have on today, very flattering shape. Should look good just on it’s own over jeans as well.
    Love Cindy F
    xx

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

      Yes it was two years ago – I had to double check myself. Is as good as new!

  • Marissa

    Really enjoy your model & me posts. I’m also a big fan of metalicus. A lovely friend suggested I try it about four years ago and my collection has built since then. I seem to favour the cotton blend garments for coolness and they are always perfect to throw in the bag when travelling. Hoping the Whitsundays turns on it’s magical blue waters for you!

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

      We’ve just landed and the water is amazing! And I know what you mean about bundling that collection!

  • Kelly

    I guess it is just one of those things you have see for yourself to believe – the way these clothes go back into shape after you wash them, the way they last and even more surprisingly the way they fit (fitted but not clingy is the best description I can come up with) is amazing! Love your outfit Nikki and I know what you are saying re the booties. I struggle with them even with tights for that reason. I am still struggling with the layering thing but I am getting there.

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

      I’m ok with black on black so there’s no break in the line but my legs aren’t long enough for the other!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I have always loved Metalicus and you will find quite a few peices in there ,yes they do last and last and I love that about a garment,also Aseop and Cylk make similar peices and I recently bought some luxe Cylk silk and bamboo and wool leffings that will be on high rotation when it gets colder.Got to love layers especially at this time of the year you need a jacket or a cardi in the mornings and evenings,but it turns out nice and sunny and I strip off.
    I love your Model and Me and Keeping it real Posts Nikki,and I Love that Pedi colour.I am wearing a kaftan today as well as the weather has been gorgeousHave a wonderful time at the Whitsundays and yes I will follow along on Instagram.

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

      Thanks Lisa – great layering recommendations there!

  • Lisa Aherne

    Yes, you would find Metallicus in my wardrobe. The first piece was a three-quarter scoop neck top bought on eBay. When it arrived I looked at it and thought it might fit one of my legs! Then I put it on, it fits beautifully and feels wonderful. I just love it. Since then I have bought three draped cardis, all cropped, and they layer over so many tees or tops, with all manner of pants. So far I have not been brave enough to try the skirts or dresses. I have a pot tum, and do not want this emphasised. I am a size 14 round!

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

      Love it Lisa … and if you’re going to try a skirt, do try the tube skirt and layer longer tops over it.

  • Kathryn

    Hi Nikki, I’m a BIG FAN of Metalicus and have been for years. Gorgeous quality, great styling and no ironing :) And years and years of wear.
    You look great here and I think your new boots would look fantastic with tights and that outfit.
    I’m madly in love with the new Metalicus pieces you’ve shown! I haven’t been in to look at what’s new, but the outfits in the three pics you’ve posted are stunning. Such versatile pieces. And I’m super excited to see red and blue in the collection this year. Have a great time at the Whitsundays :)

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

      Thanks Kathryn – and yes, I can tell that I’m preaching to the converted with you. Yes, you will pay more but as you’ve said, the pieces last years. I really do like the combinations you can create with a tube skirt like those I’ve shown. Have fun!