I’ve mentioned my multiple wardrobe personalities many times here on the blog. I have a number of favoured styles in my wardrobe and quirky has long been part of that mix.
Yes, I love my classics, I love a bit of boho and I don’t mind glamming it up but I can also be seduced by a frock or a skirt that has more than a nod to vintage styling. Particularly if it also features prints that scream fun.
Queensland designer Deanne Mayocchi – the incredible talent behind label Maiocchi – has long been on my wardrobe radar. Maiocchi started as a market stall business 10 years ago and now has more than 60 national stockists, three bricks and mortar stores and an online store.
The label’s aesthetic and Australian designed-and-made status has seen support grow each year.
Our customers understand that our local production process means our garments have a higher price than items they buy from other high-street fashion labels … in buying Maiocchi they are assured of quality and a unique point of view in our prints, design and colour palette. - Deanne Mayocchi
This season is huge for Maiocchi.
The collection channels fine Japanese prints and fabrics in a diverse range of shapes. Fabrics include cool cottons and linens with fine lace trims and embroidered embellishments.
It was the print that first got me in with this A-line style frock. But it was the shape that kept me interested. It features a higher waist – I can’t do a traditional waist as my torso is too short. A regular waistline in a frock just does not do nice things to my hips.
Maiocchi Bye Bye Birdie dress* $265 (sizes 8-18)
Ok, so because it’s still on the coolish side, I’ve adapted this spring frock for now, working it back with tan flat boots and a denim jacket. You could equally work it in for a colder winter’s day with a long-sleeve top, tights, cardi and coat, peeling off the layers as winter turns into spring. I’m wearing the size 16 and I’m 167cm tall.
In spring I’ll take Bye Bye Birdie out in all her glory with maybe just this cropped cardi on top. I’ll wear her simply with clogs, platforms or wedges … and a generous slather of fake tan on my legs. I’m thinking that for some offices you could also make this frock part of your summer work wardrobe, adding a cropped 3/4 sleeve blazer and closed-in pumps.
I love that kind of versatility in a fashion garment. The more of these multi-use pieces you have in your wardrobe, the more you have to play, with no matter what the season.
Is this a style you could see yourself wearing?
Maiocchi’s spring collection will be shown this week at the Brisbane Ekka in the CommBank Natural Fibres fashion parades (details here) and at the Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival on August 28 in the Brisbane Arcade Group Show (tickets here).