Have I told you lately how much I love Sacha Drake?
If you’re a regular here over the past few years, Sacha will need little introduction. If you’re new here, let me state my case for this talented Queensland designer.
Sacha believes in the frock and she believes there is a frock to suit every body shape. So much so, navigating a purchase is so easy as each dress is coded with what shapes it suits. Even better, so many of Sacha’s dresses can be worn by lots of different body shapes.
Sacha also believes in the timelessness of a frock. Yes, there’s usually a nod to seasonal trends but I have Sacha Drake frocks in my wardrobe that date back seven years (she’s celebrating her 10th year in business this year). They still get worn because they still make me feel fabulous.
The other thing Sacha has always done – and a big reason why I’ve always found her designs work for my shape – is that she starts a new design by first draping the fabric over her body (an hourglass size 14). Every Sacha Drake design is then modelled on two “fit” models, a size 10 and a size 14, and the pattern further tweaked before the garment is put into the production phase.
Sigh … if only more designers were as clued up.
Moving right along. I chose this dress to feature as I love its versatility, its wearability and its retro-style striped fabric.
Let’s see what the Tricia dress looks like on two models, shall we?
It’s still a bit cool here in the evenings, which I very much approve of for doona snuggles and the ability to wear my blazer collection without sweating in places ladies shouldn’t sweat.
So, as soon as I saw the Tricia frock I knew it was a perfect match for my ivory Country Road jacket. The combo feels 1970s-Cleo-magazine-worthy. Something my mum would have worn back in the day but updated with a modern silhouette.
I’m wearing the size 14, which fits snugly across my girls and then not too tent-like down below. With any dress with a bit of volume like this, my hot tip for you is to try down a size than you normally would buy. It may just work better for you.
Let’s talk about those shoes. I cannot stress enough the importance of a good nude/tan shoe option and Zoe Kratzmann’s delivers with these heels – and wedges and flats in her new spring-summer collection. I love that these give me a little height but not too much. A platform under the balls of my feet is always a good thing too. These would certainly last the distance at an event or even for the races.
A word on ankle straps on shoes. If I’m wearing a frock or a skirt, they really only work for me if they are nude or tan. Black tends to chop off my legs and I only get away with them when wearing long pants or jeans.
You may be wondering about the strange angle of my head? Me too. I was dealing with adverse conditions. A very brisk afternoon wind was doing its best to make short shrift of my blow dry.
Oh, and I got my tuckshops out just for you too. You’re welcome. Here’s how the dress looks sans jacket.
I can see me wearing this dress with flats for a more casual occasion. Or even with a denim jacket.
It’s also very easy to wear and easy care, making it a versatile summer travel piece.
Are you ready for spring? Are frocks and new shoes on your wishlist? Any Sacha Drake in your wardrobe?
PS. Limited tickets are still available for the Wednesday evening (August 25) Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival show, in which Sacha Drake is showcasing her spring-summer 2013-14 collection.