It was a bit of a shock to the system last week … on many levels.
Organising and coordinating product and models for the photo shoot for my book in Sydney was a shock enough but experiencing cold weather again – in November – that was just a little too much for this Queensland girl who’d forgotten to pack a cardi and bed socks.
Thankfully my gracious host, Mrs Woog, was able to supply matching sweatshirt and socks as well as a nana rug for me to wrap around my knees while we watched a Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon.
See, in Queensland, this is how we roll: once the calendar clicks over to September 1, it’s like someone flicks a switch on winter and gives us a free pass, do-not-pass-go ticket to summer.
Even now, as I sit here writing, the doors are wide open, the air is still and I have a light sun dress on. No socks. And no Kardashians for that matter.
This September-May summer scenario means that I’ve long placed most focus on my summer wardrobe. Winter is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair. Summer is more a oh-my-God-you’re-here-already-but-I-still-want-wear-jeans-even-though-they’re-now-packed-away-until-April set up.
Long story, short, this is why I embrace the frock.
Casual frocks, dressy frocks and everything in between populate my wardrobe and see me through all manner of occasions that require me to look, well, frocked up.
And that’s where today’s Model and Me designer comes in.
I’m a huge fan of Masayo Yasuki and her label, Dogstar.
Dogstar is a Queensland-based label that has enduring appeal. Masayo’s designs are equal parts quirky and structurally beautiful.
You’ll find more than a nod to Masayo’s Japanese heritage but in the Laika collection you’ll also find this nod mixed with stunning prints and patterning.
This season’s Plume dress is no exception. Here is is on the model (heads up: it’s currently on sale).
Dogstar 3/4 Plume dress $239 (on sale)
Ok, so this is a dress that is not for you if you’re someone who needs to highlight and show off your waist.
I love that it’s a beautiful, soft drape from the bust because when things heat up I really don’t like being constrained by fabric. Plus, my short torso means that very few dress shapes actually help create the waist I wish I had.
And let’s talk about my arms, shall we?
There comes a point – as things heat up – that I totally get over my tuckshops and get them out there for the sake of comfort. A bit of fake tan action helps with my confidence.
Besides, the moment I saw that incredible fabric print and asymmetrical hemline, I just thought … tuckshops be damned.
And then I reminded myself that if I’m happy to strip down to a swimsuit, then what’s a bit of arm flapping between friends?
Are you a Dogstar fan? Is it summer already where you live? How do you dress to cope?
PS. It’s a big week in the SY Household. Miss SY graduates from Year 12 and heads to Schoolies on the Gold Coast. I think I will be wearing big sunnies and waterproof mascara all week.
* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration