If you’ve been reading Styling You for some time you would have seen me refer to the label Verily – many times.
Perhaps you’ve even bought something from Leonie Macleod – the designer behind the label?
Leonie is based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and I first met her a couple of years after interviewing her daughter Hannah who at the time was a fashion designer (Hannah’s label has been on hold for a while now but she still works in fashion – for a luxury designer label).
When I heard that Leonie had decided to enter the industry as well, I was intrigued.
Since that time, I’ve watched Leonie grow and adapt Verily to meet a changing, GFC-affected industry. It’s that adaptation that is the reason why she continues to attract a loyal and growing fan base.
This season – AW 14 – is no exception. Quite a bit of the range has been released online already but you can check more of it out here and even make an inquiry about different lengths, longer sleeves etc. Now that’s customer service.
Today I’m featuring a great trans-seasonal outfit from the collection – a maxi skirt and a cowl neck top.
Verily bamboo square cowl top* $72 (I’m wearing a size M) | Verily Marrakesh Maxi* $88 (I’m wearing a size 16) | Zoe Kratzmann wedges $265 @ Styletread | Noosa Amsterdam cuff | Samantha Wills ring and earrings
When it comes to maxi skirts, I’m more likely to opt for a tube-style skirt. Pleats and gathers and lots of fabrics do not do anything for my hip region.
I had a feeling this skirt would work as it has the streamlined effect of a tube skirt but in a style that’s easier to walk in. You do have to master a Geisha-style walk in a tube maxi, as evidenced by Mrs Woog a couple of years ago.
This a-line jersey maxi feels light and lovely to wear. The pleat at the front is a master-stroke in flattery and I’m in love with the pattern.
If you follow along with my #everydaystyle challenge on Instagram, you’d have noticed that I have a thing for knotting the end of a long top or skirt.
For me, showing a little bit more of the leg (or hip in a top), helps to balance out the proportions of the outfit and make it look more flattering.
It may work for you too. Try it unknotted in front of a mirror. Then knotted. Which do you like more?
Want some more tips on how to wear a maxi skirt? This post I wrote last year may help.
Zoe Kratzmann footwear is another national fashion business based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. I fell in love with this shoe label as Zoe has this amazing talent for designing wearable shoes that have a fashionable edge.
This wedge is a shape that she’s used a lot in her previous collections. The height is just right and I find I can wear them all day.
In this style, she’s created an open-toe bootie. It’s a shoe I could wear almost all year round in Queensland – except for a couple of months when my toes need to be encased in socks and boots.
Love the metallic here – it’s still a neutral-coloured shoe but it’s got that difference I like in my shoe-robe.
What are you thoughts on maxi skirts? Would I find any in your wardrobe?
* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration