The Model and Me: Leona Edmiston

I have a thing for shift dresses. But if you are a regular here you’ll already know that.

I love their body skimming capabilities, bringing comfort, class and style to one frock.

When Leona Edmiston cuts a shift dress, I sit up and take notice. Mostly because every Leona shift I’ve bought to date has been a wardrobe winner for me.

The length is always just right and the pattern makes me feel a million dollars without having to don a pair of suck-er-in-er pants.

Here’s my latest Leona Edmiston shift fave. A new piece from Leona’s diffusion Ruby label.

The model

Leona Edmiston Ruby Musette dress AW14

Leona Edmiston Ruby Musette dress $160 (currently on sale, was $229). Available only online and in Myer

and me

Leona Edmiston Ruby Musette dress | Zoe Kratzmann kitten heels|Mimco bracelet | vintage clutch

Leona Edmiston Ruby Musette dress*  (I’m wearing size 3) | Zoe Kratzmann kitten heels* | Mimco bracelet (from two years ago) | vintage clutch (picked up recently at a local op shop)

Zoe Kratzmann Escape kitten heels | Mimco bracelet | Vintage clutch

What I always do in this style of frock is try down a size. And it’s something I suggest you do too.

It might turn out that your normal size is the right one to go for but if the smaller size works across the bust and back then I say go for that one as there will be less fabric swinging down below which is more flattering.

I’m usually a size 4 in Leona’s sizing but have bought 3s before and in this case it was the right choice for me too.

I love how this dress is dressy yet understated – viscose floating over a polyester slip.

The neckline is essentially a built-in statement necklace. It places all the glitter and sparkle up near your eyes where it should be.

Earrings and bracelet or a cocktail ring is all you need to complete the cocktail outfit.

Let’s talk about the shoes. I can – and do – endure high heels at cocktail events but the resurgence of the kitten heel is a good thing. A very good thing.

It means I can wear a dressy shoe, my legs are elongated thanks to the pointed toe but I’m in a small heel that I can go the distance in. Winning.

The Model and Me Leona Edmiston Musette Dress AW14

What say you re the shift dress and a kitten heel? Love a Leona Edmiston frock?

* These pieces were sent to me for editorial consideration

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  • Alison

    Just bought this dress on Oz sale for $169. Will put away for next Autumn. Thanks for the guide on size!

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Great work!

  • fauxfuschia

    I LOVE this dress.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Was going to wear it last Friday night but will trot out next time!

  • Kim-Marie Williams

    I am a HUGE Leona Edmiston fan. I absolutely adore her styles and the advice to try a size down is right on the money. I have everything from a size 1 to a size 5 in Leona.

    I couldn’t resist buying the size 5 dress, brand new with tags still on, from an op shop for $10. It is a cranberry 40s style Leona Edmiston Frocks piece with a peplum and waist tie. I simply tie the waist in and wear it blouson style.

    I’m not fab with kitten heels as I find the centre of balance to be a bit wobbly for a girl like me with dodgy joints and sore back. But I do adore the look of them, and have been eyeing up the latest Zoe Kratzmann range. Just gorgeousness!

    I think you look absolutely lovely in this dress and kudos on the op shop find! xx

    Thank you so much for joining Wardrobe Wednesday xx

    • Nikki | Styling You

      I knew you’d be impressed with my op shop find Kim-Marie!! x

  • Mystery Case

    What a find with the clutch. Just gorgeous. Love this look on you.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      It was a find!

  • Jojo at iCurvy Blog

    That clutch is such a cute addition. I love the neck detailling – takes away the need for much else – goota love some effortless glam x

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Effortless glam works for me – this is the kind of dress you’d be able to pull out for any occasion and be good to go!

  • Kathryn

    Such a stunning dress. Leona can do no wrong. I have MANY LE frocks, I’m a big fan. The dress looks gorgeous on you. Have you got a plan for where you will wear it? And how beautiful is the model!? She looks a bit Audrey-like. I love the clutch – great that you’ve embraced the local oppies.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      She does look Audrey-like. No wearing plans as yet but it’s the kind of autumn/winter dress that will be there for a spur-of-the-moment evening. I like those!

  • deb1611

    That looks absolutely lovely on you, Nikki. Shift dresses are wonderful, aren’t they? xx

    • Nikki | Styling You

      They are Deb – on my shape in particular!

  • Ella Spurling

    You look gorgeous Nikki! Lovely Leona dress and I love the clutch too – it’s fabulous.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Ella … I do love it and clutch was a surprise find.

  • Vanessa

    You wear black so well Nikki – even better than the model I might add (no disrespect to you sister!). What a great frock for a big night out. Love it.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Need to plan a big night out!

  • Lisa

    Ok, I do like this one! You look so glamourous! And so glad that kitten heels are coming back as I feel silly being so tall with heels on!

    • Nikki | Styling You

      They are a godsend for tall people Lisa. That slight elevation does make a difference to the outfit but without being too high.

  • Samantha Keogh

    What a beautiful dress. And you have styled it so beautifully on yourself. Thanks for the inspiration. A girl can’t have too many LBDs!

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Samantha, they cannot! Agreed.

  • Kelly

    Very nice! I have a Wayne Cooper one which is very similar and so easy to wear too. It is the type of dress that goes lots of places!

    • Nikki | Styling You

      The type we need hanging in our wardrobes Kelly!

  • Archie Lane

    I do love this dress! So classy and quite minimal, it looks really great on you! I do wish I could feel confident in a pair of kitten heels but I don’t. They confuse me, not high and not flat, but somewhere in between. They do however look great on you!

    • Nikki | Styling You

      They can be a confusing shoe – but if worn with a cropped pant/jean or a shift like this they fit in beautifully.

  • Petra

    What a fabulous LBD – and I love kitten heels too – very flattering – I’m sure this dress will take you everywhere!

    • Nikki | Styling You

      I’m sure it will too Petra – and not just this season!

  • Sonia from Sonia Styling

    Oooh my, Nikki you look super glam.
    What a great tip about sizing down in a shift dress. I’ve avoided shift dresses for the most part due to me thinking I look shapeless and boxy in them. I won’t be ruling them out from now on!
    And yes, hooray for kitten heels! I can’t do super high heels due to my back, so their resurgence makes me very happy.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Sonia … and yes, I’m a kitten heel fan. I do love my heels but some occasions call for standing all night and my feet don’t like that!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Ye and yes to the shoes and the dress a very classy chic dress and it looks wonderful on you Nikki,love a shift style dress that skims the body!

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Lisa.

  • merilyn

    morning nikki, a great choice! … classy, chic and timeless.
    lbd always a winner and yes I always think a smaller size works better for those who are short at waist. I am always trying to take thing up at the shoulders … always a problem!
    I have a very nice espirit shift which fits well I could actually put a sheer sleeved thingy underneath ,,, a bit like a tunic, … got the creative juices flowing now! … thanks and have a great day! love m:)X

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Do it – layer it and it will work beautifully Merilyn.

  • LifeInAPInkFibro

    They’re all gone! Well, except for XS (in my dreams!). Gorgeous dress though.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      They’ve been on sale this weekend – may be some left in Myer though.

  • chrisatpb

    I love that dress Nikki – you look so elegant. Love the style of a shift dress, but find they don’t hang well on me due to severe lack in the bosom department. I did find going down a size when I bought a gorgeous silk shift dress from birdsnest worked a treat. It is the Naomi oasis shift dress and it was an absolute bargain – win win! Might pop over to LE website and have a browse.

    • Nikki | Styling You

      Going down a size (or at least trying) is always the key!

      • Jenny

        It is a gorgeous dress. I tried to but it in a 4 a few months ago but they were all sold out across the country.Good news! They made more and the online store has them on sale – all sizes! Good advice about the size, I tried the 3 and it was a little tight on the bust (recent breast cancer surgery), so I’m thinking the 4 will be great. Fingers crossed!

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