I was first introduced to the Mela Purdie label about nine years ago. That first piece – a wrap cardi – is still going strong in my wardrobe.
I say this at the outset because this is a Model and Me post dedicated to investment wardrobe fashion.
I mix it up the price points of what I feature here as much as I can. Last week budget, this week investment.
I’m very much for both and I understand that everyone’s clothing budget is different but what reaching a certain age has taught me is that no matter how much I spend on one particular piece, it has to be well made, the fabric has to feel good to wear and it has to go the distance.
Mela Purdie has always ticked those boxes for me.
My girlfriend Natalie, who owns Zambezee Boutique (Noosa, Mooloolaba and online), was the one who introduced me to Mela – the label and also the designer herself.
The label is Zambezee’s biggest seller – every season. When Mela fans embrace Mela Purdie, they embrace Mela Purdie.
It was Mela’s jersey that first got her into so many busy women’s wardrobes – and she still does a very good job with that – but it’s her technical fabric (and eco-friendly fabric derived from corn) pieces that have become my wardrobe faves over the last year or two.
Whether it’s in a pair of pants or a top or shirt, this fabric feels amazing to wear even in the height of summer, so it stands to reason that this fabric is very much a part of Mela’s latest collection, Style Icons.
Style Icons is a collection of timeless effortless casual pieces that will be available alongside Mela’s typical seasonal collections. It contains pieces that make ideal year-round wardrobe friends if you live in a warm climate or trans-seasonal pieces for others. They also make for very good travel pieces, drying in next to no time and not requiring ironing.
In this week’s Model and Me, I’m featuring a variation of this outfit below.
Everything’s the same but I’ve switched out the Shell top for this Cruise top – a much more flattering neckline for my bust.
Now, on a normal autumn or spring day this is a perfect layering outfit for me. Yes, it was a tad on the cool side this weekend past but this is still a good base for me living in Queensland because we start and end the day in layers but need clothes that breathe during the low 20s middle of the day.
These pants can also be worn un-cuffed and buttoned. They don’t suit me as much that way but with a pointy heel would transform to a night time pant for me. I love showing the ankle and that also means that they work with a flat sandal.
The top is one that I can easily wear with these pants or a pair of jeans. It will always look good and drapes in a super flattering way. Add an open cardi or knit and the whole outfit is one that would make a great mix and match combination to pack and take on a spring or summer holiday.
Stay tuned this week … in the lead up to Mother’s Day, I’m excited to have been interviewed and photographed with my daughter for a Mother’s Day edition of SW Style for Samantha Wills.
Both my daughter and I are huge fans of Samantha Wills’ jewellery so jumped at this chance. The pieces I’m wearing here – and the outfit will feature in the online magazine. I’ll link to it as soon as it’s live.
The Mela Purdie pieces provided the perfect blank canvas for the statement jewellery.
What key travel and/or trans-seasonal pieces would I find in your wardrobe? Are you already a Mela Purdie fan?
*These pieces were gifted to me by Zambezee Boutique for editorial consideration. **These pieces were gifted to me as part of a Samantha Wills collaboration.