The Model and Me: Firefly SS16

The Model and Me: Firefly spring-summer 2016

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, The Model and Me 4 Comments

Are you a colour and pattern kind of girl?

Generally, I’m not.

My typical style personality errs on the minimalist/neutral side but I do come with multiple style personalities, including one that every so often likes to embrace her inner peacock.

I can go for days in my white, navy, stone, black palette style palette and then suddenly surprise (even myself) with a riot of colour. Some days I just need that injection of fun.

For others, it’s the opposite. Your wardrobe may be predominantly colour and pattern … and that’s ok.

The important thing when you try on a colour or patterned clothing piece is that you check in with yourself (in front of the mirror) to see if you’re wearing that colour/pattern. Or is the colour and pattern wearing you?

For some, a high-level of colour and pattern can overwhelm; for others, they feel lost without it.

And then, there will be others – like me – who can wear some patterns and colours but not others. That’s when the mirror check-in becomes important.

For me, I need a little depth to my prints but still in a colour palette that works for me. Mostly a smaller sized, geometric print works – florals are not normally my thing.

This Model and Me feature is all about a print dress that does work for me because it ticks my colour palette and geometric boxes. 

It comes from Australian label Firefly

The model

Firefly Stella Panel dress | SS16

Firefly Stella Panel dress

and me

Firefly dress | FRANKiE4 NiKKi heels | Uberkate cocktail ring

Firefly dress (I’m wearing XL) | FRANKiE4 NiKKi heels | Uberkate cocktail ring

The navy and coral base of this dress makes it a big winner for me – these colours are ones I like to wear in a block colour. The pattern is geometric but also essentially a stripe – another fave of mine.

The shape of the dress is one that works for me. I’ve got a short torso, a tummy and wide hips, so the shift works to skim those bits and create the illusion of a waist without defining it. Defining it would just highlight the hips.

I don’t mind getting my arms out in summer but if I’m out and about I do prefer my shoulders are covered up. The sleeves on this dress work their magic in that department. They’re loose without adding too much volume.

The fabric is 100% viscose so beautiful and cool to wear.

As you can see, it’s a shorter dress. I’m 166cm and it sits just above the knee on me – the model is 178cm. Use these two heights as a gauge to work out where the dress would sit on you.

So tell me, are you a colour and pattern kind of girl? What works for you? What doesn’t?

The Model and Me: Firefly SS16

* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here. Full disclosure policy here


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  • Mish Young

    I am most definitely a colour and print kind of vintage gal! I just adore how the right print can make the difference and I prove that by having 6 dresses in the exact same style but all with a different print. These are my vintage wardrobe staples and they can be dressed up or down, depending upon the occasion!

  • I’m the same Lisa … you do wear prints well!

  • Vicki C

    Lovely dress Nikki. Do you find viscose shrinks a little? What are your fabric care tips when dealing with viscose?

    • Not generally. It’s more rayon I have to watch. What I do with rayon is as immediately it’s out of the machine I stretch into shape – pulling at the garment to get it back to its original size. I then use a steamer instead of an iron.