The Model and Me: Sacha Drake autumn-winter 2017

The Model and Me: Sacha Drake autumn-winter 2017

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, The Model and Me 18 Comments

If you’re new to Styling You you may not have heard me bang on about Brisbane-based label, Sacha Drake.

I’ve known Sacha personally since my time as a fashion writer and journalist. Back then – and now – she continues to design clothing pieces that just work. Not just on models but on everyday women.

My first Sacha Drake piece was a jersey wrap dress. It served me for many years, including pregnancy. I also passed it on to a friend for her pregnancy.

Sacha has always cut her patterns to a size 14 as well as size 10. It means her designs work if you have curves. They haven’t just been upsized from the smaller size in the hope that it works.

Sacha Drake has always been a great go-to label of mine for occasion wear but in recent years I’ve also been able to call on its Solutions range for timeless pieces that you can dress up or dress down.

The Sacha Drake autumn winter 2017 outfit I’ve chosen to feature is one that works as an occasion outfit but would also work for the office.

The model

Sacha Drake Corvaio Top Long and Della Rocca skirt

Sacha Drake Corvaio Top and Della Rocca skirt

and me

Sacha Drake top and skirt | Nicole Fendel earrings and cuff | FRANKiE4 Footwear Emma heels

Sacha Drake top (I’m in size 14) and skirt (I’m in size 16) | Nicole Fendel earrings and cuff | FRANKiE4 Footwear Emma heels

(Please note the colour of the skirt on the model is true – this photo of me was taken late afternoon and it’s not showing the colour correctly)

I have to tell you first up that wearing these two pieces is as comfortable as wearing a pair of pjs. The rayon-polyester-spandex-ponte fabric mix in the skirt offers just enough support and structure while allowing it to drape over the hips to below the knee.

The size 14 in the skirt did fit me but I felt that the 16 offered more skimming over my front and back bottoms :). I love how the fishtail design of the skirt balances out my hips but still creates a beautiful line for the lower half of my legs.

I’ve been an offical stripe lover from way back so that’s a tick for me too. This colour mix is classic autumn-winter. I’ve worn the skirt back with the black top but it would work with white, camel or olive.  I love the shape of this top. The stretch crepe sits beautifully and the roll neck adds interest.

Wear this outfit as pictured for an occasion or event. Add a blazer in black or white to take this outfit to the office. It’s that versatile.

Are you all for dressed-up garments that look great but are super comfortable to wear? A fan of Sacha Drake clothes?

The Model and Me: Sacha Drake autumn-winter 2017

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


Join the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style program

The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style program is back  to give you a clear style road map for autumn-winter (launching on Thursday, March 30).

I feature a lot of mini capsule wardrobes here on the blog throughout the year but my Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style program is designed to be an adaptable wardrobe blueprint for the entire season.

Win 1 of 3 Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe memberships | Styling YouIn a nutshell, the autumn-winter 2017, six-week online style program is based on a 30-piece capsule wardrobe that can be adapted for any lifestyle, budget, shape, size or age. I’ll show you how.

You are helped to “shop” your wardrobe for alternatives to my suggestions and I’ll have links to buy for those wanting to mindfully update their wardrobes with a solid plan.

I’m also hands-on in the dedicated Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe Facebook group supporting this program, taking you through each day’s outfit suggestions and being there to personally answer your specific style questions.

It’s like having your own personalist stylist on speed dial. 

Thank you for creating the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe. I liked how we were able to adapt the suggested pieces to suit what we may already have or find alternatives to suit budgets, lifestyles and tastes. I feel like I have a really great wardrobe for the season where I have so many combinations I can put together. I have loved the Facebook group as I felt really safe posting outfits and it was really lovely to receive such positive comments from those within the group and gain ideas from others. – Leanne

To be first in the know about the launch of the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online program, make sure you’re signed up to the Styling You email list and mark your diaries now.

For a chance to win one of 3 six-week membership spots, head HERE. Entries close Friday, March 24 at midnight (AEST).

  • Elke Lushington

    You look gorgeous Nikki! I own a few Sacha Drake’s clothes and always feel good wearing them.

  • Mish Young

    I have several pieces from Sacha in my wardrobe and they never fail to elicit compliments from people. Plus Sacha is such a down to earth lady that you cannot help but adore her!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Such a chic outfit on you Nikki Xx

  • Jane

    Loves this outfit, looks elegant and stylish and fould dress up or down

  • Kelly

    Great outfit … thanks for sharing and thanks for the advice regarding the colour!

  • Carla Moulds

    Looks so lovely on you.

  • merilyn

    tres elegante nikki!
    love to be comfortable! a must for me!!!;))
    have a good one hun!
    much love m:)X

  • marcellina

    Ooooh, think that looks nicer on you than the model! Beautiful!

  • Kathryn

    such an elegant outfit, looking lovely Nikki. x