The Model and Me: Sacha Drake Summer 2010

Nikki ParkinsonThe Model and Me 4 Comments

Welcome to a regular post at Styling You –  The Model and Me.  Ever looked at a model wearing an item of clothing that appeals to you and dismissed the purchase out of hand?  Yep, me too.  Well, I’m here to tell you that you SHOULD get into that change room and give the object of your desire a try.  You may not look like the model, but you never know, it just may look right for you. 

I’ve LONG had a love affair for Brisbane frock queen Sacha Drake’s designs.  I first interviewed her nearly six years ago (I’d already been a fan from afar).  It was at this time that I learned she was one of very few fashion designers who cut on both a size 10 and 14 pattern.  It was a lightbulb moment … so that’s why her frocks always seem to, well … work.

Since then, the Sacha Drake label has continued to grow – and so has Sacha’s reputation as a designer who really does know how to dress different body shapes.  This culminated last year with her website which now enables a visitor to match themselves to a range of Sacha Drake frocks based on her measurements.  Genius.

Her designs are timeless.  Yes, you’ll find a nod to the latest fashion trends but you also might find a feminine outfit that can’t be pin-pointed to a certain year.  And that’s a wardrobe investment.

The other thing I love about Sacha is that she embraces colour.  This season is one of her most vibrant yet, with gorgeous digital print silks coming to a poolside near you soon.

… which brings me to the model, who’s wearing a size 10 Sacha Drake Ingela silk kaftan ($479):

Sacha Drake Ingela Kaftan in poolside print $479

… and here is me.  Wearing THE VERY SAME DRESS.

Me in a Sacha Drake Ingela silk kaftan ($479) with earrings by Sophie Kyron and shoes by The Little Shoe Box (

Ok, so there is a lot to LOVE about this dress, not least being that I’m wearing a size 10 (normally I’m a size 14 in Sacha Drake).  It may not be as “flowy” as it is on the model, but it isn’t tight and is incredibly easy to wear. 

The white slip underneath creates a silhouette to give you shape and iron out bumps; and the sleeves are cleverly designed to show a bit of skin but hide the tuckshop arms – a difficult feat to achieve with fashion and still enjoy a Queensland summer. 

This dress is also a multi-tasker.  You can dress up with heels for cocktails; or dress down with blinged flats for a dinner party with friends.

Have I justified the purchase enought yet? 

For other dress-up/dress-down cocktail styles like the Sacha Drake Ingela, shop here.  To find a Sacha Drake stockist near you, head here.

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