The Model and Me: Metalicus Spring 2011

Nikki ParkinsonThe Model and Me 35 Comments

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 (I don’t, I’m a size 14), but you never know, it just may look right for you.

I was asked to be a model recently. Which is hilarious. Because I am not.

And the other models, who were not models either, were not getting my jokes about “modules” as so eloquently termed by blogger Jo Thornely in her very, very funny Australia’s Next Top Model blog posts.

So, I decided to just drink a glass of champers and make the most of it.

Now, I’ve done this gig before, modelling Metalicus for Sunshine Coast boutique, Soul Diva.

And it’s one I’ll continue to do, not just because of the aforementioned champagne or that I think I have tickets on myself.  No, I do it because I want to show those present that you don’t have to be a skinny minny to wear this “one-size-fits-most” label.

It really is about choosing styles from within each collection to suit.

One top from the current collection worked so well for me that it’s now hanging in my wardrobe.  It’s the Manipulate Tank ($139.95), as shown here on the model.

A model, well modelling, the Metalicus Manipulate Tank ($139.95)

A model, well modelling and generally looking gorgeous in the Metalicus Manipulate Tank ($139.95)

See how it has a kind of upside down u-shape going on under the bust?  That, my dear Stylers, works to create beautiful shape in that area and around the waist. The “manipulate” bit comes from the ability to change the position on the ties that dangle down from the u-shape. You can make the top look longer or shorter depending on how you want to work the layers to suit your body shape.

It’s the perfect top for over skinny jeans or a tube-style maxi skirt.  And in the “me” photo below, you’ll see it teamed with a Metalicus skirt in the same colour and fabric, making it look like a dress. Genius.

Me "modelling" the Metalicus Manipulate tank in capsicum red

Me “modelling” the Metalicus Manipulate tank in capsicum red

Are you are Metalicus fan? Does the concept of one-size-fits-most layering scare you a little? And importantly, do you think there’s room for a middle-aged, curvy addition to Australia’s Next Top Model? 

 

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  1. Nikki I love that colour on you! I haven’t ever tried Metalicus before, as a short, curvy size 12-14 with a large bust I have always been wary of the one size fits all brands. But the tank and skirt look so good on you, maybe I’ll have to give Metalicus another look!

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      Not all works for me, Holly, but I can definitely find things each season that do and it’s a label that suits my lifestyle so that makes me happy. Look out this week for my post on Justb. Australia – I do a wardrobe rescue and it has a Metalicus focus this week.

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  2. You do look great in that Nikki! Well, I do like some of the stuff from Metalicus, but, I need something that actually hugs my body a little bit more, so I bought this dress from their previous range. And loved how it’s a one size fits most. That way I won’t have to test what my size really is!

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  3. That’s lovely on you, both the colour and the style!

    I reckon it would be a bit harder for me to carry off because I’m a size 14 but with smaller breasts, I’m worrying that the upside down u-shape might accentuate my stomach area. But now I’m really curious to try it on and see.

    An interesting “aside”… Metalicus is very popular with observant Jewish women as the pieces allow them to layer under dresses and tops which normally wouldn’t be “modest” enough. The tradition is for very observant women to cover their arms to the elbow and not show cleavage. I’ve seen some very funky and inventive young fashionistas wearing the latest styles while remaining “modest” thanks to Metalicus. Thought you’d get a kick out of that.

    Thirdly – I’ve never heard the phrase “tickets on myself” before and I love it! Is it specifically Aussie?

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      My stomach area is where I carry most of my *curves* – the ties make it easy to manipulate around that!! And I loved hearing about your “aside”. Layering would so help get a balance between observance and fashion. Thanks for sharing. I’m not sure if “tickets on myself” is Australian … probably is 😉

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  4. I’ve got some Metallicus tops that I used to wear under my work uniform for warmth… I know, how sad. I’m normally really wary of one size fits most unless it’s a wrap dress so the adjustable ties have piqued my interest. Looking fab as always x

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  5. To be honest Nikki, I’m not familiar with the Metallicus brand (until I read your blog) but that outfit looks fabulous. You’d be a far better host than those cronies on ANTM. I don’t like Sarah Murdoch and Charlotte Dawson? You’re way beter than them.

    Anne xx

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  6. It just doesn’t work on me.

    And I am finding that Mini doesn’t work much on Popps either, the dresses are ok, but the cardigan style tops are no good. They may work for Immy who is a much leaner body type.

    Tends to make me look either pregnant or caterpillar like.

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      Oh, I know that caterpillar feeling, Claire! I certainly can’t wear everything in the Metalicus range but there’s a fair amount that works for me – particularly in tunic style tops and dresses. Most cardigan styles are too small for me, unless a draping styling.

  7. Metalicus are one of my favourite brands. Great for easy packing in a travel wardrobe and the ability to layer means you can extend the number of looks from one or two pieces.

    My wardrobe is full of great pieces. Started with their basics (in black and greys)and now getting more adventurous in my colours and combinations so I love the piece/s your modelling here Nikki!

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