The Model and Me: Mossee

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, The Model and Me 62 Comments

It’s about this time of year that wardrobe thoughts may extend to the party season.

If you’re lucky enough to have parties – or a race day – to attend, that is.

I like to get smart about these thoughts. I’m less likely to covet a frock (and it’s always a frock) that will do just one event. I like to know that a frock will suit the first event I have in mind but that it will also get back up and out of the wardrobe again for a different event.

It’s the kind of advice that especially applies if you are heading off to the races this spring carnival. You want that race day dress to work its magic for the day but then to reinvent itself for a Christmas party, yes?

I believe I’ve found one such dress that will do just that. Especially if Derby Day (November 3) is pencilled into your event calendar. Derby Day is traditionally the race day where black and white are worn. This year that will be so easy for everyone to pull off as that monochrome trend I keep banging on about – and embracing – is well and truly entrenched in the season.

This dress is in my favourite style – the shift – I’m wearing a size 16 so it skims my hips but still works up top too. Β The length is just right on me too, landing at the top of my knees (I’m 167cm) and it’s cool and comfortable to wear. The fabric is a cupro (reprocessed rayon) and viscose mix.

I first came across the relatively new Australian label Mossee when trawling the internet researching for this post about how to wear a maxi skirt. I love that the label’s design aesthetic is all about simple elegance.

These are the kind of pieces that you can add to your wardrobe, safe in the knowledge that they’ll work very well for you now but also into the future.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

The model

Mosse Two Tone Dress

Mossee two-tone dress $189.95

and me

Mossee dress Miu Miu sunglasses Red Phoenix Emporium earrings Nicholas heels Mogil clutch

Mossee dress* | Prada sunglasses (US purchase last year) | Red Phoenix Emporium earrings | Mogil clutch (a gift from two girlfriends that keeps on giving) | Nicholas heels (bought on the cheap via Shopbop … I have nude in same style and love)

Taking this dress from this party look to the races is as simple as adding a hat or fascinator. Stick with black and white headwear or choose to work in an accent colour. On Derby Day it’s strictly black and white but for any of the other race days, all bets are off … pun very much intended.

Oh and I’m very much in favour of the colour panelling in this dress. Those white side panels work all kinds of magic to create an illusion of a more narrow torso than that with which I’ve been blessed.

Got any parties coming up over the next couple of months? What about the races? Are you going to any of the spring carnival events?

* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration


  • bec

    Oh thanks so much Nikki, that sounds fab. I will get onto that. Thanks again.Bec. πŸ˜‰

  • Bec

    Hi Nikki, you look stunning, and I am loving your hair. I would also love to see on your styling you is something on women heading towards 40 and what to do with their hair. I am 38 soon to be 39 and I am having so much trouble finding a hair cut that suits, I like, and not to young or to old. Help…… Some women look lovely with long hair at 40 but for me I just don’t know what to do. I know your great with this. Hope you can help pictures ideas anything. Thanks Nikki looking fab as always. From Bec

  • EBB

    Hi Nikki, you look amazing, better than the model.

  • Amy

    Hi Nikki, would you be able to give me some advice on styling this dress for an evening cocktail look, please? Add colour or metallic? Shoes? Help!

    • I would do black heels – either similar to this style or patent pointy pumps and a statement necklace in neutral bling or with a splash of colour.

      • Amy

        Thank you πŸ˜‰

  • Gorgeous, Nikki xx

  • If you’re trying to track down this dress in your size, here are two stockists:

    Painted Lady
    299 Alderley Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350 P: 07 4635 1450 – Vanessa E:

    Peony Rose Collection
    51 Grafton Street Cairns QLD 4870 – Deborah – P: 07 4051 6190 E:

  • Daisy

    Love that this has sleeves. Very elegant. My 26 year old son asked me today, how to work out what clothes are good quality and what won’t last. I said to maybe go for brands that he has been happy with in the past. I have no idea what brands these would be though, for his age group. Any thoughts?

    • Quality is not always in the price but the feel. Does the fabric feel solid, does the style seem to be cut to a great pattern? These are the things I look for before buying a garment.

  • GoddessMel

    Another great look Nikki. I think this dress would fit perfectly into my mostly monochrome wardrobe basics. It’s a style I can definitely see myself wearing.

  • pippa j

    Love this dress!

  • StyledbyBec

    I love the illusion the white side panels give. I really love these model and me posts and hands down I reckon you beat the model every time with your awesome styling. x

  • I like it much better on you, with the pops of pink!

  • Kelly

    Gorgeous Nikki. That is a beautifully simple dress that would work for so many things!! So easy to dress up, love the pop of colour.

    • They’re the kind of dresses I aim to have more of in my wardrobe Kelly!

  • Kelly

    Gorgeous Nikki. That is a beautifully simple dress that would work for so many things!! So easy to dress up, love the pop of colour.

  • Emily @ The Beetle Shack

    those earrings are killing me.

    How is it possible that you keep getting hotter?

    • LOL … notice how I shoot these at the most flattering time of the day … and keep my sunnies on a lot πŸ™‚ … but thank-you x

  • Paula

    I love it – tried to buy but unavailable in quite a few sizes πŸ™

    • Oh that is a bugger. There were sizes left last night so I’m wondering if people have jumped on early. Sorry x

    • Hi Paula, got some stockist info for you:

      Painted Lady
      299 Alderley Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350 P: 07 4635 1450 – Vanessa E:

      Peony Rose Collection
      51 Grafton Street Cairns QLD 4870 – Deborah – P: 07 4051 6190 E:

  • I love this dress, I think it was made for me. I love the colours. Ok, I love the black. A LOT.

    • I do too and I love how you can take this and add a splash of something else … if you want to!

  • I love this dress, I think it was made for me. I love the colours. Ok, I love the black. A LOT.

  • Louise

    Hi Nikki, my favourite model and me posts recently are this one and the Metalicus. I think the dress looks better on you than the model in both. I am going to a conference in a few weeks and have my Mum’s 70th after that. I am trying to be more organised with my outfit planning rather than just throwing something on at the last minute. Thanks for all of your tips.

    • It really does help to organise ahead when you know you have events coming up. For me, it means not making any rushed purchases and thinking of something that will work beyond the event I have in mind.

  • I love how you’ve styled it. What a great dress!

    • Thanks Rach … could see you getting a lot of wear out of something like this.

  • Julie

    You look fabulous Nikki! Love the pops of colour you added too. You are so clever at what you do!! xx

    • Ah, thanks Julie … love playing dress ups! Took advantage of our holiday location and good hair on Saturday to do two future outfit posts! So organised.

  • Em

    Absolutely gorgeous Nikki. Love the simplicity. Brands Exclusive have a Mossee sale on. Obviously not this beautiful dress but other things at very good prices. Just in case anyone’s interested :).

  • This is my type of frock – I love a shift. You look amazing, as I’ve said before these are my favourite posts – love them. Happy book writing πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Bev … it’s going well. More to do today (in between taking the youngest to the movies!).

  • chrisatpb

    Love this dress – looks fab Nikki. I’ve always been a fan of black and white – just look in my wardrobe! Also love the length. So many gorgeous frocks are too short (I decided a few years ago that my knees are not to be seen anymore – exceptions of course for pool or beach). Speaking of which it’s dreaded swimsuit shopping time. Any plans for a swimsuit post? Please please please!

    • Yes, yes, yes to swimsuits. Next week is Resort Week on Styling You ahead of my week in Bali. Stay tuned. And about those knees. Mine don’t look so good but dresses coming to just the top of them work best for me. Most flattering length for most.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I love this dress on you Nikki,Very pretty and could be worn for a variety of functions,I like how you have paired it with the hot pink shoes as well.No nothing on my calender atm Though i have lots of birthdays and my 50th next month but i have not decided what i want to do yet!I do have Christmas Partys penciled in already and that sort of scares me as i am no way ready for another Christmas.

    • It is a busy time of year – concentrate on your 50th and make it the best it can be!

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        Thank you Nikki I will πŸ™‚

  • Alli @ ducks on the dam

    I *do* like this one

  • Oh! I love the dress, i’m really loving monochrome as of late, and the pop of pink with the earrings and shoes just adds that extra touch!

    • Monochrome is such a great outfit base from which to work … always looks fresh!

  • Joanne Rimes

    Looking mighty fine! The panelling is great, didn’t realise what it was doing until you pointed it out. Have a great Monday, and good luck with the last chapter.

  • Cheekie

    Love the look again…on you.
    I too am tempted to buy this flattering and classy dress, would hold me in good stead for fancy end of year school events and for Christmas parties all schzooed up with one extra colour

    • Yes, and just change the colour each time and it will virtually pay for itself on a cost per wear basis! It would serve you well again next year too!

  • ChroniclesofNardia

    Love this dress Nikki! It looks like it’d be quite flattering on a big-hipped gal like me (I’m a 14/16 up top and a 16/18 on the bottom – small waist)… Might be the excuse I needed to head to the races this year!

    • I’m a 14 up top and 16 down the bottom and wearing a 16 so yes, I think it could work. It’s the type of dress that would work in your wardrobe for years too.

  • Marilyn Schroeder

    Looks the business Nikki. Works well with the shocking pink / fuschia.

    • You could splash any colour with this … or keep to black and white. Love a versatile dress like that!

      • shreddercat

        can any body shape wear a shift dress?