The Model and Me Lola Australia

The Model and Me: Lola Australia

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, The Model and Me 56 Comments

You know what excites me?

A fully unpacked house, cold drinks on a summer’s afternoon, watching next season’s Downton Abbey courtesy of parents bringing store-bought DVD back from the UK (why oh why do Australian TV channels still treat us like idiots? Two words: Fast. Track) … and being introduced to an Australian fashion label that feels like it could have been made especially for my style.

Yes, today’s Model and Me post is dedicated to all of the above but especially Western Australian-based label Lola Australia.

Before Christmas, Lola Australia kindly sent a number of pieces and if you follow along on Instagram you would have seen me wear and share those.

I love Lola Australia’s bohemian-chic styling.

The cottons are a delight to wear – especially on our super hot days – and the silk dress I’m featuring today is just one of those wardrobe pieces you know will serve you well through this summer and beyond.

Being 100% silk it does cost more than the cottons in the Lola Australia collection – the cottons are about half the price of the silks and just as great quality. 

The model

Lola Australia swing silk shift dress

Lola Australia swing shift silk dress $264

and me

Lola Australia silk shift dress, Zoe Kratzmann wedges, Red Phoenix Emporium earrings and bracelet

Lola Australia silk shift dress* (I’m wearing the size XL and am 167cm) |  Metalicus slipZoe Kratzmann wedges, Red Phoenix Emporium earrings and bracelet

As you can see, I’m doing that thing where I wear a fitted slip dress under the main attraction.

I do this often – for extra length and modesty should a gust of wind come my way and send my dress upwards. An event that would not be pretty for all in viewing range.

This dress is thin silk. This is a bonus for the height of summer when it takes superior wardrobe skills to look and feel cool when the weather is anything but.

The downside with such flimsiness of fabric is that I tend to not feel like I’m wearing enough. I think it’s that paranoia about the potential to accidentally flash more than I ever want to flash.

Whatever the reason, a slip solves all and ensures that this dress will be on high rotation for many a summer to come.

I adore the pattern of the fabric, the sleeves, the cut-out stitching detail at the hemline and the style – nothing beats the subtle shape of a shift dress when the going gets hot. Nothing.

The Model and Me Lola Australia

Found an Australian label you love lately? Love a shift dress?

* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration

  • Tresna Wood

    Hi Nikki I think you look much better than the model,you give the dress more shape and looks wonderful, I would like to know where you get your slip for underneath. Hope you have settled in your new home.

    • Thanks Tresna … I’ve linked to the slip in the photo above – it’s from Metalicus

  • Uggbootdiva

    I’ve looked into getting a slip as well, buy wondering if you find it makes clothing extra hot?

  • Housewife in Heels

    Love this look Nikki. So lovely meeting you the other night. x

    • Thanks so much – loved meeting you – was just not enough time for all the talk that needed to be talked. See you soon. x

  • Adrienne

    Yes, I love a shift dress and while Sportscraft is hardly new, I will mention that I took the risk of ordering one online in the sale which arrived yesterday and the fit is perfect. You have to love a label that you know is reliable. The other thing is that if it doesn’t fit, you can return it to any store. As I have almost forgotten how to actually post something these days, it is a definite plus!

    • I’ve had great online service from Sportscraft Adrienne so glad to hear it’s the same for you!

  • stinkb0mb

    Love these posts Nikki. It’s great to see clothing on “real” people rather than models, I find it sells the clothing more tbh and I wonder if designers/retailers etc realise this?

    • Some do Rach … particularly the smaller independents. It’s my wish that more fashion companies extend their marketing budgets to photograph their designs on more than one size. I truly believe they’d make more than the money it would cost to do so.

  • Wow, you look amazing! I purchased a nude coloured metalicus slip on your referral and I couldn’t be happier! They fit so snug and look really sexy under a kaftan as it looks like you are wearing nothing!

  • The Plumbette

    Love it. The round neck wouldn’t do me any favours, but really dig the print. And those Red Phoenix Emporium earrings seem to go with everything?!

    • I get away with low round necks Bec and yes the earrings are brilliant with everything!

  • What a cutie you look in this frock dear Nikki – love it…and it has a sleeve – which makes it even better xx

  • bountifully

    You look fabulous, I love your model and me posts. I bought a Trelis Cooper silk dress during the online sales – it arrived today and I adore it! Will have to post a pic on IG x

    • Oh good score – can’t wait to see it! I got that red silk Trelise Cooper at the end of the winter sales and still very much love.

  • Carolyn

    Gorgeous! I love the pattern and something cool and floaty in this hot weather sounds perfect. I’m off to visit the Lola website, too!

  • chrisatpb

    Well, now I have visited the Lola website and easily found a dozen stunning things for my wish list! I love how the same fabric is used in a range of dress styles -do you want mini, midi maxi, sleeves, long, short, none? There is something for everyone.

    • Yes, there really is something for everyone – agree with you the fabric on different styles.

  • I’m yet to conquer the shift dress and the way it makes me feel – frumpy. However, I absolutely adore the way you’ve styled the dress. So maybe there’s hope for me to shift my attitude…!

    • A more fitted style and short would work for you Sonia but love your play on words!

  • It looks gorgeous on you, love 🙂

  • Kylie – Lola Australia

    Nikki I’ve been following you for a while now and kept thinking how PERFECT Lola Australia would be for your style! It is MADE for you!
    Kylie @ Lola Australia

  • Gorgeous Nikki! Am off to check out Lola’s site …

    • Perfect summer pieces – I’m sure there would have been stockists where you were holidaying – fits that groove.

  • I knew I shouldn’t have clicked on that link…..
    now I have yet another label to lust after! love their stuff!!

  • It looks so comfy and cool! Love it!

  • Margy

    Hi Nikki, you look gorgeous in this silk dress. I have looked at their online shopping and the designs are fantastic. I will be in Perth in a couple of weeks, so have contacted them for a list of stockists, so I can have a play!!

    • Happy playing Margy. As I said above, I was very impressed – really suits my style.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Yes I love a shift dress Nikki and love anything in silk ,and I adore the pattern too.You look lovely I really like this dress on you.I love model and me posts!
    I am very pleased your house is unpacked xx

    • Thanks Lisa … still having internet fun and games though.

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        Oh no there is nothing worse,I hope it is sorted soon!

  • Adrienne

    Hi Nikki, just wondering as I, like you now, live in Brisbane….just how hot is the metallicus slip? I know you wear it a lot and I would want to do that too for all the same reasons but wonder whether it would make all the cool clothes decidedly uncool!

    • Climate here is the same as the Coast Adrienne and the fabric of the slips breathes so I’m fine.

  • chrisatpb

    Nikki, you look lovely, as ever. Love the colour combination. Following your wise advice I purchased a Metalicus slip for layering. Whilst I was online searching for pretty kaftan, I came across Qld store Spirituelle – they do a lovely range of cotton kaftans and slips to wear under. x

  • New label to me too, and I live in WA! Looks like just the dress for the heatwave we’re having 🙂 Love your idea of wearing a slip underneath floaty fabric.

  • Pagan

    I love this look Nikki, and the layering looks fantastic, but don’t you get hot? I’m not sure if it’s just psychological but I always feel way hotter in 2 layers!

    • No because the fabrics in the slips are breathable Pagan then the layer on top is so light and floaty.

  • Johanne Taylor

    I have a lovely silk Lola in a bright blue and white pattern, that has elbow length sleeves and shirring under the bust, which are my favourite features to flatter my body. It is not too sheer and a bit longer than your shift, so I can wear without a a slip underneath.

  • You look gorgeous! I don’t know this brand, but I’m off to stalk the website now. Rachel x

    • I didn’t know it either Rachel but it’s quickly gone to the fave list!

  • Petra

    This looks so good on you Nikki (you look great with pink) and the Metalicus slip is perfect for it. Last time I wore silk (20 years ago), I spilt food down my front (always lands on my boobs!) and couldn’t get it out, so don’t buy silk anymore! Will check out Lola’s website. Love The Model and Me 🙂

    • Oh dear Petra, that is tragic. Thankfully my food mishaps have never resulted in that!

      • Petra

        Nikki…what’s the Gorman shop you mentioned on your facebook page today? In Brisbane? I’ve tried their website but I can’t get connected to it 🙁 Thanks.