The Model and Me: Surafina

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 41 Comments

The designers behind label Surafina speak to my need to dress like it’s winter but not swelter because I live in Queensland.

It helps that they are based in Queensland. It helps a lot.

They understand that we can have super chilly nights and mornings and then glorious sunny days that require us to un-layer but still looked dress for the season.

I’ve offered tips here before about layering to create a winter outfit and this outfit I’m featuring today from Surafina brings together all those tips.

Each piece works as part of any outfit but two, three or all of them together makes for a winter outfit with interest because of the details.

The model

Surafina drape vest tank knit and leggings

Surafina drape vest $129 | tank | knit $39 (on sale) | wet-look leggings $49

and me

Surafina leggings, cape, tank, knit and faux fur collar | Dinosaur Designs ring | Mnologie clutch | Zoe Kratzmann boots

Surafina leggings (I’m wearing size M), cape, tank, knit (I’m wearing size M) and faux fur collar* $49 on sale| Dinosaur Designs ring | Mnologie clutch | Zoe Kratzmann boots

I wore this outfit last week to the opening of Good Food Month in Brisbane (I was a guest of Cathay Pacific). It had been a cold week, this night not so cold especially inside with a lot of bodies.

I didn’t feel too warm but the addition of the cape and the fur collar gave my look winter elements – just right for the modern vibe of the Fortitude Valley venue – Kwan Brothers.

The leggings are a wet-look fabric – a great way to get a leather look without the cost. Do buy down a size or two though. They stretch easily and will fall down or be saggy and baggy if you don’t.

I’ve worn the cape with just a white shirt and jeans and it works equally as well as the combination above. The fur collar is such a great winter accessory for just about any outfit. I just love it.

The ring was a birthday gift from Mr SY and the personalised clutch is beautiful. A word of warning if you are ordering one for yourself. I ordered mine in October last year. It arrived more than six months later. You might have more luck but I thought I should let you know that the wait time for mine was much longer than the advised delivery time.

The boots are from Zoe Kratzmann’s current collection. I love that they have a bit of a heel and a dressy pointy toe for a night out but at a height I could stand at a networking event all night without my feet suffering.

The Model and Me Surafina AW14

Like a layered winter outfit that’s comfy as well?

* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration

Comments 41

      1. While I’m waiting for your book, I’m attempting to get back into exercise after a long break due to health. Hopefully I will be back to my old toned self and fitting into most of my wardrobe before it arrives.

  1. Yes this is a look I love a lot Nikki! I layer 3 to 4 layers every day at present! Is the cape wool? It’s just my colour! Got myself a lovely preloved mesop long wrap cardi at the weekend – looking forward to wrapping myself up in it! P.s. Love your real take on the school hols….we’re on day one here and the sun shone for most of it thank goodness! xx

  2. I have this cape in the camel and black and live in them. There are a lot of online stores selling them. I paid no more than $35 each. Quality wouldn’t be of yours, but I have lived in mine and they still look brand new. They come in light and dark grey as well. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lara. Could you please provide the online store names? Great price point, wouldn’t mind checking them out.

      1. I got the camel one through Little Kika. Only through facebook. (great business run by two Melbourne mums). the black one I got through 4princessmumma. Another Melbourne mum that has both a facebook page and a website. She currently has black on her site, ask the question re the camel she may be able to get them in. (beware other items on her site – sizing is very very very small!). These vests are one size fits all. Im a 14 and it fits me fine. The little kika store also shows how you can wear them different ways. These have been around for a while…I got the camel one over 12 months ago. Try googling for them as I know other online sellers were stocking them. They are known as waterfall vests, waterfall capes and waterfall ponchos. Hope that helps!

      2. actually check out ebay. there are a heap there under “ruffle cape”. They are exactly the ones the online stores sell as the modelling pictures are the same.

  3. That is just such a great outfit. I can totally see it working for me and with other items in my wardrobe. It Looks fabulous on you. Do you think it would be the right sort of outfit for problogger-as a first timer, I want to get the look right 🙂

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