The Model and Me: Elm

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 29 Comments

Hello first day of spring.

You make me so incredibly happy with your mild sunny days and cool, doona-worthy nights.

You remind me that it’s time for a pedicure, that regular leg-scaping is now mandatory and that it’s time to re-organise the wardrobe and re-discover what I wore last time it was warm.

It’s also time to think about any new additions.

These weekly posts are designed to both inspire you to re-think and re-work existing garments in your wardrobe as well as give some ideas on pieces that might give your current wardrobe a bit of a boost.

Today’s feature piece is a brightly coloured shift-style tunic dress from Australian independent label Elm. It’s not a label available online through its own site but it does have stockists in boutiques in Australia and New Zealand so make contact via its Facebook page.

the model

ELM Colours of Summer dress SS14-15

Elm Colours of Summer dress $139.95 (Available online at Birdsnest)

and me

Elm dress | Angle Diamond Dot necklace | Freya and Sabine sandals | Samantha Wills ring

Elm dress* (I’m wearing size 14) | Angle Diamond Dot necklace | Freya and Sabine sandals* | Samantha Wills ring

The print on this dress really appeals to me. If I’m going to do a print, I’m more likely to feel at home in a geometric. The colours are fresh, fun and work back with neutrals (I’d happily wear tan with this colour combination) as well as any number of my key favourite colours.

The navy panels done the side of the dress make for a flattering take on a tunic dress – but like with all over-sized shaped pieces it’s always a good idea to try on a garment a size down from what you normally wear. This reduces the amount of fabric you’re wearing and if it still fits around the bust and hips then it’s a good way to make this style work for you.

The fabric is 100% viscose so soft and cool to wear. It’s not transparent but I do tend to wear a Metalicus slip dress underneath all frocks like this in case of accidental exposure.

Let’s talk about the shoes … Freya and Sabine is the sister label of Zoe Kratzmann Footwear.

I love the low block heel for a slight dressiness in a flat sandal. And I LOVE the pop of colour. It’s great worked back with colour like this example … or as a surprise pop in a neutral outfit.

The brand’s website will be online soon but until then, contact via its Facebook page for a stockist near you.

Do you love a colourful print for spring? What’s your favourite season?

The Model and Me: Elm SS14-15

* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration

Comments 29

  1. I loved this dress on you Nikki so tracked it down, ordered it and it now hangs in my wardrobe ready to go! Seeing a ‘real’ person as the model is such a game changer and has encouraged me to try out clothing more than just assuming it is not for me. Thanx.

  2. Love this outfit, just makes me happy looking at it. Hoping I will be able to get one of those dresses, currently sold out in my size but fingers crossed might be able to track one down.

  3. Hurray for Spring! It was actually pretty rainy in Melbourne today (boo) but I’m sure we’ll be able to rock some pretty spring dresses very soon! I’m adore this dress on you, it’s such a fun print and the colors are beautiful too.

  4. Nikki I love everything about this outfit,it is so pretty and so spring like and yes we even have a beautiful sunny day in Sydney to celebrate the first day of spring ,though it will be a whole before I get my legs out!lovely post thank you x

  5. thanks for the tips on wearing this style of dress. I have a couple new ones already this season but struggling with the shape. I was starting to take thedresses in. but will try a size down next time. might. be a bit hard as the last small I bought was really big.

  6. Oooh, I’m loving this ensemble! Geometric patterns – gorgeous! LOVE the necklace. The shoes are perfect! Happy 1st day of Spring from Melbourne!

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