The Model and Me: Maiocchi

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, Life, The Model and Me 47 Comments

The majority of my wardrobe is what I classify as smart casual.

This makes sense as I work from home.


I do attend networking functions and business lunches or meetings. For those times, I need to have a number of go-to frocks on hand to meet the occasion.

Ideally, they’re frocks that don’t require any fancy laundering or ironing. Ideally, they fit and flatter and don’t require any harnessing into shapewear to wear and feel confident in.

Yes, I ask a lot, don’t I?

The beautiful and talented Australian designer Deanne Mayocchi has done it again with her latest Maiocchi collection (Being Bookish) and this dress not only meets all my go-to frock requirements, it comes with the added bonus of an exclusive print so it also comes with added interest.

Making unique and flattering frocks is my most important job as a designer. I don’t tend to follow trends when designing; it usually starts with a special pattern or print that I re-imagine into different silhouettes – Deanne, designer Maiocchi

The model

Maiocchi paper crane dress

Maiocchi Paper Crane Dress $199

and me

Maiocchi dress | Nine West heels

Maiocchi dress* (I’m 166cm and wearing size 14) | Nine West heels 

I need to talk about the shape of this dress. Immediately.

It mimics a wrap-around style but in the most flattering way. It creates shape with a high waist (yay for that as I can’t wear a waist style on my actual waist as it’s too close to my hips and just makes my hips look bigger than they are!) and then tucks and gathers across the tummy, thus avoiding the sighting of any lumps and bumps.

Hello! No need to enlist a pair of nana knickers.

The custom print is adorable – coloured paper cranes adding interest and pops of red, green and yellow.

For me, this is also the type of go-to dress that will work now when it’s far from autumnal around these parts but can be layered with tights and boots and a coat when the temperature finally cools down.

It’s a dress that can be dressed up with heels and a clutch for a special occasion (think autumn wedding or the races). It’s a dress that would be equally at home in a corporate office – with or with a blazer – or even more casually with a long-line cardi, ankle boots and a cross-body bag for a weekend lunch date.

Maiocchi is still designed and made in Australia. That’s impressive.

The Model and Me: Maiocchi Winter 2015

So tell me, do you have go-to frocks in your wardrobe? What are your favourite styles, brands or labels?

* This garment was gifted to for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.

Comments 47

  1. I love Maiocchi designs!

    I only have two of her skirts and one of her dresses but a quick look through the winter collection has me adding more than a few pieces to my wish list!

      1. Thanks Nikki
        Yes the styling very much suits me and my vintage look, which is great that I can stay true to myself and wear an Aussie designer as well!

  2. The Model and Me stories are so useful, it give us a real life version of the frock/outfit. And yours looks stunning.

    You had me at made in Australia. I think it is so important to support our local designers. Having said that, my current go-to frocks are a DVF wrap dress and a blatant copy of that dress that I made myself. But I have cycled Leona Edmiston, Lisa Ho and Charlie Brown through over the years.

    Googling Maiocchi right now…….

    1. I would LOVE to get my hands on an original DVF wrap dress – just to see the differences between it a the ones that I have in my wardrobe!

  3. Nikki, you look wonderful in this dress, and yes, love the heels, it really works for you! I think it’s a super look on you – really love the colours and design, you are a lucky lady being gifted such a dress! Comfort is important, fit is crucial, but this look just says “I’m the boss” you go girl!

  4. I have a big bust and a tummy, do you think the neckline and rouching would still work? Or would the rouching on a tummy make it look like I was pregnant?

  5. Speaking of autumn weddings, I’d love some advice on where to shop for a frock to wear to one when you’re a size 14-16 (and busty, which pushes it more often than not to 16). I’ve always wondered if it’s appropriate to wear black?

  6. I love this dress on you Nikki it’s gorgeous especially with the nude shoe.
    I just bought a Jane Lamberton dress to wear to my son and his fiancée’s engagement party this coming weekend.
    I love model and me Monday’s xx

  7. Love that dress and it looks amazing on you Nikki. And my 4 year old just told me it would look nice on me….. X Amanda

  8. Lovely dress on you, Nikki. The elbow length sleeve and the flattering front draping make it a keeper, I think.
    I have a few Leona frocks that I love for their ability to create an outfit with a jacket and heels- and look great straight out of a suitcase!

  9. What a gorgeous frock on you Nikki! Love it. I’m a sucker for a statement/exclusive print too and generally have success at Gorman, Boden and Zara and at markets such as Finders Keepers. I’m also a huge fan of that flattering sleeve length. It is just perfect on most. x

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