The Model and Me: Verily

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 49 Comments

My love of the go-to dress is no secret around these parts.

Frocks that go the distance, can be dressed up or down … they are the wardrobe pieces that I can always rely on.

Sunshine Coast-based designer Leonie Macleod has long been creating designs that I can rely on for that very task.

Leonie’s label Verily is all about “slow-fashion: original design, paper pattern making and grading, garment fitting, fabric testing and lots of love!”.

She understands how to shape a frock for women of all sizes and she understands that we all love a frock that works for us – not against us.

The frock I’ve featured today is one that very much works. Here it is on the model (a gorgeous woman I’ve known since my teens were babies!).

The model

Verily Side Drape Royal dress | AW15

Verily Side Drape Royal dress $79

and me


Verily Side Drape Royal dress (I’m wearing L)* | The Adorn Collective necklace* | Karen Millen clutch | Zoe Kratzmann heels

I love so much about this dress.

The drape is supremely flattering – creating shape and camouflaging all at the same time. The viscose is beautifully lightweight but not so much that it doesn’t wash well.

It’s incredibly comfortable to wear too – a piece that works for wearing for a casual occasion as well as dressing up as I’ve done here with a necklace, over-sized clutch and heels.

While this dress style works well now in autumn, it is also suitable for layering when the weather cools down. Add a jacket, tights and boots. Add a coat. It’s the perfect layering base.

It’s also available in black but my money is on the cobalt blue as a great way to add a splash of colour and work back with winter neutrals.

The Model and Me | Verily AW15

Would I find a Verily piece in your wardrobe? Love a splash of cobalt blue?

* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. This post contains affiliate links (if you purchase via these links I may receive a small sales commission). Full disclosure policy here.

Comments 49

  1. just ordered this dress Nikki…can only hope it looks as good on me as it does on you…thanks for all the hints/ tips and advice

  2. This dress is gorgeous on you Nikki. It’s quite similar to the Metalicus Plaza Drape Dress which I have in black. It’s a go to dress and is worn through all seasons. The cobalt looks gorgeous on you. Great choice:)

  3. I love the cobalt blue. I have a similar style dress in red that I bought from Metalicus last season and it is definitely a versatile piece, perfect for layering. As always I love the way you have styled this dress.

  4. Hi Nikki, the dress looks fab on both of you as everyone has said, but I just wanted to say you both have fab hair as well! I’ve lost the link to your post about your shorter bob which I think is beautiful, but it is also nice to see some gorgeous grey. Has your friend always had such chutzpah? – it’s really striking.

  5. Nikki … You look gorgeous. I can’t wear that shade of blue but it looks fabulous on you. I’d also like to point out how wonderful your followers are. The comments section of your blog is always filled with such lovely and supportive compliments. It’s so nice to see. Quite often I will flick through the comments of other blogs and see something nasty that has been written by some jealous person. I don’t know why people have to be so mean. It’s always lovely to come here and see encouragement and positivity.
    Nik xxx

  6. Dress looks great and this is the type of dress I need on a Wednesday. I have a shower at the gym and race to work and need an effortless piece to ‘chuck on’. Bonus that a necklace and some heels can take it from casual to wow!

  7. Oh I’m sure you’ll get so much use out of this dress – it’s the most perfect colour on you Nikki – lucky you 🙂

  8. Lovely colour on you and I do enjoy your blog although maybe a titchy bit of constructive here; Honestly – dump the phone – not necessary in every picture. Pauline x

    1. Thanks for your feedback Pauline – I don’t have a professional photographer taking the photos and my phone is in the photo as it’s a remote control for my camera which is on a tripod. Sorry it offends but if my 9YO isn’t around to take the photo, this is what you’re going to get. If you met me in real life, the phone would always been in my hand anyway!

  9. I love this dress on you Nikki,you really suit cobalt blue,stunning dress and lovely shape and those Zoe Kratzmann shoes are lovely with it!
    To answer your question I have a few Verily pieces in my wardrobe and I really like items that can be worn in more than one season.Geat model And me post Nikki Xx
    PS your model friend is stunning.

  10. This is a gorgeous dress and looks fab on you! I also love those shoes and they seem quite versatile being you have worn them with lots of different outfits!

  11. an easy versatile dress for sure thanks nikki!
    that colour is gorgeous on you! … and those shoes!!!;0X
    we need winter gear here! … where are those boots! love m:)X

  12. Love it especially the colour. Might be the perfect dress to take to Europe in June !! And given good price could even by the black … ok better stop now!

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