The Model and Me: Louenhide

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 37 Comments

It may be just a couple of weeks until winter officially kicks off but in Queensland our days are still on the mild side.

If you could bottle the temperatures at this time of year, I would. Nights are doona-snuggling-worthy, days are warm and in the mid-to-high 20s and humidity is low.

My hair is very, very happy.

On the wardrobe side of things, I need layers and different options for day and night.

The dress I’m featuring here today from Queensland designer Louenhide is one that suits a lunch-time event right now but can also be worn with some layers for an evening outing.

(Louenhide is more known for its bag and accessory range – there is a Louenhide bag for sale in the Styling You Shop – but its clothing edit also has massive appeal for its timelessness)

The model

Louenhide kaftan painted stripe

Louenhide kaftan painted stripe $169.95

and me

Louenhide kaftan | Zoe Kratzmann heels | Salita Matthews necklace

Louenhide kaftan (I’m wearing M/L) | Zoe Kratzmann heels (last summer) | Salita Matthews necklace

I love that even though this is a light fabric, it’s in a colour and pattern that is autumnal. (Just quietly I do love using the word autumnal whenever possible too.)

I find that at this time of year I embrace a more muted colour palette in my wardrobe. I love the change from summer brights and I also prefer to keep my autumn-winter wardrobe colour palette tight because it’s such a short season for us.

By keeping the colour palette tight, it means I can buy pieces that can be worn for more than one season.

In the photo above, this was an outfit for a day-time lunch. It wasn’t cold and I found incredibly comfortable.

On a cooler day or evening, I’d add leggings or tights, a long-sleeve knit, boots and drape a long jacket around my shoulders.

I am wearing a slip underneath as the arm openings are wide. It’s a generous cut – I’m in the M/L size and the model wears the S/M.

The rayon is beautifully soft. I do iron it after washing but others would be happy to leave as is.

Just quietly, I’m also considering taking this with me to Europe next month – perfect also for throwing over a swimsuit in the south of Italy, I think.

The Model and Me: Louenhide AW15

How do you convert your autumn frocks for a wintery outing? Tell me where you live, what the temperature is and how many layers are you wearing today? 

* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.

Comments 37

    1. Same, thought I misread that they make clothes, I have had their bags for ages and they are affordable and on trend.
      This outfit looks lovely on you Nikki.

  1. I need to embrace dresses more in winter. Too often I am in my uniform of jeans, plain tee and cardi. Boring!

  2. This is a great dress, love it on you Nikki. It’s a mild 19 here today but it was a chilly 6 this morning when I did an 8.30am kinder drop off! I’m wearing three layers – tee, cardy and parka with a scarf thrown in. P.S. I love the word ‘autumnal’ too.

  3. It is a perfect autumn day in Victoria, predicted top of 19 with sunshine and almost no breeze. So today for me, just a long sleeved cotton/linen tee and a pair of jeans. But once the sun starts to drop I will be putting on a wrap or vest

  4. Love this kaftan perfect for layering when the cool snap comes in. I tend to only wear jeans and such in winter as I feel the cole and need to be warm head to toe with a multitude of layers. Love this kaftan on you Nikki. Perfect for your trip. V x

  5. Love this kaftan perfect for layering when the cool snap comes in. I tend to only wear jeans and such in winter as I feel the cole and need to be warm head to toe with a multitude of layers. Love this kaftan on you Nikki. Perfect for your trip. V x

  6. LOVE this dress! The perfect Qld dress! I’m on the Mornington Peninsula (south of Melbourne), it’s 10am and 13 degrees outside but sunny and clear, and I’m wearing a black tunic and 3/4 tights! Have a great day Nikki!

  7. you look great in that nikki!
    a versatile one for your trip! … so relaxed looking
    I’m rugged up to the nines! it wouldn’t do for me in winter!
    overcoat girl! … love m:)X

  8. I am in the Sydney CBD today wearing ponte pants, a tank, a white button up shirt and long fine knit cardigan with ankle boots. I had my leopard print coat on top (but buttons undone) for the commute on the bus.

    The warmth in the office is variable and as I sit by a west facing window, and the sun will be on my back from lunchtime. That means I need layers that I can strip off as need be.
    I wear my summer dresses in spring and autumn with tights, boats and a jacket, but once it’s winter I like to have a different wardrobe, and it makes a nice change.

    1. That is layering to a tee Johanne – oh hello leopard print coat for the commute. Way to make an office outfit pop! The “once it’s winter” bit is hit and miss up this way. Not so much at night or early morning but the days can be warm. It’s really about mastering the art of layering to work through the whole day – unless just going out of the house in the middle of it.

    2. That is layering to a tee Johanne – oh hello leopard print coat for the commute. Way to make an office outfit pop! The “once it’s winter” bit is hit and miss up this way. Not so much at night or early morning but the days can be warm. It’s really about mastering the art of layering to work through the whole day – unless just going out of the house in the middle of it.

  9. I love this on you Nikki ,I’m a cold frog so not much summer dresses get worn in winter maybe a tunic over leggings if it’s about 22 degrees,but under that usually long pants!
    This is gorgeous and yes definitely take it to Europe it is a beach to bar type of dress,and I’d would be light to pack and the colour suits you so well.
    I live in Sydney as you know but nearer the mountains so we’ve already had 2 big frosts and the capes have come out already.
    Have a lovely day Nikki ,love model and me Monday’s Xx

  10. I live in the Adelaide Hills which are beautiful at the moment and we had sunshine yesterday , it was 23. I am wearing black Blue Illusion pants A grey striped top and a black vest.

  11. I usually wear a long sleeve black top under my dresses to make them winterable… if that’s a word? I’ve always had to be careful wearing batwings or larger arm openings because they have a tendency to make me look bigger. If I wear a belt it looks much better on me. I like this on you… but I think every model and me post is fantastic. 🙂

    1. I totally get the word Bec – and we have to be able to do that to extend out our wardrobe. I hear you on the batwings … this design and fabric does make these drape better than most. The kaftan is also shaped through from under the arms through to the hem so not completely loose and flowing.

  12. I would really like to see the layered look on you… I can’t quite picture it and am wondering if I can translate it to pieces on my wardrobe. Maybe for a future post (please)? This looks lovely btw.

    1. Good point Ruth … at the moment it’s really tricky with these posts as here in Queensland we have cool nights but the days are like a mild summer anywhere else. What I’m trying to do is feature more wintery outfits one week; less wintery outfits the alternate week. Always both with descriptions on how you could layer to suit where you live. This piece would not suit for the height of a southern winter at all but with tights, boots and a long-sleeve knit underneath, I’d be able to wear it most days in a Queensland winter.

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