The Model and Me: Woolerina

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 39 Comments

Oh hello, it’s officially winter. Does it feel like winter where you live?

We had a very balmy blast to see out autumn in Queensland and I found myself wardrobe-challenged to say the least.

This week it looks like cooler weather is heading our way, so I’m sure I’ll get my winter wardrobe groove back. Just in time to pack for three weeks in a European summer!

(Yes, I’ve started giving thought to exactly what I’m going to pack for our trip. I’ll be blogging about it before I leave but it could be my greatest packing challenge to date. The challenge is in the UK summer part which currently has temperatures colder than a Queensland winter … and then the other extreme is the beautiful, hot southern Italian Mediterranean coastline. There will be layers and a very tight colour palette. Stay tuned.)

Today, I’m featuring an Australian label – Woolerina – that produces beautiful layering pieces made from hand-selected Merino wool.

The beauty of garments made from this sustainable fibre is that the knit is super fine but still carries with it the warmth and breathability of wool. As someone who can find wool itchy on my skin, I don’t find that with merino.

I’ve featured this cobalt cardi pictured below but with different pants from those which the model is wearing.

The model

Woolerina cardi, top and pants

Woolerina cardi $129, top $95 and pants $139

and me

 Woolerina cardi and pants | Bella Bodies cami | Sportscraft scarf | Frankie4 Footwear loafers

 Woolerina cardi $129 (I’m wearing size 14) and pants $159* (I’m wearing size 16) | Bella Bodies cami | Sportscraft scarf (two years ago) | Frankie4 Footwear loafers

Before I get into the winning ways of the Woolerina pieces I’m wearing, I need to highlight the formula behind this outfit.

It’s a formula that I enlist frequently and it’s one that really does help extend my wardrobe and ensure I always have something to wear.

It’s a formula that relies on you shopping for the basics first … before you get seduced by the show ponies.

If you strip back the outfit, I’m essentially wearing a black top and black pants. It’s what I’ve added on top that brings those basics to life. In this case it’s all about the cobalt blue – something I’ve been also able to tie in with the scarf.

This is such an easy thing for you to translate back into your wardrobe – especially in cooler months. Start with your core, basic pieces and then layer with pieces which add texture, colour or pattern for interest.

Make sense?

As for the Woolerina pieces, the cardi (100% merino interlock) is such a lovely fit across the shoulders and in the arms. This is key to a cardi being a flattering fit. If it fits well in this area, it will drape well. LOVE the colour. It’s one of my all-time faves.

The pants (95% merino wool; 5% jersey lycra) are super fun and very much fit my criteria for a superior soft pant. They’re tapered at the bottom so can be worked with sneakers, loafers or even heels if you’d like to dress them up. At the top they’re gathered and have a lot of room across the tummy/hips and at the top of the legs. This enables the pant to be able to skim over these bits and still drape beautifully for a great leg shape.

The Model and Me: Woolerina

So tell me, do you have key layering pieces in your wardrobe that make it easier to dress as the weather cools down? Do you rely on wool pieces to help keep you warm without adding bulk?

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

Comments 39

  1. Yay it is my birthday tomorrow too! Happy Birthday. Hope it is a good one for both of us. xxoo
    And yes love the blue cardi!

  2. Gosh I love that cardi. Nice length and shape. I’m wearing a cobalt blue wool Metalicus card from a few years ago, which I love, but I really love the line of the Woolerina one – I’ve not heard of the brand before. I see there’s a stockist in Salamanca Place (Hobart) – I’m heading there in a couple of weeks so I might pop in and check it out. Thanks

    1. Hi Kathryn, thank you for the lovely feedback on our cardigan, I am glad to hear you like the shape. Unfortunately our stockist in Salamanca Place Hobart closed last week. If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to give our office a call on 02 68512100. Keep warm, regards Pippa @woolerina

  3. A great post Nikki, we sure love that cobalt blue on you! And we’re hearing you when it comes to packing a bag for overseas travel…it can be tricky! Our customers love telling us how great Woolerina is for its versatility when you’re out and about. Woolerina squeezes into suit cases, they don’t tend to crinkle and they’re great pieces for layering (plus they love the odd bit of sight seeing!) 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your Woolerina Style and have a fabulous holiday.

    Pippa

  4. Nikki you should really look at the Vivienne Files blog. She has a perfect template for a mixed hot weather/ cool weather wardrobe which would be a good starting point for a European packing capsule ( I would take a couple of dresses too perhaps a sundress and maybe an LBD ) and amazingly it has some of the colours you are wearing in this photo too!

  5. Nikki you should really look at the Vivienne Files blog. She has a perfect template for a mixed hot weather/ cool weather wardrobe which would be a good starting point for a European packing capsule ( I would take a couple of dresses too perhaps a sundress and maybe an LBD ) and amazingly it has some of the colours you are wearing in this photo too!

  6. Nikki you should really look at the Vivienne Files blog. She has a perfect template for a mixed hot weather/ cool weather wardrobe which would be a good starting point for a European packing capsule ( I would take a couple of dresses too perhaps a sundress and maybe an LBD ) and amazingly it has some of the colours you are wearing in this photo too!

  7. It is freezing here in Sydney the last two days. I am obsessed with cardigans and blue is my favourite colour. I am not a big scarf person, I love them on other people but forget to wear them myself in the morning rush and sometimes find it hard to tie them in.

  8. Yes yes and yes Nikki, it’s cold down here!! Winter hit here last week…but then it was a gorgeous sunny autumn day yesterday so we took our headcolds to the beach for some vitamin D…bliss! A woollen scarf and puffer jacket were involved! It’s our Queen’s birthday weekend here and we are rugged up by the fire and doing very little today! That blue is gorgeous on you. My wardrobe is full of merino cami’s and tops and I just added a lovely grey CR jersey to my collection of CR longline cardi’s! Ooh and a cute pompom hat from same store, ready for Queenstown in July! Cannot wait for your Europe packing tips…probably similar to my domestic packing in Autumn and Spring…and I will be taking notes for when it’s my turn to go in Sept/Oct. Keep warm xx

  9. Lovely! One question though, what are the care instructions on these items? If I’m wearing something close to my body I won’t buy hand wash only. Can these be gentle machine washed?

    1. Hi Johanne, yes all of our Merino range can be put in the washing machine on a gentle wash, we just recommend a good wool wash! Regards Pippa @Woolerina.

  10. looking good nikki! … a lovely piece!
    I am layering up something chronic! … 100 and still counting! 🙁
    yes you will have the layering challenge in UK and MED! I’m sure you will manage it beautifully! … how many cases are you taking hun?;0
    “it’s in the bag!” … enjoy your day! love m:)X

  11. I love this blue on you Nikki it’s beautiful! I like the outfit on you better than the model.
    Yes indeed I rely on merino wool to keep me warm I usually stock up on the Crane (Aldi) brand merino layering peices when they come out,they are warm ,light and not itchy and a great price,so winners on all fronts and I love their wool socks too.
    Yes definitely winter here yesterday was a freezing 10 degrees and I had to put the aircon on,today we have sun but arctic winds.
    How very exciting about Europe Nikki I can’t wait to see what you pack,it’s hard when there is such a difference in temps,have a lovely day Xx

    1. thanks for those tips about aldi lisa!
      we don’t have them here! boring! … but when we visit my daughter in queensland in july i’ll get some! … now I remember things go like hot cakes! … will tell her about them!
      have a lovely day lisa! … love m:)X

      1. You’re very welcome Merilyn ,they are great quality and fantastic prices,hope your daughter can get someyou have a lovely day too Xx

  12. So Nikki, only such a stylish person as you would happen to have a scarf from 2 years ago that perfectly compliments your new cardy! Wardrobe good fortune like that is a gift. I love that bright blue with the black. xx

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