The Model and Me: Maiocchi

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 31 Comments

Are you a fan of the frock?

I am. I love them all – fabulous and flowy or flirty and fitted.

I was editing my wardrobe at the weekend in full prep for the spring-summer season and my love of the frock could not have been more evident.

If you’ve been reading here for some time (and you’ve read my book, Unlock Your Style), you’ll be familiar with my case for the frock and their wardrobe value.

See, in one easy garment add, you’re dressed and ready to go. No coordination required.

And if you buy in a classic shape or design then, it’s a piece that you are never likely to edit from your wardrobe.

That’s very much the case with my Maiocchi dress collection.

Designer Deanne (Dee) Mayocchi started designing dresses because of her frustration in not being able to find the perfect dress for herself.

Now thousands of women around Australian – and overseas – get to feel fabulous in her Australian-designed-and-made garments.

This dress caught my eye because of the quirky print (a Maiocchi signature trait), stunning colour and timeless shape.

The model

Maiocchi Cocktail Hour Dress in Turquoise

Maiocchi Cocktail Hour Dress in turquoise $275

and me

Maiocchi Cocktail Hour dress in turquoise | Zoe Kratzmann wedges

Maiocchi Cocktail Hour dress in turquoise (I’m wearing size 16)* | Zoe Kratzmann wedges*

This high-waisted frock shape is the one that suits me best from Maiocchi. There are other designs, including this one in the same fabric, that sit more on a true waist but it’s this style that suits me best.

I’ve got a short waist so the shape helps to extend that. A lower waist – on me – sits too close to my hips and the resultant flare out of fabric gives the illusion of doubling the size of my hips.

I just love the print – it’s a 100% Japanese cotton fabric – because it’s the kind of modern-vintage design that will start conversations.

I’ve shied away from adding accessories that would compete with the statement of this print.

Let the dress do the talking.

The new-season pale grey wedges from Zoe Kratzmann work beautifully as an alternative to tan or nude shoes.

I’ll wear this to a girls’ lunch or with a white blazer for a work meeting. You can bet it will be in my wardrobe for many a spring to come.

Maiocchi is sold online as well as in its Brisbane and Sydney boutiques and at 60 stockists around Australia.

The Model and Me Maiocchi Spring-Summer 2015

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

PS. Don’t forget, the Spring Styling You Shop is open until September 30. Some pieces are already sold out. Don’t miss out on your favourites. 

Comments 31

  1. I love when you surprise me. It’s a very cute print. Sometimes I’m wary of wearing a print like this in case I look like a comic book, but this dress looks really smart and sophisticated. Love those Zoe Kratzmann shoes too. x

  2. I love this dress on you Nikki,the print is awesome!
    Yes I love a dress they are my very favourite item of clothing so easy and comfortable,lovely model an me post Nikki Xx

  3. Wow! Looks amazing! I liked it on the model but it really suits you more! I have never been game to try such a loud print it really does work for you.

    1. I’m a big believer in wearing colours that you feel confident in. If that’s neutrals that’s very ok. I like keeping most of my wardrobe a neutral palette because that’s what I feel most comfortable in and what I can make into a versatile capsule wardrobe. For spring-summer occasion pieces, I do have more colour and that works for me as well. If you’re a full colour person, I say go for it. Those people never seem to let the colour wear them – they own it!

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