The Model and Me: Belle Bird

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 24 Comments

It’s a new fashion season here on the blog. That won’t mean you’ll see me trotting out winter clothes for my #everydaystyle posts on Instagram but it does mean that these Model and Me posts will take on a different feel as (in fashion land) we leave summer behind.

As I mentioned in this post, don’t blame the messenger. Stock in stores and online has shifted seasons, so I’m getting my head in the game and aiming to share pieces with you that could be worn now on a cooler day and layered up later for winter.

For me, it’s the early autumn offerings that I get more wear out of in my wardrobe because of their layering ability. If I only stocked my wardrobe with high-winter pieces, they’d have a limited wear-span.

Trans-seasonal pieces, however, mean that we can change up our summer look and get excited about wearing something a little different.

I’ve blogged here before about Birdnest’s plus-size label, Belle Bird, and this season the label has nailed it again with fabulous pieces that will take you from casual, to work and out to dinner. All are on-trend and all are extremely flattering.

If you haven’t checked out the label, do yourself a Molly Meldrum and start with this frock.

The model

Belle Bird Belle Relaxed Sweater Dress

Belle Bird Belle Relaxed Sweater Dress $99.95

and me

Belle Bird Belle relaxed sweater dress | Nine West heels | Swarovski bracelet

Belle Bird Belle relaxed sweater dress* (I’m wearing size 14) | Nine West heels (last winter) | Swarovski slake bracelet

I love a relaxed fit in a garment but I especially love a relaxed fit when it comes with figure flattering goodness on the side.

The cut of this garment achieves this through its side gathering, tulip body, low round neckline and batwing three-quarter sleeves.

The fabric is a light, breathable mix of polyester and elastane so it’s something I could wear now on a cooler, rainy day or evening and then, as winter arrives, add black boots, tights and a longline vest or coat.

This dress also comes in black so you could reverse your colour contrast and work it back with tan or stone coloured coats or vests.

The beauty of this piece is in its simplicity. It looks stylish but effortless. You don’t want to over-complicate the look.

As for how it FEELS to wear. It’s one of those cheat pieces that makes you feel like you’re in your pjs. Comfort factor is as high as its style factor.

Tell me, what autumn pieces work well for you and take you through the season as it cools down? Bought anything from the Belle Bird label?

The Model and Me: Belle Bird AW16

* This piece was gifted to me for editorial consideration. This post contains affiliate sales links and I may receive a small commission from purchases sold through those links. You don’t pay any more. Full disclosure policy here.


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Starting this month – and every month – I’m giving away a $100 gift card to help freshen up your wardrobe.

This month you could win a $100 gift card from Birdsnest.

Each month, I’ll propose a different wardrobe theme for you to consider incorporating into your #everydaystyle outfit planning.

Each day that you incorporate that theme, simply upload your photo as you would normally, using the #everydaystyle hashtag. To be in the running for the prize, you just need to add the specific hashtag for each month’s theme. You can enter as many times as you like.

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This month’s theme is: how to dress when the heat is on.

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Comments 24

  1. Hi Nikki, I saw this new range yesterday and I was very impressed. Coming from Hobart I am much more excited about Winter than Summer so seeing the new transpersonal range was exciting. Thanks for showing us this dress, you might even see me buy it (I never wear dresses as I am paranoid about my legs *sigh*) xx Gaby

  2. OMGoodness you look amazing in this one better than the model, and loving your hair. would love to enter the comp but buying clothes is a luxury I can no longer indulge. I live through THE MODEL AND ME and am loving it, never stop you amaze me every time.thanks

  3. Gosh, I can’t believe I’m adding another dress to my wardrobe. 12 months ago I would never. 40 really is shifting big blocks of stuff for me! Thanks so much Nikki <3

  4. This dress is on my birdsnest “wish list” (along with 1000s of other items!) only thing is I was concerned I might not be tall enough (164cm)?? to pull it off … But looks great on you Nikki!

  5. I love the shape of that dress Nikki and the colour is gorgeous!
    I must say I get excited for new season peices,I only wish we got more transeasonal weather,hopefully this year we will it usually goes from Hot to freezing.I bought a gorgeous top yesterday when out with my daughter at a boutique market that is blue and has crocheted panels I’m hoping it will look good with a denim skirt and jeans.
    Lovely Model and Me post Nikki Xx

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