The Model and Me: Fabrik

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 17 Comments

It’s no secret that I cannot wait until Nina Proudman returns to our screens this year for the sixth season of Offspring.

In anticipation I find myself channelling a little Nina style here and there. Last week it was this outfit, today it’s a cotton maxi dress that I just know Neens would add a denim jacket and knee-high boots to.

The dress comes from new-ish Australia label, fabrik. I featured the label here on the blog in summer and I continue to be impressed by its feminine and “refined bohemian” designs.

Designer Sarah Hardie worked alongside Lee Matthews after finishing her fashion and textiles studies and fabrik was inspired by the birth of Sarah’s daughter.

The model

Fabrik maxi dress

fabrik Dandelion maxi $149.95

and me

Fabrik maxi dress | FRANKiE4 Footwear boots

Fabrik maxi dress (I’m wearing size 4) | FRANKiE4 Footwear boots (these are last year’s but I now have this year’s tan leather version)

It’s no secret that I do like to mix up my #everydaystyle, so while I don’t opt for boho every day, it is one of my style personalities that likes to come out to play.

There’s a whole lot of ease in autumn of opting for a maxi dress instead of jeans. I love adding boots – my preference is ankle boots on account of the comfort levels I get from my FRANKiE4S – and, if it’s cooler, a knit cardi or denim jacket.

This shape of maxi dress works for me as it falls from under the bust. Yes, it’s quite “booby”, which I’m ok with but if you’re not, wear with a bandeau-style bra.

It’s a gorgeous 100% rayon fabric, so is absolutely delicious to wear. The fabric itself has been hand-printed with the dandelion print and the white piping trim completes the quality finish.

Length-wise, I’m 166cm tall and this fell to the floor for me (so good to note if you’re taller than me). I plan to get it altered to ankle level. When you see your boots or shoes in a maxi dress or skirt, it helps with the visual proportions and prevents this style of garment from overwhelming.

Are you on team maxi dress for autumn? Love a bit of boho in your wardrobe? Hanging out for Nina to return? Wondering if her style will have changed?

The Model and Me: Fabrik

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


Share your outfit to WIN

Every month in 2016 I’m giving away a $100 gift card to help freshen up your wardrobe.

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

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.

This month’s theme is: how to add elements of autumn to your wardrobe when it’s still warm outside (this post might help with ideas). Think the addition of a new-season trend via colour, texture and style in one part of your outfit or accessories. At this time of year, it’s super tricky to do an autumn look head to toe so we’re looking for inspiration.

This month’s hashtag is: #SYAW16

Your outfit photo could be featured here on the blog with a link back to your Instagram page. Entries close March 31, 2016.

Autumnal style challenge | March 2016 | #everydaystyle #SYAW16


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Comments 17

  1. I like a maxi dress because it makes for an easy Sunday night outfit for Church, I prefer the more casual vibe as vintage sticks out too much and I don’t want to make others feel uncomfortable 🙂
    I’ve had a ‘thing’ for blue lately, so this could work in my wardrobe!

  2. Love blue, love maxis, love the print, love my boobs out now and again, love the sleeves. Nikki is the skirt tiered? It doesn’t look like it on your photos but does on the website? Yesterday and today were 40 in Perth! No sign of Autumn here …

  3. Love boho, love the print and the dress on both of you. I would wear it, but agree it would need to be a bit shorter, otherwise I would look like the old woman who lived in a shoe 🙂 Cannot wait for the cooler weather, so over the humidity! Kathryn 🙂

  4. You look fab, and it’s nice for the ladies to get a bit of airtime, can you still wear an everyday bra with it? I’m looking forward to seeing this one once altered and in some of your everyday shots with layers as it gets cooler, I like the idea of a long dress for Autumn/Winter, but haven’t tried it yet. Mind you I’m a fair bit shorter than you, maxing out at 156cm! I should probably get some of those boots!

    1. I’m wearing an everyday bra in this photo Michelle and yes will wear as it cools down. The key for a maxi at a shorter height is to have the length altered to suit and keep the amount of fabric in the skirt to a minimum – so look for tapered or streamlined styles.

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