The Model and Me: Philosophy Australia spring-summer 2016

The Model and Me: Philosophy Australia spring 2016

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 18 Comments

When I was preparing this post I had a little bit of a moment. I wore and shot the outfit I’m featuring this week during our magical holiday in Hawaii two months ago.

We seriously have not stopped talking about how wonderful that trip was and how we can’t wait to get back there as soon as possible.

At the time we flew out of a Queensland mild winter straight into summer, albeit a pleasantly non-humid summer.

I took with me some yet-to-be-released pieces (yes, I have the best job in the world) with the purpose of wearing and photographing them in tropical surrounds.

Two of those pieces were from the Philosophy Australia spring-summer 2016 collection … an off-the-shoulder top and maxi skirt – pieces I’ll happily rotate through my wardrobe this season.

The model

Philosophy Australia top an skirt

Philosophy Australia top $99 and skirt $119 (Phone 1800 612 608 to order)

and me

Philosophy Australia top and skirt | Elk necklace | FRANKiE4 Footwear MARGiE sandals in gold

Philosophy Australia top* and skirt* (I’m wearing size 16 in both) | Elk necklace (a gift from a girlfriend) | FRANKiE4 Footwear MARGiE sandals in gold

If you hadn’t cottoned on, the off-the-shoulder (OTS) anything is still HOT this spring-summer. SMOKIN’ hot.

I’ve been discussing it a lot with the members in my Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style program … and I discussed it with you last week.

A new query has come up and I’ve done a little non-scientific research in relation to said query.

The query in question was from someone who said their shoulders were broad and that she was worried that an OTS outfit made them look broader.

This got me pondering because I have really broad shoulders and I avoid a strapless top/dress situation for that very reason BUT the OTS just works.

I got out a few of my tops and studied why that might be … and came to the conclusion that my broad shoulders were balanced out by the fabric on the arms of an OTS top or dress.

This particular OTS from Philosophy Australia is also one that you could wear with the sleeves up on the shoulders, in a more peasant style. This would also allow you to also wear a normal bra.

It also comes in navy, if that is more your thing. Me? I love both colours.

This style of maxi skirt is my favourite – a tube style that’s not so fitted that it just skims but flatters as it does so. Splits help to underline its spring-summer feel.

The fabric of both is a stretch polyester.

This is the kind of outfit I’d wear to a barbecue with friends or out for late afternoon drinks as I did on this occasion.

It’s relaxed but you still feel dressed up … best of all you can do all this with flat sandals for maximum comfort.

I’ve popped on a necklace – a birthday gift from my friend Mrs Woog – just to keep the blue theme going.

With an OTS look, I’ll either go this way in the accessories department, or focus on a pair of statement earrings.

The only accessory missing? A Mai Tai cocktail … I’m ready.

So, do you love a maxi skirt for spring? Ready to add more to your OTS wardrobe?

Editor’s note: Philosophy Australia is sold in boutiques nationwide. Phone 1800 612 608 for stockists or to buy direct from Philosophy’s headquarters.

The Model and Me: Philosophy Australia spring-summer 2016

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


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Comments 18

  1. looking great nikki!
    apparently you are at toowong village today!
    we went there last Monday!
    we are home now and it’s cold and raining! 🙁
    much love m:)X

  2. Gorgeous! Love these items together. I was lucky enough to win some Philosophy items and instead of choosing my own, I let Ali choose them for me. I have worn the striped dress she sent me SOO many times!

  3. After a week’s r&r in Brisbane, where there may have been a bit or a lot of retail therapy, I can see that ots is going to be huge this spring/summer. I struggle with the style – I think because I have very small bosies and i feel that everything is just going to slide right on down, I feel uncomfortable. I am much more comfortable with the cold shoulder look, which might be the next best thing to ots. Loving that shade of blue on you Nikki. xx

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