The Model and Me: Read + Bell

The Model and Me: Read and Bell spring-summer 2016

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 8 Comments

I live in Queensland and we experience some pretty hot, humid days across summer but I always forget just how hot and humid the days in Bali are.

Most days (if you’re venturing away from the pool), it’s a three-outfit-day scenario. It’s that hot and STICKY.

Last week I’d start with a poolside cover-up; switch to an outfit for walking the streets shopping and then switch again for an evening of sunset chasing.

And I needed those outfits to be breathable.

Breathable is just what you get with this week’s feature Model and Me outfit from Read and Bell.

Read and Bell was established in 2010, out of a desire to source gorgeous and authentic hand made Indian textile pieces. The company has now evolved into a small studio designing and making beautiful hand printed and embroidered cotton clothing. We travel to northern India to work with traditional artisans to create this range. Nothing is mass produced.

The model

Read and Bell Hip Tie Tunic in navy Shibori

Read + Bell Hip Tie Tunic – navy Shibori

and me

Read and Bell Hip Tie Tunic | FRANKiE4 Footwear BELiNDA wedges

Read + Bell Hip Tie Tunic – navy Shibori* (I’m in XL – and am 166cm tall) | FRANKiE4 Footwear BELiNDA wedges

This is just the type of garment that worked for me in Bali. It’s 100% soft, fine Indian cotton so was perfect in the humidity.

I also prefer a sleeve for sun protection (I also wore a Read and Bell shirt while in Bali). The small, brass button detailing on this tunic is a touch we’ve come to expect from this label.

For my height, it worked brilliantly for me as a short dress over my swimsuit but would translate at home over a pair of skinny jeans. If you’re shorter than me then it will fall much nearer the knee.

The tie/apron is a second layer over the underdress and you simply tie at the front on the hips to create shape.

This is a hand-dyed piece. I cannot get enough of blue this spring-summer and love this print.

So tell me, can you get too much blue in your wardrobe? Love a dress that doubles as a frock?

The Model and Me: Read and Bell spring 2016

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

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Comments 8

  1. I spent last week poring over your Bali posts Nikki – because the hubster and I are off on our first trip to Bali in January, for my big 50! (Probably should have booked Hawaii – then it could have been Hawaii, 5-oh! haha). I’m so looking forward to it and determined that on THIS trip to Asia I will NOT get the dreaded traveller’s tummy … I hope you are feeling better soon. Last time it took me a good 2 weeks to really recover 🙁

  2. it looks very nice and comfy too nikki!
    I think cotton is the only thing to wear in summer stickiness!
    I hope you are feeling better today hun!
    much love m:)X

  3. That’s a gorgeous dress Nikki and yes to the blue,I love blue and I always check fabric composition these days before buying a dress!
    I hope you’re feeling better today Nikki and can attend your MC event Xx

  4. Hi Nikki hope you are feeling better this morning, and can attend your MC event. I absolutely love this dress, NEVER enough blue in my wardrobe, or house for that matter! Looks cool and fresh. We are heading to Bali next week, looking forward to reading your posts about it. x

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