The Model and Me: Read and Bell autumn-winter 2017

The Model and Me: Read and Bell autumn-winter 2017

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, The Model and Me 9 Comments

Editor’s note: we’re off on holiday to Italy and Croatia tomorrow, June 20. Follow along on Instagram. Plus, I’ll have some travel blog posts and some Nina Proudman Offspring updates here for you along the way. Regular programming will resume on Monday, July 10.


Do you have a default winter outfit? I do. It looks a lot like the outfit I’m featuring today.

Jeans + top + shrug/cape/poncho + boots

It’s a layering mix that works for me – particularly where I live when I only need to take off the top layer if I leave my icy Queenslander house in search of Vitamin D. It’s also comfort dressing but in a way that looks and feels a little dressed up. 

The top and wrap featured today are from the Read and Bell autumn-winter 2017 collection.

Read and Bell was established in 2010, out of a desire to source gorgeous and authentic handmade 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. To complement our clothing we also source unique, authentic and beautiful lifestyle products, which reflect the essence of these colourful and exotic places. We are true collectors. Nothing is mass produced. – Tory Read and Anne Bell

The model

Read and Bell luxe fringed wrap | Balloon sleeve shirt

Read and Bell luxe fringed wrap | Balloon sleeve shirt

and me

Read and Bell wrap and shirt | Bohemian Traders jeans | FRANKiE4 boots | Uberkate ring | Salita Matthews earrings

Read and Bell luxe fringed wrap* | Balloon sleeve shirt* (I’m in L) | Bohemian Traders jeans  (I wear size 30) | FRANKiE4 boots | Uberkate ring | Salita Matthews earrings

Let’s start with the shirt – it’s 100% cotton, lightweight and suitable for wearing all year round (with appropriate layering). There is a gorgeous cuff detail and single button closure. I can wear this shirt safe in the knowledge that, if I had to de-layer, the outfit would still look dressed up.

The Australian merino wrap (there is a 20% viscose/cotton mix included for durability) is the hero piece of this outfit. I love this “biscuit” colour and the suede-look fringing takes the piece next level. 

Essentially, it’s like wearing a blanket – but one that’s acceptable to wear outside the house!

The key to creating this type of layering outfit is to balance out the volume from the wrap with a streamlined jean or legging. This keeps proportions in check and creates interest in the outfit.

So tell me, do you love a wrap or cape for an easy winter layering look?

The Model and Me: Read and Bell autumn-winter 2017
* These garments were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here

Comments 9

  1. Love this look. Can I ask if the shirt is see-through? Would you need to wear a singlet top underneath? Have a fantastic holiday.

  2. Its gorgeous Nikki …. have a wonderful trip. I’m really interested to hear about your travels as we are looking at doing a trip to Italy (Positano) & maybe Croatia next year – enjoy xx

  3. You look beautiful Nikki and yes to answer your question I LOVE a cape,Poncho or wrap.
    Have a wonderful holiday and travel safe and enjoy every moment Xx

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