The Model and Me: Anannasa at Blue Bungalow spring-summer 2017

The Model and Me: Anannasa at Blue Bungalow spring-summer 2017

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 7 Comments

Whenever anyone says to me that they feel they need to wear more colour, I say, by all means embrace the rainbow, but do it because it makes you feel good, not because you think you should.

In my books, it’s OK to enjoy wearing classic neutrals if that’s what makes you feel confident and comfortable. I get it because that’s largely my wardrobe. I do love wearing a black, white and otherwise neutral colour palette. 

BUT. There’s always a but, isn’t there? In the words of my friend Saskia, I’m not afraid to “go peacock” on occasion. Especially in summer.

This week’s Model and Me outfit is from a Queensland store – Blue Bungalow – a store that knows how to “peacock”.

Here at Blue Bungalow, we’re mothers, young professionals and domestic goddesses. We can’t be defined by age, but we can be recognised by style. We’re relaxed and effortless, fuss-free but fabulous and we ooze colour to keep the spirit of summer alive.

The model

Anannasa Cuban Striped off-the-shoulder dress at Blue Bungalow

Anannasa Cuban Striped off-the-shoulder dress at Blue Bungalow

and me

Anannasa Cuban Striped off-the-shoulder dress at Blue Bungalow | Blue Bungalow earrings | FRANKiE4 Footwear NiKKi heels in tan punched

Anannasa Cuban Striped off-the-shoulder dress at Blue Bungalow | Blue Bungalow earrings | FRANKiE4 Footwear NiKKi heels in tan punched

This show-stopping colour combination just screams summer. This one-size, off-the-shoulder dress is by Queensland label Anannasa. Blue Bungalow has this cuban striped print available in a number of different designs. You can check them out HERE.

The shoulders are elasticised and the front tie can also be used to tighten across the shoulders. Or, as in the model image above, you might prefer this one worn ON the shoulder. Wearing it on the shoulder will make the length of the dress fall shorter.

I love the on-trend ruffle hem and sleeves. The angle of the stripes helps give shape to this voluminous piece. It will fit up to a size 18.

The fabric is a modal. It feels incredible on. The shine to the fabric gives it a dressed-up feeling. This is a dress that you could wear for an end-of-year party with heels and then pack to take away for a beach holiday, wearing back with flat sandals or slides.

So tell me do you embrace colour most days or just every so often? What makes you feel most confident? Colour or neutrals?

The Model and Me: Anannasa at Blue Bungalow spring-summer 2017

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


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Comments 7

  1. Wow this dress is a tropical treat! I love colour and wear it most days. For me, neutrals mostly come out for sensible/serious days or days when I feel I want to be invisible. Blue Bungalow is an absolute treasure trove.

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  2. Good Morning Nikki, lovely dress and especially with your tanned shoulders which I know will be spray tan. Too bright for me but I love brights on other people. X

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