The Model and Me: Mela Purdie autumn-winter 2019 at Zambezee Boutique

The Model and Me: Mela Purdie autumn-winter 2019

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 4 Comments

You know I fall squarely into the quality over quantity and easy-care/easy-wear wardrobe camp. One of the original labels to tick those boxes in my wardrobe was Mela Purdie. 

It was through connecting with the designer and working with Sunshine Coast-based fashion boutique, Zambezee, that I came to understand that style did not have to be sacrificed for comfort. Mela believes in looking great but feeling comfortable whether you’re travelling around the world or around the corner.

Zambezee Boutiques has stocked one of the most extensive ranges of Mela Purdie since 1997 and now offers one of the biggest collections available online. 

Now, Mela Purdie is not for everyone. I’m always upfront about that. It’s not for you if you’re a budget, fast-fashion lover. It’s for women who buy less each season with their budget but buy knowing the pieces will last them years. My original Mela piece is more than 14 years old and still looks as new. So, with housekeeping out of the way, let’s take a look at two pieces from the autumn-winter 2019 collection.

The model

Mela Purdie Avenue Shirt in Samurai Stripe | Samurai pant

Mela Purdie Avenue Shirt in Samurai Stripe | Samurai pant

and me

Mela Purdie shirt and Mela Purdie pants (available at Zambezee Boutiques) | FRANKiE4 Footwear GABBiE brogues

Mela Purdie shirt and Mela Purdie pants (available at Zambezee Boutiques) | FRANKiE4 Footwear GABBiE brogues

These monochrome separates are in new-ish fabrics for Mela Purdie. They still tick the easy-care/easy-wear box but offer something a little different from the signature technical and jersey fabrics.

The Avenue shirt is a stretch mix of cotton, polyamide and elastane. The elastane obviously brings the stretch and the polyamide brings the shape. It’s breathable but in a weight suited to autumn and ready for layering in winter. This shirt could be dressed up for a work day or worn with jeans for a weekend look.

When worn with the Samurai pants and sneakers or brogues, you have effortless styling that works for me on a work-from-home day or for catching up with friends at the weekend. These pants are made from what Mela calls a Reflex fabric, a mix of polyester and polyurethane – think soft, thick jersey and comfort-plus.

I’ve done my regular half-tuck to show a little shape, adding a belt for interest. The waist is elasticated and there is a slight drop crotch and tapering of the lower leg. This hem works a treat with my new favourite brogues, the platformed FRANKiE4 GABBiE. I love that the platform gives a little height, creating more of a flattering line between my lower leg and ankle.

So, tell me, are you all about comfort in your wardrobe?

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The Model and Me: Mela Purdie autumn-winter 2019 at Zambezee Boutique

These garments were gifted to me for editorial consideration.


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Comments 4

  1. I’m so pleased you are showing Mela again. I don’t need to buy clothes anymore but when I do I choose quality and locally made over cheap imports, I think they call it slow fashion. One Mela out fit or a nice Perri Cutten piece per year works far better for me than low cost items that don’t last. I still have and LOVE all my Mela items.

  2. I love comfort Nikki,I’ve gotten to the age if it’s not comfy I don’t wear it.
    You look lovely in that outfit Xx

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