The Model and Me: Zarc Clothing Flora dress

The Model and Me: Zarc Clothing Flora dress in floral spray

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 2 Comments

Welcome to a fresh, new year of Model and Me blog posts. I’m excited to share this Zarc Clothing Flora dress with you but before I do, let me tell you about this concept. If you’re new to Styling You, my Model and Me posts are in their 11th year. I know, I can’t believe it either.

I started them because so many of my then personal styling clients (I stopped seeing clients in 2012) could not imagine themselves in the clothes they saw on models in campaign images in store, in magazines or online. This is pre-Instagram. Just. And definitely pre-brands showcasing their garments on more than just the traditional model size. 

I wanted to offer a different visual perspective from what was visible to the fashion consumer. It’s not a better visual perspective. It’s just a DIFFERENT one. I took that six steps further in 2019 when I started my own label, choosing to invest in photographing all our garments on each size that we sell. 

The Model and Me posts have continued – they are designed to help you understand your size in a garment  but also to support and champion fellow independent fashion labels I love.

One of those labels is Brisbane-based Zarc Clothing and the below dress style is one that I’ve loved in navy since the brand launched but now it’s available in the floral spray print.

The Model (Zarc designer Vanessa)

Zarc Clothing Flora dress in floral spray

Zarc Clothing Flora dress in floral spray (available in sizes 6-26)

and me

Zarc Clothing Flora dress | FRANKiE4 Footwear ABi in nutmeg

Zarc Clothing Flora dress (I’m wearing an S) | FRANKiE4 Footwear ABi in nutmeg

I LOVE a halter-neck. LOVE. Yes, you have to pop on a strapless bra (my thoughts on strapless bras remain the same) but the line it creates across the shoulders is fun and fresh to wear in summer. In cooler months, this neckline works well with a blazer. I’m thinking crisp white with this one.

One of my earliest pieces from Zarc was the original navy linen Flora dress. It’s still hanging in my wardrobe. Vanessa has now re-released the style, making it a little longer and with the ability for it to be worn in reverse. Genius.

The button-down, more casual option is great for breast-feeding. Switch it around, add heels and you’re ready for lunch out with the girls.

The floral spray print on 100% cotton dobby is a gorgeous green and pink (the pink crosses a little over into the lilac territory). The dress itself is lined in a light cotton too.

It’s a relaxed/generous fit. I’m wearing the S. In my most recent Zarc purchases of shorts and cami, I’m an M.

This the perfect dress to wear in the final weeks of summer and Queensland autumn (Easter getaway anyone?).

So, tell me, who’s been following along with Model and Me posts for more than 10 years?

The Model and Me: Zarc Clothing Flora dress

This garment was gifted to me for editorial consideration.

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