The Model and Me: Ada and Lou Gracie dress in white

The Model and Me: Ada and Lou Gracie dress in white

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 4 Comments

There’s a silly fashion rule (FYI most so-called fashion rules are silly) that says you shouldn’t wear white once the seasons click over to autumn. I think it’s more of a northern hemisphere thing than here in Australia, where the temperatures in many parts of the country will not drop for a good two months. And even when they do, I’ll definitely be wearing the Ada and Lou Gracie dress.

White works so beautifully in the cooler months worked tonally back with camel/tan colours – think boots and a faux fur vest, leather jacket or longline cardi. Until then I’ll be wearing it with strappy heels or sandals at any opportunity.

Scroll on for details about why I’ve fallen for this absolute stunner.

The Model

Ada and Lou Gracie dress in white

Ada and Lou Gracie dress in white (available in 14-24)

and me

Ada and Lou Gracie dress in white | FRANKiE4 Footwear FiONA heels in mustard

Ada and Lou Gracie dress in white (I’m in XS – 14)* | FRANKiE4 Footwear FiONA heels in mustard | Earrings: Calexico

The moment I popped on the Ada and Lou Gracie dress, I fell hard for her luxe, floaty ways. You could definitely wear this with a belt (it would make it appear shorter) but I love wearing it loose and lovely, allowing the shape of the dress to move with my body.

Gracie is 100% cotton but lined in rayon so you don’t have to worry about letting people know what underwear you’re wearing. 😉 The combo together is still light enough for the warmest of days.

The embroidery detailing on the bodice and sleeves adds interest and the tasseled tie sleeves allow you to decide just how tight or loose you’d like these to sit on your arms. And, of course, there are pockets! 

Prefer a boho LBD to a LWD? Gracie is also available on pre-order in black.

*My current measurements: I usually wear a size 12 or 14, depending on the cut. I’m 166cm tall. My bra size is 16C (104cm); waist 91cm; hip 109cm.

The Model and Me: Ada and Lou Gracie dress in white


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.

For more Model and Me, click HERE to see the archive.

Unless otherwise stated, the product has been gifted to me for editorial consideration. If it’s made it to one of these posts, it means I love it and would totally buy myself. Sometimes the links may be affiliate commission links, meaning if you buy after clicking through from my page, I may receive a small commission but you don’t pay anymore.

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