Mild autumn days call for “one and done” wardrobe pieces like this Lola Australia Monroe Lake dress. I may not have been by a lake for its first outing but I did take this dress down by the river in Noosa for sunset drinks. She was the perfect pairing for a stunning afternoon and will be worn for many occasions to come.
Lola Australia is a label I’ve featured here many time before – if you’ve been following along since the Nina Proudman days – Nina wore the label. And, yes, I’ve been a fan ever since.
The Lola Australia Monroe Lake dress shape is one of the label’s best-selling shapes and it’s not difficult to see why. This is the perfect “to the knee” length for my 166cm height. The tiers fall beautifully from the bodice and I love the ric rac detailing and slight “puff” to the three-quarter sleeves. The fabric is a medium weight cotton seersucker, so ideal for this time of year.
There is a press-button fastening on the v-neck, so you can wear it closed or open if wanting more of a relaxed neckline. The dress can be belted with your own belt or a Lola Australia sash (not included) for a more dressed-up look with heels.
It can be worn loose or belted with your own or a Lola sash (not included) for a more structured look.
About the Model and Me 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.
*My measurements: I usually wear size 12/14 depending on the shape of the garment. I’m 166cm tall. My bra size is 16C (104cm); waist 91cm; hip 109cm.
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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.