Verily Cowl Shift Dress


Verily Cowl Shift Dress B&W


I’m thrilled to have teamed up with the lovely Leonie MacLeod of Verily to introduce a fabulous new design, the Verily Cowl Shift Dress.


Verily Cowl Shift Dress


The Cowl Shift Dress, much like her big sister the Verily Shift Dress, one of Leonie’s Verily Classics, is incredibly versatile.

Wear it loose, or belted around the waist or hips, using the fabric tie belt supplied with the Cowl Shift Dress.  The dress could also be worn blouson style, whether tied around the waist or hips, by pulling the fabric upwards and allowing it to blouse over the tie belt.

Alternatively, add a belt from your collection.  The classic black and white print lends itself to experimentation – you could wear literally any colour with this print.  But don’t stop there.  Unleash your creativity – I’m imagining a leopard print belt.  Oh, the possibilities are endless – a classic tan leather.  Floral fabric.  Aztec embroidery.  Japanese obi-style.  Neon skinny patent leather looped through itself …


Verily Cowl Shift Dress Formal Final


We like to do things a bit differently in our family.  So, to celebrate the last weekend of the Term 1 school holidays, and the end of the Festival of Boyo, we got all dressed up and went out for a fancy breakfast.  The Glass Brasserie at the Hilton in the City is a gorgeous space, and the food! Should you ever find yourself in need of a glamorous breakfast, make sure you pop in.

I styled my gorgeous Verily Cowl Shift Dress with a stunning silk Boden rose-printed coat.  I just love a bit of pattern on pattern.  This combination is successful because both patterns are strong neutrals, black and red, and both feature white.  I utilised the fabric tie belt, and kept it tonal with Steve Madden black suede peeptoe heels.

Red and pink is one of my favourite colour combinations, so I went all matchy matchy with a Wednesday by Hello Darling pedicure, L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse lip colour in Eve, pink suede tassel earrings by Red Phoenix Emporium and a gorgeous Lotus Mendes Goddess ring.  To keep it interesting, I carried a Mimco Tattoo Bubble bag in seafoam green.


Verily Cowl Shift Dress Casual Final


The slightly chilly morning became a gloriously sunny Sydney afternoon.  This could have been my last chance for a while to wear sandals, so I exchanged the sexy heels for the most summery of sandals – white leather strappy sandals by Django & Juliette.  I added my favourite crazy bunny lady See by Chloe tangerine canvas tote – perfect for carrying the bread home in style.

My Verily Cowl Shift Dress and I took ourselves for a walk to Rozelle Markets, to the bakery and off to a chiro appointment.  We read a book in my tropage (that’s tropical cottage, in case you were wondering) garden, did some laundry, and pottered around.  Later that evening, when it got cooler, I added a long line knitted Trenery beige cardigan, and my new dress and I snuggled up with the Welshman.  He approves.


Verily New Cowl Shift Dress Hilton


As a girl with curves, I do appreciate a well cut dress.  Leonie has just got it so right with the Cowl Shift Dress.  It hugs where it should and skims over the bits we are not quite so keen on.  The cowl neck is particularly flattering for girls with boobage.  You need to flash a bit of decolletage with a generous bust – it’s one of those visual illusion tricks.  I’m not talking neck to navel cleavage – but covering up a large bust with a high neckline often makes you look bigger than you are.  No one wants that!

The Verily Cowl Shift Dress is cut to reveal a hint of skin, yet still keeps you nice.  The smoothing stretchy jersey fabric flatters curves in all the right places, yet is so comfortable to wear.  It packs a lot of style punch for $90.00!


Verily New Cowl Shift Dress legs


I felt absolutely gorgeous all day long in my Verily Cowl Shift Dress , and I loved that I was able to dress it up, dress it down, stay cool in the sun and warm at night, and wear it from sun up to sun down.  This dress is an absolute must in my wardrobe and is definitely going on my Must Pack List for our LA trip later this year.

Styling Notes:

  • Verily Cowl Shift Dress – gifted
  • Boden coat – thrifted from Red Cross Rozelle
  • Steve Madden heels – thrifted from Lifeline Vintage Manly
  • Red Phoenix Emporium pink suede tassel earrings – sale purchase
  • Mimco Tattoo Bubble bag – Xmas gift from my blokefolk a few years ago
  • Django & Juliette sandals – purchased from Birkenhead Point outlet centre
  • See by Chloe tote – purchased online from a now defunct US website, now part of Amazon Fashion.
  • Hello Darling Wednesday Nail Lacquer – purchased from a Hello Darling Instagram Flash Sale (my favourite pink nail polish ever)
  • Lotus Mendes Goddess ring – won in a Lipstick & Cake competition
  • L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Colour in Eve – won in a Baubles Bubbles & Bags competition

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  • Happylan - 1 May 2013 - 9.36 pm

    Oh so gorgeous! Want!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 May 2013 - 7.00 am

      Oh, it really is a lovely frock. Not that I’m an enabler or anything (I SO AM!), but if you click on the lovely link, it will pop you straight onto Verily where you can fulfil your want … or is it a NEED? xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 30 April 2013 - 5.08 pm

    I love that dress in You Kim-Marie it will get worn a lot ,I love how you clashed the patterns with the coat..LovelyReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 1 May 2013 - 12.26 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa. I’m definitely wearing it on high rotation. Love some pattern on pattern too – so much fun! You look like you’ve made much more of an effort, which is always a winner for me 😉 xReplyCancel

  • Leonie Macleod - 30 April 2013 - 3.10 pm

    I wish you would model all of my dresses. You have really shown how to take a simple design and add your personality and style to create a stunning outfit, love it to pieces!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 30 April 2013 - 3.23 pm

      Oh, thanks so much, Leonie. I had so much fun with this gorgeous dress and really did feel beautiful all day long. The Welshman loved it too. Just let me know when you need some more “modelling” done! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Mama Stylista - 30 April 2013 - 2.30 pm

    You look sensational! I love that dress on you and you styled it perfectly. Looking forward to seeing some more Verily collaborations in the future. xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 30 April 2013 - 2.57 pm

      Thank you very much, Deauvanne. I really felt fabulous in it all day. I’m often conscious of my tummy area but this was so flattering to wear that I forgot all about it. xReplyCancel

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