I've been holding on to this post in the hope that I'd be able to add some pictures of my Collectif dress being worn out and about on a picnic - but as that doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon due to the weather turning quite chilly, or hailing, or pouring with rain or a combination of all three............. I'm going to have to wait for a picnic. It will be worth the wait though because I have the perfect dress!
Collectif first approached me a few months ago when they were opening their new shop in Old Spitalfields Market. They invited me to a grand opening - which sounded simply spectacular. Any event that promises London's answer to Johnny Cash has got to be an interesting affair right? Sadly I wasn't free to go - which was super annoying as Old Spitalfields is just a stones throw from Liverpool Street station, so location wise it's ideal for a a quick shopping trip when you step off the train or before you step on it.
Collectif Clothing is an independent UK retailer that creates reproduction forties and fifties style dresses with a size range from 6-22. I'm personally a big fan of this brand so when they approached me again asking me if I'd like to review a dress I was happy to oblige. When I agree to work with companies, I do it on the basis that my reviews will be honest but fair, I had a trip to London planned so I decided not to just review a dress, but checkout the new Collectif store, having only bought from Collectif online before I was interested to visit one of the shops. I wasn't disappointed - rails and rails of patterned loveliness, lots of sizes to choose from. I visited the Old Spitalfieilds store and although it's not a massive store it's small but perfectly formed. It's all really well laid out and the changing rooms were nice and spacey - which is so important when you're wiggling in an out of dresses.
The choice of dresses is immense. I was in dress heaven, I took several to try on. Pencil dresses, dresses with circle skirts, plain ones, floral ones - I tried on a lot. I'm quite short at just over five foot - and when I say just over I may actually mean half an inch over..... Generally speaking I like my dresses to be on or just below the knee. So If you're over the average height ( I'm told my height is below average - who'd have guessed that?!) then you'll probably find these dresses will be above your knee - which is absolutely fine if that's the look you want to go for, but being petite it can be a nightmare to get dresses that don't need to be taken up, so I was thrilled to bits to be able to try a dress on and the length fall perfectly.
|Move over Wilma!|
Frollickingly fun florals. Talk about saying it with flowers! These are dresses to be adored and noticed in. If these don't cheer up a rainy grey day then I simply do not know what will. What's also super about these dresses is the material has some stretch to it making it easy to find a dress that fits your curves. If like me you have plenty of front you'll know it can be a nightmare buying dresses. This is quite hard for me because I am a girl who loves her dresses.
Dress buying when you're short and have ample bosom can be tricky, which can sometimes take the fun out of shopping. I've practically given up trying to buy vintage dresses that are made with fabric that has no give in it - because if it fits my boobs it will be to big everywhere else and vise versa. None of these dresses gave me the changing room woes, so for me Collectif is becoming a bit of a go to label. So which dress do you think came home with me?............................................................................Which one would you have picked? .............................................................................. *drum roll*.....................................................................
I chose this one because it's not the usual shape that I would go for, when I've shopped for this shape of dress before they've always been so long I've felt swamped so I'm super pleased to be adding this beauty to my wardrobe. Take a look at Collectif for yourself, pop in to a store or visit the website . You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Happy Friday, The weekend is here!! X