Milla Mainline Swing Skirt – Collectif

You can’t go wrong with simple but classic design which is highlighted by the gorgeous piece that is Collectif’s Mainline Milla Swing Skirt.

This is actually something I love about all of Collectif’s designs: I find myself acquiring lots of wardrobe staple items thanks to the timeless and versatile vintage-inspired cuts and lines.

I’m a real sucker for symmetry and border style skirts which was why I was immediately drawn to this number.

50’s inspired, the Milla is a very full skirt that cinches you in at the waist before flaring out in a flattering manner around your curves. Milla is made from a beautiful quality heavy cotton-blend (heavier than I expected actually) and is finished off with gorgeous black velvet ribbon detailing for the chevron trim which I adore.

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The heavy fabric meant I found my little steamer wouldn’t cut the mustard with this beast and I had to bust out my actual iron to eliminate creasing. Worth it though!

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This style fits true to size. I’m wearing and XXS or a UK 6 which I found suited my 24″ waist perfectly (as advised by the Collectif size guide.)

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Collectif offers worldwide shipping so you too, can have some Milla magnificence in your life. Get yours here.

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Scarlett Leopard Print Trench Coat – Collectif

Can one ever have too much leopard print in their lives? The answer to this absurd question is of course, NO! All leopard print, all the time I say!

This was why I simply HAD to get my hot little hands on the Collectif Vintage Scarlett Leopard Print Coat immediately!
She did not disappoint!

I have a few Collectif coats and love their design and quality and always find them quite reasonable in terms of price too. This is a good thing, given I live in the “Sunshine State” of Queensland and have very little need for my vast coat collection.

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I love the double breasted style of this coat and the ability to cinch in the waistline with the sash belt. My favourite feature that regularly features in Collectif coats is the swing skirt design. I just adore the vintage silhouette it creates: Makes me feel like I’ve stepped straight off a 50s Hollywood film set.

The Scarlett coat is beautifully made and fully lined in cotton. Made of 97% cotton, 3% spandex this is actually a lovely coat for warmer climates like mine. I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this beauty when winter rolls around again.

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I found this number was true to size. I ordered a UK6 or XXS and was really happy with the fit for my measurements (32″-24″-32″)

For all the leopard lovers out there, snap up your Scarlett Trench Coat here. Collectif offers worldwide shipping. Hop to it!

Trixie Velvet Sparkle Dress – Collectif

I’m a long time lover of Collectif’s classic colours and cuts and they’ve really brought the goods again with the winner that is the Trixie Velvet Sparkle Dress!

I’m gonna come right out and say still images of this dress truly don’t do her justice: I’ll let the video speak further to this point… LOOK AT HER SHINE ‘N’ SPARKLE!!

This dreamy dress hugs your curves in all the right places and brings a big dose of bling to your life. What’s not to love really?!

Made of 95% polyeseter and 5% spandex, this pretty has plenty of stretch and it’s reccomended you size down if wanting a real pinup, figure hugging look.
I’m wearing an XXS or a UK6 and it suited my measurements (32”-24”-32”) perfectly!

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I personally love the plunging cross over sweetheart neckline: This is my favourite kind of neckline and with the right strapless bra, I actually feel like I have something to show off for a change!

This dress does up with a covered zip at the back so it’s easy to get in and out of (which can sometimes be a struggle with wiggle style dresses!)

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Collectif offers worldwide shipping. If you need a little glitz and glamour in your life, you can make this beauty yours right here.

The Hannah Polka Dot Dress – Voodoo Vixen

Some ladies consider a quality denim jacket, a versatile pant that transfers from day to night or a good pair of jeans to be wardrobe staples. Me, well I consider a good polka dot dress to be a necessity in every closet! The Hannah Pink Polka Dot dress by Voodoo Vixen ticked this item off my must-have checklist!

Voodoo Vixen is a Vintage inspired fashion brand who specialises in 30’s to 60’s style women’s clothing. I bought my first Voodoo Vixen dress back in 2014 and have enjoyed following their gorgeous retro designs ever since.

The Hannah dress features a stylish square neckline, tie straps and POCKETS!!! She sports a swishy swing skirt and does up with an invisible zip closure at the back. I found this shade of pink was perfect on my complexion: David who is my colour police even complemented me on it which is a good sign! He’s the one who prevents me from wearing colours that just make me look ill and as much as I adore pink, the wrong shade can make me look exactly that: wrong!

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I hadn’t read the dress description and for some reason was expecting her to be a plain cotton. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Hannah is actually a 95% polyester, 5% elastane blend giving her this gorgeous silky, soft smooth kind of feel when wearing. A quick steam and she was good to go which is always a bonus as well!

I styled the Hannah dress with this sweet Black Patent Heart Buckle Belt also by Voodoo Vixen. It’s a super cute and versatile belt which is actually available in five colours!

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I’m wearing a S in Hannah which according to the size chart, is designed for 34”-27”-36” and consequently, was a little big on my 32”-24”- 32” frame. I was able to cinch the waist in a little with the belt, but this was also a little big so I’ll need to put an additional hole in it so I can wear it more comfortably on my natural waistline! Check out the Voodoo size chart to see what would best suit you: The sizes in this style range from S through to XXL.

Voodoo Vixen offers International shipping so you can get in on these goods wherever you are in the world! Check out the Hannah Dress here.

Pauline Oversized Gingham Dress – Bright & Beautiful

If you didn’t already know, I am an absolute SUCKER for some gorgeous gingham. The beauty that is the Pauline Oversized Gingham Dress by Bright & Beautiful was the first addition of purple gingham to my wardrobe and I am very much a fan.

Bright & Beautiful by Collectif is influenced by the 60s and 70s, aiming to bring you all of the fun and colour but mixed with a modern twist. The Pauline dress is a 70s inspired swing dress that will have you swirling and twirling to show off her beauty.

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A 50s gal at heart, I styled this with a 50s look in mind. It’s a gorgeous dress for spring and summer weather and a perfect partner for a picnic. The skirt was much fuller than I anticipated after viewing the product photos, but this was a welcomed discovery. I enjoyed the modest boat neckline and the somewhat cheeky scooping shape of the back. I also loved how much it tapered in at the waist.

This beauty is made from a textured linen blend (70% Cotton 30% Linen ) and only required a quick steam before she was ready for her first outing. The blend means this garment can be machine washed at 30 degrees which is handy too.

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I’m wearing an XXS or a (UK 6) and it fit my measurements (32”-24”-32”) absolutely perfectly! Check out the Bright & Beautiful size chart to see what would best suit you. There isn’t any give/stretch in the fabric so do definitely use the chart as a guide when selecting your size The sizes range from UK 4 through to UK 18.

International shipping is available and you can make this gorgeous garment all yours right here.

 

Jane Plain Shorts – Bright & Beautiful

I’m not normally much of a shorts kinda gal, but the Jane Plain Shorts by Bright & Beautiful were game changers!

I think what sets these beauties apart is the girly flare and fit that made me question “Wait, am I wearing a skirt?” The best kind of question when it comes to shorts, as far as I’m concerned.

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Bright & Beautiful by Collectif is very much influenced by the swinging 60s and 70s, aiming to bring you all of the fun and colour but mixed with a modern twist.

This particular style ticks all of those boxes. The shade of green is simply gorgeous and complimentary to the vast array of skin tones out there. On the topic of green, it’s really doing things for me this season and is a big leap away from the usual pinks that fill my wardrobe. Change is as good as a holiday right?

The Jane shorts are high waisted allowing you to showcase that nipped waist before they flow out in all the right places. I’m shot sporting these in the (albeit, mild) Brisbane winter and their floaty nature meant a nice little breeze: I can imagine this would be welcomed ventilation come summer!

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The shorts do up at the front with both a button and zip and here comes the part you’ve all been waiting for….JANE. HAS. POCKETS! The fabric is 100% polyester and a quick steam was all that was needed to get this pair of pretties ready for an outing. I’m lazy and couldn’t tell you the last time I actually ironed so if it can be steamed, I’m on board.

Dress Jane casual with a plain tee or knit as I have here, or doll her right up with heels and a strapless top for a night out. The options are endless.

Bright & Beautiful sizing is the same as Collectif ranging from XXS through to 4XL. I’m wearing an XXS (UK 6) here and found the measurements to be bang on for my 24” waist. There’s no give in the fabric, so you want to use the size chart as a guide to ensure a good fit.

Bright & Beautiful offers International shipping so no matter where you are in the world, their beautiful threads can be yours.

Check out all the shorts Collectif has on offer here. 

Veronica Heels – Lulu Hun

I feel everyone needs a staple, sleek and shiny silver shoe (all of the alliteration) in their wardrobe and I think I’ve found her!

The Veronica by Lulu Hun by Collectif is a traditional t-bar style with a heel that’s cute but comfortable in terms of height!

Given I’m currently recovering from a broken sesamoid bone in my foot, I’m on the hunt for more foot friendly shoes with a reasonable incline and these are great in that regard. The heel is 8cm high, so much kinder to my feet than some of the shoes in my wardrobe. The Veronica fastens with a little gold buckle that has elastic for further comfort.

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I love the unique triangular cut out detailing and the open toe design to show off my classic red pedicure. I also feel the shoe is very versatile and could be worn with a day wear style outfit but also out on the town during the evening.

The Veronica is available in a UK 3 to UK 8. I’m wearing a UK 6 and am normally a EU size 39 or an Australian ladies 8. Initially, I was concerned they were a touch big, but I think the size below may have been too snug for me. My feet are on the wider size of things so I’d advise checking the Lulu Hun size chart to ensure the best fit for you!

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If you need these on your tootsies immediately, you can get yours here.

Lulu Hun offers international shipping so put these puppies in your cart right now! A woman can never have too many shoes!

Worn here, with the gorgeous Collectif Mainline Jace Ice Cream Swing dress which you can purchase here. 

You can also see a short video of it below: