Carmella Polka Dot Mesh Swing Dress

Every vintage loving lady needs herself a little black dress (or two) and the Collectif Carmella Polka Dot Mesh Swing Dress is definitely going to be my go to, black baby this season.

I’m often drawn to bright colours and pastels, so I was excited to try out this number, given she’s something a little different for me.

Upon arrival I was excited, having not realised that the Carmella actually comprises of two dresses: A spaghetti strap black swing under dress in stretch bengaline and a shirt-dress overlay in soft, black, polka dot mesh. So she’s really a two in one: Oh the possibilities!

I’m already plotting how I could wear the two separately and think the under dress will make a great plain black staple dress and the over dress could be worn with lingerie in a boudoir style shoot.

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As always with Collectif, the Carmella doesn’t disappoint when it comes to cute details: The main over dress features a cute rounded collar, a cheeky keyhole neckline and fastens with dainty buttons down to the waist where the mesh parts to reveal the under dress. The slim, black belt works to cinch you in at the waist and showcase your curves.

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It’s recommended you hand wash this pretty, due to the delicate nature of the mesh overlay. A light steam is all she needs to be ready for wear.

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I’m wearing an XXS or a UK 6 and I decided to style with an under bust corset because I wanted a little more cinch than usual. The under dress fits snug in the bust and waist (my measurements: 32-24-32”) and isn’t a full swing skirt, so sits a little closer to the body than a full or half circle would. The mesh over dress was a perfect fit for my frame.

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You can purchase your very own Carmella right here.

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