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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Wilhelmina Buttercup – Collectif

I bought the plain black Collectif Wilhelmina dress months ago because I knew it would be super versatile. I’d been looking for a plain black wrap because I knew it would be handy to wear to burlesque gigs as a stylish costume cover up that wouldn’t mess up my hair and makeup when taken on and off!

I loved the plain black so much that when I saw it in this cute buttercup print I needed it too!

I love wrap dress styles and this one I find particularly flattering. The cross over v neckline compliments the bust area and can be adjusted depending on how much you’d like to show off and the tie nips you in at the waist. You can tie a bow at the back or front….Have I mentioned versatility yet?! I adore the cute little puff sleeves too.

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The navy base works so well with the yellow floral detail of the print. Navy is my husband’s favourite colour on me, so he was a big fan. This number seems to really suit those like myself who are a Winter season in terms of skin tone and what colours best suit.

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100% polyester, I love that this dress simply needs a light steam to freshen her up and then she’s good to go! If I don’t need to get the iron out, I’m a happy pinup!

I’m wearing an XXS or a UK 6 which suited my 32-24-32” measurements perfectly.

You can purchase your very own buttercup right here.

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.

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.

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.