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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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.

 

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: