I always get a little over excited when Collectif have a sale. About twice a year they reduce everything on their website to 50% off and I go a bit mad and buy all the pretties that I’ve had my eye on. This time I came away with a grand total of four gorgeous dresses and a selection of accessories. I’m planning to do a haul post soon, but for now here is a review of one of the dresses I bought.
I have a bit of a thing for tropical themed prints at the moment, they make me feel instantly cheerful so I was totally drawn to this bright atomic era inspired, flamingo festooned dress. The doll dress is a new shape for me, I’ve always been really happy with the fit of the Dolores Doll dresses and don’t usually go for thin straps, but I decided to go for something a little different and I’m glad I did. I’m not a fan of strapless bras, so I wore the dress with a bra with very thin nude coloured straps and I don’t think they notice too much.
I love the fit of the dress, which I bought in a size 14. The dress has a panel of shirred elastic at the back rather than fastening with a zip which I find quite handy for getting a really good fit on a curvy figure. The front of the dress features some pretty wooden buttons and a gathered section over the bust which is super flattering. There was more than enough room across the bust and there was definitely lots of extra stretch, so this would also be a great style for busty girls with smaller waists.
The quality of the dress is fantastic, I’ve never had any problems with any of my Collectif clothing before, it all washes and lasts really well. I was also impressed with the speed in which my lovely new clothes were delivered. Despite the very busy sale period my parcel was with me within 4 days, so I didn’t have to wait too long before I could try all my lovely new clothes on! With free postage on top of the already fantastic discount I was really happy.
We’ve been decorating the house all week and I’ve had no time to anything with my hair so I just popped into a pony tail and covered it with a pretty chiffon head scarf from Bow and Crossbones. I accessorised the dress with a vintage wooden box bag which Rob bought me for my birthday from an antiques shop and a selection of plastic bangles and a wooden bracelet alongside a pair of pink Swedish Hasbeens. This was the perfect outfit for a lovely walk in the park.
Atomic Flamingo Doll Dress – £55 – Collectif – similar here
Headscarf – £3.50 – Bow and Crossbones
Jewellery and Bag – Vintage / Carboot sale finds
Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens – similar here
This particular dress isn’t currently available on the website, however you can get the Atomic Flamingo print in a Dolores Doll Dress to this style of dress in the Pineapple Print.
FayAugust 8, 2015 at 3:51 am
This dress looks gorgeous hun – I am still waiting for a day off to wear mine and get some pictures 🙂 x
SaraLilyAugust 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm
You look so adorable!! Love the print and everything you paired with it!
Bonita Vear (@bjvear)August 11, 2015 at 2:34 am
Lovely haul! I had to miss out on this Collectif sale due to lack of moneys and while I was very sad, it’s certainly fun to swoon over everyone else’s pretty buys! What a cute dress and the accessories are perfect! ❤
bonita of Lavender & Twill
Jessica CangianoAugust 11, 2015 at 7:00 am
Fabulously pretty dress and pictures! I really like how you highlighted your accessories in the final photo. Very fun touch!