Well it looks like Collectif beat me to the punch and posted a fabulous 50% Off Sale to celebrate their 20,000 fans milestone on Facebook. With that being said, I had to get moving on reviewing the latest addition to my retro wardrobe…so you could get one before they sold out! This past weekend the hubby and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to shoot photos for the Collectif Gretel Dress in red gingham along with the matching Jean Bolero and English Rose Studs.Gretel – Available in sizes UK6 to UK22 ~ MSRP £57.50 Jean Bolero – Available in XS/S to 24. ~ MSRP £30.00 English Rose Studs ~ MSRP £4.00
As some of you know, I have been working on getting healthier and trimming down which has led to a decrease in my current measurements. I opted to consult with the ladies at Collectif to see what size would fit best now being 36-28-40.5. They recommended a UK12 (size small). The Gretel arrived and I was immediately smitten! A part of me loves the country bumpkin feel of the red and white gingham with lace trim although I normally loathe anything country. Lol. The halter sweetheart neckline with white heart buttons is simple adorable. I did notice the bust was quite snug (causing the buttons to pull) in comparison to other Collectif dresses and strongly recommend sizing up if you are on the busty side. The length is simply perfect as it falls just below the knee and I’m only 5’-4” tall. Losing the lace trim on the swing skirt would really hinder the design. I do wish the side zipper had a hook & eye closure as I find these super helpful when you don’t have an extra set of hands to zip the dress closed. This is something I’ll be adding for sure.
Something rather new to me is Collectif’s line of coordinating accessories. I spotted the Jean Bolero on the beautiful Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, Collectif’s new plus size model and my fairy blogmother. Often times I get asked how to winterize your dresses, well the answer is cardigans and boleros! My collection is continually growing and was super excited to see the new additions to Collectif’s line up. My Jean Bolero is a size XS-S as I personally have very narrow shoulders. Since boleros do not button close and sit high on the torso, you will want to find the right fit to your shoulders. The Jean Bolero is quite warm as it is made from a fabulous soft knit. Boleros are great to pair with jeans or your favorite retro ensemble, the versatility of the cropped design works with nearly any outfit.
A simple way to complete any look is the touch of simple but classic earrings. The English Rose Studs are a wonderful compliment to the Gretel Dress and Jean Bolero. I’m not usually keen on wearing costume jewelry earrings but surprised to find that I actually really like them. These pretties are available in five fabulous colors, just perfect to pair with any ensemble. The English Rose Studs are lightweight and stay in place with the anti-slip rubber backing. Both a big must in my book.
I have always overlooked buying more than just clothing at Collectif simply because I didn’t know they had such lovely accessories to complement their designs. Definitely don’t make the same mistake like I have all this time, as they are so lovely and quite affordable as well. The Gretel has become an instant personal favorite in my sea of retro dresses. As soon as we shot the blog photos this past weekend, I couldn’t wait to wear it to work. Needless to say, I received many compliments that day and felt like a million bucks!
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