As I am enjoying the beautiful California sunshine while vacationing, I couldn’t help but be inspired to share a review about fabulous summer fashions with my readers. Being able to now shoot outdoors is such a breath of fresh air (no pun intended) and truly showcases how you can wear your vintage inspired dresses in every day life. Although I have never been a girl with a pair of sea legs, it doesn’t stop me from loving the fashions that are reminiscent of all things nautical. When Collectif released their sneak previews for their Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, I was quick to fall for the Francesca Striped Swing Dress in navy.
Available in sizes 4UK-24UK in red or blue ~ MSRP £75.00
With many Collectif items already in my closet, I find their sizing to now be very consistent from season to season. I went with the 10UK (Small) since my measurements 36-27-39 fit right in line with their size chart. If you happen to be on the larger side for the bust, please size up as the bust area has no give and will cause the buttons to pucker. The Small fits wonderfully and requires no alterations even in the shoulders which is always a relief. The Francesca Striped Swing Dress features a button down neckline, an eye-catching striped swing skirt with matching collar detail, a back invisible zipper and a darling nautical rope belt to complete the whole design. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls just below the knees.
The Francesca Dress is not only a perfect look for a voyage on the waters, you’ll find its fun and flirty design suitable for a multitude of daily outings. The striking striped skirt is bound to garner you lots of compliments and attention wherever you go. Looking for more separates than dresses in your wardrobe? The Helena Striped Circle Skirt is made from exactly the same fabric and just as fabulous to pair with any top you choose. The Francesca Dress is super comfortable and flattering to a variety of body types. It accentuates a nipped in waist and flares out to create that classic circle skirt look from the 50’s.
With the bold colours of the Francesca Dress, it is best to keep your accessories simple to not overpower the look. It was a no-brainer to pair my Collectif Red Anchor bag since the two go hand in hand. The Dennise red wedges from B.A.I.T Footwear were a perfect match and I was ready for an afternoon of boating with lots of sunscreen of course.
Although I won’t be spending my days on the water all summer long, the Francesca Dress is one of my go to outfits to wear to the office. It’s versatile look with bold clean lines are sure to find its way into your wardrobe as well.