Define Your Inner Style

Once thing I truly believe is that our fashion tastes often mature and become more refined as we get older. This journey of personal growth allows us to experiment with new styles and really find what we feel defines our personalities. Many of you already know that I absolutely adore floral motifs; as they exude nature’s elegance and such effervescence. The possibilities are endless and the anticipation of summer always brings the most splendid new designs from our favorite clothing designers. From the moment Collectif released their Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook, I lusted over the Tamara Watercolour Floral Chiffon Dress and knew it would be mine! I literally stalked their website regularly until its release.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £55.00

IMG_5926With Collectif sizing, I find that their size 10 (Small) works the best for my measurements (36-27-38) throughout their entire collection. With the Tamara Dress, the Chiffon is designed to drape over the figure therefore you would want to ensure that it is not overly tight in any area for the best fit. Although the size small is a little roomy in the waist, I am confident the size is just right for this particular style. The Tamara Dress features a delicate key-hole element along the bust, a soft vintage cape detail, side zipper closure, and flowing full skirt with matching belt. Luckily the keyhole button is functional as it proves to be a bit tricky to pull overhead with the side zipper access. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt length falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_5908 IMG_5904 The Tamara Dress is a timeless beauty with the softness and elegance of the watercolour floral print. The colour combination of the large soft pink roses and sea foam green is a match made in vintage heaven. Normally I would shy away from a design with a large collar or in this case the cape due to my petite frame (shoulders), but the delicateness of the chiffon allows it to drape seamlessly and not be overwhelming. The Tamara is created similar to the Violet whereas the exterior chiffon is layered over a solid lining to create the contrast and draping effect. The flowingness of the design is very figure flattering and forgiving, both making it ultra-comfortable for all day wear.

IMG_5910 IMG_5920Depending on your setting, the Tamara Dress can be styled with a variety of accessories you already have. Thankfully Collectif offers a wide assortment of budget friendly jewelry that is so versatile to mix and match, I honestly wear them more than any others in my collection. In this case, I wore their Pink English Rose Studs, Pearl Bracelet with Diamante Box, B.A.I.T Demi mint wedges, finished off by the super cute Sun Jellies Amelia Tote in pink. These totes are not only durable, but they hold A LOT of stuff! Case in point, I stuffed 3 pairs of high heel shoes, a makeup bag, large sunglass case and cellphone the day we went to shoot blog photo and…there was still room for more believe it or not! They are so practical and multipurpose.

IMG_5905 IMG_5915It is always rewarding feeling when something you have wanted from the moment you laid eye on it lives up to your every expectation like the Tamara Dress did for me. Once your individual style becomes refined, you will just know what works best for you and how best to showcase it. Although we all have a passion for vintage, we each find our voice through our own personal journeys.

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  1. Deva Jasheway

    I totally agree, I think my tastes are always kind of evolving, even within the same style. I just went through a phase of pretty much buying anything I liked at all, which has taught me that liking a dress or skirt and needing it for your wardrobe are different things.

    The dress looks great on you and your arm tattoo is another accessory that matches perfectly!

    • Jessica Martin

      I did that with when I first starting buying repro, everything I liked I had to buy. It lead to a closet full of unworn clothes with tags on a year later. It’s hard to cul those impulses and find a balance between need vs want 🙂

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