For the past couple months, I have been impatiently waiting to showcase my favorite ensemble from Collectif’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. This dynamic duo coordinate magically together but are also very versatile mix and match separates. Being a complete sucker for bright bold prints, I could not resist the fabulously striking Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt and matching Romy Plain Top.
Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP Top £27.50 Skirt £45.00
For several seasons now, I have found that Collectif sizing has remained very consistent and typically order the same size in every design. As my waist (27″) is in between two sizes I tend to size down to 8UK(extra small) when it comes to their skirts because I have found they are usually cut more generously. Now here’s where you can all learn from my mistake, the Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt appears to be spot on with the size chart therefore do NOT size down if you are in between two sizes. I should have ordered the 10UK but luckily managed to squeeze into the smaller size and hide the portion that cannot be zipped closed with a wide belt. Since I much prefer a little more breathing room in a top, I went with a size 10UK(small) in the Romy Plain Top and it fits impeccably due to the slight stretch in the fabric. The Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt is a classic 1950’s gathered full skirt that accentuates the waist and features the most striking colourful print. The Romy Plain Top features an off the shoulder contrast Bardot neckline, a figure flattering bodice and inverted back zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls just below the knees and measures 26″ in length.
The Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt and Romy Plain Top are such a magnificent ensemble; a classic style mixed with a bold cheerful quality. For the last little while, I find myself collecting more and more swing skirts as they are so very versatile to create a multitude of looks. The Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt is one of those pieces that can coordinate with a variety of tops; whether it be a simple solid t-shirt, the stylish Romy Plain Top or even a lovely knitted sweater for those cooler days…you can’t go wrong. The Romy Plain Top is seriously one of the most beautiful designs, it is utterly flattering and so comfortable. It is the perfect length to wear as is for a more casual look or tucked into your favorite vintage bottoms. The off the shoulder straps have ample room for ease of movement and stay perfectly in place. Simply pair it with a basic strapless bra or a bustier if you prefer more support and control.
With a such a great mix of bold cheerful colours in the paint pots print, there are endless possibilities to accessorize. Lately, I am obsessed with coordinating plastic bangles with my outfits and they do look quite fabulous with the Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt and Romy Plain Top. I also paired this ensemble with wide white belt to give more waist definition and the Dennise wedges by B.A.I.T. Of course no outfit would be complete without a darling Alice Novelty Brooch by The Ambrosia Bowl.
As a longtime Collectif fan, I am always thrilled to add more delightful designs like the Jasmine Paint Pots Skirts and Romy Plain Top to my collection. This lovely duo will have us all creating endless outfit combinations and wondering how we ever lived without them. Fortunately for all of you, both styles have recently been restocked and will not last long so grab them now before you miss out!