Colour is the Fruit of Life

What happens when the thing you have the biggest aversion to is combined with something you have a serious weak spot for? Throw caution to the wind and be a little reckless right?!? That is exactly what I did when I decided to take the leap with the Jade Fruity Swing Dress by Collectif. If anyone looks into my closet, they would be hard pressed to find anything in black but instantly see a rainbow of vibrant colours with lots of delicious fruity prints.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £75.00

Lately with my waistline fluctuating, I wanted to be certain the Jade Fruity Swing Dress would fit comfortably therefore I ordered a size 10UK. To my surprise, it fit quite generously and I could have likely sized down even with my 28″ waist. Luckily the matching wide belt allows you to cinch in the waist for a perfect fit.  The Jade Fruity Swing Dress features lovely sweetheart bodice with princess seams, double adjustable straps with bow detail, a full skirt with pockets and back zippered closure. The skirt is adorned with delightful pineapple, banana and strawberry trims. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

Collectif really got me to see past my strong aversion to the colour black when they designed the Jade Fruity Swing Dress. For some reason I expected a lightweight cotton summer dress but was really pleasantly surprised by the substantial weight and structure of the design. The fabulous stretch cotton sateen makes this dress superior in quality and very figure flattering I must add. The subtle sweetheart neckline is quite modest for us bustier ladies and of course the adjustable straps are a huge win for us petite ladies too.  It is the perfect mix of classic with a little pizazz; I simply adore their unique twist with the  fruity rick rack trim detail. Needless to say, it was a huge hit while on vacation in the Caribbean too…the staff complimented everywhere I went and a couple said I looked like island girl.

Of course my natural instinct was to play up the bold tropical colours in the fruity print when accessorizing Jade Fruity Swing Dress. Pairing the ensemble with a 1940s inspired red turban by Sarah’s Doo Wop Dos, Vintage Bakelite jewelry in yellow, red, green,  and black along with the fabulous Lulu Hun Simona Wedges in yellow. These wedges are super comfortable and versatile to pair with any ensemble. I comfortably fit in a UK4, which converts to a size 37 and I typically wear a 6.5-7US. (Available in sizes 3-8UK ~ MSRP £35.75)

Sometimes we can really surprise ourselves by the simple joy of trying a new style that turns out to really boost your inner confidence. The Jade Fruity Swing Dress made me feel fabulous again after suffering from major winter blues. I have a funny feeling the Simona Wedges are going to quickly become a staple in my colourful summer wardrobe.

You Cannot Fake Chic But You Can Be Chic and Fake Fur

After a much needed vacation in the sunny California state, driving up the west coast from LA to San Francisco for a little R &R with my wonderful friend Mae I am back to reality…WINTER!!! They are calling for snow all week with temperatures dropping to highs of a whopping 17℉ which means it is time to pull out the winter frocks for the long cold months ahead. I absolutely love the esthetics of faux fur along with its functional aspect of looking spectacular and keeping you toasty warm. As soon as I spotted the Patrice Faux Fur Collar Dress in blue by Collectif Clothing, I knew it was the perfect mix of classic elegance and warmth.

Available in sizes 6-22UK Blue & Wine ~ MSRP £74.50 On Sale £52.15

I have been wearing Collectif Clothing for over 6 years now and can attest to their impeccable quality and fit. Seeing as the Patrice Faux Fur Collar Dress is a curve hugging design, I knew it was essential to be mindful of my measurements (bust 36″, waist 28″, hips 41″) for a comfortable fit. Luckily the website details recommends  sizing down if your hips happen to be in between sizes which was exactly my case therefore I ordered the size 10UK (Small). The result was a mind blowing curve hugging wonder, I couldn’t have been luckier that the Patrice fit like a glove. Featuring a marvelous detachable faux fur collar and cuffs, with 3/4 sleeves, a sleek fitted pencil skirt with velvet black belt and back zipper closure. Made from an exquisite flocked material featuring swirling black brocade on a divine petrol blue base with ample stretch. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls a couple inches below the knees.

Collectif Clothing has really captured the epitome of classic elegance with the Patrice Faux Fur Collar Dress. It is refreshing to find a chic pencil dress that works for the office and can easily transition into formal attire while not sacrificing comfort. I personally love that the Patrice Faux Fur Collar Dress is made from a luxurious stretchy flocked fabric, it allows for ease of movement and is not constricting. The faux fur accents are totally removable, allowing you to choose from two fabulous looks in one dress. My only hiccup with flocked material are the small velvet particles that seem to always end up under your nails but that just comes with the territory. The Patrice Faux Fur Dress is sure to turn heads where ever you go, people will think you walked straight out of a vintage fashion ad.

Classic glamour such as the Patrice Faux Fur Dress calls for the finishing touches to be just right. I felt compelled to pair it with vintage black crochet gloves, green/blue confetti earrings, WKD seamed stockings, vintage black lucite handbag and round tow patent black pumps. In order to create a sleek hourglass silhouette, I wore the Rago 1294 girdle as my foundation garment.

Winter does not feel as daunting with marvelous fashions like the Patrice Faux Fur Dress to keep us looking delightful and warm. Completely vegan friendly, the lovely fur accents are sure to please. Collectif has a variety styles with faux fur accents to choose from, be sure to also check out the Christiane Pencil Dress along with their cardigans and jumpers.