With one of the most dreadful winters in recent history, it is needless to say we are all really looking forward to warmer temps to bring out our lovely retro clothing once again. A few of my readers had asked me to share how to winterize our wardrobe but I had to admit, it was an impossible feat with the heaping amounts of snow and below freezing days that seem never ending at this time. For those of you who are fortunate enough to live in milder climates or experiencing an average winter, there are some incredible ensembles that will keep you warm and looking fabulous all in one. The Collectif Fall/Winter 2013/14 did not disappointed with the Florence Velvet Floral Skirt coordinated by the Greta Blouse and Evelyn Bolero.Florence Skirt: Avail. in sizes UK6-22 in various colors & fabrics ~ MSRP £40.50-£75 Greta Blouse: Avail. in sizes UK6-22 in various colors & print ~ MSRP £30 Evelyn Bolero: Avail. in sizes UK6-22 in various colors ~ MSRP £35 English Rose Stud Earrings: Avail. in various colors ~ MSRP £4
Being a longtime fan of Collectif Clothing, I have found their sizing to be the most consistent in recent collections and believe the size charts to be spot on at this time. They have really taken the feedback from their customers and worked diligently with their factories to ensure proper size grading; the improvement can be seen immensely by those who have been purchasing from them over the years. With my current measurements (36-27.5-39), I fall perfectly in line with their UK10(Small). When my parcel arrived, I was immediately delighted with the Florence Floral Skirt and couldn’t wait to try it on. The heavy velvet fabric draped beautifully due fullness created by the pleated design. For a moment I was concerned the velvet would be too much on my petite frame but that quickly faded when I paired it with the Greta Bouse and Evelyn Bolero. The whole ensemble was seriously meant to be paired together. The Greta Blouse is made from medium weight chiffon with decorative metal buttons which can be worn either tucked in or as is. If you are fond of the 1940s styles, you will love the pleated neckline and ruching throughout. Adding the Evelyn Bolero just gives it that extra something to complete the look. Its dainty floral embroidery and knitted ribbing makes it versatile to pair with any outfit.
The Florence Floral Skirt has such a timeless look with the lovely English Rose Print set on a black backdrop. Maybe I am a wee bit impartial since English Roses are one of my favorite flowers. Often times rose floral can be quite overpowering or simply remind us of our Grandmother’s curtains if not used in the proper manner. The pleating in the Florence Skirt just lends wonderfully with this print and I believe it is sure to delight many alike. When I first tried the Greta Blouse, I was surprised by the looseness of the ruching as I am very accustomed to the nipped in waists prominent in the 1950s styles. I personally prefer wearing the Greta Blouse tucked in with a high waist skirt rather than wearing as is to help create the illusion of a smaller waist. The Evelyn Bolero creates the perfect day look, which is ideal for me to wear to work. This cute cropped cardigan is a fabulous staple in any wardrobe.
Accessorizing this ensemble won’t take much; simply add a single strand pearl necklace and Collectif Pink English Rose Stud Earrings with your favorite Mary Jane heels or pumps and that’s it! For a look to go from day to evening, all you have to do is remove the Evelyn Bolero and then you’re ready to go. Due to the fullness of the Florence Skirt, I would not pair it with a petticoat but that is simply my personal preference. I would also like to mention, wearing tights will work wonderfully for those who need a little extra warmth in the cold winter months.
What I love most about these pieces is that they are worn beautifully together or can be mix and matched with other items in your wardrobe. Separates are always ideal to own since their versatility gives your more for your investment. Once we finally get a break from all this terrible cold and snow, I will taking advantage of the opportunity to finally wear this ensemble to the office. I can’t wait!