Let it Snow!

Last week we began our Collectif Winter Outerwear two part series to help you find the best wintertime essentials to keep you looking stylish and cozy warm. Of course, I couldn’t resist saving the pièce de résistance for the grand finally! This gem has California gals dreaming of snow and wishing they lived somewhere cold just so they can justify owning the drop dead gorgeous Pearl Coat! Now you all will be wishing for winter in order to get your hands on this exquisiteness.

Available in sizes UK6-22 in Beige & Forest Green ~ MSRP £185

IMG_4275In the first part of our series, we discussed that it was crucial to allow ample room for layering and ensure the shoulders sit properly to establish a good fit with all winter outerwear. To my surprise, the Pearl coat fit quite differently than the Rachel as it ran considerably smaller in both the shoulders and waist. Thankfully I have very narrow shoulders and the Small (size 10) JUST worked for me in the waist but there is very little room for layering. I would highly recommend sizing up if you have broad shoulders or find yourself in between sizes. Now let’s discuss the features that make Pearl truly exquisite. First and foremost, the luxurious fullness of the oversized faux fur collar, cuffs and skirt trim creates a timeless look while keeping you protected from the elements. With bust pleating and gathers at the waist to create dimension, along with a nipped in waist truly reminiscent of the 1950’s silhouettes. Made from 40-50% wool and fully lined, the Pearl is sure to keep you warm in those subzero degree temps. At 5ft 4inches tall, the length falls approximately at mid-calf.

IMG_4276 IMG_4297There are no words to adequately express how utterly PERFECT the Pearl Coat is, I don’t ever want to take it off! The Pearl emulates old Hollywood glam; Collectif captured the elements we love from the era and melded them into a functional piece that serves modern day ladies flawlessly. Yes, the price point is on the higher side but it is SO worth the investment as you’ll be cherishing this piece in your wardrobe for years to come. The collar fastens with three hidden hook closures and is so soft on the face, there’s no need to add a scarf. Thankfully the sleeve length is seamless and I don’t struggle with the overall length despite me being rather short in height. The only small challenge that I find is keeping small pieces of lint from collecting on the exterior shell as the wool fabric is a real magnet but then again, that might just be my OCD tendencies coming out a little.

IMG_4292The great thing about fabulous outerwear, there is very little need to accessorize as the details in the design are what you want to stand out above the rest. I simply chose to pair basic black leather boots and driving gloves with the Pearl and I’m ready to brace the elements. Also, there’s plenty of room in the skirt pleating to allow for full coverage wearing a petticoat, as seen in the photos.

IMG_4300 IMG_4301It is quite exceptional that a particular design has captured the hearts of so many as the Pearl Coat has truly taken all of us vintage/pinup fashionistas by storm. They are flying off the shelves everywhere but luckily Collectif just restocked them in all sizes. Make sure to snatch one up now as they are sure to sell out again & you might not get another chance this season! Luckily for all of you, there’s currently a 20% off coupon code VLXMAS available and valid until 12/31/2014. 🙂

Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

There is no hiding from it…winter has arrived early and is sadly not going anywhere for the next 4-5 months. Now the question is how to stay warm and still look fashionable in the cold snowy weather? This season, Collectif has stepped out in the forefront of winter outerwear by designing stylish yet functional coats for the coldest of climates. Living in Canada, I know it is essential to seek out coats that have a considerable percentage of wool to ensure it will hold up in those subzero temps. In this two part feature, I will review both the Collectif Rachel Coat and Pearl Coat to provide all the particulars on these gorgeous fundamentals in order to help you be cozy warm this season.

Available in sizes UK6-22 ~ MSRP £189.50

IMG_4256For those of you who may not be accustomed to outerwear shopping, it is essential to ensure there are plenty of room in the shoulders and a little extra space for layers. On the flip side, you do not want the coat to be too wide on the shoulders as this will look quite sloppy. In Collectif sizing, I am generally a size Small (UK10) and I was mindful to follow the sites recommendation that the Rachel Coat runs true to size. Thanks to the helpful feedback from many of my readers, I picked the Rachel Coat in grey houndstooth over the pink check. This was the perfect choice as I am truly delighted with the houndstooth print since it’s such a great everyday staple and pairs beautifully with everything. The Rachel is a classic styled double breasted coat with swing skirt featuring glorious faux chinchilla fur accents, a quilted lining and matching belt to cinch your waist. The outer shell is made from 40% wool 60 % polyester, sure to keep you quite toasty on those blistering cold days.

IMG_4260As soon as my order arrived, I knew the Rachel Coat was going to be fabulous for our cold winter as the substantial weight is very telling of its construction. Normally my key concern with long style coats is that they will be at my ankles being only 5ft 4inches tall but luckily the Rachel falls perfectly mid-calf. There is plenty of room for me to layer underneath and the shoulders were spot on even though mine are quite narrow. The full skirt works wonderfully over circle skirts and full crinolines, as seen in my photos. The faux fur trim is lush and doubles as a built in scarf when fastened for a snug fit to keep the cold wind out. I am a big fan of the tie belt, I find this helps regulate your body temperature and prevents the cold air from entering. The wool exterior kept me toasty warm during our outdoor shoot, the only thing I was missing was my gloves.

IMG_4261 IMG_4265When it comes to accessorizing, the houndstooth print is versatile to coordinate with what you already have in your closet. Gloves in just about any colours would be a lovely accent, paired with black leather boots to repel the snow.

IMG_4252There is no doubt in my mind the Rachel Coat will keep you cozy this winter season…and looking very stylish I might add. Although it is a bit on the pricey side, the Rachel Coat is well worth the investment as it will be a piece that you’ll wear for years to come and never go out of style. Stay tuned for part two featuring the Collectif Pearl Coat…