There’s a Little Rebel in All of us.

The pin up culture is fortunate to have various styles of fashion to please all tastes. Whether you love flirty swing dresses or a more edgy look…there’s something for everyone. It is no secret that I am a sucker for floral prints and the femininity of the 1950’s era but that does not mean that I don’t love the edgier side known as Rockabilly. This style is known for it’s bold use of colour, prints and overall edginess. Cherries, skulls, sparrows, hearts, anchors, stripes and polka dots are just some of the incredible characteristics of Rockabilly fashion. I personally find many of the designs to be a more casual relaxed look, perfect for everyday wear. With that in mind, it was no doubt the Collectif Marina Jumper and Rebel Kate Denim were going to become an instant wardrobe staple.

Rebel Kate Denim – Available in sizes UK6-UK18 ~MSRP £35

Marina Jumper – Available in sizes UK6-UK22 ~ MSRP £27.50

IMG_2116Now this is where it got tricky, how was I ever going to buy denim online without even trying them? I loathe shopping for jeans because they never fit due to my small waist (28″) and curvier hips (40″), it’s always a nightmare that leads to epic disappointment. I consulted with the gals at Collectif to assist with sizing recommendations for the Rebel Kate Denim and they suggested a UK12(Medium) since my hips were slightly too big for the UK10(Small). When they arrived, it was apparent that they were very loose in the waist and the rise was too long for me. Exchanging them for a UK10 was definitely the way to go and with the stretch of the denim it accommodated my larger hips. The Rebel Kate is designed with the retro high waist featuring a three button closure with a structured waist panel and drainpipe cut. Unlike most high waist pants, the front panel construction is wonderful at smoothing the tummy area and a very figure flattering design. There is a fair amount of stretch in the denim which provides a body hugging silhouette. At 5′-4″ tall, I do need to cuff the pants legs as they are a couple inches too long.

IMG_2075The Marina Jumper is known to run smaller than most Collectif tops but since I have a short torso, I opted to stick with my usual UK10(Small). If you have an average to long torso, sizing up is highly recommended otherwise you will find it too short in length. The Marina Jumper features square neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and side splits at the hips which is quite lovely to compliment our figures. Made from a soft stretchy knit, which is quite thick and perfect for cooler temps. They are so versatile to mix and match, since they will go with just about everything. The Marina is hands down one of my favorite tops of all time, I want them in ALL colours!

IMG_2086Due to the fact I sized down in the denim, there is some pulling causing the lining of the front pockets to poke out. Hopefully with time and wear, the denim will stretch/relax and make that issue disappear altogether. The Rebel Kate Denim are very comfortable and are sure to become a wardrobe staple for all that own a pair. Combining the Marina Jumper with the Rebel Kate Denim is a perfect ensemble. The combination is a prime example of what Rockabilly fashion is all about. Accessorize with a head scarf or a cute swallow necklace and your favorite pair of high heels.

IMG_2084It’s been a while since I indulged in my love of Rockabilly fashion and I couldn’t be more pleased with the Marina Jumper and Rebel Kate Denim. Adding more separates to your wardrobe is always a great investment and with such staples, you are sure to get your moneys worth.

Practicality Has Taken Over

I took a short break last week from blogging in preparation for our wedding reception which was held this past weekend. Now I’m back to it with no interruptions!

After doing several closet clean outs recently, I’ve come to realize I always choose my swing dresses over the wiggles. Why? It is simply because I prefer comfort and practicality over sex appeal at my day job. I made it a personal mission to stop buying things I wouldn’t wear and only allowing myself to realistically buy what was practical for my current lifestyle. Some of you might know my fairy blog mother Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. Well, she recently modeled for Collectif and I couldn’t be more thrilled! She sure knows how to sell the clothes as I was instantly smitten with the Dolores Doll Dress in yellow floral when I saw it on her.

Available in sizes 8UK-22UK in a variety of colors & prints ~ MSRP £50.00

DoloresWith my recent weight loss, I now find myself buying clothing a tad bit smaller since I used to often be in-between sizes. In the past I was wearing a 12UK(M) or 14UK(L) in most Collectif dresses and now wear their 10UK(S) with current measurements of 36-28-40. Since the Dolores Doll Dress is open in the hips, there was no reason for concern that it may be too snug. To my surprise, the Dolores was quite generous in the bust and waist unlike the Gretel, perfect for the bustier ladies. The rushed sweetheart neckline is the perfect amount of modest femininity with matching button detail. The elastic cap sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder and are not restrictive whatsoever. Being 5’-4”, the length of the full swing skirt is quite long but I don’t feel it needs to be shortened. I find adding a petticoat compliments the Dolores wonderfully.

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Dolores2What I adore most is hands down the beautiful yellow floral print as I mostly wear my dresses in the summer months. The print is bold but not overpowering. As some of you already know, I have a huge obsession with matching boleros and sweaters as they increase the versatility of any ensemble. Collectif is one of my favorite go to places for these gems. The Elizabeth Cotton Bolero in yellow is a fabulous accent and perfect for those cooler summer nights like we are currently experiencing. I love the cropped style as it does not add any bulk to your outfit and completes the look beautifully.

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Dolores6Recently I discovered Collectif’s fabulous accessory line and cannot rave about them enough. The Pearl Bracelet with Diamante Bow is so incredibly beautiful, I want to wear it all the time! Its classic design will compliment almost any vintage ensemble. Now I am kicking myself for not picking up the matching necklace with my last order. I was a little confused how Anna Belt could be one size fits all and found it much too big for a 28” waist. Well, so much for not doing my homework because the belt buckle is removable and can be cut to size. This was a huge relief as I was initially really sad it did not fit because the quality was superior to what you may receive with dresses from other brands. I’ll be sure to wear it in future reviews so you can get an idea of how versatile they are.

dolores4If florals aren’t your cup of tea, the Dolores Doll is available in an array of solid colors and other prints. For those who love their wiggles, the Dolores is available in fitted styles as well. I cannot wait to see the new colorways coming in the for Fall/Winter collection!